4 Places to Sell Your Stuff and Make Some Cash



We live in the Midwest, and last week there was a chill in the air.  I found myself digging through plastic tubs in the basement looking for my kids fall clothing and pajamas.  What I also found was a lot of “stuff” we don’t use that I plan to sell to make money for a new computer we plan to purchase.

Am I the only one who challenges myself to sell stuff to buy new things, or do you do it, too?  It’s a great way to help us stay on budget.

If you, too, have a lot of stuff to get rid of, here are 4 places where you can sell your stuff and make some cash:

1.  Craigslist.

This used to be my go to source, but lately I’m not having much luck with it.  I find that Craigslist seems to be evolving.  Now it seems to be a good place to sell large ticket items like upright freezer chests, air conditioners, etc.

2.  eBay.

I like selling on eBay, but the market, depending on what you’re selling, seems to be saturated.  I make much less on my items than I did in the past.  Also, you’ll need to pay an eBay fee once you sell your item, and you’ll also need to pay a PayPal fee.  Depending on how much you sell your item for, these fees could make a significant dent in the amount of money you make.

Still, eBay is great for selling electronics and other items because as a seller you’re protected through both eBay and PayPal (though both seem to side with the buyer more often in disputes).

3.  Facebook.

This is becoming a new favorite place to sell for me.  The secret is to find a Facebook group for the items you want to sell.  For instance, to sell my kids’ used Gymboree clothes, I joined a Facebook Gymboree resale page.  Presto, I have an immediate audience for my items.  If you do go the Facebook route, make sure you only accept payments from PayPal and also don’t accept payment as a gift to save on fees because then neither you nor the buyer have as much protection.

4.  E-mail lists.

Not every area has this, but some cities have e-mail lists where you can list your items for sale.  This has been a great way for me to sell things around the house.  Best of all, the items usually sell within a few days.  You can check at your local library to see if they know of a list like this.

Fall is the perfect time to clear out your house and get rid of all of the extra stuff, especially since Christmas will soon be here, and with it plenty of extra “stuff” that you’ll likely get as presents.  Use one of these 4 tactics to sell, and not only will your house be decluttered, but you’ll have extra cash in your pocket.

What is your favorite way to sell stuff around the house?

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Melissa works from home as a freelance writer, virtual assistant and blogger. Her blog, Mom's Plans, reflects her desire to plan life one step at a time while caring for and homeschooling her children (ages 9, 5 and 3) as well as paying down debt and saving for a house.

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Comments

  1. We need to start listing stuff on eBay and Craigslist. We have so much junk!

  2. Great read! I didn’t think about selling items on Facebook by finding a niche group. Great idea! I’ve been selling on eBay for a while and I get the most consistent sales. Thanks for the Facebook tip.

  3. Craigslist is still my go-to source for selling. The fees on eBay are just too much to bear these days.

    That said, you definitely need to be patient. Between people wanting ridiculous price cuts, the spammers trying to harvest your email address, the flakes who never show up to look at it, and the criminals who use it as an excuse to case your home, it’s almost not worth the effort.

    These days, I’ll only try to sell something that’s $50-$150. Anything less and it’s more efficient to donate it for the tax writeoff. Anything more valuable just doesn’t sell unless it’s a vehicle or home appliance.

  4. I’ve signed up to sell stuff on Amazon.com recently, but I haven’t done my first listing yet. I have several old watches to sell and I don’t think Craigslist is good for that kind of thing. The only thing about eBay is the shipping kills you.

  5. I’m liking Craigslist more and more as well if you can put up with all the weirdos and no-shows.

  6. Good call on the facebook groups. I never thought of that. I have some nice clothes I’ve been wanting to sell and ebay is a bit much for me, I’ll have to check out the alternatives.

  7. That Facebook groups idea is a very clever one that I have never heard of before. Your suggestion makes a lot of sense. Thanks.

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