We all have them: those unused items sitting in the back of our closets, tucked away in the attic, or gathering dust in the garage— from the clothes you hoped you’d fit into sometime to the decor that no longer fits your style. It’s time to turn that clutter into cash! Whether you’re looking to declutter your space, make some extra money, or both, selling your unused items can be a rewarding and profitable way to downsize. Here are some tips on how to make money selling unused items.
1. Declutter and organize
Before you start selling, take some time to declutter and organize your items. Sort through your stuff, and decide what you no longer use or need. Separate things into categories like clothing, electronics, books, furniture, and collectibles.
2. Research the value
Once you’ve decided which items you want to sell, research their value. Use platforms like eBay, Amazon, or other marketplaces to see what similar items are selling for. This research gives you an idea of the market value, helping you know how to price your items.
3. Choose the right selling platform
There are various online and offline platforms for selling your unused items. Some popular online options include:
– eBay: A vast online marketplace where you can list items for auction or set a fixed price.
– Craigslist: A local classifieds platform where you can sell items to people in your area.
– Facebook Marketplace: A convenient option for selling to local buyers within your social network.[link to our FB marketplace article once it’s published]
– Specialized Apps: Depending on what you’re selling, consider using specialized apps like Poshmark for clothing, Letgo for general items, or OfferUp for a wide range of goods.
For higher-end items, consignment shops or local auctions might be your best bet.
4. Take quality photos
High-quality photos can make a big difference in attracting potential buyers. Clean and stage the items you’re selling, then take clear, well-lit photos of all sides. If there are any imperfections (scratches, dings, etc), be sure to call them out and include photos that accurately represent the item’s condition.
5. Write compelling descriptions
Accurate and detailed descriptions help buyers understand exactly what you’re selling. Include relevant information like the brand, size, condition, and any unique features. As mentioned above, always be very clear about any damage or flaws.
6. Price competitively
Pricing your items appropriately is important. You want to make money, but be realistic about the market value and how much buyers are willing to pay. Research similar listings, consider the item’s condition, and set a competitive price. It’s also a good idea to price things slightly higher than your desired price to allow room for negotiation. Also, remember that any sale is more money than you’d be making having it sitting around and gathering dust.
7. Promote your listings
Don’t rely solely on the platform to promote your listings. Share your items on social media, tell friends and family, and cross-post in other resale groups (there are lots on Facebook). The more people who see your listings, the higher the chance of finding buyers.
8. Negotiate wisely
Be prepared for negotiations [link to negotiation article once published), and approach them with a flexible mindset. Some buyers may want to haggle, so consider whether you’re willing to lower the price slightly. Be polite and open to negotiation, and make sure the deal you agree to is fair for both you and the buyer.
9. Provide excellent customer service
Providing a positive buying experience can lead to positive reviews, trust, and repeat buyers and referrals. Respond promptly to inquiries, be courteous, and provide any additional information the buyer may need. Clearly communicate the terms of the sale, including shipping or pick-up arrangements.
10. Secure payment and delivery
Once you’ve finalized the sale, use a secure payment method like PayPal or Venmo, or (if you feel comfortable) a cash exchange in a safe location. If you’re shipping the item, package it securely, insure it, and use a reliable shipping service with tracking.
The bottom line: turning unused items into cash
Turning your unused items into cash is a satisfying way to declutter your space and make some extra money. Remember to approach each transaction with honesty and professionalism, and enjoy the satisfaction of transforming clutter into a valuable resource that can benefit both you and the new owner of your items. And if you ever need another option for fast, extra cash, check out Brigit’s Instant Cash*.
*Subject to Brigit’s approval and policies. Not all members are approved for advances and the amount varies per customer. Advances range from $50 – $250. Log into the Brigit app to learn more. No credit checks or interest, ever. Additional fees may apply for instant delivery of funds.