017 Sell Various Unwanted Items

Do you like to sell stuff? That’s good because, if you look around, you’ll find lots of objects of all kinds that still have some value and that you can sell on the Internet, for example. This is the perfect activity for those who are looking to earn some money without having to worry much.

If there is one thing we westerners do well, it is to buy things that we use once and then store indefinitely in the back of a closet in case “one day it could be useful”. As a result, most households have a lot of stuff that they don’t use and that takes up space in their home. No wonder people need big houses and apartments…

The most absurd thing about this is that some of these things could be used by someone else who really needs them, and every day that someone else buys them new from a store or an online shop. Do you see where I’m going with this? Basically, the objective here is to find these famous objects and to put them in front of the nose of those who are looking for them.

What to sell?

The answer is simple: anything of value. You could sell clothes, toys, electrical and electronic appliances, furniture, tools, musical instruments, decorative or artistic objects, vinyl records, lawnmowers, books, bicycles, and even cars… You only have to look at the number of headings on classified ad sites to realize how many possibilities there are.

And if you are a handyman, you could also buy broken appliances and other damaged objects, repair them or make them more “presentable”, then sell them for a good little profit. It’s usually not that complicated, and it can quickly become a passion.

Where to find stuff to sell?

The first thing is to look around your house. As I said, you can’t imagine how much useless stuff you have at home. Then, ask your family, friends, and acquaintances if they have anything they would like to get rid of.

There are also Facebook groups where people put stuff that they give away (for free) or sell for a small fee.

And then over time, you’ll get to know the prices of things better and be able to get good deals at flea markets and garage sales.

Later on, if you do this activity professionally, you will also be able to put ads in all the mailboxes in your area and place ads in local newspapers.

Finally, there are also public auctions (where the belongings of deceased people, for example, who have no heirs, or judicial seizures…) where you can also make good deals.

And if you are really successful, why not open a physical or online store?


Where to sell my items?

There are plenty of international online sales sites (eBay, Facebook Marketplace, Vinted…), and there are also local platforms. I’ll list them here, but if you don’t find what you need, don’t hesitate to do a Google search with the keywords “classified” followed by the name of your country or region.

Otherwise, there are the good old methods such as publishing ads in the local newspaper or in the small shops around. You will expect less traffic, but you can do this in addition to Internet ads.

How much does it pay?

As you can imagine, this is a very difficult question to answer accurately. At worst, you will earn a few tens of dollars per month, but you should know that some professionals who know their business well, and therefore know where to find the best deals, can make several thousands of dollars some months.

If you really like this activity and want to practice it full time, you will see that little by little you will also have the nose to find the objects that bring the most money.


These are the main points to know before starting this business. There are probably others, but I will add them to this article as we go along. And if you have some experience in this field, don’t hesitate to share it with us.


Environmental and climate change issues are more than ever at the heart of the concerns of this 21st century, which is why I am proposing a few ideas that will enable you to limit the negative impact that the implementation of this idea could have.

These solutions that I suggest are sometimes largely insufficient to compensate for these negative impacts, such as carbon offsetting. Unfortunately, there is not always an ideal and 100% efficient solution, far from it. And if you have others, please do not hesitate to share them in the comments below.

This idea is quite “eco-friendly” since what is bought second hand is not thrown in the garbage but is not produced by the manufacturer either (to replace the one that would have been bought new… you see what I mean?). Double benefit for the planet, therefore.

Another point, if you decide, as I suggested, to print ads to distribute in the mailboxes of your area, make sure that it is with recycled and 100% biodegradable paper. No plastic, please (yes, I’ve seen it).

And if you deliver the various things you sell yourself, don’t hesitate to take public transportation instead of the car whenever possible.


  • You work for yourself at your own pace.
  • An activity where there is no routine.


  • Income is very variable.
  • You will have to provide after-sales service for electrical appliances.

Disclaimer, please read this Legal and administrative aspects of the ideas you'll find on Sweekr are rarely discussed because they vary greatly depending on the country you live in. I would advise you to check with your local government before starting any business. Keep in mind that if you make money, the state will ask for "its share" in order to guarantee the proper functioning of schools, hospitals and other public services. Therefore, you will probably have to acquire a micro-entrepreneur status, or any other similar.
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