It’s that time of year again, spring is around the corner and you’re looking at your closet/garage/kitchen/under-the-stair storage and wondering how it got to be so crowded. It’s time to declutter your home!
Never fear Cents’ers, there might be untapped resources for spare cash lurking in those hidden places. That age old idiom “One man’s junk may be another man’s treasure” is just the thing that might be the motivation for your spring cleaning. As long as your item of choice is in relatively good condition, there is usually a market for it somewhere.
I’ve recently sold a mini-bar fridge, a small electric fireplace, and a video game (at different points over the past few months) and made a fairly easy three hundred dollars. It’s a great way for me to keep my clutter pile down and my cash flow up.
So here’s the how-to:
If it’s clothes, especially nicer quality clothes, look no further than your local consignment store to sell your past fashion loves for store credit or cash.
If it’s household goods, yard supplies, baby stuff, or pretty much anything really, hold a garage sale. Yes, people still love to garage sale even though it’s becoming somewhat of a lost art. If you don’t have enough stuff, maybe pair up with a friend, family member or neighbour and split the cash.
Naturally, the easiest places to go are the online options and you’ve got quite a selection:
Kijiji.ca is a Canadian online classifieds site and is always a winner. It’s free, easy to use, and usually gets the high number of viewers you’ll want for a quick an easy sell. The problem with Kijiji is it updates quickly and your ad can be pushed down the page pretty quick because it organizes chronologically. For a few extra dollars, Kijiji will glue your ad to the top of the page.
Facebook.com has a marketplace area and there are also a lot of “buy & sell” Facebook sites that cater to your local area – just do a search for your city and something is bound to turn up.
Craiglist.com is another online classifieds site that will usually cater by city. However, this site has become dodgy in recent years and your potential for sketchy replies to your ad goes up exponentially.
Ebay is a good one for more specialized items. Because this site is international, your audience will be facing larger shipping costs and will probably only want to look at items that will be worth it. For example, vintage brand name purse – great choice for Ebay. Another example, old rake with a tooth missing – bad choice for Ebay.
Now your turn, what have you sold lately? Check out this post on frugal tips on cleaning all the things .
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