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Turn your unwanted items into cash

Habinteg tenant, Insight Group and Editorial Panel member Kerry Thompson shares her tips for making money by selling the items you no longer use or need at home.

It may seem easier to throw out your unwanted items or donate them to charity, but did you know you could make money from them too? 

Money that could be put away for a rainy day, used to pay off a debt or put towards something you’ve had your eye on for months.

Throwing things away is becoming a thing of the past, as recycling, ‘upcycling’ and vintage and retro items have grown in popularity.

Finding items to sell

Try not to look through all rooms at once. This can be overwhelming, so do one room at a time. Go through your cupboards, wardrobes, the garage, or shed and I’m sure there’ll be items you don't remember you had or haven’t used in years.

Make a list of all the items you want to sell, don’t be tempted to say ‘I’ll keep this just in case,’ be brutal. My rule is if I haven’t worn it or used it in over a year, it’s time for it to go!

Online marketplaces 

Sell the items you no longer use or need online. There are a number of online marketplaces to choose from, including: 

  • facebook.com/marketplace
  • ebay.co.uk
  • vinted.co.uk
  • gumtree.co.uk
  • shpock.com
  • preloved.co.uk
  • musicmagpie.co.uk

Shop around

Do your research. Check the prices of similar items on different selling sites to get a good idea of how much you could sell your items for. 

Remember to add postage fees and always make sure the buyer pays in full before you send the item. You could also consider ‘signed for’ postage opinions for extra security. Selling online is definitely worth the effort and time, happy selling.

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