No matter how comfortable you are with your present job, we are all looking for avenues to make a little extra cash. Whether you need to make some headway in paying your credit card debt, or want to buy something useful, or simply want to have more cash to spend, one of the best ways to do is to sell a few things that you do not need. This will not only give you a cash influx, but will also help you get rid of clutter. Before you start selling your stuff, you need to know where to sell the items, and which items are worth money. Without proper planning and research, you might give away expensive items for a few bucks. The best place to sell your stuff is online, through sites like eBay. But sometimes it is more efficient and effective to hold a garage sale, particularly if you have a garage or attic full of junk to sell.
Clothes and Accessories
Ever wondered what to do with that closet full of clothes and shoes that no longer fit you? A great way to get rid of these clothes and accessories is to sell them online on e-commerce sites such as eBay. In fact, clothes and accessories are one of the best things to sell on eBay to make money
. To make sure that you earn the maximum amount of cash from selling your clothes, you need to make sure that you give short descriptions and photographs of items that you are listing. Remember that branded clothing and accessories fetch a higher price than non-branded items. If you are listing a branded item, make sure that you describe it properly with the name of the brand, condition of the item (used or new), size, and material it is made of.
One obvious item that most people overlook for selling is furniture. Most homeowners accumulate a lot of furniture, some of which are never utilized much. Now you can sell old and unused furniture and make a fair amount of money in the process. Before you hold a garage sale, first make an inventory of all the furniture that you want to sell (or get rid of). If you have inherited an old piece of furniture from your grandmother or aunt, it is a good idea to get it appraised before selling it in a garage sale. That piece of old furniture might turn out to be a valuable antique. If you have a few pieces that are particularly well-crafted or you bought from a branded furniture store, you can list them on Craigslist
. As with clothing, in listing furniture too, you need to give a good detailed description along with pictures to attract customers.
Do you like taking great pictures that are unique? Then how about selling your photographs to stock photo sites to make some money. Stock photography sites buy high quality images from photographers and then resell them to ad agencies, websites, magazines, and brochures. To make money through this venture, you need to take good photographs with high quality images. It is also a good idea to first browse the stock photo site and observe the kind of images they have in stock. This will give you an idea about the quality of images that they are looking for and if you will be able to match that. Remember that you get paid only when your images sell. So choose your subject for your photographs wisely, as unique images with a clear concept sell more.
Books and Music CDs
Another great item to sell to make money is books. Books, magazines, and even music CDs can fetch a good amount if they are rare or bestsellers. Older books with unique titles sell more easily than generic books. Paperbacks generally sell for less. You need to know about the salability of the books you possess before you sell them on websites or in garage sales. Any book or novel that is out of print now or which is signed by the author will fetch a higher amount.
Collectibles like antique vases, pitchers, antique metallic frames, jewelry boxes, and porcelain figurines are also great items to sell to make money. You can hold a sale at your place to sell off these items or you can list them on online auctions in eBay. If you think that your product or item has a high value, then selling them through an online auction is your best bet.
If you are creative and make handmade crafts that friends and family rave about, then selling these items is a great option. One way that you can sell such handmade items is to hold a small exhibition in your home. But a better and more convenient way of selling handmade crafts is on Etsy
, which is an e-commerce website where you can buy and sell handmade items, vintage goods, and craft supplies. For selling crafts on Etsy, it has to be handmade by you and you cannot sell anything that is mass-produced. A great advantage in selling on Etsy
is that you can do it from the comfort of your home; all you need to do is dispatch the item to the seller directly after receiving the payment. If you have vintage crafts or goods, then you can sell those at Etsy
Selling items that you do not need is a great way to earn extra cash. Before you sell anything that you consider to be valuable, like your grandfather's handcrafted snuff box or your great-aunt's tallboy, get these items appraised. Sometimes these items might turn out to be valuable antiques and it could be a very bad decision to sell it.