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Trash To Treasure: How To Make Money Off of Your Garbage

When it comes to money, every extra little bit helps. What’s even better is when you can make money off the things you no longer want or need in your home. Clean out your closets, attic, basement, and garage for clutter and items that don’t belong in your life anymore. Then, see what you can do to make money off all of it.

Local Options

Pawnshops will buy and sell lots of things if they think they can make money off them. They might also help you with valuations of your items, although just perusing finished eBay auctions also helps you determine market values for things. Vintage and thrift stores are great places to sell clothing and fashion accessories, while most communities will usually have at least one store for used books, music, and video games.

Throw a Sale

Whether you call it a garage sale or a yard sale, you can put out all the things you don’t want neatly on a nice day after you let friends and neighbors know you’re doing it. Yard sales often attract thrifty shoppers looking for deals or odd collectibles. If you don’t think you’ve got enough to sell on your own, pool together with neighbors for a bigger event.

Metal Recycling

From small items to giant appliances, scrap metal is in high demand in many markets. The prices and values of many commodities were going up even at the end of the previous decade. Events since then have pushed them even higher. So metal recycling is more of an option than ever. You can get paid for your scrap, sometimes even in small amounts. Not only do you get paid, but you keep materials out of a landfill so things get recycled and put back into circulation.

Selling Online

Selling online lets you find buyers for nearly everything if you look far enough. Amazon and eBay are both great places to sell used consumer goods, but many also turn to Facebook Marketplace. There are also online communities and forums for every kind of hobby, niche, or product out there.


Decluttering your home gives you more breathing room to rest and relax, and it’s easier to clean. You might even make room for some nice, new things while you’re making money you can go spend on yourself. Things you don’t wind up selling you can usually just donate to a charity, which doesn’t directly profit you but might be a tax write-off.

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