You Can Do Spring Cleaning And Put Cash In Your Pocket

By Danielle Braff
Chicago Tribune.


The average home has $7,000 worth of unused items simply taking up space, according to a study by market research firm NPD Group.

But there’s no reason why your home should be doubling as a storage unit.

“With the help of great websites and apps, it’s easier than ever to get rid of clothing, books furniture, electronics, even art this spring, and to earn some cash,” said Farrell Klein, spokeswoman at, a fashion resale website, who suggested using the following spring-cleaning sites to earn money while getting rid of unused items.

Electronics: Sell everything from smartphones to video games to laptops for cash (right now, an iPhone 4S can generate $100). They’ll pay upfront within a week by Paypal, a check or a Target gift card, and they’ll wipe your item clear of personal info. If the condition of your item is better than described when it arrives, they’ll pay more than your original quote. If it’s reasonably close to your description, they’ll honor it and forgive price differences that are less than 10 percent or $10, and you can ship and insure your items for free via UPS.

Furniture: Upload your furniture details on the site, and this company will take care of payments, and in some cases, they offer white-glove pickup and storage services. They’ll accept everything except used mattresses, convertible sofas or recliners. The pieces must cost at least $250 for larger items and $150 for items that are shippable via traditional methods. Sellers get 80 percent of the item’s selling price. If you live in selected cities and have more than $1,000 of qualifying items, you can also use their concierge services and allow their team to take photos of the items and write the descriptions. For these, sellers get 60 percent of the item’s selling price.

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