I’m a thrifty mom… From Facebook Marketplace to Vinted – the best places to sell all your old stuff and make a mint

WHEN you’ve cleaned out your closets it can be tempting to throw out the old stuff – but in fact there’s a better solution for your bank balance and the planet.

One person’s junk can be another person’s treasure, so you can make a tidy profit from selling unwanted items.

Don't throw away what you consider'junk' - you could sell unwanted items and make a profit

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Don’t throw away what you consider ‘junk’ – you could sell unwanted items and make a profitPhoto credit: Getty

However, it’s important to sell the right things to the right audience – and with so many apps and marketplaces, it can be difficult to know where to sell what.

Emma Bradley, 46, mother of three, started Mums Savvy Savings and knows a thing or two about selling unwanted items for a profit.

Emma says: “I’ve become more money conscious and these days I’m always looking for a deal and taking my money a lot further.

“One way to make some extra money is to sell online, and I’ve found that different platforms are useful for different types of products.

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“Now I even buy bargains I find in charity shops or flea markets and then resell them for a profit.

“I also found some great bargains for my family including Air Force 1 trainers for just £3!”

Know your listeners

First, Emma recommends knowing exactly what you’re selling and researching where buyers are likely to be.

She says: “If you have designer gear that will be popular with young people, sell it on Depop.

It can be best to sell vintage and designer items through apps like Vinted

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It can be best to sell vintage and designer items through apps like VintedPhoto credit: Getty

“This is where the cool kids shop!

“My son will buy designer clothes, wear them for a while and then resell them.

“Just this week he sold one of his old designer t-shirts for £50.”

The devil is in the details

If you sell designer or vintage women’s clothing, accessories and bags, try the Vinted app.

Emma says: “Vinted is good because the buyer pays the postage so you don’t get caught with that either.

“It’s a really secure service where the money is only released when the buyer receives their item.

“I recently sold a Coach designer belt for £65 – it was new.

“It helps to add lots of details and pictures so people can see the article well.”

Be sure to take high quality photos and provide plenty of details about the item

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Be sure to take high quality photos and provide plenty of details about the itemPhoto credit: Getty

household tips

For cheaper children’s and women’s clothing, as well as furniture or household goods that you need to sell, use local sales groups and Facebook Marketplace.

Emma says: “These are ideal for things of lesser value that people can easily pick up.

“The downside is there are people who don’t show up, which is annoying, so I tend to sell in batch here.

“That means I list a bunch of items at once and have one day a week to go for collection.

“One benefit of the marketplace is that there is no postage, making it more appealing to people, especially for items of lower value or bulky items.”

While some housewares may not be desired by yourself, someone else can snag them

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While some housewares may not be desired by yourself, someone else can snag themPhoto credit: Getty

second hand seller

If you have wedding dresses or prom dresses for sale, check out thrift stores in your area that both buy and sell.

Emma says: “Clothing agencies will do a cut, but they do all the viewing and fitting.

“Then you just collect your money as soon as the dress is sold.”

negotiate hard

Flea markets are still a great place to buy and sell, especially bric-a-brac and smaller items like toys.

Emma says: “You can unload a lot of items in one day, which is a great way to make some extra money.

“We used to make car boots, particularly for toys, and you can make £300 in an acre – for just the cost of a pitch fee.

“It can be really profitable, but be warned, unloading is scary!

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“As soon as you open the trunk you will be mugged so don’t try to do it alone and maybe harness the kids to help.

“Some merchants will try to take advantage, so don’t feel pressured and always have an idea of ​​what you will be charging before you arrive.”

There are many different places where you can sell unwanted items. You just need to know your target audience to make an informed decision

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There are many different places where you can sell unwanted items. You just need to know your target audience to make an informed decisionPhoto credit: Getty

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Sarah Y. Kim

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