Turning Your Junk into Fast Cash

by khalid on 22/02/2012 · 0 comments


Most people have more stuff than they need, and are often sitting on quite a valuable pile of unnecessary items. Rather than just throwing it into landfill, there are lots of ways to get rid of unwanted gear so that not only can someone else make use of it, but you can also make some money at the same time.

Here we’ve listed the best ways to make some money from your unwanted items:

Yard Sales

A favourite way for people to make some money while getting rid of their old stuff is by holding a good old-fashioned yard sale. You have the venue provided for free, your yard, and all you need to do to set up is move everything onto the lawn or front yard. Make sure people know it’s happening by advertising in your local area, and be set up and ready for your advertised start time, as chances are you will have a few early birds hunting for bargains. Most people expect yard sale prices to be quite low, so you are best to keep the prices down, though if you have a lot of stuff, you can still make quite a bit of money from a yard sale on a good day.


There has been a big increase in websites where ordinary people can buy and sell their things. You can find pretty much anything online, and there are always people searching for that perfect couch, table, lamp, set of speakers, bike, tools, etc. If you have items that you don’t want or need anymore, though don’t want to hold a yard sale, all you need to do is create an online advertisement where you post a picture, description and price for your items, along with a contact number or email. You can often have your unwanted items gone with cash in your hand, very, very quickly.

Do It Up

Sometimes the difference between trash and treasure can be as simple as the condition something is in, so if you have items that still work fine but don’t look so great, doing them up can make them extremely easy to sell. Cars, furniture and even houses are great examples of this, so if you’d rather have the cash than the junk, upgrade it a little and you shouldn’t have a problem finding a buyer. If you don’t have money for the upgrades, borrow some from a friend or get a cash loan, as you will easily be able to pay back your debt once you do it up and resell it.


Often items that seem like trash can be quite valuable. A great example of this being scrap metal. Before you throw away any metal off cuts or scrap, it is worth calling around and finding out if they are worth anything. Copper for one is certainly well worth taking in and selling.

Apart from getting short term loans, the next fastest way of coming up with a bit of extra cash is by doing a decent clean up. Most households have items of value just lying around unused, so next time you do a clean up at home, make it a downsizing too and you may be able to pocket yourself a little extra cash. You’ll probably find that there are quite a lot of items you are better off without.

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