Have you noticed how much stuff you have?
When you spend all day in your house, you notice the little things that seemingly weren’t there before – imperfections in the walls, closets packed to the brim, and just so much stuff everywhere.
With the pandemic forcing thousands of people to work from home, everyone is starting to wonder where all this stuff came from and how they can get rid of it.
You could throw it away and be done with it, by why not try and make some money off your used stuff? You may not want it anymore, but there are tons of people that would want it and would gladly pay for it.
Here are 6 apps that are a great way to sell your used stuff.
This is one of the more popular options since it is part of an app that over 2 billion people use every day. You can post anything from used DVDs to entire cars. To increase your chance of selling your items, you can join groups in your area that specialize in buying/trading goods. Just set your price, describe your product, post, and wait for offers. Odds are you are using Facebook anyway, so why not make some money and get rid of your stuff at the same time?
Decluttr specializes in letting you sell used technology like DVDs, games, and CDs. The app is easy to use – once you post your product, you get an instant value for it. If you accept it, Decluttr will send you a free shipping label to put on a box with your items and drop off at the nearest UPS location.
Another huge benefit – this app has an “A” rating with the Better Business Bureau, so you know they are safe and trustworthy.
Letgo has gained popularity recently due to its easy navigation. Letgo does a lot of the work for you so you can focus on getting rid of your stuff. Just post a picture of your item and Letgo will automatically sort it into the proper category for you. There’s also an option to automate certain messages, so you can spend less time typing and more time selling.
Let’s face it – the first items that will usually go when decluttering are your clothes. A great way to simplify your life is by getting rid of any clothes that either don’t fit, you don’t like, or you never wore in the first place. thredUP’s specialty is selling used clothing, and they’ve gotten good at it.
Once you sign up for an account, thredUP will ship you a bag to put all your clothes in, and you’ll get paid once your order is processed. If you’re not sure how much you could get, they have a calculator where you enter your clothing and they’ll give you an estimate on how much you will get paid based on the number, type, and condition of your clothes.
The best feature? If you don’t need to get paid but you still want to get rid of your clothes, you can choose the “donation cleanout” where you ship your clothes out, and all profits from the sale go to a charity. You get more space, and you get to do a good deed.
One of the drawbacks to most apps when selling used items is the usually awkward in-person interaction when they come to pick up the item. Mercari takes away that worry with no face-to-face interaction. Once you sell an item, you can bring it to a UPS store, and they will pack and ship it for you (no need to try and find a box) to the buyer. Options like these are great for any sale, but especially in these pandemic times, we are living in. One quick note; Mercari takes a 10% commission on every item you sell, but with no interactions and need to shop it, that 10% may be well worth it.
If you don’t mind the process of shipping items yourself or seeing people in-person, there’s still the hassle of selling items in your location. You may get some interest in your items from people who are over an hour away and want to meet you halfway. To save your time and keep everything close, the 5miles app lets you filter results to within five miles of your location. Now, you know someone can get your item quickly, which means you get to make money and get to have more space quickly.
These applications are great ways to sell your items, and they are also safe. With secure features for messaging and payments, you can feel safe in selling your items to someone who will benefit from them. Whether you use different ones based on the items you are selling or sell everything through one app, you get to make money, help others live a better life, and get more space back in your home.