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One person’s trash is another’s treasure.

Are your closets overflowing with things you no longer need? Why not declutter and possibly make a little extra cash?

eBay can be a great place to start. There’s no listing cost for the first 50 auction or set-price items you want to sell each month, but you’ll pay a 10 percent fee if they sell. If you want to sell more than 50 items each month, check out this explanation from eBay to learn about your options.

But this is just the beginning of the wide variety of ways you can sell your belongings.

So, if your home is bursting at the seams — or if you have a few things lying around you could profit from — check out the following suggestions that may help you turn those trinkets into cash:


  • Sell pants, skirts, purses, shoes and other fashion items through Extoggery’s many store locations.
  • There are many other boutique consignment shops popping up all over Canada’s major cities, so check online to see if there’s one near you.


  • You can list your items on Amazon or Abe’s Books, which also offers free shipping and pays via PayPal or cheque.

Furniture and other large items

  • If you’re selling these items, avoid shipping costs with free classified ad sites like CraigslistKijiji and backpage, which focus on local buyers and keep your email private. When selling items on these sites, be sure to exercise caution to ensure your safety. For example, if you’re inviting a stranger to your home to pick up a couch you’ve sold them, make certain you have someone home with you.
  • Consignment Canada is another service you can use to buy and sell items from a wide range of categories, including furniture.

Other items

  • Artisan craft site Etsy** accepts listings for vintage items that are at least 20 years old. You pay $.20 for a four-month item listing; Etsy collects a 3.5 percent fee when you sell.
  • Play It Again Sports®†* retail locations accept gently used soccer shinguards, surfboards and other sports equipment.

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, so look around and consider selling those items you no longer use, need or want — you may just end up with cash in your pocket.

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