How to Make Money from Your Clutter
- December 23, 2014
- Posted in : Decluttering
You’d be surprised by how much money in the form of clutter you’ve got lying around in the nooks and crannies of your house. It’s easy to forget that what might be clutter or a useless old object to you might actually be useful to someone else – and that someone else will most likely even be prepared to pay a reasonable price for your “junk”.
Clearing up valuable space and getting rid of old junk is very satisfying, but what is even more satisfying is turning that junk into a profit! And you probably wouldn’t say no to a few extra bucks in your pocket, right? So keep reading for a few tips on how to transform your clutter into cash and create some breathing space in your home.
Clothes, shoes & bags
Many of us are very good at making impulsive buys that we never wear and that will just end up at the back of the closet. Unworn clothes or unused items with the labels still attached will get you a better price, but as long as your clothes, shoes and handbags are in good condition you will most likely find a buyer for them. So go through your wardrobe and pick out the stuff you never wear and sell it online on eBay for example.
You might have collected a fair amount of jewellery over the years, and if you never wear it or it doesn’t have any special emotional value to you, you might as well turn it into cash. There are plenty of websites offering to buy gold, such as gold-traders.co.uk, but costume jewellery is also worth selling at car boot sales or online. You can find your nearest car boot sale on Car Boot Junction. If you’ve got any vintage or handmade pieces lying around you could also give Etsy a go.
Don’t let old furniture you don’t use take up valuable space in your home, but sell it instead. Even if the piece of furniture you want to get rid of isn’t in great condition it might appeal to eager renovators – especially if it’s an antique or somehow unusual piece. Upcycling furniture seems to be a bit of a trend at the moment as well, you only need to turn on the TV to see that. Gumtree or Craigslist are excellent platforms for selling furniture, and you don’t even have to organise the transport of the item.
Cameras, computers and mobile phones are items many tend to upgrade on a regular basis, and with new models with exciting new features entering the market every day you might have an old mobile or laptop lying around gathering dust. Not all people are after the latest device, so you’ve got good chances of finding a buyer for your electronics. To get rid of old mobile phones you can either sell them online or to a mobile recycling company. Gumtree, Amazon and eBay are all good places for selling electronics.
Children’s toys, clothes & equipment
Children grow out of clothes and toys very quickly, which means that you probably have quite a few things you could get rid of at home. Children’s clothes often sell better online if you sell them in bundles. Prams and travel systems for babies and toddlers are very expensive and have quite a good resale value if in good condition, so place an ad on Gumtree or Preloved.co.uk and wait for people to start contacting you. Another option is to sell your stuff on a Nearly New Sale that are organised all over the UK.
Store away your clutter
If you don’t have time to go through what you want to sell but need to make space quickly you should consider short term self storage. Flexistore will come to your door and leave a vault for you to fill, then take it away and store it in one of our secure warehouses. When you need your things again we’ll bring them to your preferred address. Easy, hassle-free and affordable!