Excess Household Goods Are A Great Opportunity To Make Money

Most people have a surplus of household goods that they no longer want or use but haven’t thrown away. Whether this is due to a couple downsizing, being left pieces of furniture in a will or just because you haven’t got round to getting rid of these items. No matter what the reason, most people have an excess of goods and still don’t realize they’re sitting on a potential gold hoard.

Here are some of the household goods you are likely to be in excess of – and instructions on how to potentially make as much money out of each as you can.


Many people are unaware of the large community of furniture auction attendees. If you have any old furniture from decades past, this is the place to sell it. Anyone from set decorators to collectors may turn up, and often auction houses have auctions by era or theme, making it easier than ever for you to find the right buyer.

If your piece is less special, you can still make money from old furniture by turning to a website such as Gumtree. Lots of people look online for a good deal on second-hand furniture. You can sell your furniture quickly and easily, and even get the buyer to pick it up from your home.

Household Appliances

Appliances such as kettles, blenders and toasters are rarely thrown away. Most people keep items like these in storage when they buy new models, meaning that they have an excess of household appliances that they don’t know what to do with.

What most people don’t realise is these items are often worth more in parts than they would be as a whole piece. Selling your old appliances for parts may seem like a tricky process, but there are plenty of online tutorials that will show you how it’s done.


Some people find that when their children move out, they tend to leave behind a trail of old electric items. Rather than take these items with them, they are left to gather dust in your storage space.

Most families have an abundance of CDs, DVDs, phones, games consoles and PCs knocking around, meaning you can make a lot of money from selling them on.

Anum Yoon is the founder and editor of Current on Currency. She loves all things personal finance, which is why you'll find her work all over the PF blogosphere.

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