Now that the ‘beast from the east’ has gone we can look forward to Spring – warmer, lighter days are coming and it’s a great opportunity to declutter and freshen up your home in preparation.
If that sounds like an undesirable chore, why not try and make some money out of it for a bit of extra motivation? Clearing out cupboards and sorting things is not the easiest task, so you deserve to make some cash in the process!
You never know, you might have some real gems up in the loft just waiting to be snapped up by potential buyers, and you can put the sales towards a family holiday or treat yourself with something indulgent you’ve been wanting to buy.
Here are some ways to make money out of your unwanted things, so you can have a lighter home and hopefully a heavier wallet!
1. Sell what you can online
Selling on eBay is easier than you think, and gives you access to so many buyers across the world. You can list items either at a fixed price (‘Buy it now’) or in auction style if you’re not sure how to price the item. The former is good if you want to be sure of selling the item for a price you have in mind, and auction style is good if you don’t have a particular value in mind.
If you’ve got some larger items like furniture or large children’s toys, you can list the items as ‘collection only’, so buyers can either pick up from you in person, or you can encourage them to use Shiply to find a suitable courier if they do not live locally.
Remember to list an accurate price for postage – many regular buyers are familiar with postage costs so will know what is reasonable. Listing something as ‘free delivery’ could attract more buyers but remember that you may need to price the item at a higher cost to absorb the postage costs.
2. Head to a car boot sale
This will need to be planned in advance, so not necessarily the best option if you’re looking to get the de-cluttering over and done with quickly. If you don’t have a time limit though, it can be a great way to make some money out of items that might not be worth selling online.
The beauty of the car boot sale is having the flexibility to offer discounts or be flexible with pricing which is something that’s not easy to do online. Car boot sales often require a very small amount to be paid in advance to secure your space as a seller, so don’t just turn up on the day! Items can be priced however you like, or you can negotiate on the day.
3. Recycle/trade in used technology and media
There are lots of sites like Musicmagpie.com, zapper, cex.com etc where you can sell your unwanted CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays. The prices for each will be small (between a few pennies and a few pounds, mostly at the lower end of the scale) and will vary depending on the popularity of the album or film.
Don’t let this put you off however, as the small amounts really do add up, and it’s very easy to do – you use an app to scan the barcodes of whichever media you’re selling and it’ll automatically top up your total. Once you’ve finished scanning you just confirm everything and print out a label. Postage is free and just sit back and wait for the funds to hit your account!