Here are a few ideas that might put the jingle back in your liberal raided pants pockets. We all have lots of unused items in our homes, but do you realize that some of them could be worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars? We all attach sentimental value to our things, but we forget that many of them have a monetary value also.
Buyers often are happy to pay serious cash for rare or limited items. Everyday items can find a new home and bring you a nice piece of change in the process. The important thing is not to make the mistake of undervaluing an item. Take the time to research it before you sell it.
Just remember, the way you advertise your treasures makes a big difference in what it will bring. A case in point is a plate that my wife wanted to put in a yard sale for a dime, but I took the time to check it out and sold that same plate to an antique store for twenty dollars. There is more to selling than putting it on a table and placing a sticker on it.
Here is a list of five things you can sell online and ring up some big money:
- Jewelry: Have a necklace, ring or bracelet that isn’t your style. You might consider selling them for the gold value, but you might consider selling these pieces for cash. Fine jewelry and some Costume pieces can bring big money. First get them appraised then consider selling them on Ebay.
- Computers: How does $400 to $800 for an old laptop computer sound. Gazelle and NextWorth.com make it easy to unload unwanted laptops. At Gazelle, sellers can request quotes. They will send you prepaid shipping boxes. Just remember to wipe your drive of all data.
- Cellphones: Used cellphones are another source of ready cash, even damaged ones. Most still have value even if they are broken or damaged. If they are fully functional and just have a broken screen or need to replace a battery or button sellers can get $75 for a broken iPhone 6S, they can earn $185 if the item is in good condition with normal wear and tear. Check sites like Kiiboo.com and NextWorth.com.
- Sporting Goods: Bicycles, canoes and fishing gear, sell well on Ebay and Craigslist. Items like skis, golf clubs, baseball bats, gloves and football cleats and helmets can be taken to a Play It Again Sports store and yield 30 percent to 50 percent of the selling price.
- Coins: Here is a warning. Many coins have two values. The first is the “melt” value and that fluctuates with the precious metals markets. The second is more stable and can in fact be much more. It is the “Collectors” value. For instance, a 1972 Philadelphia Mint type “2” Eisenhower Silver dollar has no melt value. But has a collectors value of at least 40 dollars because so few of them were minted. Always get at least two appraisals of any coin you’re planning to sell after you have checked its value on line.