When times are good, people like to buy. Many people buy more than what they need. Some people may find an article of clothing with the price tag still on it more than a year after they first purchased it. So when times are good, people spend, and when times are not so good, they look for things to sell. The best things to sell to make money are things that have a value, but that we have not developed an emotional attachment to. There are many things to sell to make money, from an old watch to your house, but when, where, why and how will help decide what to sell.
Some of the wealthiest people in the world sell real estate, stock, and sometimes companies. One property may be enough to retire on after a profitable sale. For most others though, they have to rummage through their garage, if they have one, to find something to sell. When you walk through a flea market, there is a long list of items for sale at any given stand or table. The intrigue about a flea market is that you never know what you may find. The same goes for garage or yard sales. Everyone loves a good buy, and the thrill and wonder of not knowing what one may find is part of the allure.
The girl scouts sell cookies, and they sell a lot of them. It is amazing that people will pay a premium for cookies that taste good from a freckled faced salesgirl with a cute smile. If you were to ask Colonel Sanders sixty years ago, what is the best thing to sell to make money, he would have said “Sell Chicken”. If you would have asked Ray Kroc the same question, he would have said “Sell hamburgers, shakes, and fries”. Bill Gates has made a few bucks selling software. If there is something for sale, there is a buyer out there somewhere. But what are some of the best things to sell to make money for regular people?
You could sell your house, or you could sell your car. In any given garage, there is a long list of things to sell to make money that someone else would pay for. There may be books that you have read, and may hold an interest to someone else. Do you have furniture or household items that you are ready to part with? Check your closet for clothes or shoes that may find a second home elsewhere. Do you have jewelry or old coins that may hold some value? Just by walking through your house, garage, or yard, you can come up with ideas on what to sell.
After you decide what to sell, you want to decide how to sell it. You can run an ad in the newspaper, like they did in the old days, or put an ad on the internet, such as Craigslist. You can also advertise on eBay. A garage or yard sale may be a viable option, or maybe renting a table at the flea market. And who knows, you may just have the luck and good fortune as that freckled face girl with the cute smile.