Buy and Sell Sites You’ve Never Heard Of

By Tracey Dowdy

The upside to having moved eleven times in the past twenty-six years is that I don’t have a lot of useless “stuff.” My husband is ruthless when it comes to packing. More than once while unpacking, my daughters and I have asked, “Where is my…?” only to be met with a “Well, here’s the thing…” from my husband. Ruthless I tell you. Ruthless.

If you’re not so <ahem> “fortunate” to have a Roy in your life, someone to continually help you purge, and you find yourself with items you want to get rid of, consider selling them online.

We’re all familiar with big names like Amazon, eBay, Craigslist but finding the best website for selling those items can mean the difference between money in your pocket and a trip to the Salvation Army. Maybe a less well-known site will be the one to help you turn your trash into cash.


VarageSale is the brainchild of a mom tired of the drama that often occurs when trying to buy and sell on social media sites. With over a million members in the US, Canada and around the world, VarageSale not only offers a comprehensive buy and sell platform, it’s also a blog with tips on everything from de-cluttering your space to mothering and clean eating.

Everything But The House

Everything But the House specializes in estate sales, so it’s not the best choice for selling your collection of Sponge Bob DVDs but a great option if you’re downsizing or need to sell off the contents of an entire house.


ValoreBooks promises “more cash for your old textbooks.” When you consider the average undergrad spends around $1200 a year on textbooks, the prospect of getting some of that money back is pretty alluring. Simply type in the ISBN number, receive an instant quote, and, if you’ve received a better quote somewhere else, ValoreBooks will match it. They also cover the cost of shipping and receiving payment is as easy as choosing a check or having the money deposited in your PayPal account.

Exchange My Phone

Exchange My Phone is the perfect place to sell your iPhone or Android device no matter the condition. Did you drop your phone and shatter the screen? Or maybe your toddler has dropped it in the toilet? No problem – Exchange My Phone buys new, used and broken phones, no matter the condition, and securely deletes all your data for no extra charge. Get a quote, have it shipped for free, and choose to receive payment yourself or donate the money to any US charity. How great is that? You’re keeping your device out of a landfill and doing a good deed at the same time. Now that’s a sweet deal!

Tracey Dowdy is a freelance writer based just outside Washington DC. After years working for non-profits and charities, she now freelances, edits and researches on subjects ranging from family and education to history and trends in technology. Follow Tracey on Twitter.

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