5 Places to Sell Your Old Stuff (Besides Craigslist)

posted: 01/29/16
by: Blythe Copeland
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Ready to finally tackle a major overhaul of your garage, basement, attic, and closets? You'll need a plan for what to do with all that old stuff -- and making one before you get started will keep it from piling up until your next big cleaning day. Make a little extra profit from your purge by selling everything from books to clothes, either online or in person, with these awesome alternatives to Craigslist, eBay, and Amazon.

1. Decluttr

Declutter is a simple system for selling music, movies, and video games. Either enter the item's barcode number into the site or use the free app to scan the barcode from your phone, and get an immediate price -- the minimum is 50 cents, but more in-demand products will score you payments of dollars instead. You're responsible for packing your shipment, but Decluttr pays for the shipping costs, so you can get rid of all your husband's old video games with a minimum of hassle.


decluttr2. ThredUp

Local consignment stores and sales can be an easy way to make a little extra money from your old clothes and the pieces your kids have outgrown, but ThredUp might be even easier: Order a free Clean Out Kit, fill it with the items you're no longer wearing, and send it back at no cost. The company takes care of checking, pricing, and listing all of your clothing, and will recycle or return to you anything that doesn't sell. The company does stress their exacting quality standards, though, so you'll make more sending clothes from high-end name brands in excellent condition.


3. NextWorth

When it's time to upgrade your electronics, you can recycle the old ones -- or sell them for a little extra cash. NextWorth will give you an online quote for your smartphone, iPad, iPod, tablet, laptop, video games, or camcorder, and then produce a printable free shipping label; after the company receives and inspects your device, you get paid with a check, gift card, or PayPal. If you'd rather do the trade in person, you can work with a representative at stores including Target and Meijer, and walk out with a gift card or store credit in the amount your device is worth.


4. Etsy

Etsy is known primarily as a go-to source for buying handmade items, from jewelry and home decor to clothing and artwork, but plenty of sellers also use it to sell vintage or antique pieces -- so if you are trying to get rid of your grandfather's basement-worth of rare books, your grandmother's extensive teacup collection, or your uncle's rare tools, it might be the way to go. Etsy does charge 20 cents per listing, plus a transaction fee and payment processing fee, though, so you'll want to make sure you have enough items to make it worth your time over selling on eBay or Amazon.


5. Facebook Yard Sale Sites

Selling your old items through Facebook yard sale sites isn't too much different from Craigslist -- you'll still post a photo, description, and price, and end up selling to someone in your local area -- but you can see the pictures and profiles of buyers. Many of the groups also end up fostering repeat sales between members as they get to know each other, making it all a little more personal than other online sale sites.