With the cost of living in the UK rising, many people are looking to find new ways to earn extra cash. And that could include scrubbing the attic, garage, spares, the bottom of the closet, and any storage units for unused items that do little more than gather dust.
According to a survey by student beans, 51% of respondents have done just that and sold something online to earn extra money and keep their household finances healthy. eBay is the most popular shopping site (24%), closely followed by Depop, which 23% of respondents use. Another way to get cash for your clutter is to have a spot at one of the local garage sales.
According to the data, the average Brit could be sitting on a fortune of around £2,250, based on the bestselling items on eBay that could be found in your home. Here’s a look at what you might be able to whip up for a few pounds (and maybe a whole lot more) to boost that bank balance.
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Top 10 Items to Sell Around Your Home for Quick Cash
1. Bikes – average sale price: £380
If you’re looking to make some extra cash, a bike can be a great thing to sell. The demand has continued since the end of the lockdown, with “bikes for sale” still receiving more than 18,000 searches per month.
If you have one lying around in the garage unused, or that you or the kids have outgrown, this is the perfect opportunity to earn some quick cash.
2. TVs – average sale price: £225
Recently upgraded a TV and not sure what to do with the old one? You could get around £225 for your used TV, depending on make, model and condition.
3. Furniture – medium selling price: 211€
Do you have an old coffee table that you no longer have room for? Used furniture is very popular right now and can fetch you a decent amount of money, especially with the upcycling trend continuing to get 2,400 searches per month.
4. Consoles – mediumretail price: £103-166
Another great opportunity to make some quick cash is if you have an old Xbox or Playstation lying around. An old Playstation could set you back an average of £166, while a used Xbox will set you back around £103.
Depending on the make, model, and condition of the console, you could make a lot more, so it’s worth checking out if you’re no longer using it and looking for some extra money.
5. Old cell phones – average sale price: 84€
With demand for cell phones up 22%, totaling 6,600 searches per month, there are plenty of opportunities for some extra money if you have an old phone lying around.
Depending on the make, model and condition of the phone, you could be sitting on the average sale price shown above, with a used iPhone 13 pro max selling for £1,349.
6. LEGO – medium sale price: 29€
Do you remember the old LEGO sets you used to grow? They could be worth a decent amount now, with sets, figures and spares going for around £29 per listing on eBay.
7. Clothing – average sale price: £13.50 per item
Another great selling opportunity is your clothes. Many of us have a habit of storing clothes in our closets, leaving them unworn for months or even years.
Why not save space and put money in your pocket, depending on the item/brand some pieces could fetch you a small fortune.
8. Video games – average retail price: £12.73 per game
If you are a gamer or were in the past, you might have some old video games lying around. Depending on the game and the console they’re for, you could have up to £12 a game just sitting around collecting dust.
9. Jewelry – average selling price: 8€ per piece
Do you have an old jewelry box full of coins that you no longer need? Instead of leaving them intact, you could earn nearly £10 per article.
And, if you were a pandora fan in the past, you could be sitting on £27 per charm on average.
10. DVD – medium retail price: £3.33 per DVD
DVDs are a thing of the past for many now that we have Netflix and Disney Plus. If you still have some in the house, you can turn that unused item into quick cash.
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