November 28, 2023 | Allison Robertson

Turning Clutter into Cash: Selling Used Items for Extra Holiday Funds


Turning Everyday Household Items into Holiday Cash

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As the holiday season approaches, many Americans are feeling the financial pinch. While not everyone has antiques or rare collectibles gathering dust in their attics, most homes are filled with everyday items that can be converted into quick cash. 

Selling used items is a practical way to generate extra income, especially when budgets are tight. You can make a quick buck within a few days. 

From vintage treasures to modern gadgets, here's a list of household items that can fetch a decent sum.

Brand-Name Clothing

Woman with clothing on hangersAndrea Piacuadio, Pexels

Value: $25-$200+ 

Where to Sell: Poshmark, eBay, Depop, local consignment shops.

Designer and high-quality clothing, especially with tags still attached, can sell well. Limited edition items or pieces from popular brands are always in demand.

Used Smartphones and Tablets

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Value: $50-$500+ 

Where to Sell: Gazelle, eBay, Facebook Marketplace.

Technology moves fast, and there’s a constant market for used devices. Ensure they’re in good working condition and factory reset before selling.

Video Games and Consoles

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Value: $30-$300+ 

Where to Sell: eBay, GameStop (for trade-in), Facebook Marketplace.

Retro and current gaming systems and games retain value, particularly if they are in good condition or have a cult following.

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Fitness Equipment

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Value: $25-$500+ 

Where to Sell: Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, local sports consignment shops.

High-quality fitness gear, especially weights and branded equipment like Peloton or Bowflex, are always sought after.

Kitchen Appliances

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Value: $30-$200+ 

Where to Sell: eBay, Facebook Marketplace, local appliance resale shops.

Quality kitchenware, like cannister sets, dish sets, and branded items like Tupperware, are always sought after. These items can be sold for a good price if they're in good condition.

Small appliances like mixers, blenders, coffee makers, etc., also have a robust resale market.

Furniture

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Value: $50-$1000+ 

Where to Sell: Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, OfferUp.

Well-kept furniture, especially unique or vintage pieces, can fetch a good price. Even modern, gently used items are in demand, such as: bookcases, end tables, shelving, stools, benches, and more. 

Photography Equipment

Photography equipmentAndrew Neel, Pexels

Value: $50-$1000+

Where to Sell: eBay, KEH, local camera shops.

Quality lenses, DSLRs, and vintage cameras hold their value. Even photography accessories, such as, camera bags and tripods will sell well. 

Ensure they’re in good working order before selling.

Board Games and Puzzles

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Value: $25-$100+ 

Where to Sell: eBay, BoardGameGeek, Facebook Marketplace.

Complete sets of popular or vintage board games and puzzles are always in demand, especially around the holidays. Ensure all pieces are included. 

Musical Instruments

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Value: $50-$1000+ 

Where to Sell: Reverb, Craigslist, local music stores.

Instruments, particularly well-known brands in good condition, can be worth quite a bit. Even beginner instruments have a market.

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Pet Items

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Value: $25-$200+ 

Where to Sell: Facebook Marketplace, eBay, local pet forums.

High-quality pet items like crates, aquariums, dish sets, toys or branded accessories retain value. Pet lovers are always on the lookout for good deals on items that can be expensive when bought new.

Baby Gear

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Value: $50-$300+ 

Where to Sell: Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, local parenting groups.

Baby gear is always in high demand. Items such as strollers, cribs, swings, playmats, diaper bags, etc. are expensive to purchase brand new. These items are often used for a short period, so gently used ones are popular among budget-conscious parents.

Kids Items 

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Value: $25-$200+ 

Where to Sell: Facebook Marketplace, local children’s consignment shops, eBay.

Kids outgrow their things fast, so there's a constant market for gently used children's items. Seasonal clothing lots, popular toys, books, and even themed bed sets can sell quickly.

Outerwear 

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Value: $30-$250+ 

Where to Sell: Poshmark, eBay, local consignment shops.

Quality outerwear, such as jackets and boots, holds its value as it's essential for colder climates. Items in good condition, free from wear and tear, can fetch a higher price.

Books 

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Value: $10-$100+ 

Where to Sell: Amazon, eBay, local used bookstores.

Well-maintained books, especially in genres like self-help and educational material, are always in demand. First editions or hard-to-find titles can be particularly valuable.

Pricing and Listing Your Used Items

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When pricing your items, research is key. Look at what similar items are selling for to gauge a competitive price. 

Take clear, well-lit photos from multiple angles and provide detailed descriptions in your listings. 

Be honest about the condition and highlight any unique features. A well-crafted listing can attract more buyers and lead to quicker sales.

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Safety First

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When selling items online, always prioritize your safety. Meet in public places for in-person transactions and consider using secure payment methods like PayPal. 

Avoid sharing personal information and trust your instincts – if a deal feels too good to be true, it probably is.





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