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40+ Things You Can Sell To Make Extra Money Right Now

40+ Things You Can Sell To Make Extra Money Right Now

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Making money can be easier than ever before with modern technology. It used to be that a yard sale or a pawn shop was the only way to sell stuff. Lucky for you, times have changed. Want to generate extra cash? Here are some things that you can sell to help boost your income. With social media and a computer, you have several options to generate extra cash without leaving your house. Here are some things that you can sell to help boost your income.

1. Garbage

That's right, garbage. You can sell some things that you would usually throw away on eBay. Empty toilet paper and paper towel tubes are in demand for craft projects. Shoe and jewelry boxes that are empty sell as well as Birchboxes and baseball card boxes. Click To Tweet

Empty perfume, wine, and pill bottles make the list. You will also find people wanting to buy old sweeper parts and tv remotes. Before you throw anything out, check and see if you can sell it online. Click here for more tips on how to make money with eBay.

2. Games and Disks

Whether you have old CD’s, DVD’s, Blu Rays or games to sell, Decluttr is a good way to sell many different types of tech products.

According to their website:

“With Decluttr you can enter your items barcodes into our valuation engine and we’ll give you an instant offer. Alternatively you can download the FREE app (available on Android and IOS) and scan your items with your smartphone’s camera.

You’ll need to enter a minimum of 10 items or have an overall value of $5 to complete your order. Then you simply pack all your items into a box and then ship your items to us for free! When we receive your items, we’ll pay you on the next business day.”

3. Makeup

Do you love beauty products? Do you have makeup that you’ve never used, or used very little? Then you might want to check out Glambot.com! You can sell your new or pre-owned products, including samples and makeup tools. You will receive an offer within five business days after they receive your makeup.

All you have to do is read and comply with the sale requirements, and request a shipping label from Glambots. You can choose to receive cash, or a 30% store credit to purchase more makeup.

4. Photos

Sell your pictures to a photography website such as Istockphoto and Shutterstock. These sites give you a platform to sell your photos for either a flat fee or a percentage of each one sold to a client. A single image can be sold multiple times and pay you for years to come.

Zazzle.com is a free marketplace that allows artists, graphic designers, and photographers to sell their work online. According to their website, you can “Sell your artwork on hundreds of retail-quality products and set your royalty rates. It’s easy and FREE!”

5. Food

If you have a garden, you could sell vegetables at a farmers market or homemade pies. Don’t have room for a garden?  It only takes two weeks and a small room to grow some tiny vegetables and herbs known as Microgreens. They are 40 times more nutritious than the mature version.

Selling these tiny plants on a part-time basis could net you a few hundred dollars a month. Once you master the skill, you could even profit from teaching others how to grow them.

For more information on how to grow micro greens read Microgreens: A Guide To Growing Nutrient-Packed Greens

6. Gift cards

Do you have any gift cards that you don’t want? There are several websites like Raise.com that will offer you cash for your cards.

7. Books

Even though e-books are very popular now, a lot of people still want a hardback or paperback book. Selling used textbooks can help you recover some of the money that you originally paid for the book. Half.com is a website that lets you sell your used books.

8. Other People’s Stuff

affiliate incomeAffiliate marketing is selling other people’s products. Essentially you use your marketing skills to send people to a merchant’s website to buy their goods or services, and then you receive a commission.

To find affiliates, you need to contact a vendor or look on dedicated websites such as Clickbank. Finding a company to work with should be relatively easy since there are companies worldwide who want to find as many places as they can to sell their products.

This form of income will require you to be at least somewhat tech savvy because you will need a blog or social media presence to make this work.

The upside is that once you become established online, your business can grow as your marketing skills grow. You don’t need much money to become an online entrepreneur, but it can be very time consuming until you become established.

You can learn more about affiliate marketing here.

9. Toys

The Littlest Pet Shops toys are big sellers on eBay. These toys can bring $50 to $200 a piece if you know what to look for. The Comic Con Cat has sold for $200 brand new in the box.

Why do these toys sell for so much? Hasbro releases a limited number of each pet, and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Currently, there are over 3,000 different pets.

You can find out which ones are the most valuable here and then set up alerts in your Facebook yard sale groups to be notified when someone is selling them.

Lalaloopsy’s is another toy that usually sells well on eBay.

10. Homemade Items

You can sell handmade items, craft supplies, and vintage items on Etsy. The second best seller on Etsy makes $70,000 a month, find out how by clicking here.

11. Sporting Goods

Places to sell used sports equipment include Facebook yard sale groups, yard sales, flea markets or a sporting goods chain. Play It Again Sports resells items for 40-60% of their original cost. You receive 30-50% of that price when you sell to them.

12. Furniture

Furniture MakeoverIs it time to get some new furniture? Try painting, staining or refurbishing your old furniture before you sell it. You may be able to sell your furniture for twice as much just by painting it.

Need some inspiration? Read Furniture Makeovers: Simple Techniques for Transforming Furniture with Paint, Stains, Paper, Stencils, and More 

13. Stuff Bought From A Store

Buy stuff at a good price from a regular store and sell it on Amazon. All of the order processing is handled by Amazon. This process is called retail arbitrage; you can learn more about it by reading Arbitrage: The authoritative guide on how it works, why it works, and how it can work for you.

14. Plasma

There are 530 licensed plasma collection centers in the U.S. and Europe. Sick and Injured people need plasma. For each donation that you make you can expect to be paid $20 to $50.

15. Hair

Do you have long healthy hair? If you have at least 10 inches of hair, then you can sell it on HairSellon.com. You can make anywhere from $100 to $4,000 by selling your locks.Click To Tweet

16. Wedding Dress

Is your wedding dress taking up space in the closet? Then it’s time to make some money by selling it on StillWhite.com. There is a one time fee of $20 or $30, depending on the options that you pick. There is no commission fee for this service.

17. Recipes

Do you like to cook? Then sell your recipes to magazines, cooking contest websites, or a revenue share site. Cooking Light will give you $50 and a free t-shirt for a recipe. Sunset.com offers $250 for the secret to creating your best dish.

The Contest Cook and Online-Sweepstakes websites have lists of ongoing contests you can enter.

Hubpages is a revenue-share site that accepts recipes. Share sites publish your recipe online and then place ads next to your recipe. The more people that view your recipe, the more money you earn.

If you’re interested in publishing your cookbook, I found this book that explains how to do it: Recipe For A Cookbook: How To Write, Publish, And Promote Your Cookbook

Are you knowledgeable in the kitchen?  Cuisine.com is a site that will pay you $100 for solving common cooking problems.

18. Logos

Do you enjoy graphic design? Then sell logos on 99 designs. Submit a design for a contest, and if they choose your design, you make money.

19. Direct Sales

There are thousands of great direct selling companies that only require a small start up fee to get started. This industry allows you to sell all kinds of fun products from home. If you like makeup, you might consider SeneGence, to become a distributor you can contact Cheri at her Facebook page Color Me Pretty.

Some of the more popular companies include:

  • Thirty-One Gifts – Get a 25% commission selling trendy fabric bags.
  • It Works – Known for their wraps that firm, tone and tighten.
  • do terra – Sells essential oils.
  • Beachbody – Make money with a home fitness program and videos.

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You can read more about affiliate marketing and how different companies use it to make money here.

20. Your Body

Find a clinical research study to participate in by using Clinical Trials.gov. Donate your body to science and be compensated. The payments you receive will vary depending on the length of the study, type of medication and number of visits.

21. Academic Expertise

BrainMass is a platform where academic experts can earn money by creating and sharing knowledge.

Udemy allows you to create courses online. You earn money every time a student purchases one of your courses.

22. Your Opinion

Survey sites are a great way to make some extra cash from home if you can figure out which ones are legitimate. That’s where SurveyPolice comes in; this is a site that lets you search by company to find out which ones are scams and which ones are the real deal.

23. Services

You could baby sit, pet sit or assist an elderly person. Having trouble finding clients on your own? Care.com helps caregivers connect with families that need assistance.

24. Articles

Do you have a way with words? Many blog owners are willing to pay for a well-written article. Textbroker.com pays people who have an extraordinary ability to communicate.

25. Car Advertising Space

Have you ever seen a car wrapped in an ad for a company? You may have assumed that the driver worked for the company they were advertising for, but that’s not always the case. Some companies will pay you to turn your car into a billboard for their products. According to The Penny Hoarder, you can find legitimate opportunities at Carvertise, and Pay Me For Driving.

26. Clothing

40+ Things You Can Sell To Make Extra Money Right NowHave your children outgrown their clothes? Do you have styles that you’re just not interested in wearing anymore? Then give ThredUp a try. ThreadUp has been featured in Forbes.com, Inc.com, Fortune.com and has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Simply order a free clean out kit, fill it with clothes and send it back, they do the rest. If you sign up now, you can receive a $10 credit.

Some other sites where you can sell your clothes are Tradesy.com and Poshmark.

27. Electronics 

Sell your old smartphone and other electronics on Gazelle.com.  Answer some questions on their website and then ship it for free. You get paid with a check, gift card, or PayPal. Gazelle has been featured on CNN, The New York Times and ABC News. Stores such as Amazon and Walmart, also have trade-in programs.

28. Jewelry

I Do Now I Don’t is an online auction site similar to eBay, only it’s for jewelry. You put your item up for auction and find a buyer. Once that’s done you send your jewelry to I Do Now I Don’t, and the user sends the money to them as well. They make sure everything is legit and gets where it needs to be. This site has been featured in Glamour, Forbes, Times, and Good Morning America.

29. A Room In Your House

Use Airbnb to rent out a room in your house. I have a friend who is making thousands of dollars renting out rooms. This is an excellent way to make money from the extra space in your house.

30. Musical Instruments

These items can be sold at music stores and pawns shops, but it’s hard to make much money that way. To get top dollar try selling your musical instrument on eBay. The Reverb app is another option, this app is specific to musical instruments and equipment, and it lets you list your item.

31. Collectables and Antiques

Try browsing Collectors.com to get an idea what your item is worth before selling it. If you need a qualified professional to help you find the value of your item check with the American Society of Appraisers. For the value of your coins try The Professional Grading Service Price Guide. If you have trading Cards, you might check out the Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) Price Guide. Also, you might check out Statricks to find the value of an item you have.

32. Gold And Silver

According to Consumer Reports’ Money Advisor you need to sell your gold to a gold refiner to get the most money from your precious metal. The problem is that refiners only buy in large quantities, so if you don’t have enough gold you won’t be able to sell to them. A local jeweler or pawn shop is an option for selling smaller quantities of gold and silver.

33. Recyclable Items

Depending on where you live, you can make extra money recycling things like plastic, metal, and corks.

34. Poop

You can make up to $13,000 a year selling your poop, according to The Washington Post. OpenBiome uses the feces from healthy people to treat people with bacterial infections.

35. Car

Rent out your car on Turo.com. According to their website, the average host can cover their car payment by renting their car out just nine days per month. Insurance is also provided to protect your car from physical damage.

36. Mini Services

The website Fiverr allows you to sell your services for $5.00. You can sell services related to graphic and website design, voice over, managing social media and email, making phone calls, astrology, readings, pranks, stunts, and many other things. Fiverr is a freelance service marketplace for the entrepreneur.

37. New Stuff

Shop Your Way allows you to sell clothes, shoes, accessories, appliances, toys, home decor, and much more. First, you sign up for a free account and watch the startup videos. Then you share items through your social media and you earn a 5% commission on items you sell through your personal shopper link.

38. Savings Bonds

According to the U.S Department of the Treasury, billions of dollars’ worth of savings bonds have never been cashed in. If you have some bonds that maybe you forgot about, it’s time to cash them in. Go to Treasuryhunt.gov for help on how to redeem them.

39. Scrap Metal

Do you have any old appliances, pans, metal patio furniture, or aluminum cans that you could sell? If not, you could check old building sites or just look around your neighborhood for things that people have thrown out.

Find out what your metal is worth at scrap metal prices, and then Google “where to sell scrap metal” with the name of your town.

40. Designer Shoes and Handbags

Sell the designer shoes or handbag that you don’t use anymore at Poshmark. According to their website, you can list an item for sale in less than 60 seconds. You’ll receive a prepaid box to ship your items so you don’t have to mess with stamps. Buyer and seller protection is one of the benefits of using Poshmark.

41. Your Website

Selling a website can be complicated, that’s why most people opt to use a broker. The amount of money your website generates will determine which broker you need.

  • Flippa – This site deals with domain names, e-commerce stores, apps and websites that list for around $10,000.
  • Empire Flippers – A marketplace that buys and sells small e-commerce and affiliate websites.

 

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58 Comments

  1. These are great ideas! I never thought of items people might want as craft supplies! I’m looking for ideas since I’m trying to save up my pennies for a kitchen reno!

  2. This is an AWESOME list. Would have never thought about many of these.

  3. What a list! This is so helpful! I didn’t know about selling gift cards…will be checking that out asap. Thanks!

  4. What a list! This is so helpful! I didn’t know about selling gift cards…will be checking that out asap. Thanks!

  5. Hmm…the wedding dress one has me thinking! lol. This was a really fun list to look through. I didn’t know you could make that much for selling hair. That’s amazing. xoxo

  6. Seriously I NEVER in a million years would have thought to sell toilet paper and paper towel cardboards for money! This list is so comprehensive, so glad I found it!

  7. What a great list of resources. I use Poshmark and love it.

  8. These are such great ideas! I’ve been hard at work selling my clothes and home decor items that I no longer need and have made over $2K! I’m definitely going to have to try some of these ideas to make even more!

  9. A lot of this is really clever! I’m a little weird out by the “pre-owned” makeup idea though. It’s probably not meant to be used but you never know nowadays.

  10. Some of these are really creative! I mostly stick to selling books and clothes.

  11. These are really good ideas! I could probably sell a ton of my old books, DVDs, and games.

  12. That’s a great list of ideas. I never would have thought to sell my toilet paper or paper towel rolls. I’ll have to look into this and see if it’s actually worth it. Thank you so much have a great day

  13. There are some very different and very interesting ways to make money on this list! I may have to try some out!

  14. Great ideas! I need to go through my books and DVD’s and sell what I haven’t watched in years!

  15. Love these ideas! I’ve been considered selling a room at our place for airbnb!

  16. I’ve sold homemade items before. I’ve actually done quite a few things on this list. It definitely helps!

  17. Great list here! I really like the idea of selling gift cards.

  18. Who wouldn’t want to make a little money on the side?! Thanks for these tips.

  19. Excellent ideas and a great list I am saving this so I can come back to it later and go through all of the links you posted. I love learning about different ways others make money

  20. Great post! I could use your tips right now especially on clothes.

  21. You absolutely read my mind! I love reading articles like these, so progressive and motivating, thank you again.

  22. Love these ideas! A lot of these are things I wouldn’t have even though of before reading your list. I just recently started a Poshmark account and have been selling clothes and shoes I don’t wear anymore. It’s a great way to de-clutter and make quick money!

    Jenn
    http://www.honeydewblog.com

  23. Those are really great ideas. Going to save for inspiration.

  24. I know I won’t get much for them, but I’m going to sell a ton of our old books, movies, and CDs. Hopefully it will add up!

  25. This is probably the most original list I’ve found this far. Like Fiverr, affiliate marketing you hear…but makeup and poop! OMG. This is super useful. I also have to say I’ve considered selling plasma but have been nervous. I might have to give it a shot.

  26. This is probably the most original list I’ve found this far. Like Fiverr, affiliate marketing you hear…but makeup and poop! OMG. This is super useful. I also have to say I’ve considered selling plasma but have been nervous. I might have to give it a shot.

    • Thanks, Dia All The Things I Do, I put a lot of research into this post. I’ve never sold plasma either but my sister made a lot of money selling it when she was in college.

  27. I have found great ideas here. Making money is really an actual thing for me right now and I will check your ideas which are related to how to make money online.

  28. I’m loving this list. I had no idea the items I normally throw out are in demand. I’m going to try and sell some of them. Thanks!

  29. This is a great resource! I’ll be saving this for sure!

  30. This is a great list. Would have never thought about many of these, like the garbage or even the makeup one. This was a fun post thank you

  31. Now that’s an outstanding list of items to sell. And I loved the first one Garbage!

    • Thanks, Chef Dennis. I think their is something for everyone on that list.

  32. This is a really great list! Some of these I wouldn’t have thought of.

  33. Not sure my comment went through! This is an awesome list, some of these I wouldn’t have thought of.

  34. Number 1 I had no idea and I am toatlly going to go check that out! And number 34….I will just take your word for it! LOL!

  35. wow so many things and alternatives thanks for much for sharing this bounty of information many of them I did not have a clue.

  36. All of them great ideas! I’ve been thinking about making my own cookbook!

    • That’s a great idea, Cynthia. Everyone loves a good cookbook.

  37. So many people I know are into selling their things right now. They even buy things just to sell them.

    • I think that’s great if a person enjoys selling stuff and can make a little money at it.

  38. These are fabulous suggestions! I used to sell so much on Ebay but the high fees got me out of it. I need to start selling the kids clothes they outgrew again.

    • I’m glad that we have so many ways that we can sell things now, and not just eBay.

  39. This is so important! I’ll keep these in mind

  40. Selling used makeup?!? UGH!!! I am, however about to look into affiliate programs. I’ve been wanting to for a while but have been too scared to do so.

  41. These are lots of great ideas although I am still surprised that I could sell garbage that people would want to purchase. I do understand that a lot of great thigs for crafts are out there.

    • I have to say that I think twice now before I throw anything away, because who knows, I might be able to sell it on eBay.

  42. Awesome list. I have been thinking to sell my photos for so long, but it requires a lot of work, to sort them, upload them. But I know that eventually I will.

    • I know you will too Elena. I hope you make lots of money selling your photos.

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