When looking for things to sell around the house, the possibilities are endless. I’ll never understand why people just throw stuff out. If you’re one of these people, send me a message and I’ll take it off your hands (and sell for a profit). Or if you prefer, sell it for a little extra profit. It’s a great source of finding free inventory. This is also a great way to get a baseline of values, if you’re just starting out. Be sure to do your research when you find items around your house to sell. You’d be surprised at what some of them are worth.
There are three strategies that I use when looking for items to sell from around the house:
- The room-by-room search
- The category search
- The throw-away search
Each of these strategies provides a different way of looking at things, which maximizes my inventory for future sales. The majority of these items can be simply sold on eBay, Craigslist, or even Amazon. Let’s take a look at each, one at a time.
The Room-by-Room Search for Things to Sell Around the House
The room-by-room search is exactly what it sounds like. You go to each room to find things to sell around the house. This puts your mind in a “functionality mode”, so to say. It gets your brain to think of different functions and what you have to sell that may be related to that function. For example, you may be in your bedroom looking at clothes, but it also reminds you that you have an old box of clothes sitting in the attic that you can sell.
Go take a look at each room. Here are some things that I noticed right off the bat:
- Attic: C’mon, most of this stuff can be sold. Any collectibles in there?
- Basement: If you haven’t used it for a year, do you really need it?
- Garage or Shed: Tools, landscaping items, stored items, car parts, bicycles.
- Closets: Jackets, coats, gloves, hats.
- Kitchen: Silverware, dishes, china, furniture, small appliances, junk drawer items.
- Bathroom: Scale, linen-closet items (please don’t try to sell your used toothbrush).
- Bedrooms: Clothes, furniture, knick-knacks, paintings, wall decor, blinds, blankets.
- Office: Computer equipment, cds, software, books, office supplies.
- Living or Family Room: Furniture, knick-knacks, candle holders, wall decor, movies, cds, video games, televisions, electronics, toys, wall decor.
Obviously, there are many other things that you will find in each room, but I just wanted to give you an idea.
The Category Search
There are several categories that do well and are easy to sell. Personally, I look for items that are smaller or easier to ship, but that’s just me. Everyone’s different. Here are key categories to focus in on when looking for things to sell around the house:
C’mon, I love collectibles. Did you really think I wasn’t going to start off with this? Here are some collectibles that you may have lying around your house:
- Board games
- Playing cards
- Trading cards
- Train sets
- Vintage video games
- Village sets
- Vintage clothing
- Vintage electronics
- Vintage toys
The more you think about and scour your home with the mindset of collectibles, the bigger this list will become. Go try it and come on back after you have found a few things to sell around the house.
Attic or Basement Boxes
I’d say about 90% of stuff sitting in the attic or basement boxed away can probably be sold. Just make sure you don’t sell your child’s first stuff animal before talking to your significant other. You don’t want to get yourself in trouble.
We talked about vintage clothing already, but you can sell your regular clothes that you don’t wear anymore as well. I usually sell them in lots for the most part, but if you have plenty of time on your hands, you may make a bit more by selling them individually. Try it both ways to see what works best for you. Personally, if it’s more valuable, I sell individually.
There are many items around the house that contribute to your home decor. However, when you replace or get rid of something, consider that you can probably sell it. Here are a few examples of home decor:
- Collectible plates
- Wall art
I know you may not want to give some of this up, and that’s okay. However, if you haven’t worn something in a while, it may be time to let it go. What old jewelry do you have to sell?
eBay and Amazon are both great places to sell jewelry, but depending on what kind of precious metal, you may be better off working with a precious gems/metal distributor/wholesaler.
With the advancement of technology, you may not necessarily need some of the following. You might also not be interested in them either:
- Blu Ray discs
- Video games
- Vinyl records
There can be some big money in scrap wire. If you’re selling an old electronic device for parts, don’t forget to cut off that chord, and salvage any gold or silver that might be inside. Larger metal items can be sold for scrap as well. Some people make a living just finding scrap metal, so start thinking about this too!
Take a look through your tools to see which ones you use and which you don’t. Don’t forget the power tools as well!
Again, just because it’s not vintage, doesn’t mean you can’t sell it. If you have children that have outgrown their toys, this is a great opportunity to get your children into doing this. It’s a great way to teach them how to properly use money.
The Throw-Away Search
Time for spring cleaning yet? Great! Anything you plan on throwing out, try to sell instead. This is also useful as time goes by and you replace older items throughout your house. It gives you a little extra spending money.
Also, anything that doesn’t sell should be donated so you can get a possible tax break at the end of the year.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to starting finding things to sell around the house!