By Kylie Gilbert
By now you’ve probably all heard about how you can sell your stuff on Craiglist, eBay (directly through Lockboxer), or Amazon. But there’s some new, less familiar sites popping up that can provide alternate means for getting rid of your stuff too. And who doesn’t want more options?
Whether you’ve been berated by your significant other about clearing out all your junk from your frat star days, or if you simply know your closet will burst if you attempt to add one more pair of shoes, these sites can provide simple solutions to tackle your problems.
And, most importantly, at the end of the day you can get rid of all your junk and have a clutter-free space to do whatever you wish- even if it is just to run out and buy more stuff to fill it!
1. Garage Fairy
This is one site that has come up on my radar. Box up the things you no longer want, schedule a pick up time and then wait for your check to come in the mail, all without having to sell a thing yourself.
The pros of this new site? Easy and hassle free, and there’s no upfront charge. If your stuff sells, you get paid. Simple enough.
There are some restrictions however. You must have at least $200 worth of stuff, and if you don’t you will have to pay a shipping fee. There’s also a $5 fee per item to offset overhead costs. The more you sell, the higher percentage of the sale will go directly to you. If you sell over $100 worth of stuff, you’ll see 85 bucks in your pocket. If your stuff doesn’t sell you have to pay $30 per box to get it shipped back to you, or you can donate these items to charity (which will still indirectly benefit you).
So, if you’re one of those people who is dying to get rid of clutter and have some extra cash to play with, but don’t necessarily have the time to devote to online selling, this is a simple way. However, you do give up some of the profit and don’t have as much control over the selling process.
Here’s another site I’ve come across that might be helpful to those recent college grads- or maybe those not-so-recent grads who still don’t want to part with their college memories just yet.
This newly launched website enables users, presumable college students, to sell to other students and there are minimal costs to do so. While I know I’d want to hold on to that ratty futon forever, this is a great way to let it go, and know it’s being passed onto someone else who will keep your legacy going.
It’s hard to give a final verdict on this site just yet- right now there are not very many items to browse through. However, down the road this seems like a fantastic way for college students to find textbooks, college supplies, costumes, furniture, electronics, etc. right in one place- and for others to simultaneously benefit by selling stuff they no longer need.
Right now, they are offering new sellers no commission fees, or listing fees- only a small PayPal fee, which leaves more money for you compared to Amazon and eBay, which may make this site more worthwhile depending on the item you are trying to get rid of.
With a motto of “changing the world one gift at a time,” this site just had to be on my list as well. The Freecycle Network™ is a nonprofit movement made up of over 4,000 groups with over 8 million members worldwide. It’s a fantastic way for people to give and get stuff for free in their own town and “keep good stuff out of landfills.”
Just search your town, become a member of the local group, and you’ll be able to post messages and get in touch with fellow members of the group. It seems like you’re a bit on your own after that for getting the item to or from another person, so you should use caution like any other time you’re interacting with strangers on the Internet. Overall, if you simply want to get rid of stuff without money in return, this is a great way to do so.