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When your budget gets tight, you may be looking for easy ways to make extra cash.
And that doesn’t help you if you need money like yesterday to pay the bills, right?
A faster way to get cash in a pinch is to sell things you might have around the house. The key is selling things you don’t think you’ll need or use again.
And of course, you have to be selling things people want to buy. But if you’ve got some extra stuff laying around you could easily sell it for $25, $50, $100 or more.
If that’s music to your ears, I’ve got you. I’ve put together a list of things you can sell to make money in no time at all.
Where Can I Sell Things to Make Extra Cash?
Great question! And the short answer is, there are lots of places you can sell things to make money, both online and offline.
If you’re wondering where you can easily sell your stuff to make money, here are some of my top picks
I also really like apps for selling things. You can post what you have to sell for cash, people can view your listing and if they buy it–boom, you get paid.
If you need some apps you can use to sell things, here are some of the best ones to try:
Just remember if you’re selling online through an app or website to read the fine print. You may be charged a fee to list and sell your items. So factor that into your pricing.
27 Things You Can Sell to Make Money Right Now
Many of these things you probably already have at home. But there are a few you may not have thought of. So let’s take a look at some creative ways to make money by selling your stuff!
If you’ve got a stack of books collecting dust, you can sell them to turn them into cash. That goes for textbooks, fiction, non-fiction — whatever you have lying around.
Check out these sites for selling books:
2. Kids’ toys
Some of the best things to sell online to make money are kids’ toys because people are always looking for deals.
You can sell stuff your kids have outgrown or even some of your old toys from childhood if you’ve still got them stashed away somewhere. Heck, you might even have some geeky collectibles that are worth major bucks.
3. Clothes and shoes
Clothes and shoes are something else you might find it easy to sell if you have more than you need. If you’ve got some pricier items to unload, you could try selling on thredUP or Poshmark.
4. Gift cards
If you’ve got a pile of gift cards you aren’t using, you could always sell them for cash online.
Try these sites to sell gift cards:
5. Cellphones and chargers
Got some old cell phones or chargers you don’t use? You can sell them on Gazelle for easy money.
6. CDs and DVDs
With everybody streaming their movies and music these days, you may not use your CDs and DVDs as much anymore. A great place to sell them online is through Decluttr or eBay.
7. Video games and gaming systems
Video games and gaming systems can also help you bank a few bucks if you need money. You can list them online with Facebook or eBay. GameStop is another option, though you’ll have to go to the store to trade in your items for money.
8. Sports equipment
9. Kitchen gadgets
This might be one of the less obvious things you can sell to make money but your kitchen might just be a gold mine.
If you’ve got some high-end appliances you don’t use, like a Kitchen Aid stand mixer or a deluxe pasta maker, you could sell them for serious cash on eBay. Even smaller items like a waffle maker or rice cooker could fetch a few bucks.
10. Purses and accessories
You can make extra money selling off your old purses and accessories, especially if you’ve got some designer brands in the mix. Check out REBELLE, Poshmark, thredUP and eBay–those are all great places to sell purses, scarves and other fashionable add-ons.
Selling your jewelry can bring in a nice chunk of change if you have some quality pieces. Worthy.com and CashforGoldUSA.com are two places to try selling online. Pawnshops and jewelry stores also buy jewelry but selling online means you don’t have to schlep it around.
Tools can also net some decent money if they’re in good condition. You can sell tools on Facebook Marketplace or eBay.
Furniture is one of the most popular things you can sell to make money and there are lots of places you can sell it online, including the Letgo app. AptDeco is another easy way to sell furniture from your laptop or smartphone.
14. Craft supplies
If you’ve got a closet full of craft supplies your family’s not using, you could easily turn them into cash.
You might have a Cricut that’s just collecting dust, for example, or a pile of yarn and knitting needles that you haven’t touched in years. Again, eBay might be your best bet for selling crafty items online.
15. School supplies
Those extra notebooks, pencils, paper, even backpacks can all be sold for cash online. Try Hoot of Loot for selling supplies that teachers or home educators might find useful.
16. Bikes or scooters
Bikes, scooters, skateboards — all of them can be turned into cash. And the same goes for accessories like bike helmets or knee pads. Try Bikesoup to sell your bike online.
17. Baby items
Having a baby is expensive and there are plenty of parents out there who are looking to save a buck on baby stuff.
If you’ve got clothes, bottles, baby furniture or even diapers and formula that are unopened, you can list them for sale on eBay or OfferUp. If you want to sell in-person, you can try Once Upon a Child.
18. Holiday items
Holiday decorations might be one of the more unusual things you can sell to make money but you’d be surprised what people will buy if they can get it for less than full price.
For example, you might be able to sell Christmas lights, your old Christmas tree, those blow-up lawn decorations, ornaments, wrapping paper, stockings, home decor items. It’s worth digging through your attic or garage to see what you have for the holidays you can list on eBay.
Sheets, blankets, comforters and quilts are all things you can sell to make money if they’re in good shape. eBay might be your best bet for selling these items online.
20. Exercise equipment
Along with sports equipment, you can also sell exercise equipment locally or online. Some of the things people will pay cash for include:
- Yoga mats and balance balls
- Treadmills and ellipticals
- Weight benches and free weights
- Exercise bikes
The biggest challenge with selling large pieces of exercise equipment online through a site like eBay is shipping it. But you could easily make a few hundred dollars this way.
21. Musical instruments
Did one of your kids take up an instrument only to abandon it? Or did you play once upon a time but not so much anymore?
You can get some of what you spent back by selling your instruments. We have a local music trader store in town where you can sell used instruments. But you can also try these sites for selling online:
22. Recreational vehicles
Recreational vehicles and ATVs could put hundreds, if not thousands, in your pocket when you need money fast. For example, you could sell four-wheelers, go-karts, motorcycles, dirtbikes, campers — those are all things people will pay big money for.
Facebook Marketplace might be the quickest way to sell these items locally. But there are also sites like ATVTrader.com that let you list recreational vehicles for sale without having to leave home.
Just like jewelry, watches are something else you can sell to make fast cash. You can sell them to Worthy.com but if you’ve got a luxury watch, you might try a premium buyer like Watchbox.
24. Cardboard boxes
I wish I had known you could buy cardboard boxes used before I bought new for our last move. If you’ve got a stack of boxes that you want to trade for cash, here are a few places you can sell them online:
If you’re sitting on a pile of collectibles you could be rich without even knowing it. Some of the things you might sell include:
- Collectible coins
- Vintage toys
- Sports memorabilia
- Porcelain dolls
- China dishware
- Movie posters
eBay and Etsy are two of the best options for selling collectibles online. But you could also check out antique dealers locally if you’re in a pinch and need cash quickly.
26. Home decor items
Pictures, knickknacks, mirrors, lamps, shelving — those are all things you can sell to make money on eBay. And clearing out the clutter in your home means you have less to clean.
27. Board games
Board games are a great way to pass the time when you’re stuck at home but if need money, selling off ones you no longer play is a no-brainer. If you need some ideas for where to sell them online, try BoardGameCo or Noble Knight.
Selling Stuff Is a Quick Fix But Think Long-Term
Looking around for things you can sell to make money can help you get cash to meet your needs right now. But unless you’re interested in becoming a minimalist, it’s not the best strategy for the long-term.
If you want to start creating some financial security, the key is thinking of ways you can boost your income while cutting back on spending. Those are both things I want to help you with because having lived the broke life, I know that it’s absolutely no fun.
So before you go, take a peek at these posts to help you get started making and saving more money:
Do you have an idea for things you can sell to make money?
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