An unexpected emergency, such as a job loss or reduction in hours never happens at a good time. You need money to cover rent, bills, or just your day to day expenses. There are some ways that you can cut back like canceling your gym membership or subscription services like Netflix. But when you’re in a bind, you need money faster.
Technology has made this much easier to accomplish. The gig economy allows you to make money for pet sitting, driving others to destinations, and delivering groceries or restaurant food.
Another option is selling some of the things you already have. On top of getting access to cash quickly, you also get the benefit of reducing the clutter in your house. That might have you rethinking some of your spending habits too. Let’s talk about 41 things you can sell today to make extra money now.
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Turn your closet into cash by selling your unwanted clothing. If you have a lot of brand name clothing, you could go directly to a secondhand store like Plato’s Closet to see how much you can get for your shirts, jeans, and other clothes. There’s also ThredUp which is an online consignment store in which you can ship your items too.
To sell your items directly to buyers, Poshmark is an online platform where you can list your items. You won’t get paid until a buyer purchases an item so keep that in mind if you need the money fast.
Clearing off your bookshelves will free up a lot of space but don’t expect to make a ton of money. It’s at least a better option when you need money than taking them to the donation bin at a public library.
Scouting websites like BookFinder.com are a good place to start. They show the offers you can receive for your book at a variety of companies. You can find the best offer for each book but since prices change fast, it would be advised to choose an offer that day.
Old furniture pieces that you’ve kept since upgrading to your living room is taking up a lot of space in your home. College students and other people who want second-hand furniture at a good price are interested in functional items they need to furnish their homes. You can easily make a few hundred dollars off an old couch, table, and desk that will help you in your financial situation.
To find local buyers, Craigslist is a good place to list your items. Facebook Marketplace is another good option. Both sites allow you to list for free and you don’t have to worry about shipping or delivering in most cases. If you have a furniture piece that is likely an antique that may have substantial value, find local antique dealers.
You may have kept some old jewelry from an ex or have a few pieces that you no longer wear. This could be the time to get rid of it and make money at the same time. Diamonds, gold, and other materials can cost a lot when it’s first purchased.
You’ll have to moderate your expectations on the resale value, however. It’s not common to re-sell a piece of jewelry for close to what it originally cost. Still, you should shop it around to compare offers before making a decision on who to sell it to.
5. Gift Cards
Gift cards are popular gifts for birthdays, Christmas, and other celebrations. But if it is for a store that you don’t shop at, then it doesn’t hold much value. You can sell your gift card to someone who will want to use it.
Gift Card Granny is a website where you can get paid for your gift card. This is a good place to start. A physical card will take longer to process because you have to mail it in. You’ll be paid right away for an e-gift card.
6. Sports Cards
Do you still have your baseball card collection from growing up? Sports cards that are rare or are of popular players could be worth a lot of money. If you know longer have a passion for collecting, it might be time to cash in.
There are retailers that you might be able to find locally to sell your collection to. But if you want to get the most money out of the deal, sell it directly to a buyer. eBay is a good starting point to list your cards.
7. Yard Equipment
The old yard equipment in your garage that you no longer use has a future with new owners. Old tools are also items that there are people who could have an interest in. Clean them up so they’re more presentable for selling.
8. Vintage Things
You might have a garage full of what you consider junk sitting in boxes from your parent’s house. There’s a good chance that some of those items are vintage which there’s a large market for.
Think of the days when there were telephones with rotary dials and typewriters. Try platforms like Etsy and eBay to list your items. It may take some time to find a buyer that’s interested but will be worth the payoff.
9. TV and Movie Memorabilia
TV shows and movies bring back nostalgia for many people. Collectibles like movie posters and other merchandise are highly sought after by the right crowd. Check your collection of pop culture items and see what you might be able to list on eBay. Don’t be surprised if that old t-shirt fetches a few hundred dollars by a fan.
10. Video Games and Consoles
Adults who grew up with the original Nintendo often have an emotional attachment to the system. They will pay a lot of money to get their hands on a working console. eBay and Facebook Marketplace are good places to find a gaming enthusiast.
11. Disney VHS
Related to vintage is the VHS tapes of the 1980s and 1990s. While media is almost entirely digital now, there are Disney fans who want VHS copies of these classic animated movies. Other VHS tapes of obscure titles that aren’t available for DVD may also be in demand.
There’s a large sneaker-flipping market. Nike, Adidas, and other brands release limited edition sneakers that sellers flip once the stock runs out. The prices shoot up drastically once they’re no longer available. If you have a sneaker collection, consider flipping a pair or two for some cash.
13. Kids Toys
Toys rarely have a long lifespan because kids outgrow them quickly. The latest shiny gadget is rarely that interesting after a few weeks of playing. Toys are also very expensive so many parents are interested in grabbing some at a good price.
Make sure the toys are in good condition and clean before selling them. No one wants to buy a broken or dirty looking playset. Once Upon a Child is a retailer that could buy your kids’ old toys. Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace could help you sell to parents in your area.
14. Sports Equipment
Old sporting equipment like golf clubs, baseball bats, and tennis racquets can be turned into money when they’re no longer used. SidelineSwap is a peer-to-peer marketplace that allows you to list your old equipment. There’s also the national chain, Play It Again Sports who will buy your gear from you.
15. Vintage and Old Electronics
VCRs, cameras, iPods, and other old electronics tend to be hoarded in our homes for longer than they were actually used. When they still work, it’s hard to justify getting rid of them so we keep them “just in case”.
They aren’t worth anything though when they’re just lying around. There are still people out there who are willing to pay for an old iPod or TV set. Vintage electronics like cassette players and Walkmans are hard to find nowadays and you can make a surprisingly lot of money by selling them online.
16. Car Advertising Space
You’ve probably seen vehicles as your driving to work that are wrapped with an advertisement for a company. While sometimes, the drivers are employees for the company that’s not always the case.
There are companies like Wrapify that pay you to turn your car into a mobile billboard for their product/service. They can pay a few hundred dollars a month which can cover trips to the grocery store and other essential needs.
17. Bikes and Strollers
Old bicycles and strollers which were used during a certain stage in our life don’t get much use afterward. They’re also fairly large items to be stored away. Clear out your space and replace it with some cash in your pocket.
You have a point of view which companies are willing to pay you for. Companies and websites will pay people to get their opinion about a product or service. It helps them improve their offerings. In return you can get gift cards, points (towards money or e-gift cards), and cash. Swagbucks is one such app that you can download and provide your opinion through surveys but there’s plenty of others out there.
Usually found tucked away in a dresser drawer, cufflinks are one of those things that there’s a market out there for. You can usually find them at garage sales for cheap and even flip them for a profit. If you aren’t getting any use out of them, list them for sale to make a good profit.
20. Handmade Goods
Etsy, Handmade at Amazon, and Artfire are good places to sell your old handmade goods from. If you want to get crafty, you can build us a good source of side income selling your pieces. It could end up being the side gig that you can count on for extra money in the future.
21. Scrap Metal
Scrap metal is valuable enough that some people will sell it to make a living. Your old metal outdoor furniture, aluminum cans, kitchen pans, and old appliances have the potential to be sold for money. Old electronics often have copper which is particularly valuable.
Coin sets, action figures, and other items can hold a lot of value. Find these items in your home that may be tucked away from years ago. Sell them online to others who are looking to add them to their collection.
23. An Extra Room in your Home
Renting out a room isn’t for everyone. If you’re comfortable with allowing someone to live in a spare room, it’s a good way to make extra income. The key is to find a reliable tenant.
You could charge a few hundred dollars to more than a thousand depending on the room and rental market. Websites like Spareroom can help you find potential tenants. Facebook has many local groups of those who are looking for roommates/rooms as well.
24. Flipping Things
Do you have a knack for restoring antiques or other items that could be worth money? You may have to invest a bit of money to get started to find things on Craigslist, garage sales, etc. If you want to get into rehabbing items, make sure that you don’t overspend on purchasing it. Try to keep your purchase price under 75 percent of the list price and don’t accept offers that are less than 25 percent of what you bought it for to keep a good profit margin.
25. Recyclable Items
Newspapers, bottles, cans, and the list goes on of being that you can recycle. Find out what your recycling center will take and the rates for the items. Since you’re using these things anyway you can make an impact on the environment while making a little extra cash.
There’s always a need for plasma and blood to help those who are injured or sick. Your plasma can be an income source when you need money fast. You can go to a blood bank a few times a month in most cases.
Are you always taking pictures to post on Instagram or have an amateur photography hobby? Turn your photos into cash with websites like 123RF.com that are constantly looking for new photos to add to their collection.
28. Mystery Shopping
Mystery shopping can be a way to make extra money without having to commit a lot of time. Stay-at-home moms and people who have a full-time job that want a little extra side money are good candidates for mystery shopping.
Mobee is an app that connects you to opportunities on your device. You can score a free meal or get reimbursed for your purchase as an added bonus.
29. Video Gaming
Helping video game players through a level or defeating a boss is actually a paid gig. If you’re an avid gamer, your skills could be used to help others beat the game too. It’s even possible to make tens of thousands of dollars through this.
You could be paid money for your thoughts and ideas. People in all sorts of professions seek out innovative ideas. Innocentive.com is a website that is a source of crowdsourced innovation that seeks to help solve challenges in technology, business, A/I, science, and data.
Walking other people’s dogs and occasionally sitting for a family can be a rewarding way to send your time while getting paid to do it. Particularly if you like being social, there are many opportunities out there to help seniors with different tasks and other services. Petsitter.com posts listings for pet sitting and there’s a variety of other websites/apps out there for childcare and senior citizen opportunities.
Do you like to write or have a blog? You can get paid to sell your work to others and even get it published on websites and magazines. Freelance Writing Jobs has helpful information about how to get started and they have a jobs board to see what type of opportunities are out there.
33. Blog Ad Space
You could make money for that space you have on your blog page. If you have a blog that generates web traffic you could get paid without having too much work. Products and services related to your blog are a good place to start for finding advertisers who may be willing to offer some cash for your space.
34. Graphic Design
Whether it’s creating an image for a book cover or a flyer for a concert, businesses need those with the creative skills to put together an eye-catching piece. Many organizations and businesses don’t have graphic designers on the payroll and seek a third-party source for their needs.
Whether you’ve built a portfolio showcasing your work from school or work, you need the right people to see what you can do. Fiverr has many opportunities that have people who are willing to pay for a graphic or image to connect with you.
35. Market Research
Another way to get paid for your opinion is participating in a market research project. This usually requires at least an hour of your time where you share your opinion in a group or individually. Some projects can be done online through a meeting app like Zoom while others you will have to physically drive to a location.
Either way, you can make an easy $50 or more from one hour of your time. One company that to start out with is Focusgroup.com.
36. Medical Studies
To consider with a side of caution, there are pharmaceuticals and other companies that will pay a lot of money for your participation. Each medical study has different eligibility rules that you have to meet in order to participate. Since the studies mainly involve drug trials, you should be aware that there might be side effects. A medical study may require a few days/nights and weekends and may occur over the course of several months. In return, you could get a few thousand dollars.
If you have a lot of makeup that you haven’t used or barely, you could sell them to others. Glambot.com allows you to sell new and pre-owned makeup products. You can even sell samples and makeup tools.
38. Musical Instruments
Guitars, violin, and other musical instruments cost a lot of money to buy. If you have some lying around from band class back in the day or your kids went through a musical phase, turn it in for some cash. Pawn shops and music stores aren’t going to get you top dollar since they need to make a profit too. Instead try selling them on Facebook Marketplace, eBay, or Reverb which is specifically for musical instruments.
39. Home Gardening
There are people who always need help with mowing lawns, pulling weeds, and gardening-related projects. If you have a green thumb and like spending time outdoors this is a chance to get paid doing something that you enjoy. Try advertising your services through Nextdoor and get connected with neighbors who need your help.
40. Academic Knowledge
Having knowledge in a field like social media marketing or how to use Photoshop can be turned into a way to make money. You can create courses online through websites like Udemy. When someone buys your course, you get paid.
41. Home Organizing
Are you a neat-freak who likes to organize spaces? You might not exactly have a future of scoring the next Netflix show like Marie Kondo but can take advantage of the popularity in the industry. Care.com is a site that can help connect you with people who are needing home organizers.
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About the Author
Anjana Paul is a banking professional who is passionate about helping others make better choices when it comes to money. In her spare time she is a freelance writer with years of expertise in the financial industry. She primarily writes about topics such as student loans, building credit, budgeting, retirement and other personal finance topics.