Where to Sell Your Stuff for Top Dollar

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Believe it or not, this winter’s snow and cold will eventually be a thing of the past. And with spring will come the nearly irresistible urge to purge your house of all the extra stuff lurking in the closets, hanging out in the garage or hiding under your kids’ beds.

While a yard sale can be a quick and easy way to unload all those extras, you’ll never get top dollar for items sold to local bargain hunters. If your goal is to make as much money as possible, here are some of the best places to sell your stuff.

Clothes

If you have brand-name or designer duds in good condition, your best bet is to take those items to a local consignment shop. Depending on their policy, you might be paid up front or when an item sells.

How much you get also depends on the store; some split the selling price 50/50, while others may give you more or less. In addition, you might make more if you accept a store credit instead of cash for your items.

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Before you load up bags full of clothes and head to the store, pay the shop a visit first to check it out. Different stores cater to different clientele, and consignment shops tend to be picky about what they accept. Then, when you do bring in your clothes, make sure they are freshly laundered and folded.

If you live in an area with no consignment shops nearby, you could use an online option such as ThredUp.com, Tradesy.com or Swap.com. But, depending on your items and the particular site, you might not get as much as you would through a local shop.

Books

Used bookstores are a dying breed, but if you have one nearby, you might want to see what your book collection would garner there.

Otherwise, there are dozens of websites that can help sell your old titles. These include big names such as Amazon and Half.com, as well as smaller sites like BookJingle.com.

To find out how much your books are worth, head to BookScouter.com, which will list the going price on more than 40 websites. However, you’ll have to go directly to Half.com to look at its prices.

Recent college textbooks and popular hardcover books are your best bets for making some money. Paperbacks and older books may be better used as a tax deduction by donating them to a local thrift store.

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  • pennyhammack

    A word of warning about selling your books on Amazon. Many of the used books sold by Amazon sell for $.01 + $3.99 shipping. If you are an individual selling your books that way, by the time you pay for shipping and pay Amazon’s commission you will come up with a net loss for each book of around eighty cents and that’s before you add the cost of shipping supplies. When I complained, Amazon suggested that I list my books for more than the bottom price, but that means that I would have been listed after all those vendors who were selling their books for $.01 and would have waited forever to sell my books. In other words, the $.01 + $3.99 for shipping is a great way to buy books from Amazon, but unless you have a genuine collectable that you could list for a good price, you’re better off selling to Half Price books or donating them. You won’t get your cost back but at least you won’t go in the hole for each book sold.

  • http://WWW.EXTRA-CASH-ONLINE.COM/ Robert Connor

    Take your receipts from shopping and save more!

  • sbrs

    I’d like to know where to get the best price for my old jewelry, watches, etc.

  • Melody Guidry

    Just a suggestion, all the other stuff like kitchenware, anything that you can’t sell maybe can be donated to Women & children, Veterans, those who are going from shelters to a new apartment, a home and can’t afford those items.
    Thank you.

  • Y2KJillian

    A. Craigslist is amazing for selling some things–usually practical things, like used furniture, lamps, kitchenware, dishes…not for collectible prices, but for actual use. We sold a large stainless roaster last Thanksgiving, for example, that would cost new, now, about $60 and we got $25 after storing it for 20 years and only using it once. We got $50 for two old little nightstands (painted white) and $25 for two little lamps. We’ve sold tons (probably literally) on Craigslist. We even sold our wedding china for $700–I admit, we got lucky on that one. A collector was cruising Craigslist and we had paid only about $250 originally; but we bought it in Germany and kept it for 40 years. Craigslist is a great place to sell a car, surprise! It’s a great place to give things away for free, too, like “slightly” stained mattresses…the kind the thrift stores won’t take, but cost $12 to $28 to take to the dump, though they’re still quite useful if you put a plastic cover over them or just don’t care (have small children or pets).
    B. If you live a truly frugal lifestyle, as we do, your stuff is cheap to begin with. I just laughed out loud thinking of trying to resell my used clothing! I wear tee and sweatshirts from JiffyShirts (about $5 each) and sweatpants from Walmart–wonder what they’ll bring after six years’ hard use!
    C. We have very few special things; except that what we keep and use IS special to US. Our goal is use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without, a truly MoneyTalks News kind of life. It doesn’t leave much for getting “top dollar” latert on! What’s still usable we donate, the rest we recycle, cut up (as in those old sweatshirts which make passable rags for wiping up certain things where you’re NOT going to wash and reuse the rag),, part out and well for scrap metal (as our old broken $9 toaster–the wiring went into the wiring/metal bin), or we give it away free on CraigsList.
    D. Our big offloading problems are the few things that might have real value to someone–so a round of antique stores is probably in order.

  • http://ecofrugality.blogspot.com/ Amy Livingston

    It would if the article were about ways to get rid of your unwanted stuff, but this is an article about how to make money off it. I use Freecycle all the time, myself, but that’s mostly because I have nothing to get rid of that’s worth any significant amount of money–so I’d rather just send it to a good home than go to a lot of trouble over a buck or two.

  • Mark R Speltz

    If you’re any kind of a social media bug, there are a lot of great “garage sale” sites popping up on sites like Facebook. They’re usually county or even community-based, so pretty much all of your potential buyers are nearby. They have some rules for posting content of course, but really not much different than sites like Craigslist. We’ve had a lot of success selling items on our local site, usually getting a lot of responses very quickly!