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Everyday Cheapskate: Where To Get the Most Cash for Your Unwanted (But Awesome) Stuff

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If you're looking for ways to get cash for stuff you no longer need or want, there are a number of options both online and locally where you could earn top dollar. You just need to know where to look. Here are reliable places to get rid of your old stuff for the best price. Just keep in mind that the amount of money buyers are willing to pay may differ wildly from your expectations as a seller.

BOOKS

Check BookScouter.com, where more than 30 used book vendors will compete to buy your books. Download the app and then input the ISBN number (either a 10- or 13-digit number on the book itself) to find out which book buyer, if any, is interested in what you have, and which one is willing to pay the highest price.

Decluttr.com buys books, too, and is the easiest way to make quick cash for your highly desirable used books. The site accepts hardbacks and paperbacks, used textbooks and children's books, too. Know going in that Decluttr buys books that have a high degree of desirability. Then they offer a price that will allow them to resell for a profit. It's certainly worth checking out.

Another option is to list your books on eBay, a large marketplace for used books, or consider selling to used bookstores in your area. Just know that means you'll need to take the books to the store, offer them to the proprietor, who will need time to go through what you have to offer, and then more than likely lug about half of them to the next bookstore (or back home). If you enjoy visiting used bookstores, you may find this to be a fun way to spend a day or two, depending on what you have.

CLOTHING

 

Sort your best clothes, pull out the gems and sell them to a consignment store, at ThredUp.com, PoshMark.com or through eBay. If you have vintage pieces Etsy will bring you the best buyers.

But first, make sure your items are impeccably stain-free and clean. It's important for tags to be intact that show the brand, size, fabric content and laundering instructions. If these tags are missing, do your best to describe what you know about the item and attach that information on a note.

Group the rest that you are unable to sell as above into lots (12 child T-shirts, for example) and post them in an ad on Craigslist.org, on Facebook Marketplace or in your local classifieds. Sell what's left in a yard sale.

FURNITURE, ANTIQUES, COLLECTIBLES

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