Sell unused junk online for extra cash
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- With many us planning and taking summer vacations, you are probably looking for some ways to stretch your dollar. We've found some easy ways to make some quick summer cash.
It may take a little work, but it's worth it to see how much clutter has collected in your garage, closets and junk drawers. But before you grab a trash bag, it might be easier than ever to turn your clutter into cash.
Although Carly Fauth may look like she's surfing the web, but she's actually cleaning out the clutter online.
"I purge clothes, electronics, anything that we're not using,'" Fauth said.
These days, new websites allow you to turn your trash into cash.
"A ton of different sites have popped up to help consumers, not only get rid of their unwanted stuff, but help you make a little bit extra cash," said Kyle Taylor of thepennyhoarder.com.
Unlike Craigslist or eBay where you have to find a buyer for your stuff, many of these sites act like a middleman, paying you up front first and selling your goods later.
"So it makes it really easy because you get a cash offer right away," Taylor said.
Got a closet full of clothes your kids have outgrown? Thredup.com will take it off your hands and hand you cash in return.
"We send you the bag, you stuff the bag with all your outgoing stuff, and you simply put it on your door and we come and pick it up," Thredup CEO James Reinhart said.
Maybe you're ready to redecorate? Chairish.com acts as a virtual showroom for your used furniture. Once it sells, they send shippers to your door to take it away.
"If you're fearful of dealing with somebody on craigslist, this cuts out that process," Taylor said.
There's also instrumentbuyer.com, for once your kids' old saxophone plays its swan song...
"They're reselling instruments all around the world so they're going to be buying a much greater variety," Taylor said.
If you have electronics to sell, you might try ecoATM, an actual kiosk that will take your old electronics on the spot and give you instant cash.
"I put the phone in and they quoted me $146, which was pretty good," Fauth said.
Of course, with the convenience there is a cost, with each site taking a cut.
"You're paying a lot more in commissions than you would with a site like Craigslist," Taylor said.
But Fauth said it's worth paying a little extra to get it all off her hands.
"Just finding a way to get rid of stuff and make money at the same time, to me it's a great feeling," she said.
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