The average home has $7,000 worth of unused items simply taking up space, according to a study by market research firm NPD Group. But there's no reason why your home should be doubling as a storage unit.
Farrell Klein, spokeswoman at Thredup.com, a fashion resale website, suggests using the following sites to earn money while getting rid of unused items.
Electronics: Nextworth.com. Sell everything from smartphones to video games to laptops for cash. Nextworth will pay within a week by PayPal, a check or a Target gift card, and it will wipe your item clear of personal info. You can ship and insure your items for free via UPS.
Furniture: Chairish.com. Upload your furniture details on the site, and this company will take care of payments — and in some cases, it offers white-glove pickup and storage services. It'll accept everything except used mattresses, convertible sofas or recliners. The pieces must cost at least $250 for larger items and $150 for items that are shippable via traditional methods. Sellers get 80 percent of the item's selling price.
High-end art, shoes, clothing: Therealreal.com. Earn up to 70 percent of the resale value for your art, accessories, jewelry and clothing by selling your Chanel bag, Prada shoes or any other luxury items here.
Clothing: Thredup.com. Fill a prepaid, preaddressed bag with used or new clothing, and you can earn up to 80 percent of the resale value in cash or a shopping credit back to the site.
Books: Bookscouter.com. Type in the International Standard Book Number (ISBN), and the site will search more than 40 book-buying sites that are buying used textbooks and other books to give you a quote for yours.
Art, clothing, crafts, food, electronics and more: Shopify.com. This site allows you to create your own online storefront so that you can sell almost anything you own.