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10 Things you THROW AWAY that you could sell on Ebay!

Updated on June 19, 2013

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10 STRANGE things sold on Ebay!

I am not always right...but I am never wrong!

Have you ever watched the television show "Hoarders" ? If you have then I know that you have seen someone refer to an item as trash and throw it in the dumpster only to have the homeowner sneak themselves into the dumpster and come out carrying their prized possession. To a true hoarder, nothing is trash and everything has value or a purpose even when others don't see it. For my husband, this battle is everyday life.

Am I true "Hoarder".. not really. I do, however, tend to see value in items that others do not. Each day, I find something that has been tossed in the trash that I KNOW I can do something with. This week alone, I have saved a broken picture frame, a glass canning jar, an old cell phone, and a coupon pack. My husband has begun sneaking items into the trash can and then proceeds to watch the cans like a hawk until the garbage truck comes. I always tell him what I think I can do with my salvaged items and 9 out of 10 times, I never do anything with them. They simply sit in my private hoard until I am forced to purge my stash.

Why am I this way? It certainly wasn't how I was raised. My mother is constantly tossing out items that are valuable and useable. The local dumpster divers watch my parent's curb with anticipation every week. Its like an odds and ends store- You just never know what will be there! Until recently, these treasures were brought to me until my husband began inspecting each box brought into our home by my mother. He has gone as far as to tell my mother that I am under a "no more stuff" policy. Lame!

No matter how I became this way, I am thankful for Ebay. Finally, someone - somewhere- sees value in my junk! I have officially shut my husband up by selling our "trash" online. The first time I purged my hoard on Ebay, he was shocked to see that I brought in over $400 in broken electronics! Now, even my previously hesitent hubby is now looking through the items he is tossing out to see if I can make a few bucks from them online. FINALLY!!! I have the last laugh. He didn't have to say it....I was RIGHT!

Here are 10 things you may be throwing away that you can make money on!

1. Coupons - Today, i sold $10 in formula coupons for $5 in just 3 minutes! These come to me at no cost from the formula companies and since my son is on an organic formula (for which I never get coupons) I can't use them. You can buy and sell almost any coupons online..not a huge profit but ships cheaply and you weren't using them anyway!

2. Broken Electronics- This is my personal favorite! There are tech savvy individuals who can repair your items and still make a great profit from them when they re-sell them. Great items for me have been smart phones (1 sold for over $100), xbox 360 controllers (yes broken!), and old laptops with broken screens.

3. Empty Jars - Low profit but again, they were trash! Folks will use these to make homemade candles, package goods, etc. I saw canning jars, baby food jars, and jelly jars.

4. Empty game/movie cases - I will let you know how these sell because I have TONS of them! My kids loose or break the game and I am left with the case. Looks like xbox 360 and blueray holders are the fastest movers!

5. Trophies and awards - Okay, for these to sell, they have to look cool but they are selling! I would assume that folks buy these for decoration or to have their local shop put a newly engraved plate on it.

6. scratched DVDs and video games - these typically go in BIG lots but they are selling! I would assume that people can repair them? Not sure, if you know...clue me in!

7.instruction manuals - There are instructional and owner's manuals for everything on Ebay....even for lego kits! Some of them are going for decent money...I never even open them when they come in the box but for others, they are worth money.

8. Recipes - people SELL recipes! These can be delivered via email or snail mail. I will say that I truly don't get this one since you can internet search any recipe you want BUT hey, I am not going to knock someone's entrepreneurial spirit!

9. fabric scraps - If you are a craft-y individual then you know that you always seem to have extra scraps lying around. Quit throwing them away and make some money on them!

10. Your Junk Drawer! - Really, what is next, the kitchen sink? Actually- you can buy a kitchen sink. The junk drawer lots seem to look like antique collectibles and miscellaneous items but it did come out of someone's junk drawer! If you plan to sell yours, I would take out the carry out condiments and silverware first!

So....The saying is true...."One man's trash, Is another man's treasure" ! Be sure to double check your trash bags and try to make a little profit off of something you would have tossed away. Almost EVERYTHING has value and thanks to Ebay....we know what that value is.

My husband would appreciate your prayers for my "sickness" as he calls it. After researching this article...I have found even more things I can salvage and sell! :)

If you find something on Ebay that you would have trashed...please share!


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      Connie Smith 

      5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Wow, have you got me rethinking all my 'junk' around here! From now on I am going to be looking at things with an ebay selling eye! Thanks for this very interesting and useful article about things I would never have considered worth bothering about. I am a quilter and have tons of fabric scraps. Looks like I'll be working on whittling them down to size by selling some on ebay. Thank you ;) Pearl

    • Mommymay profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather May 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      You are AWESOME! Don't you LOVE turning trash into treasure deanoman777?! Selling purses are my new addiction online for sure!

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      5 years ago from Independence

      I have the "sickness" but on a much larger scale. I am a dumpster diver, and everything I see can be repurposed into something useable. I do sell tons of stuff on eBay and make pretty decent money, however my two car garage is completely packed with things I have dragged home.

      One thing that you forgot on your list that has been the best seller for me is used clothes. I drag them out of the trash and wash and fold them, snap a few pics and sell it on the Bay.

      Thank you for this article. Very well written and thought out.

    • Mommymay profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather May 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      My pleasure gingerka!

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      5 years ago from Colorado

      Thanks for the interesting tips.

    • Mommymay profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather May 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks Brinafr3sh! It is CRAZY the things that I have sold on Ebay and the things that I think will sell quickly...usually fail! Thanks for reading and voting!

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      5 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi, great tips thanks so much, and your right one man's trash is another man's treasure. Voted up!

    • Mommymay profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather May 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you SO MUCH for the tips! I actually have broken dishes in my garage that I have been keeping saying that I will do something with them.....years later..still there! I never thought to sell those! Its amazing to see what a bunch of EBay heads can come up with when they put their minds together!!! Broken electronics hub coming up soon!!!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Heather, I love your writing style, and it's so much fun reading about the husband-wife dynamics, something I include in my own eBay hubs. I think it's important for people to realize that there are very interesting "behind the scenes" human interest stories that are universally relevant. It makes the eBay process more interesting and less intimidating to potential newbies.

      Anyway, you asked us to share things that would primarily be considered throwaway items but actually have value. I have three to share with you and your readers/followers.

      1) Broken dishes, bowls, and other ceramic kitchenware.

      I found some blue willow china plates--regular size as well as saucers--that, unfortunately, were either chipped or stained. I was about to pass on them at a liquidation sale but--even in the face of my wife's protests--decided to bring them home. Since they were free, I had a little bit of leverage.

      Anyway, after doing some research, I learned that you can actually sell these on eBay. The people who buy them are artists and crafters of mosaic pieces. They actually have tools with which they cut the damaged plates into roughly inch-square pieces. Until May 2, 2013, you can look up how I did this on eBay by searching for these item numbers: 360554258359 and 360554262531.

      2) Old glass you find while beachcombing--you know, the little pieces that have been rounded and made smooth by the sand and rocks--can also fetch a decent price on eBay.

      3) Uniquely shaped driftwood can bring in $30 or more, up into the triple digits. People into nature art love to showcase these items on their coffee tables and mantels as well as in their man-caves, woman-caves, and as avant garde office décor.

      When you have the time, Heather, please drop me a personal message regarding how you sold your broken electronics. Better yet, please consider writing a hub about it.

      Thanks so much for writing a pragmatic piece. I hope a lot of people benefit from having read this.


    • Mommymay profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather May 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you Eiddwen for reading! It is my pleasure to share, I am full of useless knowledge sometimes and it is just bursting to get out:)

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      5 years ago from Wales

      So interesting and useful;thank you for sharing.


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      Brittanie Pervier 

      5 years ago from Seattle WA

      This is a really awesome article!!! I love upcycling and finding new ways to make "junk" useful again. Selling items on ebay is a super cool idea and I can't believe you were able to sell things like glass jars. I am going to have to try this out I get endless amounts of coupons to thank you for sharing this awesome info.


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