When you need to make money quickly, one of the best options is to sell something. Depending on what you’re selling and how you’re selling it, it’s possible to make money today.
If some quick money sounds good, you may be wondering “What can I sell?”
This article suggests 30 different possibilities that you may want to consider. Hopefully, these suggestions will get some ideas rolling for you and you’ll be able to find plenty of things that you can sell.
You’ll find a variety of different things on this list. Some will allow you to make money a little bit faster than others, but all offer the potential to make some extra money outside of a job.
Be sure to also see my article How to Make Money By Selling Your Stuff, which will help you once you’ve found something that you want to sell. You can also check out this list of selling apps that make it easy to sell your stuff.
1. Unwanted Gift Cards
We’ve all received gift cards to stores, restaurants, or websites that we don’t really like. Instead of letting those gift cards sit around while you wait for the right time to actually use them, consider selling them to someone else.
Selling your unwanted gift cards is pretty easy. All you need to do is create an account at a website like Raise or CardCash. There are plenty of people who are interested in buying gift cards for a discount. You won’t be able to get the face value of the gift card, but you’ll get some money for it, and that’s better than just letting it sit around.
2. Gifts That You Won’t Use
In addition to gift cards, we’ve all been given gifts that we don’t really want or need. In some cases, you may be able to return the item to the store, but that’s not always possible (or maybe the return window has expired).
Those gifts that you don’t want are probably useful and valuable to someone else, so why not sell them?
3. Clothes That You Don’t Need
When was the last time you purged your closet and drawers? Most of us have a number of clothing items and accessories that have some value but are rarely, if ever, used.
There are a lot of different ways you can sell clothes. Of course, if you have a lot of stuff a yard sale is an option. But apps like Poshmark and Mercari are excellent resources that can be really helpful for selling quality items, and getting a decent price for them.
If you have any unwanted jewelry that you don’t wear (and doesn’t have sentimental importance to you), this can be a great way to make some money. Obviously, jewelry can be quite valuable, and there are plenty of people who are interested in buying.
Do you have any artworks that you might consider selling? Like jewelry, art can be valuable and may give you the chance to make some good money.
6. Musical Instruments
A lot of people have old musical instruments that never get any use. These items have some value, and they can be really helpful for students or others who are looking to save some money by getting a used instrument instead of paying for a new one.
7. Sporting Goods
Sporting goods can be valuable if they’re in ok condition, and they are usually not very hard to sell. Play It Again Sports is a popular store that buys and resells used sporting goods. Of course, you can also sell it on your own with Craigslist, the Facebook Marketplace or several other selling apps.
8. Baby/Kid Stuff
Babies and kids grow out of things so quickly that there’s always something new to buy. The good news is, that means there is always old stuff being outgrown that can be sold. This can include clothes, toys, games, furniture, and safety equipment.
As I’m writing this article, my wife is out meeting someone who is buying an item she listed on the Facebook Marketplace. We’ve got two kids and we’ve been able to sell (ok, so my wife is the one who has done most of the work) a lot of outgrown stuff. Yesterday it was some toys, today it’s a gate, tomorrow someone is coming to buy a crib. The money from selling this stuff comes in handy for offsetting the cost of the new things that need to be purchased.
Furniture is a great thing to sell because some of it has value. If you have furniture that you don’t use or don’t need, that’s probably an easy way to make some money.
You may also be interested in this article on flipping furniture for profit, which involves buying or finding old furniture, improving it, and then sell it at a nice profit.
Most of us go through electronics pretty quickly, and you may have several items that you no longer use just sitting around the house. Of course, some electronics have more value that others, but this can be a great way to make some extra money. You can sell it on your own, or use a website like Decluttr or Gazelle to make it fast and easy.
Tools are great for selling because they’re often worth something, and because you probably have several tools that you could easily part with. If you’ve ever bought a tool for a specific job and then never used it again, it may be a good candidate for being sold.
Textbooks can be great for selling, if they are recent and still up-to-date. The price of new textbooks is outrageous, so there is plenty of demand for used textbooks.
Other types of books can be sold too. The typical books won’t be worth a lot of money, but getting rid of shelves or boxes full of books that you’re not using can be as much about decluttering as it is about making money. Decluttr and BookScouter are good places to sell your unwanted books.
13. CDs and DVDs
How many CDs and DVDs do you have that you never listen to or watch? Why not sell them?
Like books, CDs and DVDs often aren’t the most valuable items to sell (although it depends on what you have), but websites like Decluttr make it easy. I purged a huge box of CDs a few years ago before we moved, and I don’t think I’ve missed any of them.
There are any number of different things that could fall into this category, and what you have will depend on your own interests. Of course, some collectibles may mean something to you and you might not want to part with them. But since collectibles can be valuable, you may want to at least consider how much you could get.
15. Baked Goods
If you have some baking skills, you might be able to make baked goods that you could sell. Baking cakes and cupcakes for parties can be a great side hustle, and you may be able to start making money quickly by placing an ad on Craigslist or checking with friends and family.
16. Handmade Crafts
You may also be able to make some handmade crafts that could be sold quickly. Etsy is, of course, a hugely popular platform for selling these types of products. You may be able to start selling items quickly there, but since there is a lot of competition it can take some time to build up your seller profile on Etsy. If you need to start making sales faster you could try Craigslist, Facebook, or selling locally through a yard sale or flea market.
17. Custom Designs
If you have some design skills you may be able to sell products featuring your designs with the help of Amazon Merch, CafePress, and Teespring. You can create designs that will be used on tshirts, mugs, calendars, and other types of items.
Depending on where you live, you may have some trees that could be used as firewood. I live in a wooded area and there’s always someone in the neighboor having a tree taken down for one reason or another. Many people sell it as firewood. You may have a tree on your property that needs to come down, or maybe someone you know has a tree that they’d like to get rid of. They may be willing to let you sell the firewood if you’ll get it off their property.
You can also check with tree removal companies in your area. They often have someone else deal with removing the wood after a tree is taken down. Obviously, don’t attempt to cut down a tree if you don’t know what you’re doing and have the proper equipment.
19. Used Bricks
You may not realize it, but used bricks can have some value. If you’ve done some renovations at your house and you have old bricks, don’t throw them away. This article explains how to sell old bricks. The more you have, the better your chances of selling them.
20. Old Jars
Some old Mason jars are worth money. If you have any around the house, and you probably do, check to see if yours have any real value. Here is an article on the topic.
21. Your Opinions and Experience
Through online surveys, you can sell your opinions and experiences. There are plenty of sites and apps that allow you to make money by taking surveys. You won’t get rich with this approach, but anyone can do it and it’s an extremely flexible way to make some extra money. You can get started at sites like Swagbucks ($5 signup bonus), InboxDollars ($5 signup bonus), and Survey Junkie.
Respondent is another site that allows you to make money from surveys, but their site is a little different. The surveys are longer but they pay very well. There are also not as many available so there may not always be something there for you to take.
Focus groups are another option for getting paid to share your opinion and experience. You can check out FocusGroup.com to see if there are any options in your area that will be relevant to you.
You can share your knowledge or information by creating a digital product like an ebook or online course. This isn’t something that you’ll be able to start now and have something for sale today, but if you’re not in immediate need of cash it can be a good option.
Creating an ebook is usually going to be faster and easier than creating a course, although courses often have higher perceived value and can be sold for more money.
If you create an ebook you could sell it on Amazon and benefit from their massive audience, or you can have more control by selling it at your own site through a shopping cart like SendOwl.
23. Advertising Space
There are a few different ways you can make money by selling ad space. If you happen to have a website or blog you could put some ads on there to make money. Of couse, the amount you’ll make will depend on several factors (most importantly, how much traffic you have). The easiest way is to use Google AdSense, but you’ll make more money if you have enough traffic to qualify for a program like Monumetric or Mediavine.
Another option is to sell advertising space on your car. Some companies are willing to pay drivers to place ads on their cars. Through a company like Wrapify, you can make up to $400+ per month.
If you have a large social media following, especially on Instagram, you may be able to get money from sponsors who want to get exposure to your following. You can use a platform like Izea to make it easy for brands to find you (there are many others like Izea as well).
24 Your Friendship
Have you ever consider making money by being a friend? You probably haven’t, but it actually is possible. RentAFriend.com allows you to create a free profile and other people can find you and pay you to spend time with them. It’s non-sexual and could be something like going to a movie or to a concert.
It’s not the typical approach to making money, but it is legit and people really are making money this way.
Another way to make money is by providing others with experiences that they are willing to pay for. Websites like Vayable and Withlocals allow you to create a profile and offer experiences to travelers and tourists. Many travelers prefer to interact with local people, and this gives you a chance to make some money and have fun at the same time. It could be a tour, dinner, workshop, or some other type of experience.
Selling plasma is a great way to make extra money. It’s possible to make an extra $300 – $400 per month by visiting a local center twice per week. It takes a little bit longer than giving blood, but it’s still relatively quick and you can make good money for your time. You can see all the details in my article How to Get Paid to Donate Plasma.
27. Breast Milk
Another bodily fluid that can make you some money is breast milk. Only the Breast is an online community that connects buyers and sellers.
Hair can be quite valuable. Of course, human hair is used for making high-quality wigs and there is a large demand for certain types of hair. You can use a website like BuyAndSellHair.com or sell it locally on your own.
The amount that you’re able to get for your hair will depend on several factors like length and color.
Sperm banks will pay for donations. In order to be eligible, you will need to meet certain qualifications and pass a health questionnaire and a physical exam. According to this article on Business Insider, men can make up to $1,500 per month by donating sperm.
For young women, donating eggs can bring in thousands of dollars. It’s much more involved than the sperm donation process and there can be some health risks involved, so be sure you do your research before attempting to make money this way. Here is a good article on the subject.
Hopefully, this list has given you some ideas and you know of at least a few things that you can sell. When you’re ready to move forward, read the article How to Make Money By Selling Your Stuff which will walk you through the process and help you to make some money quickly.