Don’t Toss These 7 Household Items — Sell Them Instead

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I come from a long line of “dejunkers.” We’re those people who constantly scan their homes for items that haven’t been used for a while — and toss them out.

But when I married a graduate student, and we lived on a marginal income, I realized that some of that stuff I previously had tossed was pretty valuable.

I’ve learned that it really is worth it to sell some things rather than just cart them off. It allows me to earn ­– and save ­– cash. Beyond that, it feels good to see stuff I no longer need going to a new home instead of the landfill.

Consider the following types of items that you might not have realized were worth anything — and learn some of the best places to sell them.

Old electronics

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At one time, I just shoved my old cellphones, computers and tablets into a closet until I junked them. Now, I sell them online.

You can do so, too, through sites such as Gazelle and Decluttr. And there’s always eBay.

Various retailers — from Amazon to brick-and-mortar chains — also buy certain used electronics, as we detail in “9 Retailers That Will Pay for Your Clutter.”


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Yes, libraries and charities may welcome your donation of used books. But if you have textbooks, first editions or volumes from popular authors, you may be able to sell them online or to a local used bookstore.

For example, Decluttr buys books, as do Amazon and the brick-and-mortar chain Half Price Books.

And the website BookScouter can help you find out which buyer will give you the best price for a given book that you want to sell.

Gift cards

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We’ve all received gift cards to stores or restaurants we don’t plan to patronize. Sure, you can give them away, but why not sell them for cash?

You can do just that through gift card exchanges like Cardpool and Raise. They are online marketplaces through which you can sell your unwanted gift cards to people willing to buy them at a discount.

You won’t get the full value — perhaps $90 or $95 for a gift card worth $100, for example. But you will get it in cash.

Home appliances

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I was surprised to find a real demand for my old appliances — including my refrigerator, stove, washer and dryer.

One fellow who bought one was a landlord looking for appliances for student housing. But other buyers — including a woman who always wanted a side-by-side refrigerator but couldn’t afford a new one — just wanted to upgrade their appliances.

This is one instance where you’ll likely need to rely on Craigslist or eBay for sales. But don’t forget Facebook Marketplace, a sometimes overlooked selling option.

Kids toys

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You can sell everything from board games and toys to dolls and action figures — especially if they’re still in original packaging.

Consider posting them for sale on eBay, or try selling them directly and locally on Craigslist.

Designer handbags and clothes

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I had a bit of an obsession with designer handbags some years back, but now I seldom carry them.

Rather than have them sit unused on a closet shelf, I sell them on the website Bag Borrow or Steal. They verify that accessories are authentic designer items — not knock-offs — and pay well.

Other consignment sites for luxury goods include The RealReal and Material World. Some generalized online consignment websites for clothing and accessories — such as — also buy and sell designer labels and other brand names.


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How often do you see someone using a stand-alone pocket-sized calculator these days? Unless you work with engineers, economists or mathematicians, spotting one is akin to seeing a unicorn.

But, as it turns out, there is a market for calculators, especially graphing calculators — which are required, for instance, for some math classes in high school and college.

Before you toss your old calculator, check CalculatorSource to determine its value and popularity.

What’s your favorite way to turn unwanted belongings into cash? Share with us in comments below or on our Facebook page.

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