March 9, 2017

Trash into Cash

Comment March 31, 2017 by Evan, eCommerce Specialist

Now is the perfect opportunity to do some “spring” cleaning and perhaps discard some old items, whether they are clothes, electronics, or anything else in the closet. However, before you toss items into the nearest trash can, you should be aware that you can turn some of your “trash” into cash.

A great way to get started is to host a yard sale. Putting all the items that you were planning on throwing out in the driveway or front yard for an afternoon is a good way to find out what’s valuable and what isn’t. This also comes with the added benefit of cutting down on the total number of items being tossed out, and not throwing something out that had some unseen value. You’ll be surprised at what some people perceive as valuable that you simply do not.

Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace are websites with lots of traffic that are good places to post items that are for free or for sale. This will allow your items to reach a broader audience, and attract a potential customer. There’s no fee to post anything on the website, and you also might find something of value to you on there as well. Make sure to check out the list below for consignment and thrift stores in the local area.

There are also various unusual items that you can sell for cash that you might not even think about. For example, you can sell your cooking grease by recycling it with EnviroTEK USA. They’ll use it to create biodiesel fuel and hydraulic oil. Even items like paper towel and toilet rolls can be sold on eBay for various prices. If you have any old wine corks sitting in your trash can, those can also be recycled on a website such as ReCORK. Another way to earn some additional money is by becoming a consumer panelist and sending your junk mail in to the Small Business Knowledge Center. Any electronics you have, whether they work or not, can be traded in for money on a website such as Nextworth. Any new and used working electronics can be sold for cash on a website like Gazelle.

Lastly, if you still have items after utilizing the above options, you can donate it all to charities such as Goodwill or the Big Brother Big Sister Foundation, and get a Tax Break next tax season. You’ll need to save records and/or receipts from your donation, and it’ll mean a little more time spent on completing your taxes, but you get the benefit of donating to a worthy cause and receiving a deduction from the government.

With Triangle’s FinanceWorks, you’ll also be able to manage and keep track all of the money you get back. Check out Triangle’s demo to see how FinanceWorks works for you.

The following list contains local consignment and thrift store locations:


  • Moms and More
  • Savers
  • Lucky Dog Thrift
  • Pilgrim Church Thrift Shop
  • Dress 2 Impress


  • Consignment Gallery
  • Goodwill
  • Second Avenue Consignment
  • M&C Clothing and Gifts
  • Designer Consigner
  • Second Avenue
  • This Olde Stuff


  • Once a Pawn And Time
  • Marion Gerrish Community Center & Thrift Store
  • Goodwill Industries of Northern New England


  • OutFITers Thrift Store
  • Modern Bride
  • My Trainers Closet
  • Exchange Boutique
  • Mickey’s Buy & Sell
  • Auto Consignments and Sales
  • Lots for Tots

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