Your drawers are cleaner, you can actually find that shirt you’ve been looking for in your closet for months now, your car finally fits in your garage. But wait a minute! What do you actually do with all this decluttered stuff besides throw it all away(which I do not recommend unless necessary)? The boxes, the trash bags, the giant iced tea maker you just had to have but only used once in 5 years?
One great way to get rid of things and make some extra cash is to sell your stuff. Some of you may not need the money and therefore selling your stuff is not worth the time, but others can look at their excess stuff and new minimalist lifestyle as a way to make money! Here are some basic examples of where to sell your stuff:
- eBay. I’ve sold many of my gently used items on eBay. Things like name brand clothing (GAP and Banana Republic do well, even used!), household items like Starbucks mugs, shoes, accessories, and most recently a Disney “Fox and the Hound” plate from my childhood. Make sure to do a little research and check to make sure it’s worth selling beforehand. You will need to open an eBay account, Paypal account, and link a bank account.
- Amazon and Etsy. Amazon is a good place to sell books, cd’s, dvd’s, and various household items. There is no fee to list, but unless you pay a monthly upgraded fee, you can only list what is already in their catalog. You will need to open an Amazon seller account and link a bank account. Etsy is a great place to sell handmade and vintage items.
- Craigslist. Heavier items like outdoor toys, appliances, large household decor, etc., are better (and much easier) to sell on Craigslist. You may not have as much virtual traffic as eBay and you will have to meet the buyer face to face, but I know many people who have made a good chunk of change selling their stuff locally. Also, it’s free to list items and is a fairly easy process.
- Yard Sale or Swap Meet. Don’t forget about the good old fashion garage sale! Drag all your crap out to the driveway, put some signs up and put a garage sale listing on Craigslist, sit back and sell. You may not get top dollar for your things, but it’s a good way to make some extra cash and get rid of a bunch of stuff in one day. You can even go a little extreme and take all the unsold stuff to Goodwill. There’s no sense in dragging it all back in the garage, is there? If you live in an apartment like I do, you can either sell your stuff at a friend or family members garage sale or go to a swap meet.