Monday, March 13, 2017

One Man's Trash Is Another's Treasure

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Stop! I can see you edging closer towards the trash can. Don’t throw that out just yet! Just because you don’t want it doesn’t mean that someone else won’t!

Over the past few years, recycling and reusing items and belongings has become a huge part of most people’s lives. And that even goes for the things that we no longer need or use. Rather than creating unnecessary waste, people are starting to think of ways they can dispose of their unwanted belongings in an environmentally friendly way. And most people do that by selling them to other people or donating them to charity stores. After all, one man’s trash is another’s treasure.

So what is it worth trying to sell? Here are some everyday household items that you shouldn’t throw out just yet. At least, not before you’ve tried to make some cash out of them!

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Clothes, Shoes, And Accessories

Lots of people are already selling their old clothes, shoes, and accessories online on auction sites such as eBay. Why not get online and join them? You should only sell items that are still wearable and in good quality. If not, you might get some bad reviews, which could put others off buying from you! This is a great way to get rid of your vintage clothing as well, as vintage items always sell very well online. If you don’t want to sell online, you could always take your items to a store that offers a clothing exchange service. You just need to take all your old clothes to these stores, and the shop assistants will look through them and then offer a price for them.

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Books

Lots of bookshops up and down the country buy secondhand books from customers. They then sell these books onto other book lovers. You can also sell online on sites like eBay, but this means you will have to post the books to the buyer. And that could work out very expensive because of postage and packaging books! One thing to remember if you do decide to sell your books online is that you should be very honest about the state of the books. Generally speaking, most people will be happy to buy secondhand books that aren’t in the best condition as long as the seller has stated that they are like this in the advert. Remember that your prices should reflect the quality of the books. If they aren’t in a good state, you will have to lower the price accordingly. One thing to look out for is first edition books. These would have been in the very first printing run of that particular book and can be very lucrative! One first-edition Harry Potter book sold for a whopping £20,000 in the UK even though there was a typing mistake in it!

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Jewelry

Got a load of old jewelry that is taking up too much space in your jewelry box? I’m sure that someone else would love to own it! There’s always a strong demand for second-hand jewelry, as so many people are unable to afford new pieces. Costume pieces tend to sell for the lowest prices and are perfectly fine to sell on online auction sites. But if you have a piece that is branded (such as Tiffany’s or Chanel) or contains real gold or gemstones, you should get it valued before you sell it. That way, you will be able to sell it for what it is worth, and won’t sell yourself short. You can then sell it online if you wish, but it is often better to sell it to a dealer who specializes in jewelry. They will usually offer more money that what you would usually get from someone who doesn’t know anything about jewelry. It’s also a good idea to give each item a little polish and clean to get it ready to sell. If an item looks great, it’s going to sell for a lot more.

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Computer Games, CDs, And DVDs

If you simply stream your music on Spotify and watch your favorite TV shows and movies on Netflix, you probably now have piles of old CDs and DVDs piled up in your home. You’ve probably got a load of old computer games that you no longer play anymore. What should you do with them? Well, don’t just throw them out! You should try and sell them to make some money. There are now lots of companies that buy these types of products back off consumers. These websites are usually the best place to sell online as you will be offered a fair price for all your items. Plus, the companies often cover the costs of posting and packaging the items that you send to them. What’s more, you often get paid for the things you sell on the same day, so you don’t have to worry about chasing payment.

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Furniture

Something else that sells really well is second-hand furniture. Especially if the furniture doesn’t have any wear or tear. The better quality it is still in, the more you will be able to sell it for. You should be able to sell your old furniture to your nearest second-hand furniture shop. One of the best things about selling large items this way is that the piece will be instantly taken off your hands. You don’t have to worry about it sitting around in your home or in storage until it sells. If you have quite a few pieces that you need to sell, you should consider having a garage sale. Decide on a date in which you will open your garage to the public. You should place all of your items for sale in the garage and let people come and view them. It’s just like having a car boot sale but in the comfort of your own home!

So make sure you don’t add to all the waste that is damaging our environment. Do your bit for the world and sell all your old things!

xoxo,
Therese
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