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Raise Cash in a Flash

From wine corks to broken electronics, make 2014 the year of making more by cashing in on the things you really don’t need.

Look around your house and you might find you’re just sitting on a pile of money…starting with that broken blender or busted washing machine. These items may not be worth much to you, but there’s a market for these run down items on eBay and Craigslist, according to the smart shopping experts at All You Magazine.

“There are people who look for these items just to use their parts. They may try and repair them. You never know, you might get $50 for a completely broken phone that you didn’t think was worth anything,” says Rachel DeSchepper, Director of Digital Content, All You Magazine.

Next, craft enthusiasts will pay for unconventional materials, like wine corks, paper towel or toilet paper rolls and buttons.

“Who knew? You can get up to $20 for crafting supplies, things that you might have around your house. Crafters are always looking for these things. If you go onto Etsy, just list them there, on your own Etsy shop, and you can make money,” says DeSchepper.

Finally, cash in on clutter or even holiday gifts including electronics, gift cards and kids’ clothes online.

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If you got a new camera for the holidays, list the old one at usell.com, a site that compiles offers from dozens of other resale sites so you can snag the best deal. And, if you got a gift card for a store you don’t really like, get up to 92% of the value within a day from Cardpool.com.

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“And if you have a lot of kids’ or women’s clothing around, and you want to sell those, rather than going to a consignment shop, there’s a site called Thredup.com. They send you a bag for free. You can fill it with all of the gently used clothing you want to get rid of. Send it back, no postage required, and they will evaluate the clothes and pay you from 25 to 40% back. It’s just so easy. It’s so convenient. There’s no reason not to do it!” says DeSchepper.

What are some ways you’ve cashed in your personal items online?