What’s Really Junk and What’s Sellable?If you take a look around your house, you’re more than likely to discover a whole lot of unused stuff. But, is it actually worth anything at all? Well, the answer partly lies in the cliche, “one’s man trash is another man’s treasure.” In other words, if you’re willing to put in enough effort and do it smartly, you can easily raise a little extra cash.
Admit it: You have too much stuff, whether clothes spill out of closets, toys fill your basement or you can’t actually park your car in the garage. You’re not alone. Americans spend $20 billion per year on storage units, according to the National Storage Association. If you’re sick of the mess, or want to stop spending money to store stuff you don’t use, sell your junk. —Bankrate.comYou’re first order of business is to start identifying what’s no longer wanted and/or needed. Then, take a honest assessment of item. If it’s worth something or you aren’t sure, put it into one pile. If it’s not objectively worth anything, put it into another pile. The second pile is the junk you’ll throw out. Just have a local junk hauling service come by and pick it up so you don’t have to deal with it.
How to Make Quick Cash with Junk in Town ‘N’ CountryNow, let’s get to how to make quick cash. You can really pull it off, if you proceed smartly. The key to make quick cash is to take your time. What? Yeah, it’s totally incompatible, though it ultimately makes sense. Here are some ways you can turn all that unused stuff into cash:
- Consign the most valuable. Whatever is the most valuable, take it to a consignment store. Sure, you’ll pay a fee but you don’t have to worry about advertising it and going through the logistics of selling it.
- Take a tax deduction. If it has some value but you don’t want to go through the time and effort of hosting a garage sale or taking it to a consignment shop, donate it to a charity and get a tax write off.
- Host a yard sale. Of course, you can always hold a yard sale. Advertise it for a week and start it early on a Saturday. Put the most expensive stuff in a conspicuous place, but near you and the least valuable out front.
- Sell stuff online. You can also sell items online, one at a time. This way, you don’t have to go through the hassle of hosting a garage sale.