Spring Clear Out: Banish Clutter & Make A Bit Of Money

Ah spring! The winter months are almost behind us and we all eagerly await the arrival of spring; no more icy mornings and gale force winds. Well…it is England so we can’t be 100 percent sure that we won’t be having snow in April but we can only hope.

There is, of course, the unfortunate matter of the spring clear out that we all need to address; after the influx of presents for Christmas and the accumulated mounds of junk that we’ve collected over the last 12 months, it’s high time that we got down the business of de-cluttering!

But wait…before you merrily begin launching your less than prized possessions into the nearest bin, remember what they say, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” With this in mind, could you make a little money out of your spring clear out?

Farewell Car Boot Sale: Hello Internet!

In years gone by if you wanted to sell off your bits and bobs you’d be forced to pack it all up, get down to nearest car boot sale at a ridiculous time in the morning, stand in the freezing cold, and haggle over 20p with potential buyers of a five-year-old handbag!

No wonder we resorted to just chucking everything in bin. Well, say goodbye to the car boot sale and say hello to the wonder that is the internet auction site! When you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home to sell your unwanted items, what’s stopping you?

What to Consider Before You Start Selling Online?


–    Are you putting a reserve on your items? If not, you could end up inadvertently selling a designer bag worth £30 for £3!
–    Do your research. If you’re putting items up at a fixed price then look around to see how much similar items are selling at.
–    Don’t go too high or you’ll still be trying to sell your items come next spring.

Which Site:

–    The site that use to sell on will have a pretty big effect on how quickly you can sell and how much for so, once again, do you research and see where items similar to yours are selling the best.
–    If you’re not already set up as a user on auction sites and you haven’t got a PayPal account, it’s well worth the time that you’ll spend doing it so don’t be reluctant!
–    Are your items actually something that someone else will want to buy? Look at your items critically, would you buy it if you saw it online? If the answer is a resounding no then the chances are that nobody else would either.
–    ALWAYS be sure that the site you are using is secure and don’t enter any card details or personal information until you are 100 percent sure!

There’s one important thing to remember when selling your items online: what’s the harm in trying? You may think that nobody in their right mind would want to buy your old prom dress with a tear in the hem but remember; people have been known to sell air guitars online! That’s right, AIR guitars!

The worst that can happen is that no one wants to buy your stuff, and let’s face it; you were only going to throw it away anyway!


Jennifer Gueringer is a Social Media Associate at Enova International, Inc., and is interested in finding new and creative ways to be financially savvy. Find out more about her on Google+.


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