Turn Your Household Kitchen Junk into Cash on eBay

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The Average American Household has $7,000 of Items That can be Sold Online

According to a 2011 study from research firm NPD, the average American family has about $7,000 worth of unused stuff that can be sold online. That is a lot of money lying around in closets, drawers, basements, and kitchens. Maybe you are thinking decorative collectibles, jewelry, or expensive hand- bags are the only things worth selling on eBay. If you take some time and comb your house top to bottom, you will find all sorts of items that have value in the eBay marketplace – items that may just seem like worthless junk to the average person.

Most people have hundreds of profitable items hiding in plain sight right in their homes. 

You can sell almost anything on eBay, but you will need to understand how to determine what an item is worth in the eBay marketplace. Here is a video showing how to figure out how much an item can sell for on eBay. Once you start selling on eBay, you just need to keep your eyes open and your antennas up – cash is hiding right in your home and you just don’t realize it.

Keep in mind that collectible, rare, and vintage items will usually bring a higher price, but don’t ignore items that appear ordinary and utilitarian. There is a huge movement right now towards repurposing broken or obsolete items. (If you are a Pinterest user, think of the items you have seen made out of all kinds of old junk.) Something may look obsolete or unusable to you, but it could be exactly what a crafter or DIY person is looking for. And they will pay you good money for these seemingly worthless items.

Pampered Chef Items

Everybody has cabinets and drawers full of items they don’t use in their kitchen. Ladies, how many of your friends have held a Pampered Chef party, invited you, and you felt obligated to buy something? And if you did buy something, maybe you only used it once or not at all. (Some of my friends sold Pampered Chef for a while, so I’ve been there, done that.) eBay shows over 5,000 items with Pampered Chef in the title, in used condition, sold in the last 30 days. The chopper, stoneware, cookie molds, batter bowls, and cookware are great consistent sellers.

Wilton Cake Pans

Wilton cake pans are highly collectible. Many were limited editions and collectors will pay hundreds of dollars for a rare pan. Disney characters do especially well. Do the research and determine if your pans are worth more individually or as a lot. The Disney Minnie Mouse, Star Wars R2D2, and DC Comics characters can sell for over $50 in used condition

Dutch Ovens and Pot Lids

Dutch ovens are great sellers. They are heavy but easy to ship and won’t break. These can often sell for over $100. I grew up in a big family, so my mom accumulated several of these over time. When she was downsizing a few years ago, we sold her Club Aluminum, Calphalon, and Farberware Dutch ovens for a nice price. And if you only have the lid, you can sell it by itself.  

Coffee Mugs

Coffee mugs are considered collectible, and you might have one and not even realize it is worth anything. Some Starbucks mugs can sell for over $500 in used condition, because they are collector's items. Other valuable mugs to check include:

  • Fire King
  • Fiestaware
  • Animal Orgy (Ng Mugs)
  • Vintage Dunkin Donuts
  • Vintage Snoopy
  • Vintage advertising mugs like Pizza Hut, McDonalds, Burger King

Ok, so most people don’t have $300 mugs stashed away in their kitchen cabinets, but I’ll bet you have some junk drawers where a bunch of random things like watches, pocket knives, lighters, thimbles, pens, keys, key chains, broken jewelry, coins, and other odds and ends have accumulated over the years. Now is the time to turn that junk into cash! I People will actually buy “junk drawer lots” on eBay. You may not have time to work through all the contents of a junk drawer, but collectors will. 

When you have some spare time, log on to eBay and start looking up some items from your kitchen that you don't use, want, or need anymore. You will be shocked at what some items, or even parts of appliances, sell for. Make sure you think through how to ship any items you list.

Updated on August 24, 2016 by Suzanne A. Wells.