Spring-Cleaning Tips

Decluttering For Dollars in 5 Simple Steps

When it comes to spring-cleaning tips, an easy one is to take all those unnecessary items or things you no longer use and simply donate them. But what if you had some hidden treasures mixed into that growing donation pile? Turns out, savvy folks everywhere are taking advantage of ways to make cash off their old castoffs by doing a little legwork to connect with bargain hunters. Ready to make a few bucks or score a bargain for yourself? Here’s 5 easy ways to make the magic happen.

1. SAY YES TO YARD SALES

This time-honored classic is easy (and cheap) to organize right in your own front yard. Living the apartment life? Ask a friend with a house to co-host one with you.

2. CONSIDER CONSIGNMENT

Consignment shops are a great alternative for clothing that may still have some value to someone. In many cases, gently-used clothing stores will pay a flat fee for your drop-off duds.

3. BOOK BUY-BACK BONANZA

We love used bookstores that pay you for your old books, CDs, comics and more. Whether it’s a few dollars or a credit at the store, it’s worth a visit. Plus it’s a great way to recycle items!

4.UPLOAD TO OFFLOAD

Set up shop online with items you want to sell locally or auction to a wider audience. Do a quick search to find the most popular online marketplaces and create an account to build a page or shop (usually for free!).

5.BARTER FOR BARGAINS

You might be surprised what people are willing to trade these days. Look for bartering locations in neighborhood web pages, social media community pages & regional newsletters. Everybody wins when you barter!