10 ways to sell your used items

by Kylie on August 23, 2011

We all have things laying around our house we could sell or want to get rid of. Often the thought of trying to sell it is a bit much and it’s hard to know where to start. There are quite a few ways you can sell your used things, so I have listed 10 here for you.
1.) EBay – Selling on eBay is not as hard as you might think. It’s advisable to check completed listings of what you want to sell so you can see if it is actually selling. I wrote a how to sell on eBay guide which gives lots of tips.

2.) Facebook – Most people don’t think of Facebook as somewhere to offload their stuff but you can create an album with photos of what you want to sell and your friends and family will see it. Even if they are not interested, they might know someone who is, and it’s free. Alternatively you could create a page to sell off your stuff. I know a few people who have done this with various levels of success.

3.) Email – List everything you want to sell, create an album in photobucket or flikr or similar and send an email with the link to everyone. If you only have one or a few things to sell, you could just add the photos to the email.

4.) Garage sale – not everyone likes doing these. It does require a fair amount of effort to clean and price everything, make signs, promote it then sit around all day whilst you host it. Sometimes it can be really worth it, other times not so much. I wrote 50 tips for a great yard/garage sale to help anyone who wants to host one.

5.) Newspaper – There is a classified section in most newspapers, many which have a free day to list or are free to list in for items under a certain value. Whilst newspapers are not the first place people go anymore for items, if it is free to list, you just never know.

6.) Gumtree/Classified sites (trading post/craigs list) – There are many more classified sites besides eBay. They are generally cheaper to list in. There are lots around, the ones I have mentioned are just a few of the bigger ones, but there are often local ones as well.

7.) Second hand dealer/pawn shop – You will probably get the lowest price here, but it can be the fastest way to sell your things. Know your prices before you go and you are in a better position to negotiate higher.

8.) Sign out the front yard – If you live in a busy area, a sign on your fence might be all you need to sell your old lounge or plants or whatever it is you want to sell. This won’t work everywhere, but is an easy way to sell things.

9.) Market/car boot sale – There are markets on all over the place and often annual car boot sales. If you get your things together and price them you can take them to one of these and possibly make more than if you had a garage sale. Why? The people running it usually do a lot of promotional work for the events, which is why they are not usually free for you to have stall in. You get more people coming as more people know about it.

10.) Niche magazines/sites – If you have something specific such as a wedding dress you could try wedding sites or magazines to sell your second hand dress. Anything which could be part of a specific niche (think comic books, text books, jewellery, computer games) usually has a variety of sites or magazines dedicated to it. Find out what ones are popular and if they have a classifieds section.

Once you know where to list your stuff, it becomes much easier. Good luck and have fun making some extra cash.

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Sif August 23, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Thanks for the tips! I’ve sold on Gumtree and via Facebook before, but have to admit I’ve been a bit scaredy-cat of attempting to sell on ebay. Will go and check out your link there!

Thanks for joining in !0 Things Tuesday <3<3


Daisy August 23, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Good tips! I’ve got a few things I’ve been thinking about selling, thanks!


Kylie August 23, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Thanks. Glad you like them. I’ve got plans to sell a whole lot more of my things, just need to pull my finger out, lol.


Jess August 23, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Oh some great tips here! Particularly like the Facebook and email on photo bucket ideas. Would never have thought of that!

Thanks for linking up !


Lifeasmummymax August 23, 2011 at 9:28 pm

I really need to sell some of the things that have been waiting to be sold. Great tips thanks


Trish August 23, 2011 at 10:53 pm

I really needed to read these tips. We have a heap of $tuff to $ell and declutter. I was talking to a friend today and asking her ebay tips.
I must check out all the links.


Gemma @ My Big Nutshell August 23, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Wow Kylie thanks for this great list. you’ve given me more options!

I am sort of regretful I gave lots of stuff away because I couldn’t find the energy to sell it. Anyway I’ve still got more to sell so this is perfect! thanks! :razz:


Kylie August 25, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Thanks everyone. Good luck selling your items.

@Gemma I think many people have the same regret giving away stuff, but then it is sometimes better to just be rid of it.


Vicky August 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I am always looking for ways to make/save money so I appreciate the list. I never thought of Facebook before.

I am following you from the Finding New Friends Weekend Blog Hop. You can find me at http://messforless.blogspot.com


Kylie August 31, 2011 at 6:42 am

Thanks Vicky. Off to check out your site.


Bern February 5, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Hi Kylie,

I formed FindAUniform http://www.findauniform.com.au for second hand uniforms for school, sports, dance etc. Kids grow fast, their uniforms don’t! Membership is free for individuals. Organisations can join to provide a second hand uniform solution to their members. FindAUniform’s mission is to make second hand uniforms as available as wearing uniforms is compulsory. cheers , Bern


Selling unwanted items@Jez Malet September 17, 2012 at 4:27 am

Thanks for the tips. It’s also worth remembering that your used unwanted items that are sought by others stops unnecessary waste going to landfill.

Selling unwanted items or even donating them locally encourages local community activity and being more sustainable.
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thnx for d tip October 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm

i want to cell my lot….thnx


DJ May 1, 2013 at 4:17 pm

A new website has just come out -

UnusedItems.com (For no longer used items)

Allows you to advertise locally to you for free and as long as you need to make your sale. Allows you to keep maximum profits by posting and selling at no cost.

If you no longer use your items then makes sense to sell your items and declutter your home.


DJ May 1, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Nice article.

A new website has just come out -

UnusedItems.com (For no longer used items)

Allows you to advertise locally to you for free and as long as you need to make your sale. Allows you to keep maximum profits by posting and selling at no cost.

If you no longer use your items then makes sense to sell your items and declutter your home.


ivg June 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm

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