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Making Money: Almost Everything In Your House Has Value To Someone Else.

I am opening every single box, plastic storage tub, closet, and cabinet this week in order to sell of some of my belongings. This is not because I need the money (although the money will be nice) – it’s because I just have too much stuff. I thought I did a good job of purging before I moved 4 months ago, but I am finding more and more items that are not bringing any value to my life…so out the door they are going! It truly is amazing what we accumulate slowly over time or what kinds of things we think we “need” when in reality we “need” very little – the rest ends up being stuffed in a closet or left to collect dust being on display. Saturday I started with my office closet and was able to thin it out considerably. While my office is always clutter-free, the same doesn’t go for the closet…until now. Here is what I pulled out of that closet to get rid of:

- An electric guitar I haven’t played in years
- A stand up fan
- A portable cd/tape player
- A rubber horseshoe set
- A wooden wall clock
- 2 model cars
- 2 shoeboxes full of cables/cords/adapters
- An over-the-door hanger
- A walking stick I made myself but have no need for
- A shoebox full of 4-track tapes from my days of being in bands
- 2 curtains
- 5.1 surround speakers I no longer use

And that’s just from my office closet! I didn’t even realize I had most of this crap because it has been packed away in boxes for years that have just been moved from house to house. So once I got everything laid out on the floor, I began listing anything worth at least a few bucks on Craigslist or Ebay while listing the low-to-no dollar value items on Freecycle. And so far, I am making a few bucks on this stuff! I don’t expect to make back anything close to what I paid for them, due to the sunk cost of buying “things” in the first place. But hey, $100 is $100! Just because I don’t need or want these things anymore doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of people out there looking for these particular items.

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On Sunday, I went into my bedroom closet and decided to get rid of every piece of clothing I haven’t worn in the past 12 months. Every. Single. Item. So now I will also be listing some clothes online that are still in good shape and I hope to make a few bucks here too. Some of these items include:

- A coat from North Face
- 6 dress shirts from Banana Republic
- 3 pairs of shoes
- 2 sweaters
- 2 pairs of jeans
- 3 pairs of black dress pants
- 2 suits
- 2 fleece sweatshirts

With over 92 million daily users of the internet in the United States alone, your “online store” could have a lot of shoppers entering it on a daily basis. Just because you don’t think any of your belongings aren’t worth much of anything doesn’t make it so! There are millions of people looking at Ebay and Craigslist every single day, and they may be looking for whatever it is you have laying around your house taking up space. So when it is time for you to declutter and pare down, keep in mind that just because it is of no value to you doesn’t mean that someone else wouldn’t want it. You may be pleasantly surprised by just how much you can make by selling your belongings online.

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  1. This is all so true. It’s amazing where stuff comes from. I thought I’d done a pretty good job of purging my house but still there’s more to sell.

  2. Brandy says:

    I just found out yesterday that if you want to get rid of clothes that you cant sell, Goodwill will take them all except anything with body fluids on it. So if you have stained or worn to the ground clothes or shoes they’ll take them. They sell them to a company that recycles the clothes in bulk. This is great. No more tossing in the garbage shoes worn out or clothes that get bleach stains on them.

  3. Tyler says:

    In this cleaning process, at what point does it become OK to give away gifts you’ve received? An example: I have several Beanie Babies that people gave for various reasons (one looked like my cat from when I was growing up, one was my basketball team’s mascot, one has my college logo on it, etc.). I also have four hooded sweatshirts I’ve not worn, a coat I have only worn once, two unique lamps I don’t use, etc.

    Am I ok in selling these things, or is that defacing the “spirit” of the gift giving in which I originally got the items?

  4. David says:

    In my book, once it’s yours it’s yours to do what you want with. Many of the things I am getting rid of were gifts over the years; but it’s now my choice to do with them as I see fit. If we kept everything that was ever a gift, can you imagine how much stuff you would have? What if we all still had our baby gifts and our toys?

    :)

  5. Unless an individual item has a value of say $40 or more I don’t bother taking the time to see it. I give it away and hope that it adds to my karma points ;-)

    I’ve been cleaning out an attic for 2 years now and almost everything I’ve gotten rid of has gone to the thrift store. (It’s taken two years because there is no utilities up there so I can’t work up there after dark and it’s too hot in the summer to even go up there).

  6. I recently sold a 3.2 MP Canon camera that was very very used for almost $30 on the internet.

    You would be shocked at what other people will pay money for!

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  13. One mans treasure is another mans trash.

    Old saying but so true.

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