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Unemployed and Pressed For Cash | Your Home Could Be Your Pot of Gold

Updated on December 8, 2013

Desperate Time Calls For Desperate Measures

If I have to guess, I'll say one out of every three of those you know are probably out of a job. Many have been unemployed now for close to a year or more. You're probably one too. That's one thing I find so common with the influx of online writers. Losing a job has driven many to sites like this where we can make some extra money on the side writing just about anything.

You may even be a retiree using the media to make some extra cash. What you don't know is that you are actually sitting on money, and desperate time calls for desperate measures. If you are pressed for cash and you need quick money to pay one or more of your bills, the solution is right there in your home. Here are a few pointers:


Raid Your Attic or Loft

You'll be surprised how much you have stuffed up there in your attic. This is especially true for all of you 'grandparents'. You keep everything from when you had your kids hoping to pass those items on to the grandkids. Some of these items may even have sentimental values, and may be very expensive, but lets face it, your grand kids may not share your sentiments.

The truth is, today’s grand-kids may want no part of those items you're keeping in your attic if it's not compatible with an iPad, iPod, or iPhone. There you go, it's time to sell off some of those things and make yourself some extra cash.

De-Clutter Your Garage

Some of you have stuffs in your garage that if a financial planner should walk in your garage today, you'll probably be worth close to a six-digit number value. Well, maybe not exactly, but if you price every item in your garage (not including your cars, that is, if there's even space for your cars in the garage) for at least 5 dollars, how much would you come up with? De-cluttering your garage and having a very generous and liberating 'garage sale' may be the answer to having that money you so need to pay your bills.

I know a friend who likes to buy every shoe she likes in every color available. Her shoe closet is so full; she had to make room for more in her garage. Some still have tags on them because they've never been worn. When she's complaining about hard times, I tell her, "those shoes need to go". What needs to go in your garage?

Some of these are actual things I own but didn't use. Sold most of them on eBay.
Some of these are actual things I own but didn't use. Sold most of them on eBay. | Source

Re-Discover Your Closet

Even though we go in our closets every day; I would think you do, many of us will be shocked to find that there are some things in our closets that we don’t know exists. If you’ve ever bought anything clothing item just because it was on sale, you probably fit this category of people. I have to admit, even I used to be in this category, not anymore, ‘Thank God’ for liberating me. Now, I only buy what is necessary, when it’s necessary.

Your closet may currently hold some hidden treasures, if

  • there are clothes that hasn’t been worn in over a year - $$$
  • there are clothes or shoes that don’t fit well as they used to (you know what I mean) - $$$
  • some items in your closet still have tags on them - $$$
  • you have two of the same apparel, could be in different colors - $$$

Once these treasures are discovered, you can dispose of them through a garage sale; sell them on eBay or Amazon. You can even sell them to a consignment store. Be generous in setting the price to get a quick sell or offer from buyers.

Down-Size Your Kitchen Pantry & Cabinets

Kitchens can be a great place to find those hide-away items. The pantry always seems to hold a lot of stuffs, some of which we don’t really need or have too much of. You know how sometimes grocery stores gives you some grocery item for free for buying some things you really need? Well, some of those ‘free’ items sometimes turn out to be items we don’t really need.

Also, remember those cooking utensils you got from junior for Mother's Day, and the cookware sets you got from your husband on your last birthday (because he thinks you all need to eat out less). Those could easily translate into cash you desperately need. And, don't forget those flatware and table wares sets stacked away somewhere in your kitchen. Those were wedding gifts from twelve years ago.

The truth is, many of us find it hard to part with gifts we got for those special occasions like weddings, anniversaries, or birthdays. So we let them sit and waste away in our kitchen cabinets or in our pantries. It’s time you set them free and turn those items into cash as those bills have got to be paid!

Are there valuable items in your home you don't even know exists?

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Re-Arrange Your Home Library

Recently, while browsing through Amazon for something I needed, I came across some books that I read in college that we being offered for sale. Judging by the comments on that page, these books are still very much in high demand because some schools still recommends them for their African-American Literature Class.

Well, I didn't sell mine. Turns out some of the same books were on the list of books needed in my son's high school library. And parents were being asked to either donate these books or give a cash/check donation toward the purchase of these books.

Have you looked at the content of your home library lately? Those books may just be worth some useable cash. Home libraries are great place for treasured knowledge, but they can also be a great hideaway for those old books of your past you may need to get rid of.

Hidden Treasures Arcade

You're probably wondering, could there be more? Yes. There is more. Think about the toys in your kids room, the clothes sitting on the hanger in their closets, and the shoes. Kids grow fast. And most likely, they out-grown some of their clothes, shoes and toys. You can make some money on eBay selling those used children clothes.

Do you have little ones? Get their help to set up a lemonade stand. Offer different flavor varieties too. That could bring in enough to pay the water or light bill.

Other Hidden Treasures:

Do You
You Can Do This
Bake Pastries?
If you love to bake, then you may need to do a bake sale.
Knit, Crochet?
Get those old yarns out. It's time to turn your art into cash for you.
Custom-made clothes and other accessories are becoming a hit with lovers of handmade & homemade products. And there are online marketplace like Etsy that lets you market such products.

Custom-Made Items I sell on Etsy

If you can sew, you can also make items like these to sell on Ebay or Etsy.
If you can sew, you can also make items like these to sell on Ebay or Etsy. | Source

Re-discover your home. There so much money to be made from those valuable items your stacking up in you're home. You may just find that 'Pot of Gold'. Hope this has helped. Wishing you the best during this hard times.


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Author: Comfort Babatola - © 2013

© 2013 Comfort Babatola


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    • ComfortB profile imageAUTHOR

      Comfort Babatola 

      4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      @molometer- It sure does! Put some well needed money in the pocket and a whole lot of somebody's junk, another's treasures out.

      Thanks for your comment. Well appreciated.

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      4 years ago from United Kingdom

      ComfortB great advice and it clears out the clutter.

    • ComfortB profile imageAUTHOR

      Comfort Babatola 

      4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      You are so right poetryman6969. It's better to sell them than to keep them locked up in storage. Thanks for your contribution!

    • poetryman6969 profile image


      4 years ago

      If you have to down size your home, selling the stuff that can't fit in your new digs can be a much better option than paying a storage company a monthly fee.

    • markdarmafall profile image


      4 years ago from Moundsville,WV

      There is a wealth of tremendous advice in this hub. I may even be able to retire early following your advice here . Thanks


    • ComfortB profile imageAUTHOR

      Comfort Babatola 

      4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      @Sallybea, most of the books I kept I could have sold for hundreds of dollars. I do still have some timeless literature books left. Maybe I'll do something with those. Thanks for your comment.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      4 years ago from Norfolk

      Don't know how I missed this one ComfortB. There is so much good advice contained in this Hub. Text Books really do hold their value and getting rid of them can certainly bring in additional revenue, after all, how many times do we need them when we already have the degree or diploma?

    • ComfortB profile imageAUTHOR

      Comfort Babatola 

      5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      @donnah75 - We do acquire much over the years, don't we? But, like you said it feels good to clean out. Thanks for you comment. Have a blessed day! :)

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      Donna Hilbrandt 

      5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Even for those who haven't lost a job, these are good tips. Extra money is always a good idea in a down economy. I have been decluttering and finding the money in my home by cleaning out and selling items on eBay and in a yard sale. It really is amazing how much stuff we aquire over the years. It feels good to do a good clean out. Great suggestions here.

    • ComfortB profile imageAUTHOR

      Comfort Babatola 

      5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      @Country Homemaker - Thank you. I'm glad you find it very informative on a personal level. I'm following my own example too, trying to find stuffs I could sell or giveaway.

      Stay blessed.

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 

      5 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      Comfort this is a very informative article that hits home with me. I have made a lot of money selling stuff like you mentioned on eBay.

    • ComfortB profile imageAUTHOR

      Comfort Babatola 

      5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Thanks MsDora for the read. Your comments are very well appreciated.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Comfort, these are some very wise suggestions. Good photography too. I intended to have a go at my library. Thank you for the encouragement.


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