10 ways to make money from household items

With Harry and Megan’s third and fourth birthdays approaching, and a home already bursting with more toys than Toys R Us, we have been trying to declutter in preparation for the influx of presents which the children will no doubt receive from family and friends.

Having made a list a mile long of jobs to do, from sorting our clothes to clearing out the attic, I realised that rather than bin the lot, there is ample opportunity to make money whilst decluttering. What may be junk to us, may well be another mans treasure!

Along with some blogging friends, I compiled a list of ways to turn household goods into extra cash!

1. NTC sales are a great way to sell off all your old baby clothes and equipment. You know that you’ll definitely have the right audience too so it’s far more profitable than a generic boot sale. ~ Twinderelmo

2. Sell unwanted CDs, DVDs and Mobiles phones for cash on sites such as Music Magpie. With super fast, same day payments, its a great way to make a little extra! ~ Someone’s Mum.

3. Trade in unwanted clothing, paired footwear, handbags, belts, accessories, soft toys and matching bed linen at Cash 4 clothes where you can make £4.50 per 10kg bag.

4. I sell our belongings on Gumtree all the time. I get a really good response from it and often find that people are willing to buy things that I was going to toss in the bin. It’s a great way to make a couple of quid! ~ Oddhogg

5.  Try to ‘upcycle’ items first to make them more valuable, that way you’ll make even more money! ~ My Boys Club

6. Sell old jewellery and gold. With gold prices at a record high, there has never been a better time to sell!

7. We recently sold a lot of things that were just gathering dust on eBay. It paid for half of our 3 week road trip to Copenhagen with our two children! ~ Our Fairytale Adventure

8. I set up my own Facebook page in my home town for Mums to buy and sell unwanted baby & children’s stuff. It does really well as no fees, people collect and it’s from other mums who understand that things barely get used as they grow so fast! ~ Real Mum Reviews

9. Sell unwanted books on Amazon, it’s so easy to do and a great way to make money! With no monthly subscription fees and the option to receive cash or Amazon credit, it can soon add up.

10. Take specialist items like coins, stamps etc. to be valued beforehand, you could be sitting on a fortune! ~ Hello beautiful bear.

With these tips in mind I’m hoping that I can make enough money from our unwanted household items to buy Harry and Megan’s birthday presents this year….and no doubt sell them again the year after!!




*** This is a collaborative post. All words and opinions are my own. ***


  1. May 11, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    Great ideas I’m always looking for ways to make a bit of money

    • Laura Dove
      May 11, 2017 / 9:57 pm

      I think we all are! xx

  2. May 11, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    Some great ideas there and its always good to know that there is a way to make money with bits lying around the house!

    • Laura Dove
      May 11, 2017 / 9:57 pm

      Definitely, I’d much rather make a little money than bin it all!

  3. May 11, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    Thanks for mentioning us! I’ve kept some of the baby clothes to put towards a patchwork blanket, but I also have so many bagged up and didn’t know what to do with them. I never thought of an NCT sale. Thanks for the tip!

    • Laura Dove
      May 11, 2017 / 9:55 pm

      NCT sales are a fab way to make money, and you’re very welcome! xx

  4. May 11, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    These are some brilliant lifehacks. Thank you for sharing, im eager to try the sell unwanted books on Amazon – we have too many lying around the house 😉

    • Laura Dove
      May 11, 2017 / 9:50 pm

      Me too! I’m going to get selling this weekend!

  5. Ali Rost
    May 12, 2017 / 1:34 am

    The past few months I’ve been doing Marie Kondo’s method of tidying up and have piles of things in the garage to get rid of. Definitely going to try as many of your ideas as I can .. especially Amazon and cash 4 clothes

    • Laura Dove
      May 12, 2017 / 4:28 pm

      There’s a lot of money to be made from the things you see as junk! Good luck! xx

  6. May 12, 2017 / 8:54 am

    I have used cash 4 clothes a few times but it is disheartening when you give them a massive bin bag full of clothes and come away with £3.20

    • Laura Dove
      May 12, 2017 / 4:14 pm

      HAHAH yes!! Although that’s £3.20 more than you would have had I guess! xx

    • Laura Dove
      May 12, 2017 / 4:13 pm

      Me too, I never realised they were worth anything! xx

  7. May 12, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    Some great tips here – I used to work for MoneySavingExpert, so have put many of these to the test. From my experience the best ways to flog stuff are car boots and gumtree/Facebook buy and sell groups, but you have to put in a lot more time and effort with these than other methods like Music Magpie and Cash4Clothes!

    • Laura Dove
      May 13, 2017 / 1:47 pm

      Oh wow I bet you know all kinds of money saving tips then! I think car boots are a great way to sell, I just cant bear the thought of a 6am start!

  8. Love You Wedding
    May 14, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    These are all great ways to earn extra cash for items we no longer use. I have a lot of old cellphones. I wonder if they would still have any value. LOL. I will still check them out though. Who knows, right?

    • Laura Dove
      May 16, 2017 / 1:09 pm

      I have lots of old phones too, they are worth money! xx

  9. May 14, 2017 / 10:05 pm

    This is so timely – my decluttering mission has been ongoing since Christmas and nowhere near seeing the end of it, although I’ve made a lot of progress! I didn’t know about Cash 4 clothes! Great tip, thank you Laura! #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      May 16, 2017 / 1:02 pm

      Cash 4 clothes is great, I mean you don’t get a lot, but what you do get is better than nothing! xx

  10. May 15, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    I didn’t know you could see unwanted books on Amazon (I often buy 2nd hand from there too) – off to check that out RIGHT NOW! #kcacols

    • Laura Dove
      May 16, 2017 / 12:52 pm

      Haha yes! I didn’t either but I have hundreds to sell! xx

  11. May 15, 2017 / 7:26 pm

    Great ideas, I do love Facebook selling pages, saves on all those fees.

    • Laura Dove
      May 16, 2017 / 12:42 pm

      Me too! Easy money really! xx

  12. Yeu Doi
    May 16, 2017 / 4:00 am

    Great tips! Awesome ways to make money and declutter at the same time!

    • Laura Dove
      May 16, 2017 / 12:37 pm

      Thank you! I could use the money at the moment, my car has broken! Booo! xx

  13. May 16, 2017 / 4:30 pm

    Some fab tips, a few I had not heard of. I had no idea you could sell books to Amazon, I will have a look at this. We always sell toys and clothes when they are no longer needed on our local FB groups, so easy to do x

  14. May 20, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    Fab tips, Ive never thought of selling at an NCT sale

    • Laura Dove
      May 22, 2017 / 10:14 pm

      NCT sales are an easy way to make money! xx

  15. May 21, 2017 / 11:00 am

    Have a woman picking up the girls matching desks today! Cannot wait to clear the space and grab some extra loot! Reuse and $$, nice green ways. #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      May 22, 2017 / 10:12 pm

      Ooh that’s great! x

  16. May 22, 2017 / 5:29 am

    I’m getting ready to go through my closet to get rid of some clothing. I have way too much, and it’s stuff I don’t wear, or doesn’t fit. Now the hard part is finding time to go through everything.

    • Laura Dove
      May 22, 2017 / 10:10 pm

      I know! That’s the thing, it’s easy to make money but hard to find the time to do it! xx

  17. May 22, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    Great tips! We’ve been selling lots of things recently as we’re (hopefully) about to move house. Its amazing how quickly it all adds up x
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time.

    • Laura Dove
      May 22, 2017 / 10:04 pm

      Yep it’s better to make something over nothing! Thanks for reading! xx

  18. May 25, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    Reading this post couldn’t have come at a better time as I’m currently clearing out the spare room to make way for my Son’s sleep and play environment. I have bookmarked this post as some FAB suggestions have been made. Thanks for sharing x #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      May 25, 2017 / 8:00 pm

      Oh that’s great! hope it helps! xx

  19. May 26, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    Some lovely ideas! I have so many clothes after my son. I need to think about selling it:)

    • Laura Dove
      May 29, 2017 / 9:23 pm

      And me, I’m going to get it done this week! xx

  20. May 30, 2017 / 11:26 pm

    I found gumtree great for selling items although I have heard a few horror stories where people have gone to try and sell phones or laptops and been attacked which put me off. Great ideas though it all helps.

    • Laura Dove
      May 31, 2017 / 6:42 pm

      Oh no that’s awful! I hadn’t really thought of that but I can imagine it does happen! xx

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