— The average home has $7,000 worth of unused items
simply taking up space, according to a study by market
research firm NPD Group.
there’s no reason why your home should be doubling as
a storage unit.
the help of great websites and apps, it’s easier than
ever to get rid of clothing, books furniture,
electronics, even art this spring — and to earn some
cash," said Farrell Klein, spokeswoman at
Thredup.com, a fashion resale website, who suggested
using the following spring-cleaning sites to earn money
while getting rid of unused items.
Nextworth.com. Sell everything from smartphones to video
games to laptops for cash (right now, an iPhone 4S can
generate $100). They’ll pay upfront within a week by
Paypal, a check or a Target gift card, and they’ll
wipe your item clear of personal info. If the condition
of your item is better than described when it arrives,
they’ll pay more than your original quote. If it’s
reasonably close to your description, they’ll honor it
and forgive price differences that are less than 10
percent or $10 — and you can ship and insure your
items for free via UPS.
Chairish.com. Upload your furniture details on the site,
and this company will take care of payments — and in
some cases, they offer white-glove pickup and storage
services. They’ll accept everything except used
mattresses, convertible sofas or recliners. The pieces
must cost at least $250 for larger items and $150 for
items that are shippable via traditional methods.
Sellers get 80 percent of the item’s selling price. If
you live in selected cities and have more than $1,000 of
qualifying items, you can also use their concierge
services and allow their team to take photos of the
items and write the descriptions. For these, sellers get
60 percent of the item’s selling price.
art, shoes, clothing: Therealreal.com. Earn up to 70
percent of the resale value for your art, accessories,
jewelry and clothing by selling your Chanel bag or Prada
shoes — or any other luxury items to The Real Real.
They offer home pickup service in 16 major cities.
Thredup.com. Fill a prepaid, pre-addressed bag with used
or new clothing and you can earn up to 80 percent of the
resale value in cash or a shopping credit back to the
site. They accept and sell adult and children’s
Bookscouter.com. Type in the International Standard Book
Number (ISBN) and the site will search more than 40
book-buying sites that are buying used textbooks and
other books to give you a quote for yours. It’s a free
site with no registration required that aims to help you
find the best place to sell your used book.
clothing, crafts, food, electronics and more:
Shopify.com. This site allows you to create your own
online storefront so you can sell almost anything you
own. It helps you list your products, customize your
store design, accept credit cards and ship your goods. A
standard storefront page starts at $29 per month, and
the credit card rates are 2.9 percent plus 30 cents for
1 GB of storage and unlimited products. Prices for lower
credit card rates go up to $179 per month.
cards: Giftcardgranny.com. Trade in gift cards you aren’t
planning on using for cards you will use — or sell
them here for cash. The percentage back depends on the
gift card you’re selling and the merchant you sell it
to via Giftcardgranny.
Instappraisal.com. Get your antiques appraised via more
than 100,000 collectors and appraisers. The service is
free for a community response — or you can pay $10 for
an expert response.