From clutter to cash: 5 ways spring cleaning can lead to big bucks

Here are some tips from experts Only sell valuable stuff Understand the fees Avoid the scams Optimize your title Take great photos Don't try to profit from shipping charges

Spring cleaning is typically a ritual that rids your home of clutter. You'll not only be left with a neater, more organized space, but also turn some of your stuff into cash and let someone else enjoy what you no longer want or need.

Whether you have clothes your children have outgrown or an old smartphone you no longer use, you may be able to sell it online or at a store.

The following are five great ways to turn your clutter into cash:

Stock up on clothes for all your kiddos without draining the bank at Once Upon A Child in Sandy Springs.

Credit: Courtesy of Once Upon A Child Sandy Springs.

icon to expand image

Credit: Courtesy of Once Upon A Child Sandy Springs.

Once Upon a Child

This chain of resale stores has several locations in metro Atlanta, and unlike a consignment store, it pays you cash on the spot for your merchandise. You can also get store credit if you'd prefer. The chain accepts gently used kids' clothing, shoes, toys and baby gear, and while you may not make a mint from your items, it's less hassle than a yard sale or many other options. Check the store's website in advance to learn more about what they take and how you need to prepare items you want to sell.

Plato's Closet

If your teen's closet and drawers are overflowing with clothes he or she has outgrown, take them to an Atlanta-area Plato's Closet for cash or store credit. The store accepts trendy brands that are popular with teens and young adults, including Aeropostale, American Eagle, Hollister and other styles you might find in the mall.

»RELATED: 9 nifty (and thrifty) consignment shops for frugal Atlanta parents

Storage areas like garages and basements can contain a treasure trove of items to sell.

Credit: Contributed by Organize Atlanta

icon to expand image

Credit: Contributed by Organize Atlanta


The online site makes it easy to sell women's, men's and kids' clothing as well as jewelry, accessories, shoes and purses. You can take a photo of your item on your phone and upload it to the site. When it sells, you'll receive a prepaid, pre-addressed shipping label to mail your item, and Poshmark will get either a flat fee or percentage of the selling price.


Facebook Marketplace has online yard sale groups throughout the Atlanta area, allowing you to post and sell almost anything you have. For safety reasons, you may want to meet the buyer in a busy public place rather than your home. In fact, many metro Atlanta city and county agencies, such as the Marietta Police Department, let you schedule this type of meeting between a buyer and seller at the department for safety.


Although some sellers have become increasingly unhappy with eBay's fees, the site is still one of the best places to sell a wide range of items since so many people will see what you're selling. Make sure you allow for any shipping costs and accurately describe what you're selling. Check to see what your item has sold for in previous auctions (not just what it listed for but didn't sell), and follow these tips to increase your chances of selling your item and having a smooth transaction.


If you have devices you no longer use, try selling them to BuyBackWorld. They accept tablets, phones, iPods, gaming consoles, smart watches and a variety of other technology products. They'll even buy unused gift cards you may have in your wallet or in a drawer. Put in information about your item online, get an instant quote that you can choose to accept or reject, and print out a prepaid label to use when you mail in your item. You can choose to get your money via check, PayPal, direct deposit or a prepaid debit card. If you'd like to see what you might get for your device on a similar site, try Gazelle or NextWorth.