When you’re in need of quick cash, it helps to be resourceful. Here are 12 things you can find and sell to make extra money. We bet at least two are in the room with you right now!
Items from well-known brands or designers have a decent resale value. This is especially true for vintage pieces and quality materials like leather or denim. The RealReal is a luxury consignment store, although you can also list items on sites like Poshmark or Tradesy. To bypass listing individual items, sell in bulk to an online consignment store like ThredUp. Don’t forget to include shoes, bags, accessories, and formalwear.
You don’t need to own gems to make money selling jewelry. There’s always a market for gold and silver.
Source a few prices from local shops before accepting a dealer’s offer. Watches, cufflinks, and brooches can be sold just like other jewelry items. Thrift and antique shops buy non-precious stone and metal costume pieces, too.
Books vary widely in how much they’re worth. Paperbacks are cheap, but used textbooks can be valuable. Sites like Amazon allow you to search by ISBN and set up your listing within minutes.
Have a few old devices left over from your last upgrade? There’s a healthy market for used electronics, even for older models. You’ll get higher bids if you include charging cables, manuals, and any accessories in your listing.
Well-maintained furniture will sell well online and to resale shops. If your buyer is local, you can offer to deliver for an extra fee. For commonly sold items like Ikea furniture, take note of other sellers’ prices. An item in perfect condition will fetch about 70% of the original price you paid.
You can also flip furniture. A simple paint job on a cheap chair from Goodwill can be turned into a profit on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace.
You might be surprised how much collectors will shell out for certain pieces. Cult movie posters, vintage figurines, sports memorabilia, 90s Disney VHS tapes, you name it — it’s likely someone will pay you for it. Search eBay to get an idea of typical prices for niche goods.
Workout gear and sports equipment have excellent resale value on eBay and Craigslist. Everything from bicycles, golf clubs, and weights can fetch a good price. Specialty items like camping and hiking gear, skis, and kayaks rise in demand based on the season.
If you’re good at taking photos, consider staging some stock photography to sell for commercial reuse. Sites like Shutterstock allow you to sell images for brands to use in advertising and content. Tap into current content needs (like images of masks and hand-washing for COVID-19 in 2020) for maximum exposure.
Music stores, Reverb, and Craigslist are good places to sell instruments you’re no longer playing. Many beginners purchase their first instruments secondhand off sites like these.
If you’ve donated blood before, donating plasma isn’t too different. Sessions average 1-2 hours, and you’re paid between $20-60 per session after you pass your health check. Eligible donors can book multiple sessions, often earning up to $300 a month.
Turn store gift cards into funds you can use anywhere with sites like Card Cash. Get 92% back in cash or trade your gift card for another one of equal value. Either way, you can make your gift cards work for you.
Kids often outgrow toys, clothes, shoes, and furniture before they wear them out. Gently-used items can be resold at consignment shops like Once Upon a Child. Brands like OshKosh B’Gosh, Gymboree, and Gap Baby are especially popular.
If you look around you, you’ll find dozens of things you can sell to make extra money quickly. Try multiple sites and resale shops, take good photos for your listings and ask for fair prices. You might be surprised how much money you can make from what you already own.
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