6 Easy Ways to Make Money from Your Spring Cleaning Finds
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Your closets could be your payday!
I personally love purging my stuff, partly because I discover things I’ve forgotten about and partly because I can make money spring cleaning! As someone who is far too guilty of thinking, “I’m going to keep this because I’m sure I’ll wear it someday,” I RARELY end up wearing it someday and it’s better to just let it go. #SorryFuzzyUnicornSweater
Check out these easy ways to make some cash when you let go of those gently-loved (and sometimes brand new) spring cleaning treasures. Cha-ching!
The great aspect of selling on Poshmark is the control you have over the buying and selling process. You set your prices and you’re free to negotiate with offers that come in below asking. This means you can determine the piece’s end value.
I love Poshmark because it’s EASY and super user friendly! I just upload my pictures, fill in my information, and set my price. Then people buy, I ship, and then I get the money delivered straight to my account. (Watch out though, it’s easy to get caught up in spending what you’re making!)
– Amber at Hip2Save
Poshmark also hosts Posh Parties where you can browse, buy, and list products within a particular category. Shipping is super easy from the seller side. They also take a pretty standard commission from your sale (they share what that is before you decide to list on the site).
The original online selling platform has come a looong way from when it first launched. Even better, eBay allows you to think outside the closet when it comes to selling your spring cleaning finds! Books, toys, decor, pretty much anything that has value can be sold on eBay.
Selling on eBay is pretty easy. You set your prices so you always get what you’re asking. Just be really careful because they charge fees on the total amount (shipping + item) and they don’t take those fees out right away (they send you a bill at the end of the month). Name brand and hard-to-find items move a lot faster than off-brand items, but everything seems to sell eventually!
– Chelsey at Hip2Save
Keep in mind that there are millions of other sellers, so getting your listing noticed will take a little extra finesse. It’s worth it to get the max value on your items in the long run.
Hip Tip: Shop eBay for discounted digital gift cards you can purchase and use at your favorite retailers!
Are you a high-end shopper? Take a look at Tradesy! Very similar to Poshmark, you list products yourself and set your own prices for high-end designer goods. The site offers TONS of selling support, like free shipping kits, photo enhancement, and 24-hour customer service. They take a standard commission off the sale and listings take only a minute to set up!
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Originally launched as a kids’ clothing consignment shop, Swap.com is now one of the hottest internet e-tailers offering over 2 million unique products! It’s super easy to mail in clothes for sale on the site, though the payout for the pieces can be a little on the low side. That said, they pretty much do all the work for you, so if don’t have free time to do all work yourself, this could be a good way to go.
Hip Tip: Looking to replace items in your closet? Swap is GREAT for scoring brand name clothes at wallet-friendly prices!
The selling process on ThredUp is very similar to Swap, but ThredUp gives users an estimate on how much your clothes are worth before you finalize your shipment. Again, sometimes the payout can be a little low, but they’re taking care of listing, selling, and shipping. So even if you’re not rolling in dough, you’re still making more money than if you’d kept those clothes and never ended up wearing them.
If you’ve ever ordered a box from StitchFix, you know you’ll receive a 20% discount if you end up purchasing all of the items in the box. But what if that fifth item just really isn’t doing it for you, and you’d love to keep the discount? Even though StitchFix isn’t an online marketplace, there’s a Facebook community dedicated to buying and selling clothes from almost-perfect “fixes”! It’s a closed group, so request access to check out all the super cute clothes and accessories (and to start posting your own)!
Selling on the Facebook marketplace is also amazing. Just make sure to meet your buyer in a safe, public area and only accept cash for items you’re selling.
– Jamie at Hip2Save
Put those old Amazon shipping boxes to GOOD use! With GiveBackBox, you simply fill your old Amazon box with clothes or household goods to be donated, enter your zip code and email address, and print your generated shipping label.
Drop the package off at your local post office or schedule a FREE pickup. It’s an easy way to cut down on your rarely used belongings and pays you back with a small tax deduction* (and karma), all without leaving the house 😁.
*Keep in mind, since the standard deduction has gone up under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, people may have less opportunity to claim charitable contributions.
Written by Emily for Hip2Save. Emily lives in Buffalo, NY where she spends her time drinking lots of coffee, scouring the internet for deals, and tackling DIY projects. She’s a big believer of self-care and living the fullest life possible, all while saving money of course.