Ringing in the New Year (with an extra $1,593.60)

by Courtney

n 2013 we continued purging unnecessary “stuff” taking up space and collecting dust.  After having a joint garage sale with my sister and her husband over the summer, we really kicked it into high gear and decided that enough IS enough.  And as I’ve been reading several books on my Kindle (FREE books of course) about a minimalist way of life, I’m really on a roll with selling the “stuff” that has no purpose in our lives.  Here are the many ways we’ve earned some extra cash in 2013.

GARAGE SALE – $150  After making a few bucks at our joint garage sale, we really dreaded packing all of the extra loot into our cars to bring to The Salvation Army.  So instead, we brought the more valuable things into the house that we knew we could get some money for and placed the rest at the bottom of our driveway.  By the next morning, everything but the wicker flower pot and retro suitcase were gone…phew!  And I kept the suitcase.  Score!

SECONDSPIN.COM – $44.03  Secondspin is a great online source to get rid of your unwanted DVDs, CDs and video games that you pay no attention to.  After entering the UPC code of your items into their system, you can choose to add the item to your selling cart which keeps a running total of how much you will make.  Note: Your items have to be in near perfect condition; no scratches, damage to inserts, etc.  If you ship your items by Media Mail, Secondspin will reimburse you for shipping.  A nice and easy way to clear some clutter!


You don’t need to hold onto this one, people.

AMAZON MARKETPLACE – $168.20  Selling on Amazon is so easy.  Unlike ebay, you don’t have to take pictures of your items, but only leave an item description.  We’ve sold many books, DVDs, CDs, and video games through Amazon.  They will periodically deposit your earnings into your linked bank account of your choice.  They take a portion of each sale, but give you shipping costs.  Not a bad deal!


Andrew got this game in an XBOX 360 bundle on Black Friday. Along with another game, we made money off of games that were essentially FREE!

Craigslist – $215  This is great for high value items or huge, bulky items that you wouldn’t sell on ebay.  It’s very easy to take pictures and upload them to a post with details about your item, AND it’s anonymous.  If a buyer wants to bite, they contact you through an anonymous e-mail that Craigslist generates, but it arrives in your chosen inbox.  We’ve sold things like golf clubs, exercise equipment, electronics and even Andrew’s car & motorcycle.  (BONUS: Andrew’s motorcycle earned us an extra $2,900 in 2013.  It sold within a week of our post…Yay Craigslist!).  For the most part, I did most of the anonymous communicating with buyers, while Andrew met them in the Shop Rite parking lot IN BROAD DAYLIGHT to finalize the sales.  People scare me.  You never know!


Farewell to a fun ride.

EBAY – $1,016.37  Although ebay takes time to use, it’s worth it.  Yes, I have to take pictures of my item, describe its condition and do a little research to find out what it might be worth to then decide what I’m going to sell it for, but it made us an extra $1,000+!  On ebay, you can either sell your item at auction style and come up with a starting bid OR you can sell it at a fixed price and hope someone buys it for exactly what you want for it.  The nice thing about ebay is that you can sell ANYTHING.  This year, we sold many vintage and retro toys, video games and paraphernalia that were taking up real estate.  You’re welcome, mom!


Goodbye, Rainbow Brite

2014 is a new year with a fresh start.  Sell your things!  What are they doing for you, anyway?


Special thanks to all you nerds out there who are buying all of Andrew’s retro PC games and manuals.


About dreamingthepossible

What began as individual hopes and dreams has rapidly become a radical dream of our own as we start our almost married life together. Follow us as we make some big changes in our lives to spend less money, produce less waste, nurse our planet back to health, and even attempt to pay our brand new mortgage in 5 years or less.
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