25 Retailers That Will Give You the Most Money for Your Old Stuff
Instead of tossing those unwanted items, here’s how you can get a nice chunk of change for them.
Turn your trash into treasure
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Your old stuff isn’t necessarily destined for the dumpster. Many retailers want to take your old items, no matter what kind of shape they’re in, and they’re even willing to pay you for the trouble. Not only can this help the environment by reducing waste, but you can also make a quick buck or two in the process. Get started by searching your closets, attic, and basement for these 25 things in your house that could be worth a lot of money. And then read on to find out which retailers will give you the most for them.
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If you were looking for a sign to go on a Target shopping spree, this might be it. The Target Trade-In Program accepts old electronic devices in exchange for gift cards loaded with store credit. Ship the company anything from smartwatches and smartphones to gaming consoles for free, and you’ll receive a gift card or PayPal deposit on the day of delivery. Here are another 10 easy tricks that will save you even more money at Target.
No Prime membership? No problem! You can still save big on your next Amazon purchase. Through the Amazon Trade-In program, customers can swap their unwanted tech for an Amazon gift card. Visit the program’s Web page to find out how much you can get for those old tablets, Kindles, Bluetooth speakers, and more. Once you pack up and mail your items with a prepaid shipping label, Amazon will deposit the funds into your account. These little-known Amazon hacks don’t require Prime, either.
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Since 2005, Patagonia’s Worn Wear program has collected gently used Patagonia gear in exchange for store credit. You could pocket anywhere from $10 to $100 a pop, depending on the item. For more savings, visit WornWear.com, where you can purchase secondhand Patagonia garments for a fraction of the price. Not ready to part with a beloved but damaged Patagonia item? Stop by one of their nationwide events to get it repaired and learn tips to make future fixes yourself.
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While all Lush products are packaged with 100 percent recycled material, and many come without any packaging at all, Lush has another eco-friendly trick up its sleeve. Its 5 Pot Program asks customers to save the black plastic containers used for Lush items like moisturizers and body scrubs. When you bring in five pots to a nearby Lush location, you’ll be rewarded with a complimentary Fresh Face Mask of your choice. As for your discarded plastic pots, they will be broken down and remade into new packaging. For other ways to help the environment, read the story of one woman who’s been plastic-free for 6 years—check out what she uses instead.
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With H&M’s textile recycling program, you can turn your latest downsizing or spring-cleaning project into real savings. Every bag of unwanted clothing that you donate will net you 15 percent off your next in-store purchase. And there’s no need to travel far or get picky about your donations. H&M collects garments of any brand and condition at all locations worldwide. You might be surprised by what really happens to your used clothing donations after you drop them off.
The Golf Warehouse
Those untouched golf clubs are too clunky and awkward to be taking up your valuable storage space. Instead of kicking them to the curb, swap them for a gift card with the Golf Warehouse’s trade-in program. You’ll select the type, brand, and model of each club to find out what they’ll give you, then send them off with a prepaid packing slip and wait for the rewards to roll in. Don’t stop at golf clubs, though. Follow these tips to clear out all kinds of clutter from your home.
Although there are options aplenty for donating your closet’s cast-offs, you can also make extra money by reselling nicer brands and designer clothing on Poshmark. Simply snap photos of the garments, upload them to the app, and set a price for each item. If you’re lucky, it can turn into a full-time gig; some of the Poshmark’s top sellers report making up to $100,000 a year. Bonus: After you list your clothes, you can nab one or two secondhand steals for yourself.
The next time you shop at Cuyana, add a complimentary Lean Closet card to your cart at checkout. The company will send you a reusable bag, which you can fill with gently used garments and mail back for free. After Cuyana’s partner thredUP evaluates your items, you’ll receive credit that can be used toward your next Cuyana purchase. As a bonus, when you spend your credit, Cuyana will donate 5 percent of the profits to H.E.A.R.T., a nonprofit organization that helps victims of abuse. If you love this idea, check out these beautiful gifts that give back.
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It pays to upgrade your old appliances—literally. Participating Best Buy locations will recycle everything from dishwashers and vacuums to digital cameras free of charge. Before you go, check the company’s Current Promotions page to get the scoop on the best trade-in deals. Right now, for example, you can get $200 off an Olympus Camera when you turn in an old (but still working) interchangeable-lens digital camera, or save up to $700 on a new Samsung Galaxy by trading in your outdated model. Learn more simple tricks to reduce waste—and save money.