things to sell to make money
Updated October 11, 2022

31 Things to Sell to Make Money

Side Hustles

Do you have too much stuff? Well, you can purge your home of clutter, organize, and make money at the same time by selling all your used items.

Do you enjoy baking cake pops, scented candles, or knitting berets? Believe it or not, people are willing to spend money to buy what you enjoy creating during your leisure time!

Read below to find out the best ways to sell your items for the most amount of profit!

1. Appliances

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    Appliances
      • Subcategories: Refrigerators, washers, dryers, microwaves, vacuums, A/C units, juicers, stoves, air purifiers, dishwashers, etc.
      • Pros: You can earn some money and help out a poorer family or college student in the process.
      • Cons: Appliances tend to be bulky, so waiting for a purchase can be tedious because of the room it takes up in your house. Especially if it is a large appliance, timing the sale with the arrival of a new appliance can be tricky.
      • Sales Price Range:

        $50 - $3,000

      • Places to sell:

        Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, OfferUp, garage sales, and local appliance stores

      • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

        Broken or damaged appliances

    As odd as it is, you don’t have to throw away your old washer and dryer when you get a new one. People are willing to pay decent money for used washers, dryers, old refrigerators, microwaves, vacuums, A/C units, juicers, stoves, air purifiers, dishwashers, and much more.

    One of the best times to sell would be during semester breaks for college students. Since this is a time of transition, many collegians are looking for better deals on appliances and only need them to last 1 – 2 years.

    A/C units are best sold in the summer.

    Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, OfferUp, garage sales, and local appliance stores are great places to sell appliances. Because of its high volume of visitors, Craigslist may be the quickest place to list your appliance if speediness is a main factor in your sale.

    Additional Tips:

    • Clean and inspect all items for defects and test them to see if they’re in working order.
    • Determine a fair price for your appliance by using handy websites like these.
    • Give an honest description about the condition and excellent pictures with bright lighting. You don’t want to disenchant the buyer when they come over and see scratches and dents and feel conned by you.
    • Be sure to list why you’re selling it. People might be scared to buy your old appliance, so you want to explain that it’s because you’re going for a stainless steel look or because you need a larger appliance for your growing family.

    Another place to sell your appliance would be your local appliance stores. Most of these stores have a used or scratched/dented section of the store.

    You can also consider selling your appliance to a scrap metal recycler. The metal on your appliance might be worth money due to the metal it contains. Find a scrap metal recycler near you.

    If you don’t want to sell, Best Buy will remove and recycle your old appliance for $199.99. They’ll remove and recycle your old appliance for $39.99 if you buy a replacement from their store.

    Lastly, if you don’t want to do any of the above, please consider donating to Salvation Army, Goodwill, or Habitat ReStore. Your local store may be willing to pick up your donation for you.

    2. Bikes, Scooters, Bike Parts, Skateboards

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      Bikes, Scooters, Bike Parts, Skateboards
        • Subcategories: Road bikes, mountain bikes, electric bikes, kid bikes, hybrid bikes, commuter bikes, BMX bikes, scooters, bike parts, skateboards, roller blades, tricycles, little Tike cars
        • Pros: Sell your old bikes for money; either upgrade to a better bike that fits your needs or enjoy the extra garage space.
        • Cons: Skateboards and scooters tend to be used so heartily that they aren’t usually resalable.
        • Sales Price Range:

          $15 - $500+ for professional bikes

        • Places to sell:

          Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, and Craigslist

        • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

          Skateboards and helmets

      Our kids grow out of everything – tricycles, bikes with training wheels, helmets, roller blades, skateboards, and little Tikes cars that your toddler waddled around in. 

      If you are selling a bike (e.g. road bikes, mountain bikes, electric bikes, kid bikes, hybrid bikes, commuter bikes, or BMX bikes), first determine the value of your bicycle here.

      Hear It From a Pro

      Bike-enthusiast Zach Allen says, “If the bike is below $500 in value, it’s best to sell it locally so you don’t have to bother with shipping and finding a bike box. Sites like Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, and Craigslist seem to work best in that order. Clean the bike thoroughly and take great pictures of everything.”

      “If the bike is above $500, list it locally but also include it on PinkBike. It’s the largest used-bike selling site internationally. This would possibly require shipping, but it’s really easy to go to a local bike shop and ask for an extra box. They throw them away all the time.”

      There are also dedicated Facebook groups to selling and buying bicycles that you might have good luck with.

      Professionals will sometimes buy bikes and sell them off piece by piece.

      Skateboards and scooters tend to be expendable items, so don’t bother selling them. Most people will buy a new skateboard if their child wants to start skateboarding.

      3. Books

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        Books
          • Subcategories: Textbooks, fictions, theology books, comic books, self-help books, biographies, etc.
          • Pros: You probably already have a lot of books laying around looking like clutter. Also, you might discover some rare and antique books in your or your family’s collection that sell for greater amounts.
          • Cons: Some genres, such as fiction, don’t naturally retain their value. (We’ve all seen romance paperbacks for sale at the library for ten cents apiece.) Also, some of the largest book reselling websites don’t necessarily have the best reputations.
          • Sales Price Range:

            $0.01 - $1,000,000

          • Places to sell:

            Amazon or eBay if it’s a rare book

          • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

            Fiction books, old textbooks, books in bad condition

        Do you have a ton of books that you’ve bought on your bookshelves that are beginning to look like a mass of clutter?

        If you sell them in used bookstores, usually you can receive store credit for 50% of what books can sell for or 25% of their value in cash.

        The sad news is that everyday, mass-market fiction doesn’t usually retain their value.

        However, rare books auction off for high prices on eBay, especially if the books are in high demand. In general, be ready to give eBay about 12.9% of your selling price.

        Here are the types of books you can get a lot of money for:

        • Antique books
        • Theology books
        • First edition hardcover copies of popular books
        • Collectible books
        • In-demand comic books in mint condition

        Amazon is another way to make money; you sell directly to buyers. However, it is difficult to make money on Amazon because of the huge number of sellers. A lot of them may be willing to sell their books for less than you are. 

        However, Amazon FBA is an excellent way to have people sell your books for you.  

        Shipping

        You can use Stamps.com or Endicia.com for printing your own postage labels for home mail. If you sell books often, we recommend pre-purchasing postage and printing labels in advance. Make friends with your mail carrier and they might let you put outgoing parcels in your mailbox. USPS Media Mail is the cheapest way to ship books as the first pound costs a flat $3.49.

        Smaller Companies to Consider:

        BookScouter and AbeBooks both sell textbooks, fiction, nonfiction, and rare books. Though AbeBooks functioned as a stand-alone business, it was acquired by Amazon in December 2008.

        Keep in mind, however, that some customers have had poor experiences with both BookScouter and AbeBooks as indicated by their low scores on TrustPilot, so you may have better luck just selling your books on Facebook Marketplace.

        For example, I tried ordering a book from AbeBooks recently, and it canceled my order about two weeks later, saying that they had made a mistake in saying it was in stock.

        In terms of how much you could make for your used books, it all depends on the book. Fiction books sell for pennies, while a rare antique book like the Book of Mormon can be valued at $35 million.

        These rare medical surgery textbooks were sold for $600 recently in Los Angeles.

        textbooks to sell

        4. Camping Equipment

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          Camping Equipment
            • Subcategories: Cots, stove and fuel canisters, sleeping bags, tents, hammocks, trekking poles, coolers, air mattresses.
            • Pros: If you bought camping equipment that doesn’t fit your family (e.g. too large, too small), then you can gain some money back and to help purchase the right equipment for your family.
            • Cons: You have to list your items on most selling sites and deal with the buyers yourself.
            • Sales Price Range:

              $5 - $350 for bigger tents

            • Places to sell:

              Craigslist, eBay, or Facebook Marketplace

            • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

              Worn out or damaged gear

          How many families love camping and trying out new gear and equipment? My friend bought a huge 10 – 12 person tent for her family for several hundreds of dollars and then found out it was much too cold at night.

          If for some reason, you bought camping equipment that you’re not using, you can sell it and use the money to buy the right equipment. 

          Here are some items to search your garage for:

          • Cots
          • Stove and fuel canisters
          • Sleeping bags
          • Tents
          • Hammocks
          • Trekking poles
          • Coolers
          • Air mattresses

          Make sure your equipment is clean and in working order; and take pictures in great lighting.

          You can list your items individually on Craigslist, eBay, or Facebook Marketplace. Facebook Marketplace is a nice place to list general gear that you don’t want to ship.

          Below are other companies who are in the camping resale business:

          REIFor heavy duty campers, REI resells quality outdoor equipment for you. They have a brand new program where you can trade in used gear; they send you a trade-in kit along with a prepaid shipping label. You can get an REI gift card back. Search here to see if your brand and item qualifies. However, REI does have a low score on TrustPilot so sellers beware.
          PatagoniaAt well-known brands such as Patagonia, you can trade in used clothing if it’s still in good condition, and they’ll give you credit towards a Patagonia retail store.
          North FaceAnother well-known clothing company for outdoors, North Face, also has a Renewed Program – where they even repair your used clothing so it meets their standards. Currently they are not accepting items for sale; they do hope to implement that type of program in the future. They are taking donations at select drop-off locations if you want to recycle your items.

          If you don’t want to go through the trouble of listing your items, consider donating to your local charity shop for the homeless population. They can always use sleeping bags, tents, and backpacks.

          5. CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, VHS Tapes

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            CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, VHS Tapes
              • Subcategories: CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, VHS tapes
              • Pros: Sometimes you might be unaware of how rare your DVD or VHS tape might be and pleasantly surprised at what you can get back.
              • Cons: Due to streaming services, the common lot of these items aren’t worth much, which means that the buyers are usually remote (without Wi-Fi), and you’ll have to pay for shipping to get it to them.

            Now that streaming services have become a household regular, does anyone want to buy your old VHS copy of “Home Alone” or your old Beastie Boys cd?

            Surprisingly, yes.

            There is still a considerable fraction of the United States that does not have broadband or Wi-Fi. Some towns actually have a ban on electromagnetic waves.

            Most used common DVDs will sell for $1 to $10, but you may be surprised at the rarity of some of your dusty VHS tapes.

            Some valuable VHS tapes might be:

            • Diamond Editions of old Disney movies
            • Old Wrestlemania videos of popular fights
            • Rare live performances of popular musicians
            • Old horror movies
            • Children’s collections (e.g. Dragon Ball DVD set)
            • Unopened collectible DVDs
            • Complete TV or movie series (e.g. Simpsons season DVD sets)
            • If your movie is banned, then your movie will actually be worth more.

            If you live in the city, selling movies on eBay might be the easiest transaction for you.

            If you’re willing to ship to remote areas of the country, then you might make more money than selling locally on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and OfferUp. Sometimes remote hotels, churches, or clubhouses would be happy to buy them off your hands to have some entertainment around.

            The payback of common items is usually miniscule, but it is better to receive a little cash back for your trash than nothing at all. This seller sells assorted random CDs for $17.99.

            Don’t completely write off selling locally; you never know who might want a DVD copy of Nacho Libre so they can watch it several times in a row without paying for streaming services.

            There are a lot of websites you can sell your DVDs at. Here are some other noteworthy smaller companies to sell your used items to:

            Company NameTrustpilot RatingProsSell
            Decluttr4.4/5Free shipping labels

            Risk free quote
            DVDs, CDs, Blu-Rays, cell phones, tablets, MacBooks, entertainment, consoles, laptops, iPods
            Eagle Saver4.5/5Free shipping labels

            Risk free quote

            1 day order processing

            Bulk check out

            DVDs, CDs, Blu-Rays, video games, books
             

            If you have a bunch of items to sell, one last option is to sell your CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, and VHS tapes at your yard sale. If you’re going to set up for a yard sale anyway, why not bring them out?

            6. Clothes

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              Clothes
                • Subcategories: Baby and children’s clothes, regular clothes, designer clothes, Halloween costumes, ethnic outfits, job-related uniforms
                • Pros: It always feels great to declutter your closet. Online companies are making it easier for you to send them bundles of used clothes, and they sell them for you.
                • Cons: Regular clothes do not sell for much. You might make $50 - $200 for a bundle of them. Designer clothes sell for much more but you need to individually list them or send them off to a company who will take commission from you. Baby clothes aren’t worth much.

              “The average woman has $1000 worth of resale value in her closet,” says Tradesy.

              Those designer jeans that went out of style, your daughter’s old formal dress, your son’s pirate Halloween costume – all of these are resalable. Nurses sell scrubs they no longer wear. Women sell purses and kimonos.

              Think of all the clothes you’re not wearing that you can declutter from your closet and sell.

              Regular clothes bundles with 10 – 15 items sell for an average of $100 – $200 on Facebook Marketplace.

              Vintage and trendy items do better in the resale market. Sometimes designer items can bring in as much as $1000+.

              With resale becoming a buzz word with the younger generation who are more conscious about their environment, even Walmart is starting to get a foot into the resale scene.

              With designer items, you have better luck charging a higher price by selling them individually on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace.

              Make sure your clothes don’t have stains or holes in them and post excellent photos of them. Sometimes buyers are looking for those designer jeans, so the search for them is easier if it’s listed individually.

              If you don’t want to bother with individually listing and selling clothing items, you can ship your bag of used clothes to different companies and they’ll sell for you!

              Smaller Companies to Use:

              NameThe Lowdown
              TheRealRealThey offer sellers pre-paid shipping labels for name-brand items and give you 85% of the selling price. They also handle product descriptions, photography, and shipments so you can rest as they do the work for you. Designer handbag shoppers love this site.
              Vestiaire CollectiveA company for designer clothes lovers, reselling brands like Gucci, Dior, and Fendi. You list your item on their app and ship your items to them for free so the experts can check it for quality before shipping it to the buyer. You earn up to 80% of the selling price.
              TradesyAn excellent site to sell women designer goods and quality clothing. You take your own pictures, set your own price, and choose your own shipping method.
              SwapAn affordable online thrift store as their most expensive items are being sold for $30. They do the processing, pricing, and photos for you as long as your clothes meet their acceptance criteria.

              Smaller Companies to NOT Use:

              NameThe Lowdown
              ThredUPA newer company on the scene that wants to help the planet by reselling used clothes, getting rid of new clothing carbon and water waste. Per your request, they will send you a clean out kit to mail them your used clothes, and then they will send you the money you make. Target has been tiptoeing into the resale market with ThredUP. However, many sellers and customers have given bad reviews (2.1 out of 5) to the efficiency of the company so beware.
              PoshmarkAnother famous used clothes marketplace. However, their TrustPilot rating is a 1.4 out of 5 rating with almost 3,000 reviews, so beware.
              VintedAnother similar company with the same low rating (1.4 out of 5), which makes me wonder if many companies began with high ambitions and then drowned in mountains of used clothing.

              Children and Baby Clothes

              Children grow out of clothes every few months, and then they grow out of one or two sizes of clothes every year. You can’t keep up – storing the clothes your child grew out of and buying new ones; some clothes in thrift stores still have an original price tag still attached because the child grew before they could wear it.

              Sadly, baby clothes do not usually sell for much either, even if they are in good condition. People sell assorted baby clothing collections (about a trash bag worth) for $20 – $50 on eBay, Facebook Marketplace, and Craigslist.  You can also look at these websites to sell them online.

              Before you donate to Goodwill, be sure to sift through your clothes to see if you’re giving away anything valuable; once your clothes get to donation centers, there are sharks that will pounce on your valuable items and resell them for their own profit. Might as well be you.

              In all the fun of cleaning out your closet, just throw away anything with a stain or hole in it; not even in the donation centers will accept them.

              7. Computers or Computer Parts

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                Computers or Computer Parts
                  • Subcategories: Computers, iPads, tablets, MacBooks, iMacs, laptops, etc.
                  • Pros: When you upgrade, you can help to mitigate the costs by selling your old electronics.
                  • Cons: If you fail to clean your hard drive, you may experience a personal security risk that can turn into a large nightmare.
                  • Sales Price Range:

                    $40 - $3000

                  • Places to sell:

                    Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, Amazon, Best Buy, Decluttr, BuyBackWorld

                  • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                    Portable and solid-state hard drives

                We all have old printers, old iPads & tablets, Macbooks, iMacs, and laptops gathering dust in the corners of our homes.

                If we throw them out, we all know that the e-waste is not beneficial for the environment. If you trade in your electronics, you can put that money you receive towards your upgrade.

                However, when considering selling electronics, you should also factor in how valuable your time is and how far you are willing to drive. You can sell them on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or drive to a local Best Buy store and trade in your laptop for convenience, but will they give you a competitive amount of money?

                One way to double check is to look at online sites that buy electronics. You can sell used electronics on Amazon, and here is a comparison chart for Decluttr and BuyBackWorld so you can see how they compare:

                Company NameWhat You Can Sell ThemHurrah for ThisHow They Pay You
                DecluttrCell phones, iPads, Tablets, MacBooks, iMacs, Laptops, iPods, Entertainment, Apple WatchesFree shipping label

                Free estimation online

                Paid day after they receive your items
                Direct deposit, PayPal, or charity
                BuyBackWorldCell phones, iPads, Tablets, MacBooks, iMacs, Laptops, iPods, Entertainment, Apple Watches, speakersFree shipping

                Instant upfront quote

                Paid day after they receive your items
                Check, PayPal, Direct Deposit, BuyBackWorld gift cards, prepaid debit card
                AmazonKindles, tablets, streaming media players, cell phones, gaming devices, home security devices, bluetooth speakers, Echos, wireless routersFree shippingAmazon gift card (10 days to process and 2 business days to accept or reject your offer)
                 

                Since all three sites give instant estimations, take the 5 minutes to find out what each site would offer you before dropping off your electronics at Best Buy.

                As for your own personal security, first wipe the hard drive clean of any personal data and also safeguard yourself by getting new credit cards. Overwrite your hard drive so that nothing is able to be obtained.

                If you decide after all not to sell, please remember that all those electronics have metals that you can recycle. Most counties offer e-waste collection events that you can send your electronics to.

                8. Electronics and Cell Phones

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                  Electronics and Cell Phones
                    • Subcategories: TVs, speakers, Fire TV sticks, XBox systems, tripod stands, Kindles, fans, keyboards, cell phone cases, iPods, cell phones, Apple watches, cameras, etc.
                    • Pros: When you upgrade your electronics, you can help mitigate the cost by selling your old electronics.
                    • Cons: If you fail to clean your data off these personal items, you may experience a security risk that can turn into a horrendous nightmare.
                    • Sales Price Range:

                      $20 - $1000

                    • Places to sell:

                      Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, GameStop, BestBuy, Amazon, Decluttr, BuyBackWorld

                    • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                      Earbuds, baby monitors, smart home devices, video doorbells, fitness, bands, smartwatches

                  We bought our TV for relatively cheap because someone won one from a Christmas workplace lottery.

                  If you’re looking to resell electronics or cell phones, Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist might be your easy go-to place to sell. Cameras resell so often that they have their own section on Craigslist.

                  Let’s remember the negative, toxic environmental impact people make when they throw out old electronics. 

                  If you like the option of having a local store, GameStop and Best Buy also have a Buyback and Trade-in Program.

                  You can also sell on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist to go straight to the buyer.

                  While Amazon is well-known for its selling and buying of electronics, there are also reliable, smaller companies. Here is a chart comparing them to Amazon:

                  Company NameWhat You Can Sell ThemHurrah for ThisHow They Pay You
                  DecluttrCell phones, iPads, Tablets, MacBooks, iMacs, Laptops, iPods, Entertainment, Apple WatchesFree shipping label

                  Free estimation online

                  Paid day after they receive your items
                  Direct deposit, PayPal, or charity
                  BuyBackWorldCell phones, iPads, Tablets, MacBooks, iMacs, Laptops, iPods, Entertainment, Apple Watches, speakersFree shipping

                  Instant upfront quote

                  Paid day after they receive your items
                  Check, PayPal, Direct Deposit, BuyBackWorld gift cards, prepaid debit card
                  AmazonKindles, tablets, streaming media players, cell phones, gaming devices, home security devices, bluetooth speakers, Echos, wireless routersFree shippingAmazon gift card (10 days to process and 2 business days to accept or reject your offer)
                   

                  I have an old iPhone 7 Plus that I was interested in selling. I saw that on Decluttr, it says that I would have to have 80% battery health and according to my phone, I have 81%.

                  Here are the price estimates I received for my iPhone 7 Plus on 5 different websites.

                  BuyBackWorldDeclutterAmazonBest BuyGamestop
                  $65$57$35$25$12
                   

                  BuyBackWorld did give me the best offer. Input your items into those 3 websites to see if you get the same results for your specific electronic device.

                  Remember to swipe your cell phones of any personal data as you don’t want to create a security risk, especially with payment information. Some people might warn you to never sell a cell phone because criminals might know how to retrieve old data.

                  I do believe the chances of your electronics hitting someone with that expertise might be small, but you might want to change your credit card number just in case.

                  9. Exercise Equipment

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                    Exercise Equipment
                      • Subcategories: Ellipticals, treadmills, weights and weight lifting benches, punching bags, step machines, ping pong tables, exercise machines, dumbbells, stationary bikes, etc.
                      • Pros: Because these items take up a lot of space, you’ll finally be able to free up some real estate.
                      • Cons: You probably don’t want to pay shipping and deal with the hassle of boxing large items, so you are regulated to the demands of your local community and will possibly have to deal with strangers in your home.
                      • Sales Price Range:

                        $15 for dumbbells to $100 for an elliptical/treadmill

                      • Places to sell:

                        Facebook Marketplace, local retailers, eBay (Local Pickup Only option)

                      • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                        Larger pieces of equipment like treadmills and ellipticals

                    Some people buy a lot of workout equipment and then find out they need the gym membership to keep them accountable. Other people realize that this is not a phase of life that they’re going to be using their equipment in.

                    You can sell your ellipticals, treadmills, weights and weight lifting benches, punching bags, step machines, ping pong tables, exercise machines, dumbbells, stationary bikes, etc.

                    I bought my elliptical from a lady in Beverly Hills who thought she would use her elliptical and then finally realized that it was just taking up space.

                    Unfortunately, with exercise equipment, there is not a big return on your investment. According to the law of supply and demand, there’s more people who want to get rid of their equipment than people who want to buy them.

                    However, free weights do usually hold their value.

                    Which Site to Sell On

                    If you’d like to sell, Facebook Marketplace and OfferUp seem to have the most listings. EBay does not have many listings, but if you use their Local Pickup Only option, you can also secure payment through eBay.

                    Facebook Marketplace and OfferUp do not have a means to secure your payment – so by all means, ask for cash payment if you use them.

                    Craigslist seems to have the largest population of scammers when it comes to selling equipment; you may have to deal with people negotiating and not showing up, or people trying to convince you they can sell for you.

                    Additional Tips When Selling Exercise Equipment

                    Make sure your equipment is in good working condition, clean, and that you provide a thorough description and price you paid for it.

                    Also consider your timing when you list – people will want to get in shape before summer when they want to hit the beach.

                    The other two hot buying times are late November and early December before the holidays and a couple weeks into January due to New Year’s resolutions.

                    A couple other options are:

                    1. Private retailers, who offer less than private buyers
                    2. A garage sale. (However, most people show up at garage sales wanting to buy cheap items, so you might not have much luck.)

                    If you can’t seem to find a buyer, consider donating exercise equipment to the Salvation Army or Habitat for Humanity if it’s 5 years or newer. Goodwill does not accept large exercise equipment such as treadmills, Bowflexes, and elliptical machines. However, they accept smaller items such as weights and resistance bands.

                    10. Food

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                      Food
                        • Subcategories: Muffins, cookies, cakes, bread, gluten-free items, dried fruits, syrups, jams, roasted coffees, dried teas, herbs
                        • Pros: You can start your food business without having to pay extra rent for a commercial kitchen. You can bless other people with the delectable food from your home kitchen and reap the monetary benefits.
                        • Cons: Initially, there are some hoops to jump through to make your business legal.
                        • Sales Price Range:

                          $10 - $100

                        • Places to sell:

                          Publicize on social media so your friends buy from you. Depending on what license you get, you can also sell at farmers’ markets, retail stores, and restaurants.

                        • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                          With Cottage Food Laws varying per state, you might not be able to legally sell anything that is refrigerated or pickled.

                      Don’t we all love it when someone else bakes or cooks for us? And isn’t it easier to cook in bulk?

                      If you’re the type of person who is always getting compliments on your baking and cooking, Cottage Food licenses let you get a jump start on your business on a microscale level.

                      To do this legally, you will need to read up on your state laws. Most states allow:

                      • Cakes, cookies, pies, and breads (without cream, custard, or meat fillings)
                      • Jams and jellies
                      • Dry cake and cookie mixes
                      • Dry nut mixes
                      • Dry cereals
                      • Granola
                      • Popcorn

                      Cottage Food Laws don’t require a licensed kitchen. But they also do not allow you to sell acidified food like pickles, pressurized food like canned items, or anything needing refrigeration.

                      Though laws vary state by state and you need to look up your own state’s laws, here are the general steps for most states:

                      1. Obtain a valid state business license.
                      2. Get zoning clearance or a permit from the zoning department.
                      3. Get a kitchen inspection by the public health department annually.
                      4. Proof your kitchen meets sanitary regulations. No pets or children under the age of 12 in the kitchen area.

                      Some states require that the budding chef take a food processor course (4 hours or so) approved by the public health within three months of becoming registered; you will learn to handle food safely both for yourself and your food.

                      Some states have limits to how much you can make with your Cottage Food license. For example, California Cottage Food Laws limit annual sales to $50K annually, while Florida limits your income to $250K. 

                      When getting a Cottage Food Operation (CFO) license, you can get one of the following:

                      • A Class-A license to sell directly to customers or farmers’ markets
                      • A Class-B license to sell your goods at restaurants, retail stores, and other vendors.

                      Next you want to brainstorm for packaging, branding, labeling, pricing, and marketing. The FDA has regulations on how food needs to be packaged so that people are warned of allergens and have the best-before dates.

                      Marketing for Cottage Food items is best done on social media.

                      My friend’s teenager Bethany Chan (Instagram page, Facebook page) began her own cookie decorating company. She said, “I went to Legal Zoom and picked a DBA for my business name “cookiesbybethanychan”. Then I filled out paperwork for the food handlers and Cottage Food permit. It was easy because of Legal Zoom.”

                      11. Furniture and Outdoor Furniture

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                        Furniture and Outdoor Furniture
                          • Subcategories: Couches, coffee tables, dining tables, patio furniture, side tables, bed frames, dressers, bookshelves, futons, nightstands, mirrors
                          • Pros: It’s always fun to get rid of furniture and redecorate!
                          • Cons: When selling used furniture, you normally have to let strangers into the house.
                          • Sales Price Range:

                            Free to $1000+ depending on the value of your furniture piece

                          • Places to sell:

                            Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, OfferUp, eBay, Bonanza, Ist Dibs, Rubylane

                          • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                            Used Mattresses

                        You’re redecorating!

                        You can sell counter chairs, couches, storage, dressers, desks, beds, futons, bookshelves, nightstands, mirrors, etc. And your resalable furniture is not just limited to the items within your home. Patio chairs, tables, and grills are all resalable.

                        Generally mattresses do not go for much because they are often stained or have lumps within them after years of use.

                        Be sure to clean your furniture before selling it, offer a complete description citing any scratches or dents, take good photos, and kindly offer measurements of your furniture.

                        When listing your furniture, you want to give a fair price, this is a good equation:

                        Fair Price

                        70% – 80% of the purchase price

                        — 5% for every year you’ve owned the furniture

                        However, antiques go for more, so take a good look around when your grandparents pass. You can sell obscure statues, mirrors with ornate frames, and antique chairs made of real wood.

                        For speed and efficiency, you may want to sell locally. It is the cheapest and easiest way to go.

                        Being the most visited online classified site, Craigslist is a great go-to. Facebook Marketplace and OfferUp are also great online listing sites for large items that you would have difficulty shipping. EBay, where you can either sell in auction or with a fixed non-negotiable price, is also a hotspot for selling furniture, but they will take a 12.9% commission from your final selling price.

                        While Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, and eBay usually hog up all the sellers, some other excellent websites get passed over.

                        Etsy, even though it’s mostly for crafts, also sells furniture. You will have to pay a small listing, commission, and processing fee. There you have a market for artistic and vintage furniture (which means at least 20 years old).

                        Also mentionable:

                        • Bonanza, where any type of furniture can be sold with no listing fee, only a commission after the sale.
                        • Ist Dibs sells higher end, fashionable, used furniture in excellent condition.
                        • Rubylane is a beautiful online shop for vintage and antique furniture. However, they do have a $100 set up fee and a monthly $43 listing fee.

                        Online sites to avoid that have low Trustpilot ratings would be Sotheby’s, Apt Deco, and Chairish.

                        If you need to get rid of your furniture quickly and can’t seem to sell it, consider donating to Habitat for Humanity. They refurbish furniture, resell it, and use the money to build houses for the needy.

                        12. Jewelry (Gold)

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                          Jewelry (Gold)
                            • Subcategories: 10k, 14k, or 24k gold jewelry
                            • Pros: You may have gold jewelry sitting around that you don’t wear, and you can exchange it for cash in the bank.
                            • Cons: It may feel like quite the headache to figure out how to sell gold while making sure you’re not conned, so read below to become more savvy!

                          With gold at record-high prices per gram, it’s a great time to sift through your jewelry box and see what has run gaudy and old.

                          The value of gold fluctuates but today, you can make around $57.93 per gram of gold, which means you could be sitting on a treasure trove of spare cash!

                          Gold has been recycled for thousands of years. You could even be wearing some of the same gold that Cleopatra herself wore. Unless you have a lot of sentimental attachment to it, there’s no reason to let it clutter your closet when you could have money in your pocket.

                          In figuring out how much your gold is worth, the first thing you want to consider is the purity of the gold label. You’ll find this etched on your gold piece: 10k, 14k, 18k, or 24k.

                          If you are unsure about the purity of your gold, try this fun test: Anything that sticks to a strong magnet is not solid gold.

                          Below are the percentages of how much gold content is within your gold jewelry:

                          10 karat gold41.7% gold content
                          14 karat gold58.3% gold content
                          18 karat gold75% gold content
                          24 karat gold100% gold content

                          Want to try to appraise your gold before you hit the stores? Below is a handy calculator to get yourself an estimate beforehand.

                          Equation for Finding Out How Much Your Gold is Worth

                          Percentage gold content x Current gold price per gram x Jewelry weight (grams) x Percentage of buyer’s offer

                          For example, if you have a 18k gold chain, that means it is 75% gold content. Since the price per gram is $57.93 today, then you would get $43.44 per gram for that chain. If your chain is 6 grams, then it will be worth $260.69. After that, you need to factor in the melt value. A potential buyer will offer you between 50% – 80%, so your offer will be between $130.34 to $208.55. (Sometimes the appraiser will speak in “troy ounces”, so it’s good to keep in mind that 1 troy ounce = 31.1035 grams.)

                          Example

                          75% (percent gold) x $57.93 (current gold price) x 6 g (weight) x 80% (buyer’s offer)= $208.55

                          If your gold is a designer piece (like Cartier), you may want to shop around for other buyers who will value the name brand and not just melt the gold piece. (See Jewelry (Non-Gold))

                          With gold items, you can go to certain local jewelry stores to sell it there, but you may get more from an actual gold buyer.

                          Reputable gold buying companies are:

                          Cash For Gold USA
                        • They give you free trackable shipping through FedEx or USPS, insured up to $5,000, and appraises your gold within 24 hours. And if you decline their offer, they send back your jewelry for free.

                        • They also buy all types of jewelry, such as sterling silver and diamonds, so if you enjoy working with them, send them different items as well.


                        • They usually offer 80% of the gold melt price, while jewelry stores usually pay around 70%. They also have a Gold Calculator if you want an easy way to get your estimate.
                        • Express Gold Cash

                        • They let you mail your items for free through FedEx and safely insure what you mail in up to $100,000.

                        • They appraise your items and you'll receive your payment in 24 hours or less of accepting it. If you don’t like their offer, they’ll return your items free of charge.

                        • They allow you to sell your gold in exchange for cash.

                        • They offer 90% of the value of gold bullion and up to 85% of the refined value of gold jewelry. They also buy many other types of jewelry, watches, and metals such as silver and platinum, even your dental gold!
                        • Read here for more information. 

                          13. Jewelry (Non-Gold)

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                            Jewelry (Non-Gold)
                              • Subcategories: Rings, wedding bands, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, watches, loose diamonds, and gems
                              • Pros: When selling jewelry, you can receive a lot of money in the bank instead of letting something gather dust in your home.
                              • Cons: Sometimes it takes a lot of time to look around for the highest bidder for your jewelry and your time might not be worth that.
                              • Sales Price Range:

                                $10 - $14,000

                              • Places to sell:

                                Local jewelry stores, Craigslist, pawn shops, Diamonds USA, and Worthy

                              • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                Common jewelry

                            Unfortunately, most jewelry items are like cars; the second they’re used and driven off the lot, they lose a lot of their value. Common used jewelry doesn’t sell for much: $10 – $30 for a big lot.

                            Sometimes costume designers will buy large sweeping bundles of out-of-fashion jewelry.

                            But how do you know if you’re sitting on something more expensive? When your grandma or grandpa has an estate sale, you might discover all sorts of old jewelry that can be resold for a price. Though an estate sale will be easy and quick money, if you spend more time visiting stores where you can sell your expensive rings and necklaces, you’ll find you can make more money.

                            In order to get your money’s worth, there are three things to consider:

                            Three Things to Consider:

                            The first is if your jewelry has gold intermixed with gems and other metals, consider the gold karat rating and weight.

                            Second, if it is a diamond, you want to consider the carat size, cut, color, and clarity. Be certain it’s not a fake stone, like a cubic zirconium. Most buyers do not loosen your stones for free, so you might have to pay extra to get them loosened.

                            Third, you want to consider the jewelry manufacturer. A designer piece, like a piece from Tiffany’s, can get you 85% – 90% of its value back on eBay or other buyers.

                            If you are certain of how much your jewelry is worth, you can easily sell on eBay, Craigslist, FB Marketplace, or OfferUp. With eBay, be aware of fraud. It’s always a little tricky trying to navigate how to receive cash before mailing your jewelry, so you may want to consider posting your jewelry as Pick Up Only and meet in a safe public environment.

                            Local jewelry stores are one of the best places to sell used jewelry but beware – they may only give store credit. American Gem Society can help you find a local jewelry store that buys jewelry. Shop around and you’ll quickly notice the difference in the offers you get. Check out their business with the Better Business Bureau or with Trustpilot.

                            My friend sold her jewelry at a local store like this one and this one, and they offered 20% more than the store with glowing reviews on the radio.

                            Pawn shops will sometimes low ball you, and some will pay you high. It depends on if they can recognize what your jewelry is worth. Yet one thing is for certain: They will give you quick cash. They will usually offer around 20% – 50% of the final sale price to you.

                            When receiving an appraisal from a store, not only should you receive the appraiser’s credentials to verify their reliability, you should also get back details about your jewelry weight, grade, measurement, metal type, etc.

                            Sometimes you might want to get a neutral appraiser for your high end jewelry to make sure you’re not swindled by a buyer, but you will lose money paying for that appraiser.

                            Here are a some well-rated online shops to sell your jewelry at:

                            Company NameWhat You Can Sell Them
                            Diamonds USADiamonds
                            WorthyRings, diamonds, necklaces, earrings, watches, bracelets

                            Jewelry looks best when sparkling clean, so make sure you clean your jewelry properly before you try to sell it. And if you don’t know how to clean it, let a professional do it so you don’t damage it.

                            14. Handmade Goods

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                              Handmade Goods
                                • Subcategories: Apparel, jewelry, art, foods, candles, handmade cutting boards, pottery, soaps, stationery, skincare
                                • Pros: By selling crafts and other homemade goods, you can make money while you enjoy your leisure time. Signing up with programs like Amazon FBA can allow you to let others take on the stress of customer service, shipping, and returns so you can devote yourself to your craft alone.
                                • Cons: Even if your product is amazing and original, unless you get a high listing on websites such as Amazon Handmade or Etsy, your product will never reach the eyes of shoppers.
                                • Sales Price Range:

                                  $5 - $200

                                • Places to sell:

                                  Etsy and Amazon Handmade

                                • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                  Items that don’t follow Etsy guidelines

                              Do you enjoy knitting scarves while you watch TV? Are you gifted at etching pretty lettering on wood? The public would love to purchase what you make during your leisure time.

                              Some homemade goods to sell would be:

                              • Apparel
                              • Jewelry
                              • Art
                              • Foods
                              • Candles
                              • Handmade cutting boards
                              • Pottery
                              • Soaps
                              • Stationery
                              • Skincare
                              • T-shirts

                              Etsy

                              Etsy is the king of handmade and crafted goods; you won’t be competing against waves of low-value junk, and it attracts a clientele that’s often willing to spend more money for something well-crafted. Etsy charges $0.20 per item listed (which they will leave up for 4 months), a 6.5% transaction fee, and a 3% + $.25 payment processing fee on all items sold.

                              Amazon Handmade

                              Amazon Handmade charges a 15% fee per sale; they offer a pro selling fee plan as high as $39.99/month if you want help with advertising and top placement on product detail pages. Amazon Homemade also makes each artisan ensure they’re only listing genuinely handcrafted goods. With Amazon Handmade, sellers can also use Amazon FBA for shipping and customer care issues. You can focus on your craft and let Amazon FBA deal with the rest.

                              When selling handmade goods, one of the best things you can do is market yourself on social media such as Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and be sure to link your website on your profile.

                              15. Health Items

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                                Health Items
                                  • Subcategories: Toilet chairs, walkers, lumbar support pillows, wheelchairs, foot baths, massage rollers, scales, unopened boxes of face masks, blood pressure monitors, massage chairs, exercise balls, bottle sanitizers, shower stools, saunas, Pilates chairs, massage tables, heat mats, etc.
                                  • Pros: Sometimes you buy these items because you’ve read how they can benefit your health, but after you try them, you realize it’s not as beneficial for you.
                                  • Cons: People don’t naturally think about buying health items online, so you might have to be patient until you find a buyer.
                                  • Sales Price Range:

                                    $10 - $2000

                                  • Places to sell:

                                    Craigslist, OfferUp, eBay, or Facebook Marketplace

                                  • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                    Items that cannot be sterilized or cleaned

                                My husband once brought a portable sauna home, thinking he would greatly benefit from it, and then after several months of it collecting dust in the corner, he finally resold it.

                                You might also have a grandparent who passed away who has left behind a toilet chair, a wheelchair, lumbar support pillows.

                                You can list all of these online at Craigslist, OfferUp, eBay, or Facebook Marketplace and gain a profit back.

                                Be sure to clean your item as thoroughly as possible. Take clear pictures and give a thorough description. Here is an example of a Craigslist seller who listed a good amount of details:

                                16. Household Decor and Items

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                                  Household Decor and Items
                                    • Subcategories: Drapes, bathtub spouts, lamps, rugs, candle holders, decor, duvet covers, folding screens
                                    • Pros: You are able to redecorate your home while also pocketing some money.
                                    • Cons: Before you sell, give your items a thorough look for dirt or stains on cloth items.
                                    • Sales Price Range:

                                      $10 - $60

                                    • Places to sell:

                                      Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, eBay, and OfferUp

                                    • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                      Used throw pillows

                                  Do you have an extra panel of drapes lying around? Do you have home decor like a fireplace screen or an old Christmas tree? Sellers list everything from bathtub spouts to desk accessories online.

                                  During the pandemic, everyone started to notice their home decor a little bit too much and wanted a fresh scene. You might have an old lamp, decor that you’ve grown out of, or blankets; Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, OfferUp, and eBay are all fantastic places to sell.

                                  Be sure to list a thorough description – is there anything special about your item? Like is your rug machine washable?

                                  Explain Yourself

                                  People who don’t have much interior decorating experience feel insecure about buying other people’s home decor, especially when they question if it’s outdated. If you explain in your description that you are “moving and not wanting to ship out decor” or that your “child moved out and you’re converting his room to an office”, then people will feel much more comfortable buying your items.

                                  AptDeco is a website that sells higher end, pre-owned furniture and decor; however their Trustpilot rating is 2.6 out of 5 so proceed with caution. Reviewers share nightmare stories about damaged furniture and headaches with payment.

                                  Another quick way to sell these items would be in a yard sale. Another man’s junk is always another man’s treasure.

                                  17. Kitchen Items

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                                    Kitchen Items
                                      • Subcategories: Crockpots, plates, tea cups, mini fridges, blenders, juicers, Instant Pots, toasters, waffle makers, etc.
                                      • Pros: You can get rid of clutter by selling your extra kitchen items.
                                      • Cons: Kitchen items tend to have stains or food residue left on them, so most buyers shop for new kitchen items.
                                      • Sales Price Range:

                                        $10 - $200

                                      • Places to sell:

                                        Craigslist, eBay, OfferUp, Facebook Marketplace, garage sales, pawn shops

                                      • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                        Items that do not look clean or new in their pictures

                                    You might have extra pots, plates, or a mini-fridge lying around. Why not post them on selling sites to see if you can get a little bit of cash back before throwing them away?

                                    You can sell your items on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, eBay, or OfferUp. Keep in mind that eBay and OfferUp charge a 12.9% service fee.

                                    Garage sales are also excellent places to sell these types of items.

                                    When you take pictures, make sure your item is as clean as possible. People do not like buying kitchen items with stains or crumbs on them.

                                    Also, when you take a picture, make sure that you don’t have a lot of clutter surrounding it. It gives the impression that your item isn’t in good condition. Here are examples of cluttery and clean pictures:

                                    kitchen items to sell

                                    If all else fails, pawn shops are a good place to drop off all your items and get a minimum collection amount.

                                    18. Motorcycles

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                                      Motorcycles
                                        • Subcategories: Motorcycles, cruisers, dirt bikes, electric motorcycles, mopeds, scooters, sportsbikes, etc.
                                        • Pros: You can gain some coveted garage space, gain a generous amount of cash, or upgrade your current motorcycle.
                                        • Cons: It might break your heart to admit you are done with riding.
                                        • Sales Price Range:

                                          $2K - $24K

                                        • Places to sell:

                                          Cycle Trader

                                        • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                          Motorcycles that are listed incorrectly

                                      Did you once have a fancy for speeding along on your motorcycle past tons of traffic or riding with a group of buddies, only to later find that passion waning as you’d rather sit in a safe, air-conditioned car?

                                      Mike Augusta, who used to run Jim Grubbs Motorsports, says, “Motorcycles are typically sold locally. In the past, the Recycler was the one-stop shop, and then came the Auto Trader, which took off. Trader branched off to sub-categories, such as Boat Trader, the RV Trader, and of course the Cycle Trader.”

                                      “Proper categorization is key to capturing the right buyer for your motorcycle. Good photos of the side view, front view, rear view, and top view are helpful. Editing photo colors for clarity can be very advantageous.”

                                      “There should also be a detailed description – including the year, make, and model of the bike and all of the upgrades added to the equipment.”

                                      “The key to selling them is to have them priced right so proper research and pricing is essential.”

                                      “Remember it is easier to lower the price but difficult to raise it! With the asking price, cite a “Firm” if the price is non-negotiable or “OBO” if the price is negotiable.”

                                      “Facebook Marketplace and OfferUp are also very good resources but tend to not categorize as well for buyers to filter down to their particular needs.”

                                      "Motorcycles sell best in the summer with a little resurgence near the holidays.” — Mike Augusta, motorcycle enthusiast

                                      There are also Facebook groups that are dedicated to buying and selling motorcycles that you might have good luck with.

                                      19. Musical Instruments

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                                        Musical Instruments
                                          • Subcategories: Basses, drums, music stands, amps, keyboards, guitars, violins, horns
                                          • Pros: You can sell your unused instrument to an eager musician. Sometimes you can get quite a large percentage of their worth back.
                                          • Cons: You might have to let a stranger into your home to try out an electric instrument (e.g., amps, electric guitars, basses, keyboards, etc.), so if you don’t have a garage you can open up, think of ways to meet them in public locations.
                                          • Sales Price Range:

                                            $50 - $500

                                          • Places to sell:

                                            Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace

                                          • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                            Damaged instruments

                                        On Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, there’s a plethora of musical equipment and instruments being sold: music stands, amps, keyboards, guitars, etc.

                                        If you bought an instrument during the quarantine that you no longer have time to use and want to sell, first begin by cleaning up your instrument and taking good pictures from all angles.

                                        My husband often buys and flips guitars.  He advises to offer a thorough description so the buyer doesn’t feel cheated when seeing defects.

                                        Here is an example of a thorough description, expressing the rarity of this guitar, the wood it’s made of, and the details of its fret and saddles:

                                        When selling instruments, it’s better to sell them on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace so that you don’t have to pay for shipping.

                                        But if your instrument is super expensive, the flat shipping rate will be worth a smaller percentage of your selling price.

                                        If you are not too thrilled about inviting someone into your home to try out a new instrument, as some instruments require electricity to sample, then try meeting them at Starbucks, the library, the bank, or the sheriff station.

                                        20. Office Supplies

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                                          Office Supplies
                                            • Subcategories: Office chairs, book shelves, scrapbooking supplies, desk organizers, filing cabinets, printers, staplers, stamps, paper organizers, laminators, calculators, paper, dry erase supplies, etc.
                                            • Pros: When you are moving, upgrading the fashion of your office, or cleaning out your house, you can make some extra cash.
                                            • Cons: Most people aren’t on the search for used items when it comes to office supplies. They usually enjoy new products.
                                            • Sales Price Range:

                                              $15 - $10,000 (for latex printers)

                                            • Places to sell:

                                              Facebook Marketplace or OfferUp

                                            • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                              Worn down items with scratches or dents.

                                          Perhaps you have a child who has grown and gone to college. You no longer need their desk and office supplies. What should you do with them?

                                          The best way to sell office supplies would be through Facebook Marketplace or Offerup. Craigslist and eBay seem to have search engines that don’t necessarily turn up a lot of items when a general “office supply” search is done, should a shopper be shopping in that manner.

                                          When listing, be sure to share a lot of pictures from different angles. It helps the sale if you also have an original picture of the furniture when new from where you bought it.

                                          Name brand furniture also sells well. This elegant Ethan Allen Ebony Hitchcockwriting desk and its matching detailed chair sold for $455 on eBay.

                                          Pawn shops and garage sales are also another way to sell office furniture or supplies.

                                          If you can’t seem to sell them and want the extra space in your house, consider donating them to a non-profit organization.

                                          21. Pet Supplies

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                                            Pet Supplies
                                              • Subcategories: Dog bowls, playpens, pet carriers, pet gates, dog crates, dog houses, dog pens, pet stairs, fish tanks, reptile tanks, bird cages, cat towers, hamster cages
                                              • Pros: You can test out products to see what works best for your dog and then resell them to get some of your money back.
                                              • Cons: Pet supplies that have fabric are difficult to resell because they can carry diseases and parasites.
                                              • Sales Price Range:

                                                $10 - $1000+ for a luxury dog house or a dog treadmill

                                              • Places to sell:

                                                Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, or Craigslist

                                              • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                Dog beds or anything with fabric not washable in a washing machine

                                            Pet owners go through fads too; it’s just too much fun to dress up our furry pets and try out new leashes on them. We try out different pet carriers, dog crates, dog houses, dog bowls, and playpens, and then we find out what our dogs like or don’t like.

                                            Warning!

                                            Unfortunately, it’s not considered safe to buy pet items that have any sort of fabric on them, so it will be difficult for you to sell pet beds or anything else with fabric. Pet diseases, fleas, and parasites can last as long as 30 days without thorough cleaning.

                                            The only items that are hygienic to sell are things you can wash or disinfect. Be sure to state that your dog clothes and costumes have been washed thoroughly in hot water and are in good condition.

                                            Here are a list of pet supplies that are safe to sell:

                                            • Dog bowls
                                            • Playpens
                                            • Pet carriers
                                            • Pet gates
                                            • Dog crates
                                            • Dog houses
                                            • Dog pens
                                            • Pet stairs
                                            • Fish tanks
                                            • Reptile tanks
                                            • Bird cages
                                            • Non-fabric cat towers
                                            • Hamster cages

                                            Most of the people who want to buy these items will be people other than first time dog owners (such as pet sitters), because just like with babies, people like to buy their first pet the new stuff.

                                            However, if you have a luxury dog house or dog treadmill, then it might be fun to see how much money you can get back!

                                            22. Photos

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                                              Photos
                                                • Subcategories: Professional to amateur photos
                                                • Pros: You might have a photogenic family or be pretty nifty with your camera, and this way, you can get a little bit of pocket money for what you do anyway.
                                                • Cons: Photos don’t sell for much. Depending on your personality, you might be horrified or amused to find pictures of your family posted publicly in other realms.
                                                • Sales Price Range:

                                                  $0.02 - $500 per image

                                                • Places to sell:

                                                  On your own blog or several other online photo companies

                                                • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                  Bad photography

                                              Did you know that you could turn your family photos into money-makers? Sites like Shutterstock are always looking for new photos to license for other people to use in articles.

                                              The payout per picture can be pretty low. So be sure to regularly upload new photos to the site.

                                              You will want to find your niche – your area of expertise that you excel at photographing. What are the types of photos that sell? 

                                              • City
                                              • Architecture
                                              • People
                                              • Food
                                              • Nature
                                              • Travel
                                              • Animals
                                              • Business

                                              If you sell your photos on your own blog or website, then you can set your own prices and display them however you want. However, your buyers are then limited to the number of visitors on your site. Network through social media and LinkedIn.

                                              Unfortunately most of the big players in photo shops have poor TrustPilot ratings, including Etsy, Shutterstock, SmugMug, Adobe Stock, and WordPress. Though some of these complaints might be due to poor customer service, rather than complaints from the photographers, proceed with your eyes wide open.

                                              Also, the larger the photography site, the less control you have over your own prices and the more competition you have with other photographers.

                                              Here are a few smaller photography sites that have higher TrustPilot ratings:

                                              Company NameProfit
                                              123RF30% - 60% for each license
                                              Foap50% profit
                                              PixiesetSet your own price

                                              23. Plants

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                                                Plants
                                                  • Subcategories: Succulents, house plants, fruit trees, orchids, potted flowers, faux plants, Aloe vera plants, privacy plants, plant stands, pots
                                                  • Pros: You get to share your joy for horticulture while also earning a little bit of money.
                                                  • Cons: Unless your plant is very rare, plants usually do not get sold for a lot of money. If you’re serious about your business out of your home, you might make about $1000 for one season as a side hustle, but that would require selling, packaging, and mailing around 300 plants.
                                                  • Sales Price Range:

                                                    $3 - $500

                                                  • Places to sell:

                                                    Facebook Marketplace, eBay, Craigslist, OfferUp, and with friends

                                                  • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                    Since some people are willing to give away plants, the average plant isn’t going to sell for much. You may enjoy gaining $10 on a potted plant though.

                                                Are you moving out of the country and you don’t want to trash your plant? Do you have a talent for succulent art or have a plethora of pots? 

                                                All of these items are sellable. However, some people who want to redo their gardens are willing to give away plants and dirt for free, so you won’t gain a lot of money selling plants unless your plants are rare.

                                                You aren’t limited locally. As long as you have layers of protective paper or tissue paper (while also making sure your plant can breathe), you can ship seeds and plants safely. As long as buyers have it in writing that you’re not selling the pots, you can send plants in coffee cans or even styrofoam cans.

                                                As long as you have the land and garden to grow plants, you can make a side business of selling them. First, consider what area of expertise you would like to be in – e.g. orchids, succulents, or carnivorous plants?

                                                Whenever you grow something in your garden, you tend to have an overgrowth of them and you have your supply right in your own home. And then do you research so you sell them with optimal quality.

                                                Different States, Different Plant Laws

                                                Be sure to look up your state laws to make sure that you can legally sell your plants. In California, you can sell produce that you’ve grown in your own home, but you need a license if you want to sell it at a farmers’ market.

                                                If you discover or invent a plant, you can even patent your plant for 20 years and become the only person legally allowed to sell it.

                                                Etsy is pretty well known for being a great place to sell plants on the web. They have a $0.20 listing fee, a 6.5 % transaction fee, and a 3% + $0.25 payment processing fee.

                                                You can also sell them on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, OfferUp, or eBay. Keep in mind that OfferUp and eBay do charge a 12.9% service fee for each item sold.

                                                As with all home businesses, your sales will multiply if you advertise on social media with a lot of colorful pictures.

                                                Lastly, Shopify is touted as one of the online sites to sell plants, but I would veer away from it as it has a low Trustpilot rating of 1.7 out of 5 and plenty of negative reviews.

                                                24. Shoes

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                                                  Shoes
                                                    • Subcategories: High heels, sports shoes, running shoes, loafers, work-related shoes, dance shoes, snow boots, rain boots, trekking shoes, wedges, booties, etc.
                                                    • Pros: You can get some money back for the shoes you’re not wearing.
                                                    • Cons: People tend to not buy shoes in bad condition so if your shoes have a lot of wear and tear, you might as well donate them.
                                                    • Sales Price Range:

                                                      $10 - $500

                                                    • Places to sell:

                                                      Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, eBay, and OfferUp, TheRealReal, Vestiaire Collective, Tradesy, or Swap

                                                    • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                      Used and worn shoes, shoes with scuff marks, or shoes with holes

                                                  Your daughter wore those recital shoes once and then grew out of them. You still have your wedding shoes and designer high heels that were comfortable when you were younger.

                                                  Is there a demand for used shoes? Surprisingly, yes.

                                                  With Payless Shoes Stores going out of business and barely beginning to make a climb back, parents love cheaper ways to buy those one time recital dress shoes.

                                                  Also, there are shoe collectors out there that own thousands of pairs of shoes.

                                                  Brand Names are $$$

                                                  With shoes, brand names are definitely worth a lot more than regular brands. People will pay more money for pricey names, like the latest Jordans.

                                                  If you have shoes to sell, first make sure they are in good condition and do not have any smell to them. Clean your shoes as well as you can before taking a photo. If you’ve only worn them a few times, it’s better to write that in your description and describe them as gently used.

                                                  Strange Sales

                                                  Can you sell smelly shoes? Oddly, there is a bizarre market for smelly shoes for buyers who have a foot fetish. These buyers prefer you to post pictures of your shoes with your feet in them. Don’t ask. Just sell.

                                                  EBay is a great place to sell expensive designer shoes because people can bid higher and higher for them. Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and OfferUp allow you to set a price and not budge from it.

                                                  Keep in mind that timing and location matters. A fashion designer friend listed some Azzedine Alaia shoes on eBay and had a hard time selling them – until Alaia passed away. After that, she gained 175% of the original cost she paid in Europe! Now that Issey Miyake has passed, she has shoes from his Pleats Please Collection to profit from.

                                                  Smaller Companies to Use:

                                                  NameThe Lowdown
                                                  TheRealRealOffers its sellers pre-paid shipping labels for name-brand items and gives you 85% of the selling price. They also handle product descriptions, photography, and shipments so you can rest as they do the work for you.
                                                  Vestiaire CollectiveA company for designer shoes lovers, reselling brands like Gucci, Dior, and Fendi. You list your item on their app and ship your items to them for free so the experts can check it for quality before shipping it to the buyer. You earn up to 80% of the selling price.
                                                  TradesyAn excellent site to sell women designer goods and quality shoes. You take your own pictures, set your own price, and choose your own shipping method. They charge $7.50 for items less than $50 and 19.8% for anything above $50.
                                                  SwapAn affordable online thrift store as their most expensive items are being sold for $30. They do the processing, pricing, and photos for you as long as your shoes meet their acceptance criteria.

                                                  Smaller Companies to NOT Use:

                                                  NameThe Lowdown
                                                  ThredUPA newer company on the scene that wants to help the planet by reselling used shoes, getting rid of new clothing carbon and water waste. Per your request, they will send you a clean out kit to mail them your used shoes or clothes, and then they will send you the money you make. However, many sellers and customers have given bad reviews (2.1 out of 5) to the efficiency of the company so beware.
                                                  PoshmarkAnother famous used clothes marketplace. However, their TrustPilot rating is a 1.4 out of 5 rating with almost 3,000 reviews, so beware.
                                                  VintedAnother similar company with the same low rating (1.4 out of 5), which makes me wonder if many companies began with high ambitions and then drowned in mountains of used clothing.

                                                  25. Sports Equipment

                                                  • sports equipment
                                                    Sports Equipment
                                                      • Subcategories: Balls, tennis racquets, golf clubs, bicycles, skiis, hockey equipment, ice skates, rollerblades, boxing gloves, pads, helmets, hockey sticks, fishing poles, billiard equipment, pools, bowling balls, scuba diving gear, exercise equipment
                                                      • Pros: You can finally gain some space in your house from all those unused pieces of sports equipment. You’ll also be benefiting your buyer because they won’t have to pay full price for gear.
                                                      • Cons: Most normal sports equipment will be banged around by your kids, dented, or stained, and no longer in a resalable condition.
                                                      • Sales Price Range:

                                                        $5 - $500

                                                      • Where to Sell:

                                                        Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, Play It Again Sports, Geartrade or Sideline Swap

                                                      • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                        Any equipment not in good condition

                                                    How many times does your child start a sport and then veer in a new direction? Sports equipment is costly, and you can resell all of them to parents who want to buy them at a cheaper price.

                                                    First, make sure they’re in good condition and clean – minimal wear and tear, no rips and stains, and no stench.

                                                    Here’s some fantastic sports items to resell: golf clubs, bicycles, skiis, hockey equipment, ice skates, rollerblades, boxing gloves, etc. Some exercise equipment is easier to sell than others.

                                                    It might be easiest to list locally and sell to someone who lives near you. Great photos and a thorough description can make your sale go quicker.

                                                    Even though OfferUp and eBay are easy to list on and have a large number of visitors, they both charge a 12.9% service fee, while Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist have no listing or seller fee.

                                                    If you’re putting together a garage sale, that’s another excellent place to sell used sports equipment.

                                                    Another option would be to find a Play it Again Sports store near you. You can enter their store with your used items, no appointment necessary, and receive cash, check, or store credit within 10 to 15 minutes. They sell used items for about 40% – 60% of what they would sell for new, and you receive about 30% – 60% of that amount.

                                                    Reliable Smaller Companies to Sell Through:

                                                    • There are two ways to sell through Geartrade (3.6 out of 5 Trustpilot rating): 1) You can ask for a free shipping label, send them your gear, and let them take care of the rest. They’ll assess the value, and when it sells, you can cash out anytime. OR 2) You can list your gear yourself and mail the gear to your buyer using their prepaid shipping label. Geartrade charges a 15% selling fee plus a 2.9% + $0.30 payment processing fee.
                                                    • Through Sideline Swap (4.4 out of 5 Trustpilot rating) you would send them some pictures and give a detailed description. They list your items for free. Buyers pay for shipping. Sideline Swap charges a 12% selling fee plus a 2.9% + $0.30 payment processing fee.

                                                    26. Strollers and Baby Items

                                                    • strollers baby items
                                                      Strollers and Baby Items
                                                        • Subcategories: Strollers, cribs, playpens, Bumbo food seats, baby gates, high chairs, step stools, baby bathtubs, baby jumpers, toy chests, doll bookshelves, children’s desks
                                                        • Pros: After your children grow out of baby items, you can sell them and get rid of clutter.
                                                        • Cons: Most car seats, drop-side rail cribs, and baby mattresses cannot be resold. Used baby clothes are sold for little profit. (See Clothes.)
                                                        • Sales Price Range:

                                                          $10 - $200

                                                        • Where to Sell:

                                                          Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, OfferUp

                                                        • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                          Crib mattresses, old car seats, or drop rail cribs

                                                      I’ve seen this happen countless times – you have your baby shower and receive the expensive gifts – the ergonomic stroller ready for the race tracks and the pricey baby monitor capable of picking up space messages.

                                                      Then your child doesn’t want to sit still in their stroller after they start walking. You stop using your baby monitor because your child keeps throwing it out of the crib.

                                                      Can't Sell These

                                                      The bad news is that most car seats expire. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, if your car seat does not have an expiration date, you can mark six years as a general expiration date. Find out if your car seat has been recalled by signing up for email notification on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

                                                      Starting on June 28, 2011, new federal safety standards made it so drop-side rail cribs are prohibited from being sold. Crib mattresses also have to be bought new, so you won’t have much luck selling those.

                                                      Here are just a few examples of baby items you can sell:

                                                      • Strollers
                                                      • Playpens
                                                      • Bumbo food seats
                                                      • Baby gates
                                                      • High chairs
                                                      • Step stools
                                                      • Baby bathtubs
                                                      • Baby jumpers
                                                      • Toy chests
                                                      • Doll bookshelves
                                                      • Children’s desks

                                                      Not all baby items will be sold for equal revenue off the original price. Strollers usually sell for a quarter of the original price. Playpens sell for around $20 for plastic or fabric ones and $100 for wood ones. Baby bathtubs sell for $10 – $30. Used high chairs sell for $30 – $60.

                                                      Facebook Marketplace is a quick place to sell items like these; it’s a teeny safer than Craigslist, as it’s a lot easier for scammers to create a fake persona on Craigslist than Facebook Marketplace.

                                                      27. Surfboards

                                                      • surfboard
                                                        Surfboards
                                                          • Subcategories: Surfboards, kayaks, surf boards, boogie boards, and beach umbrellas
                                                          • Pros: Most people enjoy buying new surfboards because they can advance to a higher performance surfboard, while letting a lesser experienced surfer use their beginner boards.
                                                          • Cons: You might be letting go of some sentiment when you let go of a surfboard, as well as 30% - 50% of the original cost.
                                                          • Sales Price Range:

                                                            $50 - $1000

                                                          • Where to Sell:

                                                            Craigslist

                                                          • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                            Old surfboards may not sell well for surfing, but they do sell for decor purposes.

                                                        Your garage might not be able to fit your car because it’s stacked with unused kayaks, surf boards, boogie boards, and beach umbrellas.

                                                        Even old, weathered surfboards can be sold, as sometimes people like to decorate their homes with them!

                                                        Avid surfer Cletus Lancelot advises, “If you’re going to sell a surfboard, the best place to do it would be on Craigslist, where most of the advanced surfers go for performance surfboards.”

                                                        Facebook Marketplace usually lists starter surfboards for beginning surfers. OfferUp may have surfboards, but if they are listed there, they usually are a double listing from Craigslist.

                                                        What You Can Get

                                                        In general, when you sell a surfboard, be prepared to lose about 30% – 50% of its original cost, depending on the quality of the brand.

                                                        You can take your surfboards to a surfboard shop near the beach, but they do take on average 20% commission from their sales, and surfers usually shop on Craigslist.

                                                        There are dedicated Facebook groups for surfers who want to sell and buy surfboards, but these are usually a waste of time.

                                                        28. Tools

                                                        • tools
                                                          Tools
                                                            • Subcategories: Hammers, wrenches, drills, screwdrivers, pliers, drills, sanders, circular saws, tool boxes, shovels, rakes, gardening tools, shears, ladders, etc.
                                                            • Pros: If you’re cleaning out your garage and you find out that you have two sets of tools, or if your husband is a contractor who is retiring, you can sell a lot of your tools to get some cash in your pocket, while benefiting from a clean garage!
                                                            • Cons: Used tools don’t resell for a lot of money, especially old, crusty ones.
                                                            • Sales Price Range:

                                                              $10 - $600

                                                            • Where to Sell:

                                                              Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, eBay, OfferUp, pawn shop

                                                            • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                              Damaged or broken tools

                                                          Did you get an extra tool box for Christmas? You can sell your extra tool box and also all your extra screwdriver sets, drills, and hammers.

                                                          The better the condition, the higher of a percent you can charge of the original cost.

                                                          • If your tool is in excellent condition, you can get 5 to 15% off the original price.
                                                          • With tools in bad condition, you should take more than 50% off the original cost.

                                                          Name brands mean $$$

                                                          Name brands do matter with tools. Milwaukee and DeWALT drills will be more recognized than drills without a reputable brand.

                                                          Before listing your tools, be sure to clean them thoroughly before taking a picture. Tools look dirty and old when they’re brought out of the garage with work dust on them.

                                                          Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, eBay, and OfferUp are great places to sell your tools, but remember that eBay and OfferUp charge a listing fee.

                                                          Another option might be to take your tools down to a pawn shop and see what they’ll offer you.

                                                          If you don’t have any luck reselling your tools, or if your tools are damaged, you can always sell them to a scrap metal recycler to squeeze some money out of them. Find a scrap metal recycler near you.

                                                          If all else fails, please do consider donating your tools to Habitat for Humanity or a local charity instead of throwing them away.

                                                          29. Toys and Games

                                                          • toys and games
                                                            Toys and Games
                                                              • Subcategories: Stuffed animals, dolls, rare and antique toys, collectible cards, collectible action figures
                                                              • Pros: You might get surprised at the reselling value of rare toys or your child’s Lego set!
                                                              • Cons: Most generic toys do not retain any value.
                                                              • Sales Price Range:

                                                                $1 - $1000+ for rare cards

                                                              • Where to Sell:

                                                                Facebook Marketplace, eBay, or Craigslist

                                                              • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                Common toys and stuffed animals

                                                            There are days when millions of stuffed animals crowd your child’s bed. And then they hit their teens and these poor stuffed animals get stuffed away in the closet.

                                                            Sadly, this happens to the bulk of their toys. They stop caring about them, and just like in the blockbuster movie Toy Story, they get packed away: doll figures, Legos, Rubik’s cubes, chess sets, etc.

                                                            As with all used sales items, the selling price you can ask for depends on the rarity of the toy you own. Toy vehicles that a child can ride will go for more than outdoor, weather-beaten toys. Educational toys will go for more than stuffed animal toys.

                                                            Sellers gained as much as $1,800 for a rare Pokemon card in mint condition and $800 for a Star Wars action figure. Your Pokemon cards are worth more if they are “graded”, which is when they have been examined and rated by a third party.

                                                            Mixed Legos sell for about $12.99 per pound on eBay.

                                                            If it’s a regular toy that you might find at Walmart, unfortunately people are selling these for little value: $5, $10, or giving them away for free.

                                                            Another place to sell your used toys is your local store that sells gently used children’s clothes and toys. When stores sell used toys next to the used clothes, kids can play with their new $2 toy that won’t send Mom to the poor house.

                                                            Lastly, if you have a lot of items to sell, an old school yard sale can be worth your time.

                                                            30. Video Games and Gaming Systems

                                                            • Video Games and Gaming Systems
                                                              Video Games and Gaming Systems
                                                                • Subcategories: Nintendo DS, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, video game accessories, video games, vintage arcade games
                                                                • Pros: If you are someone who loves to play video games, swap your game consoles and games for the latest systems and games; this is a great way to make money to feed your hobby!
                                                                • Cons: Used video games aren’t usually worth a lot, as bundles of them can often be seen given out for free online, but vintage video games, like a stand up video game arcade machine are worth several hundred.
                                                                • Sales Price Range:

                                                                  $0 - $1,500

                                                                • Where to Sell:

                                                                  Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, Craigslist, eBay, GameStop, Best Buy, Amazon, Decluttr, BuyBackWorld, Eagle Saver

                                                                • What Doesn't Sell Well:

                                                                  Non-brand name consoles

                                                              Because gamers sift through games from one season to the next and are always following after the next craze, video games are one of the best things to resell.

                                                              My three sons were into the Nintendo DS, and then they all bought the Xbox gaming system and forgot about their Nintendo DS, and then they all bought the Nintendo Switch and so forth.

                                                              People will even buy broken consoles so that they can get them refurbished. Classic video game consoles like old Nintendo and Sony can even be sold for nostalgia collections.

                                                              My friend who owns a 3 million dollar beach house has a table arcade game of PacMan in it for decor.

                                                              You will most likely get the highest price on eBay; however eBay will take 10% – 15% from sale price. On Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, you get to keep 100% of your profit. On OfferUp, you will pay a 12.9% service fee if you earn more than $100 and $1.99 on lower priced items.

                                                              You may want to sell in bundles, either video game bundles or bundles with your console plus a video game, to avoid having to ship twice.

                                                              Below is a chart comparing some websites where you can sell your used consoles and video games to a company. They take a cut of your profits, but the ease of it might be worth losing a little money.

                                                              Company NameTrustpilot RatingProsConsVideo games, Consoles, or accessories?
                                                              Decluttr4.4 out of 5Free shipping labels

                                                              Instant online quote
                                                              You need barcodes of video games to sell.Consoles
                                                              BuyBackWorld4.4 out of 5Free shipping

                                                              Instant online quote

                                                              Paid day after they receive your items
                                                              Select video games are sold.Video games and consoles
                                                              Amazon2.7 out of 5Free shipping

                                                              Instant online quote
                                                              Lower offers (but more shoppers)Video games, consoles, and accessories
                                                              Best Buy1.4 out of 5Free shipping

                                                              Instant online quote

                                                              Local store
                                                              Best Buy gift card within 10 days of receipt of your items

                                                              Lower offers
                                                              Video games, consoles, and accessories
                                                              GameStop3.2 out of 5Instant online quote

                                                              Local store
                                                              Gives you more in store credit than cash.Video games, consoles, and accessories
                                                               

                                                              Here are the online quotes for a used Nintendo Switch console. Keep in mind that if you are a GameStop pro member, you can get up to 10% extra in value on most items.

                                                              DecluttrBuyBackWorldAmazonBest BuyGameStop- not Pro
                                                              $160$122$105$50$90 store credit

                                                              $72 cash
                                                               

                                                              Here are the online quotes for a used Super Smash Bros Ultimate video game for Nintendo Switch:

                                                              DecluttrBuyBackWorldAmazonBest BuyGameStop- not Pro
                                                              $20Not listed$15.35$1.80$30 store credit

                                                              $24 cash
                                                               

                                                              It looks like Declutter consistently offers more for each item, but to double-check how your items fall in comparison, look them up online. It will only take 5 minutes and will be worth your time.

                                                              31. Your Own Hair

                                                              • your own hair
                                                                Your Hair
                                                                  • Subcategories: Your hair or your child’s hair
                                                                  • Pros: You can earn hundreds of dollars by doing something as natural as growing your hair.
                                                                  • Cons: You have to deal with the hassle of long hair and taking good care of it. It's also hard to maintain virgin hair (read below). People also sometimes struggle with shock from getting a bob after sporting long hair for several months.
                                                                  • Sales Price Range:

                                                                    $25 - $4000 depending on your hair length and condition

                                                                  • Where to Sell

                                                                    Hairsellon

                                                                  • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                    Hair that is damaged or chemically treated

                                                                As bizarre as this idea might seem, did you know that you can earn money by selling your own hair?

                                                                Check out this handy calculator to see how much your hair will be worth! Hairsellon has a 3.5/5 average rating on TrustPilot.

                                                                They function as a classified site and take no commission, only taking a listing fee of $15 – $50.

                                                                What is Virgin Hair?

                                                                The value of your hair depends upon if you have virgin hair or not. Virgin hair is hair that has not been chemically treated, dyed, straightened, curled, blow dried, ironed, permed, etc. The better you take care of your hair with hats, sulfate-free shampoo, and stay out of chlorinated pools, the higher the price you can fetch.

                                                                Six inches of my thick black hair would be worth $51 as it’s non-virgin hair, but if I had virgin hair, it would be worth $71. If my non-virgin hair were blonde, it would be worth $69.

                                                                Usually people are selling hair for large dollar amounts when they have waist-long hair and are willing to sell 12-30 inches of it.

                                                                Check out the pictures of people who have sold hair for hundreds of dollars, one lady for $4000.

                                                                Wig Out

                                                                You might also consider selling your hair to a wig company. For example, World of Wigs pays a range of $3 – $5 per ounce of hair that meets their standards. You’ll probably make less for your hair when you sell it to a wig company, but if your hair passes the company’s requirements, you are guaranteed a sale.

                                                                Never cut or send your hair without first receiving payment and follow the directions carefully on how you cut your hair so that it’s not disqualified. Most companies want you to cut it ½” above a ponytail.

                                                                And if your hair doesn’t sell, consider donating it to Locks of Love, which makes wigs for children suffering from hair loss due to alopecia or cancer. They accept permed, colored, and gray hair, but have a 10” minimum length that can be used in a hairpiece.

                                                                Some Last Tips

                                                                1. Research your product so you find a fair, competitive price.
                                                                2. Include a nice picture with smooth lighting. Pay attention to the shadows in your picture and if they cover important parts. Avoid capturing a background that’s cluttered or dirty.
                                                                3. Be honest about anything wrong with your item, so people can trust you.
                                                                4. Be careful about letting strangers into your home and try to meet them in public places.

                                                                Hopefully, you’ll be able to find a good stash of income within the walls of your own home!

                                                                Author:

                                                                Christine Song

                                                                As a homeschooling mother of four, Christine has always had to find creative ways to make her family survive on one income, barring eating potato soup every day. She has learned to not only pounce on killer deals and optimal seals but also works plenty of side gigs to make extra money. Learn more about Christine.

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