Empty Toilet Paper & Paper Towel Rolls
Since paper towels can be had for around $1 a roll, who would have ever thought that the empty rolls wold be worth anything at all!? Well, it turns out that there is a sizable market for empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls/tubes on eBay! What do people need these for? I'm not sure... Craft supplies? Tunnels for quite a small hamster? Whatever it is, they sell! So start saving them! I know I am!
Empty Cell Phone Boxes
Most people at some point in their life own a new phone (or else do like I do and buy used phones off of eBay). But if you get one of those killer upgrade deals, you have a choice to make...keep and store the box so you can resell the phone for a higher price at some point in the future, or resell the box immediately to recoup some of the cost of your phone! If you upgrade to the new iPhone for $199.95, and then sell your box for $67 (as above) then you've recouped more than 25% of the cost! Or, if you have several boxes, sitting around from past upgrades, group them together and put them on bid! The lot of Samsung boxes above had almost 30 bids by the time the auction ended! I don't know about you, but learning this had me begging empty boxes from family and friends (and maybe peaking in trash cans...)
Pinecones... (Yes the ones from a tree...)
If I learned one thing from making this list, it's that anyone can sell on eBay! Not having enough money to buy items to resell is no longer an excuse. If you live in the country, simply wander outside, find a pine tree, and collect the most beautiful of pine cones! These often sell very well and are incredibly easy to pack! The larger the pine cone the better they sell! make sure your cones are fresh, clean, and haven't been crushed.
If you have, or had kids then you most certainly have a box of cruddy crayons hanging around! Not only are they easy to find around your own house, these crayons are often available by the box from garage sales for a pittance. You needed worry about how used they are, people often buy these for crafts, to melt down, etc. Crayons in bulk typically sell for around $5 a pound plus shipping. (Plus they won't be used to write on your walls anymore. Maybe you should sell those sharpies while you're at it?)
Empty Wine Bottles
Selling empty wine bottles can do anything from letting you buy more gas station wine, to helping you make your rent payment. Depending on the age, rarity, and make of the bottle, empty wine bottles can go anywhere from $1 a piece to well over $100 a piece. So next time you're going through someone's cellar (your parents maybe) don't throw away those bottles away!
When i was a kid, I actually used egg cartons to save and count my money in! Turns out I should have just been selling the egg cartons instead. While they won't make you rich, if you eat a lot of eggs around your house, you're much better off saving the cartons for eBay than throwing them away! You can make at least $0.25 a carton! Now I just need somewhere to store them...
Acorns (From the money tree)
Another instance in which you can almost literally go outside and pick up money off the ground! You are only limited by your ingenuity because there's a market for everything. Large acorns with their caps still on are highly desirable as decorations. All acorns can be sold however and ugly decrepit acorns without their caps are often sold on eBay by the pound for animal feed. So if your kids are bored...
Bottle Caps and Lids
Selling bottle caps (particularly vintage ones) has long been known to be a highly profitable enterprise on eBay. Since my husband and I don't drink either alcohol or soda, we don't have much opportunities to gather metal caps. Instead, we decided to follow the advice of Kara over at SheThrifts and save our caps from all sorts of bottles! (Check out here story and how much she made here). While we can't claim to have become rich overnight, we're making money on what we used to consider trash and throw out!
What's your excuse now?
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