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Finding ways to make extra money is something I’ve always enjoyed doing.
As a kid, I started babysitting from a young age and I worked at part-time jobs all through high school so that I’d have money to do fun things.
As an adult and mom with young kids, it doesn’t make sense for our family to have me to work outside the home.
Instead, I’ve found other creative ways to make money, including selling things I no longer need for extra cash.
It helps that I am not the type of person who’s a hoarder.
Chances are if we aren’t using it and don’t need it for the foreseeable future, I’m getting rid of it!
There are lots of things you can sell to make extra money, but the best news is that you may be able to earn cash this way even if you don’t think you have anything to sell at all. With a little creativity, you just may find that there are ways you hadn’t considered to make extra money.
Places to Sell Your Unwanted Items
Some of the items listed below are best sold on a certain platform or in a certain place, but for others, you’ll need to find a general marketplace. Some of the best places to sell items for cash include:
- Facebook (Marketplace and local buying groups)
- OfferUp (smartphone app)
- LetGo (smartphone app)
- Yard Sale
Whenever you’re selling something local, remember to be safe. Arrange a neutral spot like a parking lot with a lot of people around to do your buying and selling.
Our town has a designated swap site right in front of the police department, so check to see if there’s something like that in your area.
With that said, it’s time to learn what you can actually sell!
If you need cash, here are 27 things you can sell for extra money.
There are lots of ways to sell clothing in good condition, both in person and online.
Kids clothes always sell well on local platforms like Facebook Marketplace or specialized consignment shops, but you could opt for online consignment sites like Swap.com or ThredUp, both of which have large selections of kids merchandise.
Old Baby Gear
There are so many baby gear items that are must-haves when your child is young, but so often they’re needed for just a short while before your child outgrows their use.
This means that you’re likely left with stuff that’s in pretty decent shape, but which you have absolutely no use for. The good news is, there are lots of new moms who are more than willing to take those baby items off your hands.
Budget-conscious shoppers know how expensive baby gear can be, and they’re more than willing to buy secondhand. Look to local kid-friendly consignment shops, or sell it for yourself on Facebook or Craigslist to get the most money from your items.
If you have lots of college textbooks lying around your house, maybe it’s time to unload them. Lighten the bookshelves and line your pockets when you sell them on a site like BookScouter or Chegg Books.
If you have high-quality jewelry just sitting around, you could make a pretty penny selling it for extra money. Take that tacky hand-me-down or the necklace from your ex-boyfriend, and turn it into cash.
If you want to pawn your items, it’s best to visit several jewelers or pawn shops to get a good idea of what it’s really worth. This is one area where you’ll really want to price compare to make sure you’re getting the best value for your unwanted jewelry.
If you’re good at graphic design or have an eye for beautiful and useful images, make money selling printables like planners, calendars, and journals. A personal blog is always a good place to sell printables, but you can also head to Etsy to sell your items. Or, create your own storefront in Shopify. The sky’s the limit here!
Do you have a passion for helping others and life experience or education that others can benefit from? Share your expertise and help others reach their full potential with a business as an online life coach, career coach, or health coach.
If you’re crafty, share that gift with others and make money in the process. Etsy, CafePress, and Zazzle are just a few of the online marketplaces you can use to sell your handmade goods.
You’ll find more ideas in my article Where to Sell Handmade Jewelry Online.
The possibilities are really endless when you consider that you don’t need tangible things to sell, just the talents and skills you already have. Learn how to start a freelance business to get started offering your gifts to others.
If you don’t want to go all-in as a freelancer, head to Fiverr and see if there’s a service or talent that you can offer there.
Unused Gift Cards
Old or unused furniture cluttering your space? Don’t hold onto pieces if they aren’t being used. Furniture always sells well, especially if it’s well-made or in decent condition.
Advertise it locally on apps like OfferUp and LetGo, or platforms like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace.
Ad Space on Your Car
As long as you aren’t too attached to the look of your vehicle, you may be able to make extra cash as a traveling billboard!
Believe it or not, there are companies out there who will pay to have their logo or an ad placed on your car. This could be anything from a window decal to a full-blown vehicle wrap.
You can earn hundreds of dollars per month selling ad space on your car. Much of it depends on the type of vehicle you have, the area of the country you live in, and the amount of driving you do.
Head to Wrapify to learn more about this money-making opportunity.
With three kids who are actively involved in different sports each season of the year, I know firsthand that all that equipment adds up. Plus, when they’ve outgrown it or no longer need it, it just sits in the garage collecting dust.
Sports equipment is another really hot item that does well in the local market. Choose to sell it yourself, or look to see if you have a local used-equipment store like Play It Again Sports in your area.
If you have a teaching background and have been holding on to old lesson plans, you can sell these on Teachers Pay Teachers and make money in the process.
This is a great site where teachers can sell their resources and lesson plans to other teachers who may be scrambling to figure out just how to teach a certain class.
If you have prior career experience, you could sell your knowledge working as a consultant. Consulting is a really good job if you need to work from home, because you can freelance and choose clients on a project-by-project basis.
Most consulting jobs pay very well and are only for a set period of time, giving you the flexibility to work when you’re able.
If you have old appliances, unused pots and pans, or construction materials sitting around in storage, you could sell the parts for scrap. This article in Popular Mechanics walks you through the steps you may need to take to turn your old metal junk into cold hard cash.
Blessed with long locks? If you’re willing to cut your hair, you could profit from it. Most hair buyers want hair that hasn’t been colored or damaged and is at least 10-inches long.
If you’re always snapping away with your smartphone camera, you could make money off your pictures. Get started selling your photos to a stock site like Dreamstime, Shutterstock, or Fotolia.
Old cell phones
There’s no point in keeping cellphones that are just collecting dust. Old technology still sells well, especially if it’s in working condition. Check sites like SellCell.com or Swappa to see if your phone is worth any money.
Once my kids outgrow their toys or are no longer interested in playing with them, I can’t wait to get the out of the house. The local marketplace is a great place to unload these items for cash.
Hot toys like Legos are always money-makers, but anything in good condition is likely to bring you some extra money.
Yard equipment can get expensive, so you’ll always find eager buyers looking to pay cash for items you’re willing to part with. Lawnmowers, gardening tools, and any type of motorized equipment are always good sellers. This is another type of thing that is best to try and sell locally.
There are plenty of brands and businesses that will pay you just for your input and feedback. If you have a few minutes of extra time in your day, use it to make some extra cash taking online surveys. Survey Junkie is a great company to begin with if you want to get your feet wet.
Looking for a bigger payday? Companies like FocusPointeGlobal and User Interviews will pay qualifying candidates to give feedback about certain products through surveys, phone calls, or web interviews.
Here’s another way to make extra cash without selling physical items. Make extra money performing services like grocery delivery or handyman help.
TaskRabbit is an app that lets you offer a wide variety of services to your local area, like cleaning help, fast-food pickup, or furniture assembly. You can also check out InstaCart and Shipt if you want to offer shopping services or grocery delivery.
Video Games and Consoles
Whether you have the latest releases or a box full of classics sitting in your attic, there’s a good market for used video games and consoles. Try selling these online at eBay or Decluttr, or head to your local GameStop and see if you can trade in your unwanted video games for cash.
Bikes are expensive. If you have a few that are no longer the right size for your family (or simply aren’t used), you’ll likely find a buyer in your local area.
Collectibles like sports cards and figurines can carry a hefty price tag, if you know how to market them. If you have old collectors items lying around your house but you aren’t super passionate about saving these things anymore, selling could be a great way to make some extra cash.
If you have artistic talent, you can make extra money selling your creations. Upload artistic renderings on Society6 and they can be put on a variety of objects like t-shirts, posters, and coffee mugs. When someone buys your design, you get paid.
Other Ways to Make Extra Cash From Home
Selling stuff is a great way to declutter, pad your wallet, and bring in some much-needed cash, but it usually isn’t a long-term solution if you need a regular income stream.
If you really need to make money, you’ll want to focus on skills and talents you can sell, rather than physical items you already own.
Check out these articles for ideas on methods you can use to make extra cash from home: