Fast Money: Sell Your Clutter

We are big fans of Craigslist and eBay. We love the idea of purchasing gently used items without paying full price for the brand new versions. This way someone else pays for the depreciation on new purchases and we still get the same item we could have paid full price for in a store.

By Vectorink (for sale by owner sign) [Public domain], <a href="">via Wikimedia Commons</a>

It’s easy to forget, though, that the web goes both ways. For instance, just yesterday I spent about a half an hour total taking a few pictures, posting a few ads, and meeting up with a couple Craigslisters… I walked away with $16 from two of my items. eBay isn’t too shabby either. (Just remember to take into account shipping costs, listing fees, and paypal fees.)

Take a hard look around your home. I guarantee you have something worth selling. Do you have name brand jeans in decent condition that no longer fit? DVDs you’re no longer crazy about? Books you’re not going to read again? These types of items are prime targets for selling.

Furthermore, you might be surprised by the type of items you can turn into cash. I’ve sold things that I was sure no one would want, like my husband’s old scratched phone case, but it sold. (The best bet for these types of items would be Craigslist with its free listings.)

Moral of the story: Don’t let your clutter sit collecting dust. With just a bit of effort, you can turn it into money in your pocket!

Military Tip

Many of our military installations, like MCAS Miramar, host swap meets on post where you can sell items. Check with your FRG leadership or in-processing center for more information.

Also, don’t forget that online swap meets might be another option for your post, like the online yard sale site for Camp Pendleton. A simple Google search with “(your post name) online yard sales” should aim you in the right direction.