Spring cleaning can seem like a daunting task, especially if you skipped out on doing it last year. But, it’s time to start enjoying it because you can actually be cashing in on all your junk. After all, as the old saying goes, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.
If you’ve been putting off this task, it’s time to get excited about it. Plus, wouldn’t it be nice to clear out some space from your home while also putting some cash in your pocket?
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Here are some of the ways you can make money from spring cleaning this year:
- Ever receive a gift card for Christmas or your birthday but you never used it for one reason or another? You don’t need to let those cards go to waste any longer. Instead of just tossing them in the garbage, use Raise.com to trade them in for cash. Yes, it’s true. While they take a cut of the money from the card, it’s better than receiving $0, right? Additionally, you can also use Gift Card Granny to sell your gift cards.
- Turn your threads into cash. We all have clothes that we can toss after each season. We don’t wear them as often (or at all), and they just take up space in our closets. Chains like Plato’s Closet or local consignment shops will often take your name brand clothes. Local, smaller consignment shops may not be as particular as Plato’s Closet, but in either case, the best way to make the biggest bang for your buck is to sell clothes currently in season. If they aren’t, you could still cash them in but expect less. You could box the out-of-season items for later and try again when they are in-season. You can also look for online consignment shops to sell or trade to.
- Make money selling textbooks. There are quite a few resources online that will buy or trade items your old textbooks. Companies like Cash4Books, Amazon Trade-In, and BookScouter are all reputable sites that you can use to turn old books to cash.
- If you’re unattached or disinterested in those vintage or antique items you’ve come across, you may be able to make a pretty penny off of them. Note: If something is actually an antique, it will be at least 100 years old. The rarer the item, the more valuable it will be. Doing a simple search online will help give you an idea of what type of collectible you have. While you can use eBay to attempt to sell these items, you will be better off to sell to an antique dealer or house. Never accept your first offer; do your research on the item and get at least three different opinions.
- Find the hidden treasure in those old newspapers. Sometimes, keeping those newspapers around can turn around a profit. Look for people online wanting to buy newspapers for special birthday editions or pregnancy announcements.
As you start to make money off what is normally a yearly or seasonal chore, you will find yourself enjoying it more. You may not make enough to buy that new Mercedes you’ve been wanting, but it’s better than throwing all those items away without trying.
Have you made money off your spring cleaning efforts before?
Photo: Flickr: Liz Lawley