Sunday, October 21, 2012
Making money off your stuff
Not cooking related, I know, but valuable information nonetheless.
Hubs and I are in the process of going through our books and movies and getting rid of the fluff. We'll also be getting rid of the last bits of extraneous furniture. When you're getting rid of stuff, there are a bunch of different ways to get some money for it.
1. Yard sale. Good for getting rid of random crap, but labor-intensive.
2. Sell it on craigslist. (Not good for rural areas.)
3. Donate it to the Salvation Army. If you itemize, that's a tax deduction. Also, if you call 800-SA-TRUCK, they'll come and pick up your donation for you (if there are big items involved, like furniture). Sometimes the tax-deduction value at the Salvation Army is worth more than whatever cash you can get for it.
All of the above is great for bigger stuff, like furniture and electronics. I've also taken some household things to a local furniture consignment shop. But for smaller things, like books and DVDs?
You can swap them, on paperbackswap.com and dvdswap.com. For every book/movie you post, and someone wants, you get a credit that you can then use to claim something else. You pay for shipping your stuff out, but then you get your new selections shipped to you for free.
You can sell used books at powells.com or amazon.com. (You can also donate them to your local library and collect an additional tax deduction.)
You can sell used Blu-rays and DVDs at dvdpawn.com or secondspin.com. (Also amazon.com.)
You can sell used videogames at gamepawn.com or amazon.com.
Or, you can list it on freecycle.org. You won't get any money, but someone else will give it a good home and maybe you'll get some extra karma points.