5 ways to make money from your Spring Clean

Spring is in full swing! So, clear your house of the clutter and make a bit of cash in the process with ‘online boot sales’.  

Before you go ahead and chuck away any seemingly worthless items, it can pay to give them a look over to see if they’re worth selling. There are people out there that may want to buy your once prized possessions – even if they’re broken! As long as you are honest, there’s nothing stopping you.

Nowadays, online selling platforms are available in abundance. We’ve whittled it down to the top 5 to help you part with your possessions for a price you want.


eBay is a worldwide online marketplace. Buying and selling on eBay can be rather exciting, in that your item is bid upon until someone wins. Though it can be free* for basic auction style listings, eBay do take a final value fee of 10% if your item sells.


Preloved is one of the largest classified advertising sites in the UK. And with no listing fees, no selling fees and ‘no catches’, it can be a great option for selling your second-hand items. If you want to buy, there’s no bidding wars, and if you’re selling, your item can be listed by location to allow people nearest to you find your item.


Shpock classifies itself as ‘a boot sale’ – just easier. Listings can be created with a photo, a title, a short description and a fair price. What’s more, it doesn’t cost a penny to negotiate, buy, sell, swap or barter!


Gumtree offers a free and simple way to buy, sell and find opportunities. Ads on Gumtree are free, however this can depend on the category you’re posting your item in as well as your location. It’s worth bearing in mind that you can ‘feature’ your ad for a fee, giving you further visibility and a better chance at a successful sale.

Facebook Marketplace

In recent years, Facebook groups have been used to buy, sell, trade and barter. Taking this in mind, Facebook decided to make the process a lot smoother, and introduced Marketplace – a ‘convenient destination to discover, buy and sell items with people in your community.’  The social media platform allows you to post an item for sale inside the app itself in real time, and anyone in your local vicinity can send you a private message to make an offer.

*Insertion fees for your first 50 listings per calendar month are free (exclusions apply).

Last updated: Wednesday, 22 March 2017


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