Spring has sprung into full bloom. The doors and windows are open, allowing the cool spring breezes to blow out the cobwebs of winter. It’s a new season and a time for change. Spring brings to mind fresh air, flowers blooming, spring cleaning and clearing out the clutter. It’s time to usher out the old and make room for the new.
What also comes to my entrepreneurial mind is how to make a little money while doing it. Now is the perfect time to turn your unwanted items into cold hard cash, and here are six ideas for doing just that:
If you’ve got appliances, furniture or motor vehicles that need a new home, try offering them on Craigslist. Be sure to take plenty of pictures and write your ad, describing the items in full. Post it to the site that’s closest to your area, and you’ll have offers in no time. Selling big items such as these locally is a good idea, as you won’t have to worry about shipping costs. Just be smart about it, there are unscrupulous people out there and they will try to take advantage of you if you let them.
If you’ve got collectibles or one-of-a-kind pieces that are just gathering dust, that you’d like to sell, Ebay is probably the best way to do it. These types of items tend to do well on auction sites. Just be sure to do your research so you know where to start the bidding. Take plenty of pictures and write a descriptive ad, detailing the finer points of your items. Look into the best shipping methods and learn what it will cost to ship the items, so you know what to charge the buyer.
Do you have oodles of CD’s, DVD’s and games laying around the house, not being used? Why not consider selling them for some extra cash? It’s a pretty easy process and you just might be surprised how much these items are worth! Just enter the barcode of the DVD, CD or Game you want to sell into the Valuation Engine and they’ll tell you how much it’s worth. Pack them in a box, attach the free shipping label they’ll supply and mail it off to them. Before you know it, you’ll receive a check in the mail for the value of the items you’ve sent in. Easy peasy!
Are you a book hoarder lover like me? Got so many stacks sitting around the house that you’re using them like end tables? Try selling them to an online bookseller such as Powells or Amazon. You’ll clear some clutter and make a fair penny, if you’ve got the books they’re looking for.
If you’ve got gently used clothing and/or toys, you should consider a consignment shop. You take the gently used items to their store, where they price them, sell them and do all the work for you. Then, when they do sell, you get a percentage of the selling price. All you had to do was be smart enough to take them into the store!
When all else fails, or you’d just like to get the things sold quickly and as effortlessly as possible, consider hosting a yard sale on a sunny weekend. Just gather your unwanted items, set them up on tables in the driveway, garage or yard, price them and sell away. Most of the items listed in this article should sell well for you. Don’t forget about all those health and beauty items you’ve stockpiled from your strategic couponing. They’ll probably sell like crazy. When it’s all said and done, whatever is left over, don’t by any means take it back into your house! Load them up in your car and take them right to your local donation site. They’ll take them and be glad of it!
So, there you have it, six fairly easy ways to make a little extra cash from your Spring Cleaning!