As we finally emerge from winter hibernation, many of us feel compelled to embark on an annual Spring Clean. Perhaps ridding ourselves of the clutter that clogs up our homes is a statement of intent as we move forward into a new season. Whatever the reason, I’ve always enjoyed shedding items I no longer find useful or beautiful (the two functions any object in my home must serve.)
Charity shops are always grateful for donations and when time is tight, it’s tempting to drop off our unwanted items. But with funds also often tight at my house (two growing kids and a large, greedy dog) I’ve found ways to generate cash from some of the things I no longer need.
Here, I share my top five with you. Perhaps you have your own secrets for turning clutter into cash?
Tangled chains and individual earrings can earn you cash!
You may not have heard of this site as it’s reasonably new to the market, but it’s the best place to sell your metal based items. You can flog unwanted costume jewellery (even broken or tangled items) precious metals, watches, old currency and more.
It’s a simple process; just send off for a prepaid envelope, send it back filled with your items and receive a cash offer – postage is free of charge.
Our Leeds based service offers a great alternative to the painful process of selling individual items of clothing on sites like Ebay or Gumtree.
The thought of photographing, listing, packing and posting each garment can be so off-putting that many Mums admit to bags of clothing languishing under their beds for years! Even if they do get round to listing items – sites like Ebay and Paypal reduce the amount they pocket by taking a commission on each sale. Add picky buyers, non paying bidders and possible returns and it all looks a bit like hard work.
Preloved Reloved will buy your unwanted women’s and children’s clothes, shoes and accessories in a job lot, for a lump sum.
All you have to do is send us an image of each item along with its brand, condition and size. We’ll make you a no obligation cash offer within 24 hours and pay 50% of this upfront, with the remainder once items are received. We also pay your postage costs, even for large bundles.
A tidy lump sum in your bank account for a few minutes work. Sound good?
Finally, you may be surprised to discover that even household rubbish can be turned into cold, hard cash. You heard me right – buyers are waiting to snap up items that would otherwise end up in the bin!
I’ve discovered savvy sellers flogging toilet roll tubes, plastic milk bottle tops, jam jars (matching sets from posh brands like Bonne Maman sell best), wine corks, coat hangers and more on sites like Ebay, Gumtree, Preloved and Facebook.
Empty perfume bottles are the biggest earners, fetching between £5 and £8 each on Ebay. For the other items, you’ll need to save these over a period of time before selling in bulk. But imagine the satisfaction at earning extra cash from, quite literally, a load of old rubbish.