How to Get Money from Stuff You No Longer Want

Take a look around your house. Chances are there are plenty of things that are just sitting there taking up space and collecting dust. If so, maybe it’s time to start thinking about doing a purge. They say that the less “stuff” you have, the happier you will be. Why? Because too many things create clutter, which creates chaos; and nobody feels happy when they are surrounded by chaos.



While downsizing might sound like a wonderful idea, you might find that it’s a bit tough. It’s not that you necessarily have an emotional connection to all of those things that are lying around; it’s that you feel guilty for tossing out items that you’ve spent your hard-earned cash on. Fortunately, you’re in luck! You can actually make money for all of that stuff! It’s true.

In some cases, you might not be able to get back the full cash value, but in others, you can make even more than you spent! For example, not only can you get money for unwanted jewelry, but there’s a chance that you could get more than what you spent on it! As it turns out, all of that stuff you’ve been holding onto could be a treasure trove that might equate to cold hard cash in your pocket.

Have we caught your attention? If so, keep on reading to find out how you can make money on the things you no longer want.

Take Inventory

First things first: take a look through all of your stuff and determine what it is that you want to sell and what you want to hold on to. If you can’t remember the last time you used it or even looked at it, chances are you’d be better off selling it. Try not to let emotions get in the way. While that chachki your grandmother gave you might have sentimental value, if it’s been stowed away in a box for years, seriously consider letting it go. You might be surprised to find out how much it is worth.

Do Some Research

Take some time to research the items that you are thinking about selling. There is tons of information out there. Start by doing some research on the good old Internet. Jot down the info you find. The last thing you want to do is end up selling something that has a tremendous amount of value at a low-ball price.

Get an Appraisal

Though research serves as a good basis for the value of your unwanted stuff, it might not be in the condition that is necessary to get the highest price you found. Get an appraisal. Find a reputable dealer, ask them do to a full inspection and tell you what they think your items are worth. If you think the estimate is far lower than it should be, don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Shop Around

Though you are selling your stuff to make money, you do want to shop around. In other words, don’t sell your stuff to the first person you take it to; go to several locations and ask for estimates before you commit. Write down the estimates you get and opt for the highest bidder.


With these tips, you can end up making a tremendous amount of money on things that are just sitting around and cluttering up your home. Not only will you walk away with cash in your hand (which is a pretty good feeling), but you’ll also feel like your load has been significantly lifted. Talk about a win-win situation.

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