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Making a bit of extra cash is always handy. Here are a few items from around the house you might not realize you could be selling.
This month I am going to be working hard to make some extra money. It’s not something I’ve focused on as much as I would have liked recently and we have a big holiday coming up that I need to pay off on the first of April. Although I don’t think I can make the entire amount, I am hoping to make a good chunk of it during February and March, mostly from eBay and Facebook selling.
When wanting to make extra cash quickly selling on eBay or Facebook is one of the first things that comes to mind. However, I often hear people say that they don’t actually have anything they think will sell. Taking a good hard look around your home could be the answer. There are a lot of surprising things that do actually sell and these are often items we would usually throw away or recycle.
1. Douwe Egberts Coffee Jars
If you usually put these in the recycling then it might be time to see if you can make some money out of them instead. I have recently seen these go on local Facebook selling pages for about £1 each. These glass jars with thick lids are apparently great for craft projects, storage and wedding DIY. If you usually buy this brand anyway it might be worth saving a few up and seeing how much you can get for them.
2. Old Magazines
In the run up to my wedding I was a member of the Rock ‘n’ Roll bride Facebook Group which is a safe haven for ladies (and gents) who want to do their wedding a little differently. The group is run by Kat Williams who also owns Rock ‘n’ Roll bride magazine, a magazine full of alternative, real weddings. Because the magazine is so specialist (and also completely awesome) there are constantly people selling their old copies. Most were selling at their original value because older copies of the magazine are so hard to get hold of. If you have any old magazines, especially if they are a niche subject, it’s definitely worth seeing if they will sell.
3. Well Worn Shoes & Slippers
This one is not for the faint-hearted. However, there is a market out there for ‘well worn’ shoes and slippers. Be prepared for ‘interesting’ messages from potential buyers. Emma Drew is the queen of selling old shoes and you can read her fantastic guide to selling your smelly shoes on eBay here. The most recent pair I put on eBay sold for £70. These were something which may ordinarily have just been thrown in the bin!
4. Designer Carrier Bags and Shoe Boxes
If you have ever bought a designer handbag or perfume you will know you are usually given a branded ‘gift’ type carrier bag to take it away in. These actually seem to sell quite well on ebay. This bag and shoe box from Gucci recently sold for almost £10 plus postage. If you have any sat around collecting dust it might be worth popping them on eBay to see what you can get for them.
5. Empty Perfume Bottles
Whether you decide to gather a few together and sell them as a job lot, or sell designer ones individually, empty perfume bottles do actually sell on eBay. Make sure you wrap them really well before posting. This is another great way to make cash from something which might usually just be put into the bin.
6. Bonus. Exchange old clothes for a voucher.
While this one won’t make you any money it could save you some dosh instead. If you have old clothes that are too worn for selling on or giving to the charity shop you can take them into certain shops and exchange them for a money off voucher – great if you were planning on buying some new clothes anyway. Both H&M and Marks & Spencer’s run schemes throughout the year.