Make Money Quickly: Turn Your Trash Into Cash!


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You’ve got clutter? You’ve got money! Learn how to make money by selling your stuff. via Shutterstock

Hi! My name is Heather and I’m addicted to selling my stuff to make money! I’m hooked after making $200+ bucks selling my clutter this week.

If you’re planning a spring break trip, need to come up with some money to pay your taxes or you’re trying to get out of debt, let me introduce (or reintroduce you) to your new best friend, eBay!

Here’s how to make money quickly with ebay for a trip, taxes or to treat yourself to something fun!

I’ve been in major, de-clutter mode around my house lately. My closet is full of clothing that’s too big, my cupboards are full of stuff I don’t use, and (between you and me) I am scared to even go into the basement.

When I mentioned needing to call Salvation Army to pick up some stuff I’ve gathered, a friend at work asked me why I wasn’t selling my stuff? I replied that, garage sales are a lot of work and we’re out of season. Not to mention I’m busy and don’t want to take the time to set it up, advertise it, and then sit there all weekend. I prefer to just take the tax deduction from my donation.

But we’ve got Disney vacation planned for next month and some extra money would be nice. So I decided to look into what I could do to make money quickly.

I took a few of the pieces I had to donate to an upscale consignment shop in town. They take clothing items in clean, like new condition and I get 40% of what sells. Not bad. But I have to wait however long it takes to sell to make my money.

Make Money on eBay:

After spending many years apart, I was re-introduced to eBay this past week when I was asked to do a blog post about them offering cash back on FatWallet.

I used to sell stuff on eBay back when the kids were little, but listing was always a hassle, having to take the pictures, upload them, write the descriptions, etc. I’ve avoided doing it for several years now because of my crazy busy life.

I decided to give the eBay mobile app a try and was pleasantly surprised. It was super simple to use and with a few pictures you take from your phone, a title, and some details, your item can be live, literally in minutes.

I listed a few things on my lunch break at work last week, not sure if they’d sell, but figured I could always donate them if they don’t. Sure enough, by the end of the day yesterday, everything had sold and I had $212 more in my PayPal account. Parting with my old purse, a MP3 player, and a couple of other things I wasn’t using has never been this exciting!

I bet you can guess what I did last night! I started going through that pile in the dining room listing as much as I could. In about an hour I had 11 more things up for auction. My kids were getting into the auction action too, bringing me toys and clothes they’d outgrown and wanted to sell. We had fun doing it together.

I’m not sure how much money we’ll make for our Disney trip, but I bet it will be more than the tax write off we’d get if we’d donated it.

Tips to Make Money Selling Your Stuff:

If you’re looking for some tips to make money by selling your stuff, look no farther! Bargain Babe has the topic covered with these helpful resources!

What’s your favorite way to make money off your extra stuff; garage sales, consignment shops, eBay, or donating your items?


3 Responses

  1. Julie Hills

    February 27, 2014 6:03 pm

    That’s great, Heather! Did you do auction style or “buy it now” pricing, and if the latter, how did you determine what price to sell your items for? I have a few things I’ve been meaning to put up on eBay but I’ve never done it before and just need either some inspiration or someone to hold my hand :)

    • Heather Stephens

      February 28, 2014 10:24 am

      Hi Julie! Good question. I set them all up as auctions, scheduling them to end in the evening and started everything at either 9.99 or .99. Based on a search on eBay of completed auctions for each of my items, I had a good feel for what they were going for and the likelihood that they would sell.

      I did set a reserve on my coach purse I knew what I could get at the consignment shop (I brought it with me when I offered them my other stuff, but wasn’t happy with the price they offered me.) I set my reserve for the bare minimum I’d part with it for, and figured anything above that was bonus and it was more than what the consignment shop paid.

      Good luck! Using the ebay mobile app was super simple, much less time consuming than I remembered it to be.

      • Julie Hills

        March 4, 2014 2:13 pm

        Thanks Heather! One other question I’ve always had is how you decided the shipping charge? Did you have to do a bunch of research first on shipping options, or is there a set price for shipping via eBay?


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