How to Sell: Stuff

That’s right, stuff. This is a guide for how to sell all that random “junk” you might otherwise throw out. It won’t bring you loads of money, but you’d be surprised at what sells!

A. Egg Cartons – A lot of farmers buy these online because they’re cheaper. We usually save up a stack of between 20 and 30 and then list them for a couple of dollars. You won’t get a whole lot out of them, but they WILL sell. We usually make sure we tell the buyers what size eggs they held, how many dozen, and what they’re made out of. It’s also important to note that they’ll have been used and have writing on them.

B. Toilet Paper Rolls – Yep, you read that right. Toilet paper rolls are something we just got into and they’re doing great! We collect the empty toilet paper rolls and when we have a hundred, we throw them in a box and list them online. So far, we’ve sold each listing for $17.99 (shipping included). Not too bad for something you’d otherwise throw in the trash! For this one, you want to make sure to say whether or not they’re “clean” (ie. if they have toilet paper still stuck on them or not). It’s not a big deal if they do still, as our lots usually have about half clean and half not – they still sell! These are good for crafts for kids and adults alike. Check out this beautiful creation made from toilet paper rolls. Pretty fancy, eh?

C. Feathers – This is for those who own domestic birds. We have six birds here and each one is a different kind – a Blue Front Amazon, an African Grey, a Sun Conure, an Umbrella Cockatoo, a Goffin Cockatoo, and a Cockatiel. Each one has unique and beautiful feathers – which are perfect for fly tying and crafts! When you list these online (and especially on eBay) it’s important to note that the feathers came from healthy domestic animals and that they were collected naturally. You should also note that they are not clean. (I wouldn’t recommend selling feathers from wild birds online, as you have NO idea what diseases they could possibly have. The exception to this is a lot from an estate sale, where you have no idea where they came from or how old they really are.)

No, this is not a real pine cone, but it was the only picture I had. Brass cuckoo clock weights also sell well.

D. Pine Cones/Leaves/Nuts – There are a lot of people who enjoy using natural substances as a part of their crafts. We live on the East Coast in NY, so we have some trees that are unique to this region. Someone in California might want to add leaves or nuts or pine cones to their art that they don’t have out their way. In comes an eBay search where, hopefully, you’ll turn up! I’d suggest listing where you got the various items, what trees or plants they’re from, and the fact that they’re not clean in anyway (that’s just to cover your own butt). Crafters generally like to use the real deal, so this will be worth your time in collecting them!

E. Tobacco Papers – If you know someone who is a smoker and buys loose tobacco so they can roll their own cigarettes, you’ll notice that there’s often a package or two of tobacco papers that comes with the can. If you collect these over time, you can sell them as a lot and get some of your money back!

These products probably aren’t something that you can make a living off of, but they’ll help bring in some extra income. And, most of the time, the only resources you need to put into collecting them is your time, which means there’s more profit in it for you!