From clutter to cash!

New Ways to Sell Your Stuff Online

by Debra Karplus


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The problems associated with accumulating clutter have been receiving much attention lately. Hoarding has become so serious and so prevalent that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), which assists mental health professionals to diagnose and treat their patients, in its May 2013 edition, added compulsive hoarding to its list of mental disorders associated with anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Maybe your neighbor is a hoarder or someone in your family might be. Or possibly it's you who simply cannot say "no" to the acquisition of new stuff, just for the sake of having it. There are several websites that enable people to sell their unused items from home with ease.

Ebay.com is a website that you have likely heard of and possibly have used to buy unusual items at a decent price. This online "trading post" offers a myriad of goods including collectibles and small items. Consider being an eBay seller. Read their user agreement and privacy policy, and the rest is simple. One frequent eBay seller claims that she earns nearly as much on eBay as she does at her professional office job!

Buyers want your old books.

It's nice to have books that your family will enjoy, but many of the books collecting dust on your shelf have probably been ignored for years. BookScouter.com can help you sell textbooks and other reading materials that you'll likely never pick up again. They claim to offer you, the seller, the highest price. Their website says their service is free and that no registration is required. Simply enter the ten to thirteen-digit ISBN number and you are well on your way to hearing the jingle of cash in your pocket. They even have a mobile app to give you easier access to the selling process.

Eliminate closet clutter.

You just lost thirty pounds. Or you brought a new outfit home from your last shopping trip. It's time for some old clothes to come out of the closet. There are several websites that can help you sell them. ThredUp.com will sell your women's and kid's clothes, shoes, handbags and more. Be sure to read their "Quality Standards" because they only want goods that are "like-new." They won't return items they don't accept, but if you send them your unwanted clothing that's in good condition, you'll be delighted when they pay you.

TheRealReal.com also wants to sell your men's and women's clothes as well as jewelry, watches, art and other items. They have a phone number and email address to contact them with your specific questions. If they accept your goods, shipping is free.

Turn old electronics into cash.

Gazelle.com will buy your old Apple electronics items, such as obsolete cell phones. Their blog offers useful "how-to" tips. And their online testimonials will convince you that this is a great way to free up some space at home and simultaneously make some money. The Frequently Asked Questions link will be extremely helpful to you.

BuyMyTronics.com wants your old cameras, camcorders, fitness equipment, iPods and more. They don't even care if these devices work or not. Who could refuse that opportunity? Search their website for the complete list of items they'll take.

Nextworth.com also wants your electronics items. They will give you an online quote after you have described the item you want to sell. You can ship it for free. They offer several desirable options for getting paid and claim that the process is quick.

Recycle old entertainment items.

When was the last time you played those old CDs or video games? Get rid of them now! SecondSpin.com wants to give you money for your old CDs. DeCluttr.com will pay you for your old CDs and also DVDs, video games, and other relics of home entertainment. Do an inventory of these items sitting in the family room and get rid of them.

If you are new to the world of selling your clutter via online trading posts, start by selling one small relatively inexpensive item to learn how the process works. Many of these sites pay you via PayPal. You may already be registered with PayPal for times when you have purchased online. Do note that the seller, hopefully you, pays a 2.7% fee for each transaction.

Selling your clutter is a win-win situation worth trying.


Debra is an occupational therapist, accountant, teacher and freelance writer. She is a writer for Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners. She also writes for Grand Magazine, has some items (fiction and non fiction) selling on Amazon.com (kindle) and has written several articles for freelancewriting.com. Learn more about her at DebraKarplus.blogspot.com.

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