Money expert Andrea tells you how to turn clutter into cash

If you’ve got a bit of spare time this weekend, try making cash from all those unwanted items cluttering up your house. You’ll be amazed how much you can earn.

Swap old clothes for cash

If you’ve got bags of old clothes that don’t fit or suit you anymore, visit cash4clothes.co.uk, find your nearest branch of this recycling service and swap the bags for cash. Each bin bag weighing at least 10kilos will earn you £5. So a good clearout, filling four bags, could ‘bag’ you £20! MADE £20

Sell unwanted media online

There are lots of websites out there that let you sell unwanted CDs, DVDs and video games. Musicmagpie.co.uk, zumu.co.uk  and zapper.co.uk are three of the best. Most have a barcode search engine that allow you to get a valuation on all the items you want to sell, and many offer a free postage service. Expect anything from 50p to £2 for a recent DVD or CD. So if you sell a range of 10 old DVDs this weekend, you could make an easy £10. MADE £10

Get cash for gadgets

IT recycling website dineromob.com will pay you for unwanted or even broken gadgets. You simply sign up, enter the make and model of the item you want to sell and list its condition and you will be given an instant valuation. For instance, an old Sony Playstation 3 can make you £100. MADE £100

Rent your stuff for the weekend

An easy way to make money from your belongings without selling them is to rent them out. Rentnotbuy.co.uk lets you list for free anything from games consoles to wedding dresses and, as it’s a community service website, you get to keep all your rental profits. So if you rented out your old wedding dress for the weekend, you could earn around £100. MADE £100

Sell unwanted jewellery

You can currently get a great price for any broken or unwanted gold or silver jewellery at Hattongardenmetals.com. Just weigh your items, fill in their online form, send it special delivery and you’ll be either sent a cheque or be paid directly into your bank or paypal account within days. For example, a collection of old 18ct gold earrings weighing 4.5g would earn you around £100. MADE £100

Rake it in on auction sites

When you think of online auctions, you may automatically picture eBay. However, although this is the best-known site, eBay does charge listing fees and takes around 10% of your profits. So if you have some items to sell this weekend, you might like to try sites like eBid. For example, you could sell old Lego sets that your kids no longer play with on eBid from £40 each. MADE £40.

Recycle your old mobile phone

Even if you have a slightly damaged old mobile phone, websites such as Fonebank.com, mobilephonexchange.co.uk and money4mymobile.com will often pay you to recycle it. To get the best price, enter your old phone details into the search engine at comparson site mobilephonerecycling.co.uk. An iPhone 4 16GB, for example, could fetch around £130 via mobilephonexchange.co.uk. MADE £130

TOTAL MADE THIS WEEKEND = £500

 

Andrea Ventress, Money Expert

 

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