You know the old saying “one person’s trash is another one’s treasure.” Well these days, with 91 percent of American adults owning cell phones and other electronics like computers, gaming consoles, tablets and Blu-ray players, many of the items you throw away have value. The average person generates 4.5 pounds of trash everyday. Of course, some of that trash is just that — trash. However, some of it contains items that you may have held onto had you known you could have received money for them. For instance, that cell phone you replace every two years, on average. Or those expensive shoes that just don’t fit comfortably.
You can sell a wide variety of your old items, ranging from your clothing to electronics to empty boxes. In addition to the big sites like eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) and Craigslist, there are a large variety of businesses that are in the used items market. Here are some places where you can earn money for your stuff.
1. Online Yard Sales — Facebook and Bookoo
It’s become a common practice for Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) users to sell items to other users. Yard sale groups are popping up all over Facebook. Usually, a member of a community will start the yard sale group and other local community members will join. People will post items for sale on the group’s page. You can sell all sorts of items – handbags, wedding dresses, jewelry, and even automobiles.
Bookoo is an online yard sale site that allows users to buy and sell items to their neighbors. Bookoo has local sites set up in different cities across the country and if you sign up for your city’s Bookoo, you can post ads describing your item and sell to someone nearby.