The holiday season is here! This means gift shopping is in full swing and you could probably use some extra cash. If you’ve had a difficult time saving money, there’s probably things lying around your house that you can sell. Are there appliances or electronics sitting in a drawer collecting dust? Do you have books or items that someone else may find valuable? What about that sweater you bought last year that you only wore once? With the internet at your fingertips, making extra money on this stuff is easier than ever. Here are a few ways you can start selling today.



  • Glyde – List smartphones and tablets, get pre-stamped insured and tracked packaging, and get paid via check or PayPal. There’s even a section to sell your DVDs, CDs, cameras, consoles and more.
  • Swappa – Sell your gently-used smartphones and tablets on Swappa for free and get paid through PayPal.



  • Cash 4 Books – If you’ve got a shelf with books you’re willing to part with, go ahead and sell them! Cash 4 Books is an easy way to sell your books online. Simply type in your ISBN, get a free prepaid label, then receive a check or PayPal payment when they sell.



  • Tradesy – Turn your closet into cash by listing your fashionable items in good condition. Take pictures of your clothes and list a selling price. Tradesy will suggest a price if you don’t have one in mind. They’ll also send you a free shipping kit.
  • ThredUp – Sell your barely-used clothing. ThredUp acts as a consignment store and buys the items from you, then sells them to the community. Just make sure to follow their guidelines on brands and condition. There’s a kid section too!
  • Poshmark – Poshmark offers a more social method of selling your clothes. You create a “closet” online with images and descriptions of your clothes. Then people follow and comment on the photos. Poshmark provides a shipping label and you keep 80% of your sale price.



  • Facebook Local Yard Sale Groups – Selling your items on your city’s yard sale group page is free and simple. There are thousands of people on these sites so you get great exposure and instant feedback. When you post an item, the group is notified. Plus you can tag friends who may be interested.
  • The Online Yard Sale – Have a yard sale online! Choose your item’s category, upload a description and photos, and list your item for free for up to 30 days. Ads longer than 30 days charge a small fee. 
  • Craigslist – If you want to sell items local and free, Craigslist is still the place to be. Upload a few eye-catching pictures and detailed descriptions. Set the secure email and/or phone number you want to be reached and wait for buyers to contact you.


Making money on the side can be simple, and who knows? It could even turn into a part-time job. Just keep in mind, if you become self-employed and earn more than $400 from your business, you’ll have to file this income on your taxes.

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