There's a shelf in my basement stacked with things I know I will never use but are too valuable to throw away or recycle. Or at least I think they're too valuable too throw away or recycle.
It's things like old electronics, old cell phones, DVDs, books, and other odds and ends that are valuable if I could just match up with someone looking for that thing.
Fortunately, there are a ton of sites out there for almost every conceivable item. You can go to the platforms that specialize, like Decluttr does for games and electronics (and much more), or you can go with a platform that can help you sell anything, like Craigslist or eBay.
Are you looking to get rid of some of the clutter in your life?
Is your family game closet overrun with games, smartphones, and DVDs? Great! You can sell them for a fair price with Decluttr. This platform specializes in selling used tech, complete with free shipping and next-day payments.
You just have to enter the barcode (or you can use their search function for items without a barcode, like cell phones) and they will instantly tell you how much they'll pay you for it. There are no games involved – you just send them the item and they pay you. No auction fees or any other games.
Who this is perfect for: Busy people who want to get a fair value for an item but don't want to deal with the hassles and risk of selling something to a private individual.
If you have electronics you don't need, try to sell it on Gazelle. Much like Decluttr, they will give you a price for your electronics based on the condition of your item and then give you a pre-paid mailer to send it in. If you opt for an Amazon gift card, they'll even add 3% to your price.
I looked up a few items to give you an idea of what they're worth (in good condition – powers up, screen works, no scratches, no cracks):
- Apple iPhone 8 256GB (Unlocked) – $440 Cash (+3% if you get an Amazon.com gift card)
- Apple iPhone 7 256GB (Unlocked) – $310 (+3% if you get an Amazon.com gift card)
- Apple iPad Pro 2nd Gen 12.9″ 512GB Unlocked – $515 (+3% if you get an Amazon.com gift card)
Do you have years-old Michael Kors sunglasses crowding your closet?
Poshmark is one of the best place to sell clothing and accessories. This online platform and app connects buyers and sellers of all things fine fashion. List items in less than a minute and use Poshmark's pre-paid shipping labels for ultimate convenience.
Are you looking for a less creepy alternative to Craigslist? OfferUp could be for you. This app lets you buy and sell items in your local area. It's perfect if you hate printing shipping labels! The OfferUp platform gives users profiles, ratings, and transaction history. As the largest mobile marketplace in the U.S., OfferUp is a great place to sell your collection of fanny packs (I'm not here to judge).
5. Facebook Groups & Marketplace
If you're like me, you're on social media for several hours a day. Why bother navigating to another app when you can sell directly from Facebook? Local Facebook Groups connect you with people who are potentially interested in your goods. Garage sale groups and parenting groups are popular places to sell. When in doubt, list your items on Facebook Marketplace to sell to people near you.
Craigslist is the OG method of local selling. If you don't want to bother with signing up for the other platforms on this list, give Craigslist a go. Sell everything from boats to old couches to declutter your home.
Pro tip: Always meet at police stations for Craigslist exchanges, and always phone a friend.
If you're on the opposite end of the spectrum and don't want to deal with people in-person, good ol' eBay is for you. List your item either for auction or with a fixed price. Ship it to the highest bidder and watch the cash roll in. Just remember to build your shipping costs into the price!
8. Trove Market
Sometimes it's hard to sell big items, like furniture. Fortunately, the Trove Market app specializes in connecting furniture sellers with local furniture buyers. Buyers on Trove Market tend to be in the market for antique, retro, or unique items, so your Aunt Gretel's flamingo lawn chairs will find a home in no time.
Bookoo looks suspiciously similar to Craigslist, but with one big advantage: users have online profiles with bios, as well as stats on what they commonly sell. Billed as a customized online garage sale, Bookoo is a nice source for selling your kids' clothes locally.
Many brides dream of a beautiful, white dress for their big day. If your dreams of ever-after didn't pan out, or you want to get rid of your huge 80s wedding gown, sell your wedding dress on Still White for cash.
Looking for local classifieds? Tradyo is an upgrade from old school listing sites like Craigslist. List your item or service for free to sell in your community. Use the IM feature to chat with potential buyers with ease.
Even with most local selling sites, there's a chance you're in for a 20 minute drive. 5Miles fixes this problem by connecting buyers and sellers within a five-mile radius of each other. Stay safe with the 5Miles rating system and cloaked contact information. Their team even reviews your listing before it goes live, ensuring it's up to snuff to sell your stuff.
13. Wish Local
The popular online shopping platform Wish developed the Wish Local app to sell your items locally. Skip your desktop and unload those unwanted kicks from 2005 to a new, loving home from the convenience of your smartphone.
A lifelong lover of a good deal, I break into a cold sweat when I see a yard sale. If you're putting on an “everything must go” yard sale this weekend, consider listing it on Yardsales.com. You can attract more buyers to your sale, as well as sell items directly through the site. Nifty, eh?
15. Clothes Mentor
If you have a closet full of gently used designer clothing, give it a second life with Clothes Mentor. This secondhand store hands you cash on the spot for your items. It's women-only (sorry, fellas) and they accept shoes, clothes, jewelry, purses, and accessories.
You wouldn't think this online craft store would be great for selling old stuff, but it is! If you have antiques or items that are quirky, weird, or outrageous, consider listing them with Etsy.
You might not be keen on selling your stamp collection at a garage sale. Make a profit on your collection by connecting with interested buyers on Collectors.com. This online platform helps you sell collectibles like coins, trading cards, and comic books to an audience that will appreciate them.
18. Amazon Seller Marketplace
Do you have a pile of stuff that you want to sell, but don't feel like the hassle? Amazon offers a Seller Marketplace where you can sell your porcelain doll collection with less headaches. Let Amazon deal with selling and shipping your item. They do take a small fee per item, so make sure it's really worth it!
The other day I discovered some old college textbooks in my bookshelves. Instead of hanging onto them, I'm going to sell them for cash at Cash4Books. Get a quote on your textbook's value in seconds. With free shipping and quick payment, it's a marvel for emptying your shelves.
Mercari is an app that lets you sell just about anything. List your home goods, clothes, electronics, and more. Turn your rompers into cold, hard cash with this marketplace. Keep in mind that Mercari withholds payments until your buyer receives the item. If you want an immediate payout, consider other apps on this list.
Hoard no more! List your accessories, clothes, electronics, and more on Carousell. This app is particularly helpful because it syndicates your listing to multiple platforms. Reach users on Facebook Marketplace, Instagram, Twitter, and more with just one Carousell listing.
22. Pawn shops
Our title says 21 apps but this one is #22 – what gives? Because it's not really an app. We just wanted to throw on unconventional option for you.
Pawn shops! Oh yes! Pawn shops aren't just for your creepy Uncle Vinnie. They're a wonderful way to make extra cash from the old stuff crowding your garage. However, do your homework before going to a pawn shop. After all, these guys are in the business of making a buck. Know the history, quality, and worth of your item going in. Bring an appraisal for big ticket items, like jewelry, to make sure you're paid a fair price.