How to Dig for Treasure at Home and Earn Cash on eBay

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Whoever said moving house is one of the most stressful things you can ever do hadn't wised up to eBay.
Because there's nothing like trying to stuff your worldly possessions into cardboard boxes to make you realise you could trade half of your clutter for cold hard cash. Where to start? Right here...

Cook Up Some Cash

Cook Up Some Cash
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Someone out there shares the enthusiasm you once had for your ice-cream maker and slow cooker, so wipe down those barely-used gadgets and move them on.
You may be surprised to know that even crockery, cookbooks and utensils can fetch a good price, so pack the pieces you actually use, and auction the rest.
Top tip: Also consider seating arrangements in your new kitchen, because you may need a different-sized dining table. That means the old one can go to a new home too.

Upgrade Your White Goods

Upgrade Your White Goods

If your new home comes complete with an integrated dishwasher, tumble dryer and washing machine, you could sell your current set - providing they're not on your inventory, of course.
Top tip: these units are surprisingly easy to un-plumb (hello, YouTube). Be sure to list the brand name and see if you can dig out the guarantee for the new owner too.

Delve Into Your Drawers

Delve Into Your Drawers
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This is where you'll discover random treasures, like unused cartridges for your old printer and designer sunglasses that a hipster will drool over.
Instead of throwing out your old phone charger, list it, because someone out there is probably trying to buy that discontinued model right now.
Top tip: some people are even buying up cassettes and VHS tapes - remem-ber those? Take advantage of the fact tapes are having a retro renaissance and that's another heavy box you don't need to carry!

Ditch Designer Handbags

Ditch Designer Handbags

Did you know that brands like Hermès actually go up in value? In fact, any recognised designer brand from Chanel to Orla Kiely has its die-hard fash-ionista fans who are ready and willing to snap up limited edition pieces.
Top tip: High street brands are also popular - what you dismiss as 'old', someone else values as 'vintage'. And don't overlook accessories, because designer handbag charms and dustbags can push up the price of your handbag.

Clear Out Your Clothes

Clear Out Your Clothes
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Let's be honest, our wardrobes can be divided into clothes we actually wear, and garments we'd never be seen dead in.
Haul everything out, make two piles on your bed, and start listing. High street clothes are surprisingly popular, so don't write off that top you paid £30 for three years ago.

Sell Off Your School Textbooks

Sell Off Your School Textbooks
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It's safe to say you don't need that A-Level maths textbook any more!
Whether your background is midwifery, criminal law or quantum physics, ac-ademic subjects haven't changed that much in the last 20 years, and there's probably student ready to snap up your second-hand texts.
Top tip: search the selling history of your book to find out whether there'll be interest before listing. Type in the title in advance search and select 'closed items only'.

Pimp Out Your Power Tools

Pimp Out Your Power Tools
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There's the 24-bit drill set that's barely been out of its box, not to mention the sander you optimistically bought before realising you could pay a trained pro-fessional to sort out your wooden floor - and that he would bring his own superior sander with him.
Top tip: swap your spare power tools for a three-figure sum to put towards your new pad.

The Last Requiem For Musical Instruments

The Last Requiem For Musical Instruments
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Wipe the layer of dust off your guitar and accept that you're not Jimi Hendrix. It's air guitar all the way from now on.
And air drums - did you know drum kits typically fetch in the region of £100 at auction? Your new neighbours will thank you.
Top tip: use keywords when you're listing your musical instruments to help sellers find it more easily. Include the make, model and any other useful info.

Cast Off Children's Toys

Cast Off Children's Toys
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That jumparoo your child hasn't touched in three years? The mini kitchen cluttering up your real-life kitchen, and the neglected rocking horse? Sell, sell, sell.
Because kids have a habit of trashing things alarmingly quickly, it doesn't make sense for new parents to buy new toys. It makes sense for them to bid for your unwanted toys and games.
Top tip: potential buyers will want to know what condition that toy car or teddy is in. Include commonly used eBay terms like 'New in Box' or 'Gently Used' in your description.

Say Bye-Bye To Sports Equipment

Say Bye-Bye To Sports Equipment
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So, you haven't ridden your bike all year? The universe is trying to tell you something ("Put it on eBay").
That also goes for your surfboard, rowing machine and the redundant set of weights that do nothing but nag at your conscience. In fact any unwanted sporting goods.
Top tip: put the proceeds from your sale towards a gym membership and be done with it.

Sell Surplus Ski Gear

Sell Surplus Ski Gear
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From retro salopettes to the down jacket you vowed you'd never wear again after a near-death black run experience, you'll be surprised how well ski wear keeps its value.
Top tip: should you feel tempted to book another ski holiday in the future, you'll find nearly-new kit for a fraction of the price here too.

Goodbye To Garden Furniture

Goodbye To Garden Furniture
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You've cleared out the house, but you've still got a garden full of junk to sort out.
Deckchairs, hammocks and patio furniture all sell well in the spring and summer months; just be sure to give your garden chairs a quick clean-up first.
Top tip: to save on postage, list your item as collection only.

Scope Out Your Shed

Scope Out Your Shed

The average shed is crammed full of empty plant pots, lawn mowers and BBQ equipment - it's a veritable treasure trove for the eager eBayer.
Scare away the spiders (they don't sell well, and you certainly don't want to take them with you) and start listing straight away.
Top tip: you could even sell your shed. Check out current listings to see how much you could shift it for.

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