Downsize Your Life Space: Top 10 things You Should Discard & Turn Into Cash

Look around your house for a bit and you might find a bit of junk. Things that you no longer use or find value but you could easily sell by online estate auction or in person at a garage sale etc, and someone else might find value in it. They would be willing to give you money for it. There is money all around you. For this reason you should think about what you might no longer need but be willing to sell to someone else. Are you moving? Or just interested in downsizing your life space? Then think about what you might be able to turn a profit with. After it sells then you can use that money to go out and buy something that you do want. Here are some ideas for the top 10 things you shall discard and turn into cash.

10. Old Clothes

There must be some old clothes around that you can find and sell. This is an easy thing to look around for and find something you no longer use but that might still be in good shape. You can then sell it online and send it through the mail, there are many apps and websites that help you to be able to do that. You can sell it on the same day and get paid cash for it or some other payment method. Having an estate sale is a great way to get rid of some of those clothes and other items you might not want any longer.

9. Old Music

Any old music cds or records around? These can easily be worth a bit of money so take a look at what it is that you have. You might want to sell a few of those things and make some money for it. Most music can be found online anyways if you want to listen to your favorite song. So if you need some money then think about selling what old music records you might have around, you never know what one could be worth a lot for you.

8. Furniture

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There might be some furniture that you are not using any longer. Instead of throwing it out and discarding that furniture you can turn it into cash. This could be old tables and chairs, or something else around the house you are not using any longer. You might be buying a new couch or a new table and you can sell the old one and make some good money from it. It might take some effort and time but the option is there for you to turn that old furniture into cash money when you need it.

7. Pet Toys and Pet Furniture

This is a great way to make some extra cash, find what old pet toys or pet furniture you might have around the house and sell that so that you can have some money in your pocket. This might be something you would discard, say if your pet runs away or your pet passes away, but you could instead turn that junk into money. Use the money to buy a new pet perhaps? But don’t just throw it all away. Make something from it and try to sell it for money rather than turn it into junk left somewhere and unwanted, it might bring value to someone else.

6. Paintings and Pictures

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Some old paintings or pictures that you have around the house might bring value to many other people. If you want to make some cash from that junk that you no longer want then turn those paintings into money. There is a big market for artwork out there and what you no longer find value in someone else might. This means that the painting you want to get rid of might be the perfect painting that someone else out there is looking for and wants to trade you for. Try selling it.

5. Old Cars That Don’t Work

Don’t just call a junk service to come and take your junk car away that no longer works. No, think about selling it! It is worth something even for scrap metal so think about going that option first so that you can make some money rather than letting it go to waste. There is always something that is usually able to be made from that junk car of yours. If you do not want to try fixing it then try selling it and see what happens.

4. Electronics

This is an easy one because there is often going to be something you consider junk in the area of electronics. Especially when you might be downsizing, there could be something to throw away. You can sell that phone or laptop, television you are not using now, and get money for it. These can be some of the best options to sell too if they are still working. Give someone else a deal on them and you will see how quickly they can go. Turn those old phones and electronics into cash when you need the money. This is a great option for junk around the house that you can flip for a profit when you want to sell some junk for money.

3. Sports Equipment

If you have a bike, skates, or other equipment, you might want to look into selling it. Having a moving sale might be the best time to get rid of it and make a sale. There is a really big market for sports equipment and when you have something you are not using then you can easily sell it to make some money.

2. Tools

If there are some tools that you have that you do not use any longer then think about selling those tools for money. Find a website online that you can list it or perhaps even take it to a pawn shop and turn that old junk, the tools you no longer need, into real money that you can use. You could have a moving sale, or even an online auction, there are many options for selling what you no longer want. Downsizing is easier than ever thanks to technology, you can make a good profit from it.

1. Books

If there are any books around your house that you have already read then think about selling it to someone else for profit. This way you can read the book which you already have and then sell it to someone else for money. This gives you a chance to turn what would be junk into something more valuable for you, giving you money to go towards another purchase. You can sell online or at any bookstore that also deals in sales, buying old books from people etc, there are a few out there so if you go looking for them you should find one.

By Robin Liu – April 7/2020
Robin Liu is the founder of, the first modern estate auction company in Western Canada. 

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