If you are looking for ways to pay down debt or find money to make a large purchase, you may be sitting on a gold mine at your house. Besides the obvious categories, such as furniture and toys, there are several other categories of items where you can make money fast from your own home and they are:
Clothes/Shoes: if you have lots of clothes/shoes around your house that are no longer being used, those items are great for resale at consignment shops or online. If you use a local consignment shop, you would receive approximately 50% for every item they sale on your behalf. Consignment shops do not accept just anything; you will need to make sure you comply with the guidelines of the consignment shop(s) (i.e., brand, size). Also, there are various online tools to resale clothing; even Facebook has its own resale store. I have used the Facebook feature before and was able to sell an item within 5 minutes. You can make more money selling items yourself online but it does cost you time.
Computers/Cell Phones: There are several websites including Gazelle and NextWorth that will buy/sell your old computers and cell phones. If you have old computers and phones that are just lying around your house, clean them up and make money from those by using one of those websites or sell it yourself on an online auction site.
Books: Yes, books. I have sold many books on Amazon, it is a great source to earn cash and very easy to use. Amazon charges $.99 for every item sold. School books are a very popular.
Gift Cards: If you have old gift cards lying around your house that you likely will not use, you can sell them on an online website to make some fast cash. One of my favorite websites to use is Cardpool but there are several other websites that are available to make some fast cash from those old gift cards.
Sports Memorabilia: Ok, so this category may not bring you a huge windfall of cash but it is certainly worth unloading these items if you have a husband, like me, who collected baseball cards through his entire childhood that to store them would take two entire cabinets and then some. Experts suggest going to Appraisers.org to have the cards appraised and then selling them on eBay. There is still a market for these items and as a wife of a hoarder of baseball cards; it is worth the time spent on selling them if you can get them out of your house.
Again, if you are trying to find ways to make/find money, just look around your house and see what items you have that you can make money from if you got rid of them. It is very satisfying to make money and to clean out your home at the same time. Give it a try.
Mary Pool is a shareholder of the Bond & Botes Law Offices in Montgomery and Opelika, Alabama. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Auburn University at Montgomery, and a Juris Doctorate from Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law. She has represented thousands of clients over her more than 11 years working in the bankruptcy field. Read her full bio here.