Everyday Cheapskate: Where to get the most money for your unwanted (but awesome) stuff
If you’re looking for ways to get money for things you no longer need or want, there are a number of options online and locally where you could win the top prize. You just need to know where to look. Here are some reliable places to get rid of your old stuff for the best price. Just keep in mind that the amount buyers are willing to pay can be wildly different from your expectations as a seller.
Check out BookScouter.com, where over 30 used book sellers will compete to buy your books. Download the app, then enter the ISBN number (either a 10- or 13-digit number on the book itself) to find out which book buyer, if any, is interested in what you have, and which one is ready to buy. pay the highest price.
Decluttr.com also buys books and is the easiest way to quickly earn money for your highly sought after used books. The site also accepts hardbacks and paperbacks, used textbooks and children’s books. Be aware that Decluttr buys books that have a high degree of desirability. Then they offer a price that will allow them to resell at a profit. Definitely worth checking out.
Another option is to list your books on eBay, a large used book marketplace, or consider selling them to used bookstores in your area. Just be aware that this means you’ll have to take the books to the store, offer them to the owner, who will need time to review what you have to offer, and then more than likely carry around half of them to the next bookstore (or back home). If you enjoy visiting second-hand bookstores, you might find this a fun way to spend a day or two, depending on what you have.
Sort out your best clothes, pull out the gems, and sell them to a consignment store, ThredUp.com, PoshMark.com, or via eBay. If you have vintage pieces, Etsy will bring you the best buyers.
But first, make sure your items are spotlessly clean and stain-free. It is important that the labels are intact and indicate the brand, size, fabric content and washing instructions. If these tags are missing, do your best to describe what you know about the article and attach that information on a note.
Gather the rest that you are unable to sell as above into bundles (12 children’s T-shirts, for example) and post them in an ad on Craigslist.org, Facebook Marketplace, or your local classifieds. Sell what’s left at a garage sale.
FURNITURE, ANTIQUES, COLLECTIBLES
Sell exceptional quality pieces on consignment or at auction (online or offline). Or search your area for furniture auctions and consignment stores.
List good quality pieces in local newspaper classifieds or on Craigslist. Sell lower quality or less desirable items at a garage sale or estate sale.
Another option for pieces you can’t sell yourself is to contact a specialist antique dealer who deals with specific eras or types of collectible furniture and furnishings. It will cost you a fee and possibly a percentage of the sale price to go through a reseller, but what you earn is more than what you would net if you donated these items to the Salvation Army or Goodwill.
Sell older electronics on eBay, Craigslist, or your local newspaper’s classifieds. You can sell older but still functional items at a garage sale. Just make sure you can demonstrate an item’s functionality. If you’re looking to sell vintage electronics, eBay is a good place to start. You can also check out Best Buy or another retailer that offers a recycling program.
Sell highly sought-after items on Facebook Marketplace (one of the best places online to sell things locally and also ship them), on consignment at a store near you, on eBay, or through Craigslist. Sell everything else at a garage sale, where you’ll need to price those items well below what you think they’re worth. (Keep that in mind the next time you’re tempted to stock up on all kinds of cute, holiday-specific, or otherwise yummy housewares at stores like HomeGoods or TJMaxx.)
First, get an appraisal from a reputable jeweler or two to get an idea of the value of your piece(s) based on their content – gold, silver, platinum, gemstones. Then sell them through eBay, at auction, or to that dealer or jewelry store. For lesser parts, go to a local consignment store or list them on eBay.
Reverb.com is a great online site for selling vintage masterpieces and used musical instruments of all kinds. Audio equipment too.
Or let area college and high school conductors know that you have an instrument for sale. Parents who will be looking for alternatives to buying a new instrument that their child may or may not use beyond a semester or two. If that fails, as a last resort, you can always sell your instrument(s) to a pawnshop or music store.
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