As the cost of living crisis continues to bite, many of us are having to get inventive to raise the necessary funds to keep making ends meet. According to a Student Beans survey, 51 per cent of respondents are doing that by raiding the back of their wardrobes, as well as the attic, garage and spare room, for often long-forgotten items that might just find a new home and bring in as much as £2,250!
That is the figure data analysts reckon the average Brit has lying around the house gathering dust rather than accumulating cash, as reported by BirminghamLive. The research by Student Beans also revealed that eBay (24 per cent) is the most popular place for people to flog their second-hand items, closely followed by Depop (23 per cent).
Others, meanwhile, are getting up early on Sunday mornings to sell their wares to the nation’s car boot sale enthusiasts. If you need some help deciding what, among your clutter, could represent the best value for a quick sale, then here are the top 10 items knocking around your home that can help keep the wolf from the door during these tough times:
1 Bicycles – average selling price £380
Cycling remains popular following on from the lockdown boom with 18,000 online “bikes for sale” searches every month. But, if you found that you hung up your cycling helmet for good when the pubs reopened or the kids have outgrown their bikes, then you could raise close to £400.
2 TVs – average selling price £225
Upgraded your TV but still not found a new home for your old gogglebox? If the answer is yes, It might be worth knowing that you could get more than £200 for a second-hand flat screen, depending on the make, model and condition.
3 Furniture – average selling price £211
Pre-loved furniture is all the rage and on trend with upcycling the subject of 2,400 online searches every month.
4 Consoles – average selling price £103-£166
An old Playstation can fetch £166 and a pre-owned Xbox is normally worth around £103. Again, the make, model and condition could mean you receive even more.
5 Old mobile phones – average selling price £84
Not all of us have a used, unwanted iPhone 13 pro max hanging around that will put £1,349 in the bank. But many of us will be able to get something approaching near £100 for our old models after maybe upgrading.
6 LEGO – average selling price £29 per eBay listing
This will prove popular with anybody fed up of stepping on a loose brick or two that have spilled out of the cupboard that nobody really opens these days. Maybe the kids have lost interest or your partner does not have the time anymore to build the Millennium Falcon they bought 15 years ago and is still boxed up.
7 Clothes – average selling price £13.50 per item
Do you really need to keep that impulse buy from 2015 that still has the labels on it? Somebody else could be dying to throw it on, whether it has gone past its fashion sell-by date or not.
8 Video games – average selling price £12.73 pre game
Keen gamer or somebody who gave up sitting in front of their console a few years back? Either way, you’ve probably got some platform classics or shoot ’em ups that people will be willing to part with their hard-earned for.
9 Jewellery – average selling price £8 per piece
If your jewellery box lid won’t fit on and, when you do manage to get in there, it’s a tangled mess of necklaces, bracelets and dangle earrings, it might be worth looking at what you don’t really need anymore. Second-hand Pandora charms can be worth £27 each for instance.
10 DVDs – average selling price £3.33 per DVD
In an age of Netflix and Disney Plus, where the bloke with a bag of the “latest” films down the pub is now redundant, it might come as a surprise that your old DVDs can be sold for anything. Happily, though, there is still a small market for your old Blu-rays.
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