What Are The Best Items for Selling on Craigslist?

What sells on Craigslist?

Find out what the best items are to sell on Craigslist. It might not be what you thought!
Find out what the best items are to sell on Craigslist. It might not be what you thought! | Source

What Things Can I Sell on Craiglist?

So can you really make money with Craigslist? Is there a way to making money with Craigslist with just the stuff you have laying around your house? Yes there is - so now it's time to start looking around your house and surveying what you have...

So now that you've decided to rid yourself of some of those unwanted items you might be asking yourself - can I really sell Grandpas old World War 2 Ham Radio equipment on Craigslist?

Yes you can, and I'm proof positive of that. After my dad died and left me about a ton of World War 2 Ham Radio equipment, I had NO idea what to do with it. Posting it on EBay would have netted me a lot more cash but the thought of having to figure out what everything he left me actually was, did it work, model numbers, blah blah blah had me mind boggled. In addition, the thought of actually packing this equipment up and having to mail it out gave me absolute nightmares.

So Craigslist here it came - and went.

I could have donated it or gave it away but I KNEW that I had something valuable to someone and I was right. I just had to find the right person, and I did. As it turned out, the man that bought my dads radio equipment was an Ole Ham' himself so he happily gave me $200 and I happily relinquished my dads radio equipment which I knew I would never even have the foggiest notion of how to operate.

So that comes to the point of the article here - you can sell many-many things on Craigslist that you probably wouldn't dream you could have.

Things I've Sold on Craigslist - No Kidding!

Here is a brief list of some of the things I've sold:

1. Furniture, both household and Business. I have sold recliners, chairs, sofas, shelving, tv stands, coffee tables, night stands, beds and frames and a humongous wet bar that I never thought I would find a new home for......

2. Plants, pots, and yard furniture. (even 5' tall cactus!)

3. Used cell phones, printers and even an antique microwave (lol-just make sure that your items are in good working order though- if not make sure you let the buyer know - honesty is the best policy here!)

4. Collectibles including old vintage gas station lamps and my dads radio World War 2 equipment.

5. Cars, bikes and a pocket motorcycle bike (my husband still misses his little pocket bike but it had to go before he killed himself on it!)

6. Used tools including an electric chainsaw, lawnmower, radial table saw, a vacuum pump for God knows what, a pressure washer (and various other assorted odd tools collected by husband and inherited)

7. Business equipment such as screen printing presses, drafting tables and a huge commercial light table


9. Pond forms (after a well meaning attempt at making a pond in my yard)

10. Car tires, rims, car parts and speakers.

11. Musical equipment (guitars, amplifiers,drum pedals and BIG speakers that I made my son get rid of - God rest my ears)

12. Sports equipment like bowling balls, gym equipment, boogie boards and even a treadmill that someone bought for their active Border Collie (no kidding)

And over 200 hundred or more assorted items from my cluttered and interesting life.

So I'm proof that you can sell just about anything on Craigslist - if the price is right and you can find the right person looking for your treasure...

So when you are clearing out your clutter don't exclude anything as being a possible Craigslist item. You'd be surprised at the things that people are looking for - and Craigslist is a great place to find them, and sell them.

If they are items of much value and odd you might want to try EBay, that's a whole other ball game but for most things Craigslist will work just fine, and it's free, so you don't have to pay a listing fee like you do on EBay and you can deal with people locally - and you don't have to wait for your auction to end.

You might say well great, yeah, I have like lots of items to sell but I have NO idea what to sell them for (or what they even are for that matter!)

In that case I suggest to people - do a little research on your item before posting it- check other similar Craigslist postings and Ebay and get an idea of what your item is and what it is selling for. In the case of my dads radio equipment it was very hard to put a price on it and I know the person that bought it got a heck of a deal . That's OK though because having the space meant more to me than having a whole shop full of very heavy equipment. And the whole point is anyway, it puts some money in your pocket, makes someone else happy and makes a cleaner house for you. So even if you do go down on the price so what - it's more than what you started with-

Happy Craigslisting!

(For advice on Craigslist feel free to ask Dorsi - she loves to see things get "recycled" and find new homes- and to see you put a little extra cash in your pocketbook)

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Sally's Trove 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Another good one, Dorsi! 

I especially like the advice about using Craigslist and eBay to research the value of items you don't know off the top of your head.

Another good research site if you don't know the value of the jewelry, antique, or collectible items you want to sell is RubyLane.com.

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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

Great one Doris, thanks for the Craiglist info, glad to find that there is one locally here in Johannesburg South Africa.

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johnr54 7 years ago from Texas

I know some folks who have a lot of success finding people to do chores or tasks on Craigslist as well.

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drpastorcarlotta 7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Thank you soooooo much for this info. I have never sold anything on Craigslist, but I have a lot of things I am looking to sell. I was thinking about going back to Ebay because I use to have a store on Ebay. Now I have another source to consider!! Thank you my friend!!! Luv Luv

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Dorsi 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

You are all so welcome! Thanks for stopping by and glad that this has inspired some of you to use Craigslist! Just remember to be careful in who you deal with, don't let strangers in your home unless you feel really right about it, and don't meet in off the wall places to do any transactions. Stay safe and have fun Craigslisting!

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dwaynewade3 7 years ago

I really enjoyed reading this hub, very informative. I tend to visit Craigslist daily but I've never sold anything on there. You may have changed my mind!

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alittlebitcrazy 7 years ago

LOVE craigslist - what an awesome community tool! My family has gotten so much off Craigslist, through buying, selling, and services!

Mercedes Pimentel 7 years ago


I want to know how I can sell my furniture from my house, I have all the pictures into a CD.

Plase let me know ASP.

Thank You :


Mercedes Pimentel

Miss T 7 years ago

I sold an old stove on Craigs List. It was in the house when I bought it and I upgraded. It was so easy! I also needed to get out of a lease and listed my condo and found someone to sublet from me. It saved me about $5,000 in rent that I would have had to pay if I didn't find someone to sublet. So - all in all - I LOVE Craigslist!!!

My advice is to be sure to post GOOD pictures, describe your item honestly (e.g. could use a good cleaning, minor scratch on side, perfect condition, etc), and do NOT deal with people who are out of town/the country. We had every "Nigerian Scammer" emailing us - it's such a pain to try to weed through people saying their 'financier will send a certified check'. Give me a break. You need a financier to pay for a used stove?!? ha ha

Good luck with your posts!

Cheryl Taylor 7 years ago

THANKS! Just started selling things on Craigs list today! i sold on Ebay for almost 2 years, but the Ebay and Paypal fees were KILLING ME!

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Dorsi 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Thanks everyone for stopping by! Cheryl, I have only sold a couple things on EBay - but it seemed like a hassle...I love selling and buying on Craigslist!

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Dorsi 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

I also found my last 2 jobs on Craigslist folks so don't forget about the job search function there! Craigslist is a great resource for many many things!

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GiftedGrandma 6 years ago from USA

Sold a few thing on Craigslist :O)

ronald 6 years ago

for 20 ebay takes 10 and so on but craigslist you pay nothing upfront always ad what you going sell on your discription so you dont ned to keep posting ads

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Dorsi 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

GiftedGrandma) Good going!

ronald) This is true. The few things I sold on EBay cost me more than I expected. Craigslist, on the other hand, is FREE!!!

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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

Oh boy, do I need to get organized. I so much junk laying around. This reminds me to get it together and get rid of some of it. Thanks for the motivation.

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Dorsi 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Steve) YW - good luck "decluttering" and hopefully make some money at it too!!

Petra 6 years ago

I started to sell household items on Craigslist a week ago because I am moving to Europe. I was a little nervous the first time but I had the best experience ( sold a sewing machine ). We meet at a public eatery and talked a bit and finalized the sale. I have much more to sell and now its going to the bigger pieces like furniture. I will meet at a public place first and get a feel about the person that I am dealing with and then invite the person into my home. My big and strong son will be with me and I feel that I can trust my instinct about a person. But Miss Dorsi is absolutely right by advising to always be careful. Just like you would with other people and situation that are unfamiliar.

Thank you for writing about Craigslist.

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Dorsi 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Petra) Sounds like selling on Craigslist is working well for you. I am glad to hear of you being cautious though. It's a great place to also buy things but always trust your gut instinct if a transaction does not feel right!

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L.P. 6 years ago

I want to sell my brand new Berkline power recliner that doesn't fit in my living room and the store where I purchased it refused to refund my money. I paid over $1200 and YES, I did get ripped off I know that, but now I'm stuck. I have put it on craigs list twice and nothing...nadda...so today I lowered the price from $1,000 to $900. I know I'll end up losing a lot of money. I made a bad decision and the store I found out AFTER the fact, is not reputable. I filed a complaint with the BBB but they aren't even members plus the BBB does nothing to help with issues like this.

I sold my other 3 pieces of furniture back in May and had a very positive experience and even helped the woman arrange for someone to help her move the furniture from my home to hers and the mover was on craigs list. I don't know HOW to get rid of this chair. $1200 is A LOT of $$$ for me to just eat. I am a Senior Citizen and on disability so this $1200 was a HUGE expenese and I just don't know what to do. I am sick about it.


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burningdesire 6 years ago from A little red dot in South East Asia

Hi is Craigslist only limited to the States? I am from South East Asia, can I sell my things in there too?

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Dorsi 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

LP) You may need to drop the recliner down in price more to sell it on Craigslist, I know you are taking a loss but people on Craigslist are looking for deals. Good luck.

callag) Thanks for the tips.

burningdesire) go to www.craigslist.com and look at the cities and countries you can post in. Good luck.

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lex123 6 years ago

Good information Dorsi. I have never tried craiglist. Now reading your hub I feel inspired. Thanks for sharing.

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Dorsi 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

lex) Glad you stopped in and got some inspiration to try Craigslist. It's a great resource!

Mattie Tolley 6 years ago

Hi Dorsi, I want to list some musical recording equipment that has never been out of it's box for a friend of mine who gave up the dream of setting up his own studio. I have no idea how to use craigslist. I am in OKlahoma and the equipment is in West Virginia; however, he may bring it to me to dispose of. Can you help me get started?

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Dorsi 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Mattie) Make sure first that you have Craigslist in your area. Then I will walk you though posting along with some tips. Some people will travel a distance to get items but not normally. I've had people come about 75 miles to get something unusual that they really wanted. Usually it's people within a 10 mile range though.

Lisa 6 years ago

Do you have any advice on dealing with a buyer who wants you to hold the item until they can pick it up, or until they get 'paid'? I held a large mirror for a week, with no guarantee the gentleman would even show, while other buyers were contacting me to say they would pick it up immediately. What wording do you use in your ads re payment? Thanks.

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Dorsi 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Hi Lisa, I have held things for people on Craigslist and lost the sale. Other times I have held the item and they showed up. Honestly, when it comes to people buying stuff on Craigslist, I usually go by my gut feeling. If they sound like they ready want it I might save it for them, but if I need to sell it and need the money sooner than later - or it's a hot item, I probably won't hold it. Or ask them to give you a down-payment - especially if it's an expensive item. I don't really have any hard and fast rules about this. Hope this helps.

Jenn 6 years ago

I never "hold" anything for anyone. Everyone on craigslist is a stranger to me, I have no reason to trust that they'll come through on the buy. Maybe I sound greedy, but money talks. I buy and sell on craigslist all the time, I would never even ask someone to hold an item for me, because I know, most people are going to sell to the first person who shows up with the money. I also never have people come to my home. I always meet in a well lit parking lot of a busy store, like Wal Mart. Only once did we have a buyer come to our home because we were selling a 60 gallon air compressor and he was coming from 100 miles away to pick it up, but I made sure my husband was home and my kids stayed inside. So far, we've had nothing but pleasant experiences using Craigslist and have even made a few new friends in the process.

Jenn 6 years ago

And Dorsi, you left out a BIG category! Baby and children's gear and clothing are bought and sold on craigslist like you wouldn't believe. I've sold clothes, jumpers, bouncers, travel systems and more, as well as bought walkers, strollers and some toys on Craigslist. It's so much better than going through a consignment store, you know your not getting ripped off and you get to keep the full profit. For example, I sold my travel system for $100 whereas if I had brought it to the consignment store and she sold it for $100 I'd have only pocketed $50! It's worth it to me to do the work myself!

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Dorsi 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Jenn) Thanks for coming by and telling us about your Craigslist experiences. Glad to hear you are taking good safety measure too when buying and selling on Craigslist.

Ed 6 years ago

I've bought and sold a lot of stuff on Craigslist, some people will show up within the hour, most will not show up at all, don't cancel anything for a buyer, I've missed dinners and get-to-gethers for no shows, never again, set a time with you in mind, not them!

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Dorsi 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Ed) I agree. When selling on Craigslist this is a good idea!

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Sunnyglitter 5 years ago from Cyberspace

I love Craigslist! It's easier than Ebay since they come to you. :)

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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@Sunnyglitter) I agree! You just need to be careful though if they come to your house.

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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@Mike) Thanks for the info and thanks for reading.

LisaFromFolsom 5 years ago

Totally agree with ED.... I will never again wait for someone or cancel my plans for a buyer. I had one woman a real bum... made an appt to see a crib at 12noon.. I call at 1245pm ask her did she get lost... she gave an excuse and said she could come later at 2pm well again at 345pm I call her and ask what is up... she came up full of excuses and I realized there are some real flakes out there... so I agree with Ed... no more waiting or canceling my plans for buyers!

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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@Lisa) I so agree! No waiting for flakes! Thanks for reading Lisa.

sammy 5 years ago

Can I get ripped off with someone asking me to open a pay pal account so they can purchase a 2000 dollar trailer from me. I currently do not have an account. They want to send someone else to pick it up is the reason they want to pay through pay pal. For some reason my gut feeling is telling me this is a scam. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@sammy) My hinky meter is up on this one. I would not do it. If they really want the trailer I would arrange another method (like cash first!) and then let them have the trailer.

nikki 4 years ago

can i sell $1000 for cash on craigslist.

nikki 4 years ago

i mean to say can i sell item that is worth of $1000 for cash on craigslist. let me know

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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@nikki) Yes you can.

Willie 4 years ago

Here is how I make easy money on Craigslist. I went under Items Wanted for an elliptical or treadmill. Found a very nice Proform xp 130 Elliptical for $65.00. Bought it on Friday 3:30. I posted it with a nice photo under Sports Equipment for $225.00 with the heading "Super Bowl Elliptical*****I got a response two hours later and it sold for $200.00. So easy. Now rinse and repeat.

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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@Willie) Thanks for the advice. There is a lot of money to be made on Craigslist for entrepreneurial people like us. Good going!

Shana 4 years ago

SO MUCH fees on ebay. I made #300.00, selling many items, and paid more than half to ebay and shiiping. WORKED very hard for the $300.00

NOT good.

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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@Shana) That's why I haven't done much with eBay except to buy. It seems like a lot of work. So far Craigslist has worked well but when I get to selling those really odd items I may have to eBay (like selling vintage fishing lures)

mike 4 years ago

sell ds and 10 games and ds backpack for$180 and ds holders.

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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@Mike) What is a ds?

Lyn 4 years ago

Another great, informative article. I would also like to add that if you just want to get rid of something for free you can do that too! I recently purchased a new sectional and wanted to get rid of my old dual reclining couch. It was in good condition but probably only worth about $75. Instead of waiting for someone to pay $ I posted for free and someone gladly came to take it out of my house so I didn't have to injure myself or my family trying to take it to goodwill or the dumps which would have just contributed to more unnecessary landfill waste.

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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Oh my word - how perfect is this?! I now live in my husband's grandfather's house - Grandpa passed away about 10 years ago but we still have a barn and a garage FULL of his stuff. It is just going to waste since it is...are you ready for this?? Ham radio equipment!! None of us can use it so its been collecting dust. We also have many many other things left from way back when. Thank you for sharing your experience and wisdom :) I am ready to take over the space (yes I love Grandpa but I would like to use the garage!)

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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@Lyn) You are so right - thanks for bringing the free section up. I have given oodles of stuff away in the free section (and also got some great free stuff too)

@Ardie) I have since found out some of that old Ham radio stuff can be very very valuable - upwards of $5,000 per piece depending on the brand. Check eBay and price accordingly! Really check the brand of radio - that's what will determine if you have a treasure trove! Let me know!

Bill 4 years ago


thanks for a very insightful article. I've been selling on eBay and Amazon for about six years and am so fed up with them. I put forth a lot of effort to find the items that I sell online only to see my fees going up, up, up. With eBay they are constantly changing the way they do things to cater more to the buyer but it's always at the expense of the seller.

As for Craig's List, I've sold beer signs and a treadmill with absolutely no problem. For some reason it just never occurred to me (duh) to put some of the same things I'm selling online on CL. After reading your comments I'm going to start putting more and more things on CL and less on eBay/Amazon. Thanks a bunch!

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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@Bill) Glad you got some ideas here. I also have other hubs on Craigslist here about other things I've sold on Craigslist. It's amazing what you can sell there! Best of luck.

Hi 4 years ago

"a lot" is 2 words.

Deowattee tilak 4 years ago

i have some item TV stand,2 printer,camera and few more item hom can i sell them from my home or drop off location i live in NY.

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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@Deo) Thanks for stopping by but you will want to post those items at the Craigslist website. Good luck!

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