Moving? Earn extra cash by selling your unwanted items first
Moving to a new home is a great time to go through all your belongings and decide what you don’t need anymore. Not only will this give you a fresh start, but you can also save money and make some cash.
There are a few ways you can go about selling your unwanted items, depending on what they are. For example, many websites will buy used electronics. Other sites will sell your gently used clothing and other items.
We’ll explain how to get rid of unwanted items and earn money along the way. For more impactful advice, here are six tips for going on a budget. Here’s also when and how to change your home address when you move.
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Get rid of items with Facebook Marketplace
If you want to sell your stuff locally to avoid shipping costs, Facebook Marketplace is a great place to list your stuff — especially if you have large or heavy items.
For example, if you are trying to sell a sofa that you no longer need, people in your area looking for a used sofa can see your listing. You can also share your list with friends and family via your Facebook page.
There’s also an option to have items shipped to remote buyers if you don’t mind heading to the post office or UPS.
Try these websites for selling or trading electronics
Do you have many old phones and tablets taking up space in your drawer? It’s time to sell it. There are plenty of places to buy your used electronics—and you might make more than you think (yes, even that 10-year-old Android phone you’ve been keeping).
If you are interested in moving to a newer device, you can also trade in your old device. It still de-clutters your home while giving you an upgraded phone or tablet.
Check out our full list of the best places to sell used electronics.
Sell your gently used items here
If you’ve got used clothes, shoes, handbags, jewelry, video games, or even nice dinnerware that you no longer need, consider selling them online. You can use one of the apps below to sell your items. Note that these companies will take a commission on everything they sell.
Bushmark: This online marketplace takes a 20% commission of what you make unless the item you’re selling is under $15 – in which case, it requires a flat fee of $2.95.
To buy: You’ll pay a 10% commission on everything you sell through Mercari. As of April 2023, a payment processing fee of 2.9% plus $0.50 is charged when a sale is completed.
Deopop: When you complete a sale on Depop, the site takes a 10% commission.
ebay: The eBay selling fee depends on the category and price of the item you’re selling.. Most categories charge a fee of 13.25% for the first $7,500 of sale and 2.35% for anything more than that. Items like watches and women’s handbags start at 15% higher, while musical instruments start at 8%.
Get a yard sale to get rid of before moving on
Do you have a jumble of things you’d like to get rid of? You can plan a yard sale on the weekend. It’s a good way to get rid of multiple items at once without worrying about fees or spending money on shipping supplies.
Choose a sunny weekend to display your belongings and be sure to advertise online with banners around your area. Also, be willing to negotiate the price of some items and offer BOGO deals to get rid of more items. For example, buy three T-shirts, get one free.
If all else fails, donate your stuff to charities or neighbors
Donate anything you can’t sell but don’t want to bring with you. While larger centers like Goodwill are good options for your unwanted items, you can also try hitting up homeless shelters and schools to see if they accept clothes or books.
Again, you can use Facebook to give away your items, but make sure you mark them as “Free.” You can either post the free items on your homepage or list them for $0 on the Facebook Marketplace.
The Buy Nothing Project is a “global gift economy network” that allows things to be donated for free. Focused on community groups, Buy Nothing’s free app allows you to donate your items to people in your area or around the world.
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