Household items to sell for quick cash after decluttering
One big upside of decluttering is that you can make some extra money with just a bit of effort. With so many ways to get rid of your clutter and turn it into cash, there really isn’t too much of an excuse. I have been decluttering hardcore for the past year and have found 11 household items to sell for quick cash that actually sell.
Since we downsized in 2017, I have been decluttering almost constantly. I prefer to declutter one space at a time so while it may take longer, it has actually allowed me to sell more items because I am not faced with a mountain of clutter! I have had really good results from selling items both online and locally. While this is great for my wallet, it is also really good for the person buying my clutter and the environment. It truly is a win win situation when you sell your stuff.
I want to walk you through my favorite 11 household items to sell for quick cash and how best to sell them so that you can be prepared and walk into it with a bit more knowledge.
Things lying around the house to sell
I love books so this means that I buy a lot of books and you know what? There are a lot of people out there like me that want a new to them book without the new price. Selling your old books is pretty easy, but you don’t just have to sell YOUR books. Buy books from garage sales, library sales, estate sales and more and then turn around and sell them! New textbooks are also a great item to sell that is just lying around the house.
Ebay is by far the best place to sell used books in my opinion. They go fairly quickly if they are good books. If you have a lot of similar books, you could even try selling them in a lot which means more cash and less shipping! textbooks.com is seriously easy to work with and they give a generous amount for your textbooks. Money Saving Mom suggests a couple other ways to get rid of books lying around the house in her post about earning money.
2. Pregnancy related items
When I was pregnant I bought a large lot of pregnancy clothes on Ebay for about $75. Clothes are some of my favorite things to buy used and here are so many clothing lots on Ebay, but here is the kicker, people practically give them away at garage sales. If you just had a baby (or you just scored at a garage sale), be sure to list your gently used items on Ebay FIRST! The next best place for clothing would be a consignment shop.
I love consignment shops because I do a lot of my shopping at them. The best way to get more money back is if you use the money to buy clothing from the shop. They generally will give you less back if you ask for cash. Either way, it is still a super quick way to make extra cash.
3. Baby related items
Baby’s can be expensive! So many parents go for second hand items first before buying new because they can save so much money. I was definitely one of those parents (and still am!). Baby’s also tend to grow out of their stuff super quickly so whenever you notice it is time to phase something out, it is time to snap some pictures and list it!
Unfortunately, baby things lying around the house are not always super small. Be sure to list your smaller items like clothing and bottles in lots on Ebay. Your larger items will do well online on Craigslist or in Facebook groups. I have found that people on FB are a bit more flakey than the buyers on Craigslist. If you really can’t sell your big items to local folks, take it to a resell shop, but they won’t give you a lot for it unfortunately.
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4. Office and school supplies
If you are anything like me, you are a bit of an office supply fan! I do well enough not buying all the pretty things, but if you have extra binders, pencil holders, pens, and more hanging around the house, try selling them all together! Matter of fact, if you are a very thrifty shopper and tend to catch things while on a good sale (like back to school products for pennies) then you need to be selling that!
Facebook groups will be your best bet for this followed by Ebay. Beware of how much time you spend on delivering items that only make you a few dollars. This is a big reason why putting items in lots is a fantastic idea!
5. Specialty clothing
Prom dresses, wedding dresses, halloween outfits, and even golf clothes are gold mines for reselling. My hubby gets free clothing as an assistant golf pro at a country club…like every year he gets a whole new wardrobe. This has been great for us to be able to resell his clothing online. If you have specialty clothing that you no longer need or use, then get rid of it and make some extra cash quickly!
Ebay has been our best avenue for selling specialty clothing. Selling items in a lot is the best option UNLESS it is a really special item. Be sure to charge for the shipping because they will cost a bit more than some smaller goods. If you have large dresses and the like, selling locally will be best most likely. Taking it to a consignment will save you a lot of time and headache of selling such a niche item in local groups on Facebook.
6. Household tools
If you have some tools, housekeeping tools, and lawn care items laying around the house, you can definitely make some quick cash! These items seem to be very seasonal so try to sell your stuff during the spring and not so much in the winter months. Extra brooms, vacuums, handheld tools, lawnmowers, and clippers, these are all great items that sell quickly.
Selling household tools is best on Craigslist. Like mentioned earlier, people on FB are a bit more flakey, but on Craigslist, they seem to be more motivated. List them on Craigslist and offer other items in a bundle if you have it. Even if the buyer doesn’t really NEED the other item, they may buy it just because you offered.
7. Pet supplies
I seriously didn’t realize that this was such a big seller until last year when I listed a litter box (yes, a used litter box) and a cat carrier. I had no less than 10 people wanting to get it right now! That being said, if you have any pet supplies that are just laying around your house not being used, you need to sell them to make some extra cash today!
Craigslist is great for this, but truly Facebook has been great for pet supplies too. I have had such luck on both of them that I haven’t had to use Ebay. If you are selling smaller items like a lot of collars, leashes, and toys, then you should try them on Ebay.
8. Sports equipment
What I mean to say here is GOLF equipment. Goodness gracious, people snatch up golf equipment like it is going out of style. Now, if you do not have a golfer in your life I wouldn’t suggest just buying clubs. Not all clubs are made the same and you really need to know the specifications. If you do have sports fans at your house, but they are not using their equipment, then you should absolutely get rid of it!
Selling gently used sports equipment is easy…like too easy. Make a post at your kid’s school, the library or any local hub especially if you have a lot or really expensive stuff. Other than that, sell it on Facebook or Craigslist and have someone haul it off. There are also sports resale shops in a lot of cities so try them out if you are low on time and money.
I know this seems a bit obvious, but maybe saying it will help you realize you have some extra furniture you don’t need. This could be kid friendly furniture, outdoor furniture, small pieces of furniture that you don’t use, or maybe it is a big piece that you just done need anymore. Sell it and I am sure that you will find a creative use for more space in your home!
Again, Craigslist is my go to for selling big items. You can list it on Facebook and Craigslist at the same time so I would definitely do that! Unless the furniture is in pristine condition, you will probably not make very much from it. Prepare for that. On the other hand, if you have a beat up piece that needs some TLC, you can still list it as a DIY piece and make some quick cash.
Electronics phase out pretty quickly, but that means that someone is always looking for an upgrade or maybe even some spare parts. If you have some electronics laying around your house, then you should definitely sell them!
Electronics, games, tvs, computers all tend to do well just about anywhere really. Even really old stuff can be sold. Try selling locally first, since you won’t have to ship it anywhere, using Facebook groups and Craigslist or even Letgo (I am not a huge fan of this app as I haven’t had much success with it). If they don’t sell there, take it to Ebay to make some cash!
11. Hobby items
The funny thing about hobbies is that you usually end up with a lot of stuff! If you have been into fishing, winter fun, sewing, knitting and so much more than you know that this is true. Once you stop doing the hobby, it is a good time to just get rid of the clutter and make some money.
As far as selling all of this goes, that can be tricky. Depending on how big the item is, you may need to sell it locally. Also take into consideration if the hobby is not popular in your location (winter fun being an example). You may have to sell it online if that is the case. Niche Facebook groups are your best bet for selling hobby goods. Like selling your sewing machine on a sewing or crafters local FB group would be best.
Tip for when you need extra cash quickly
If you are in need of extra cash quickly, then your best bet will always be to sell the item locally. Also, sell your stuff for a bit less than you want to as that will help (hopefully) move it along. Local resell shops usually have a pretty quick turnaround time, but remember that you will get less for them at these places.
Balancing decluttering and selling “stuff”
I get it, we all would like to make a little bit of money from selling the stuff laying around our house, right? Sometimes it is just not feasible though. The deal is, if you can’t sell an item that you have decluttered within the first 2 months, you probably won’t sell it. At that point, just take it to a shelter or the best thrift shop that you have local to you. I like to support charity based thrift shops for obvious reasons. However you get rid of it, just do it! You don’t want to declutter only to have a stack of items hanging around forever!
The best way that I have found to manage the selling of clutter is to do a little at a time. Declutter a room, take pictures of the items, put them aside in your decluttered junk area, and post them to the appropriate place. Doing this every couple of weeks will give you time to get rid of the old stuff and focus on selling it.
Decluttering your home can be great to find household items to sell for quick cash. If you are needing some extra cash or even if you are just looking to declutter and treat your family to a nice meal, getting rid of stuff and making money can be really easy! Look for the books, baby items, sports equipment, electronics, hobby items, and more to make money quickly.
What about you, what sites have you tried for selling stuff laying around your house? Which one are you going to try to use?