Something old, new, expensive or blue: how to offload surplus domestic goods
Today marks yet another austerity budget, so it’s time to convert unwanted household goods to cash
Car boot sale: great way to sell a little bit of everything
Over the past five years, austerity has reduced the income of a typical Irish family by about €300 a month. Not only that but today households around Ireland might see another cut coming out of their monthly budget, while the full impact of the the property tax – which will cost 50 per cent of homeowners €225 or less – will hit next year.
So, if you have a house full of stuff – but an empty wallet – is it time to off-load some goods in the hope of making money?
Sell your electrical goods
UK chain CeX now has six outlets across Ireland (Dublin: Liffey Street and Stillorgan; Dundalk, Portlaoise, Limerick and Wexford). It buys, sells and exchanges a range of technology and entertainment products including mobile phones, video games, DVDs and computers.
So, if you’re tired of your old DVD collection, or have moved on from your old laptop to your iPad, it might be the time to clear out your presses and make some money.
A Toshiba 37in television for example, which would sell for €310, could make you €170, while if you have an Apple TV ready to off-load, you could make €76 on the trade.
You can expect to get less for items such as DVDs, and the older the title, the less you are likely to earn. Robert Downey jnr comedy Due Date for example, will earn you just €0.50, while the more recent Inception, starring Leonardo di Caprio, may be bought for €5.
You have to become a member of the chain to be able to trade with it, so bring some photo ID along with you when you visit a shop.
Sell your clothes
Firstly we had “cash for gold” outlets, now “cash for clothes” shops have sprung up all around the country. The basic premise of these shops is that they will pay you a fixed amount per kilo of clothes – typically between €0.50 and €1.
You will need to check with your particular outlet first, but most take a range of items including shoes, towels, handbags, curtains and bed linen. So the more you bring, the more you will earn.
Unless you’re a massive hoarder however, it’s unlikely to make you rich. A pair of jeans for example, weighs about 600g while a pair of runners would be less than a kilo. It could however give you a good excuse to tidy out your wardrobe with the promise of earning enough perhaps for a Chinese takeaway at the end of it.
Sell a bit of everything
One way of off-loading a load of miscellaneous items – hopefully in one go – is to book a spot at a car boot sale. Outside of Dublin, you can expect to pay about €10 per pitch, while in Dublin the fee is generally as high as €25. There is a car boot sale in Tallaght Stadium in Co Dublin, for example, every Saturday morning from 8am to 12 pm with a fee of €20.
Remember to ask first whether or not you need to bring your own table with you, and don’t forget to pack some plastic bags and plenty of change.