I come from a long line of “dejunkers.” We’re those people who constantly scan their homes for furniture, clothes and other items that haven’t been used for a while — and toss them out. But when I married a graduate student — and we lived on a marginal income — I realized that some of that stuff I used to toss was pretty valuable.
I still buy used goods, even though I’m now on a more solid financial footing, and I’ve learned that it really is worth it to sell some things rather than just cart them off. It allows me to earn – and save – cash. Beyond that, it feels good to see stuff I no longer need going to a new home instead of the landfill.
Consider these seven types of items that you might not have realized were worth anything — and learn some of the best places to sell them.
7 pieces of junk you can sell for cash
7 pieces of junk you can sell for cash
How often do you see someone using a stand-alone pocket-sized calculator these days? Unless you work with engineers, economists or mathematicians, spotting one is akin to seeing a unicorn. But, as it turns out, there is a market for calculators, especially graphing calculators (which are required, for instance, for some math classes in high school and college). Before you toss your old calculator, check CalculatorSource to determine its value and popularity. Why that site? Reseller Ratings gives them an 8.4 out of 10 in customer satisfaction.
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I was surprised to find a real demand for my old appliances including my refrigerator, stove, washer and dryer. One fellow who bought one was a landlord looking for appliances for student housing. But other buyers — including a woman who always wanted a side-by-side refrigerator but couldn’t afford a new one — just wanted to upgrade their appliances. This is one instance where you’ll likely need to rely on Craigslist or eBay for sales. But don’t forget Facebook Marketplace, a sometimes overlooked selling option. The service is free and allows you to choose what local sellers group you want to use.
With appliances, it is tempting to have the company selling you the new appliance take away the old one for free. That’s convenient, but it’s not free if you could have sold it for $50 or a few hundred bucks.
This might be a generational thing, but I just shoved my old cellphones, computers and tablets into a closet until I junked them. Now I sell them online through Glyde.The service lists and sells them, sends me a prestamped, insured and tracked package in which to send them, and pays me. It’s a great way for me to sell because I needn’t negotiate with the buyer. Similar sites that are highly recommended include Gazelle and Nextworth.
Parents with young kids know how quickly they outgrow everything — from shoes to toys and movies. But before stuffing that stuff in the garbage, know that some of those toys can be sold — including board games, toys, dolls, and action figures — especially if they are still in their original packaging. Consider posting them for sale on Ebay, Amazon or Swap. Or try selling them directly and locally on Craigslist.
Luxury clothes and handbags
I had a bit of an obsession with designer handbags some years back, but now I seldom carry them. Rather than have them sit unused on a closet shelf, I sell them on BagBorroworSteal (you might recall the site from mentions on the HBO series “Sex and the City”). Why do I use that site? They verify that the bags, shoes and jewelry sold are true designer items — not knock-offs — and pay top dollar. They also offer you a few ways to sell — either straight to their site or to individual sellers on commission (which pays more). Other consignment sites for luxury goods include The Real Real and Material World, both of which are highly rated.
Yes, libraries and charities may welcome your donation of used books. But if you have textbooks, first editions and volumes from popular authors, you may be able to sell them to a local used bookstore or online. A few highly rated sites include Bookscouter and Cash4Books.
We’ve all received gift cards to stores or restaurants we don’t want to patronize. Sure, you can toss them or give them away, but why not sell them for cash or other cards you’ll use? Some of the highest-rated gift card exchange sites include CardPool, Raise, CardCash and GiftCardGranny.