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Ahh, Christmas, the time of your years where fickle finances can get you in a pickle. You know it is going to be expensive (it always is) so you try and pinch the pennies only to see the festive spirit get the better of you. That’s why you – and so many others, are trying so eagerly to make a little extra on the side, which is where we come in.
You have no doubt heard the phrase, “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure,” but have you ever thought about how this could work in your favor? Mmmm hmmm. There are ways you can take what other people throw out and turn it into cash, whether it be going the full-hog, looking at scrap trailer specs and becoming a scrap metal dealer in your spare time or just looking for bits and bobs in trash cans that can be sold on eBay, Facebook Marketplace or even Freecycle.
Of course, the secret to success is knowing what to look for:
The internet is littered with cars that people are selling or scrap, whether that be because of irreparable damage or they just don’t want to spend the money making their motor roadworthy again. Either way, knowing what is worth something is a great way to start making dollar. Whole cars, GPS systems, rims, wheels, doors, bumpers, fenders, catalytic converters, batteries, wipers – they are all worth something on the scrap heap, so keep your eyes peeled.
Peek through the window of a kid’s superstore and you’ll quickly realize that pushchairs can cost more than second-hand cars. Spending $1000s of dollars on a pushchair is extortionate, which is why used pushchairs are so sought after. Of course, people don’t want clapped-out, rusty and broken pushchairs, so your best bet is to keep an eye out for any that have been tossed, restore them and then sell them for a profit. Simple.
These are often the first things to go when people move home – especially if they are downsizing – yet they rarely look to see what their books could be worth. Now, we’re not saying you’ll find a first edition of William Blake’s The First Book of Urizen in every skip (this has an estimated worth of $2.5 million), but you never know what you could stumble across. You could find a book worth twenty-five cents, two-hundred dollars or thousands. Thank goodness for the internet right? A few quick taps of the keyboard and you can harness the power of the world wide web to get a valuation.
We could have easily added indoor furniture to this list. However, the reason we went with the al fresco option instead is simple: outdoor furniture is a lot easier to refurbish. That’s the key. It is giving something a new lease of life, whether it be a quick sand down and a varnish or making it unique with a bold paint job. The point is, buying new garden furniture is expensive, so buying used – especially if it is in good knick – is a much more attractive option.