Bringing in Extra Money by Selling Stuff

We like living a clutter free, somewhat minimal life and due to this, it seems we’re constantly de-cluttering. {I really don’t know where the stuff comes from!}

After a thorough de-clutter sweep, we often will list items on Craigslist or tell friends we have things for sale in an attempt to turn our clutter into cash.

Here’s a few items we’ve recently sold:

  • $50 :: Outgrown/out of season baby clothing at a local resale store. {We’re putting this money into Paxton’s college fund!}
  • $85 :: Desk we no longer needed via Craigslist.
  • $100 :: Yard Sale
  • $10 :: Crib Mobile
  • $10 :: Boots
  • Total: $255
  • $50 of this went into Paxton’s savings but the other $205 we’ll probably use to make an extra principal payment {since our home is the only debt we have}.

    I also ‘traded’ some outgrown baby clothing and gear at the resale store for store credit. I ended up with over $100 in credit which has been nice for purchasing items for the boys. So far I’ve purchased pajamas and shoes for Paxton and bodysuits, an outfit and bibs for Weston. I also purchased a Baby K’tan wrap with store credit. Even after all of these purchases, I still have over $50 in store credit!

    As nice as it is to have a clutter free home, it’s even nicer when you can turn some of that clutter into cold hard cash and store credit for items you need.

    What about you, do you make any attempts to sell your clutter? 

    11 Replies to “Bringing in Extra Money by Selling Stuff”

    1. I have sold a lot of things recently. We are looking at downsizing our home next year and I want to clear out the clutter. It's been quite liberating for me. It seems the more stuff you have the more things break and ultimately the more costly it is.

      1. Getting rid of stuff is liberating!! And it's so much better to clear the clutter before the move, after our past few moves while unpacking I find I ask myself over and over, 'why did we bring this with us?!'

    2. I rented a monthly booth back in August at an indoor flea market and it has really paid off. My husband and I are downsizing too. It's a great place to sell my wares, and I don't need to be there.

    3. I am on a mission during winter break to clear out more stuff. Blessing others and saving for our March yard sale keeps me motivated to get it done!

      1. This time of year always makes me want to get rid of stuff since new stuff keeps coming in, especially now with children! Have fun clearing out your stuff over break! 🙂

    4. We are always selling stuff on craiglist. Here is a list of things we sold to earn Christmas money.
      Later today someone is coming buy to buy some scrapbooking items $10 and then a small lot of outgrown kids clothes $7. One of my husbands co-works know we do this to earn extra money. So instead of giving his clutter to goodwill he gives it to us to sell. Whatever I can't sell I give away on freecycle or for free on craigslist.

      1. I love that you sold stuff for Christmas money! We've had success selling on Craigslist in the past but not as much in our new town! {I've also sold scrapbooking stuff via Craigslist before!} I love that things leave my home and I have a little extra cash in my hands!!

    5. My hubbie and I worked hard and sold 28 items from our home on eBay and made $400! We were excited to use this for Christmas. But then our car broke down, and the bill was $355! We were grateful God provided the money to pay for the car, but sad our Christmas money was pretty much gone. 🙁

      1. Wow, 28 items!! {And you need to share your eBay secrets with me…I'm intimidated by eBay!} How awesome that the repair bill was so close to the money you brought in!! Sorry about the lack of Christmas money, although I'm sure with your frugal skills you made the remaining money stretch!! 🙂

    6. We struggled to have a good attitude about it at first, but we are so provided for. We simplified our Christmas plans and I think that was a good thing for us anyway. 🙂

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