Saturday, January 9, 2010

Money right in front of your face.

Don't feel like leaving your house to comb through yard sales, thrift store or trash pick like me? No problem, take a good look around your home. You probably have stuff laying around or packed away that can fetch you a nice dollar or two. I try to always stay alert for selling opportunities in my kid-cluttered house. I have this theory best described as the "overlook syndrome". This effects all humans in their daily life. It goes like this: Due to daily exposure, you do not see and/or ignore valuable items in your home. This household clutter becomes much like background scenery in your life. It's right in front of your face; you move it, dust it and just store it...but you don't pay any attention to it. Most importantly-you do not need it! It just sits on a shelf and takes up space. Yet if you sold it you could easily put money in your wallet. Take for example a video game your kids have not played with in months, would you rather have it sit on a shelf collecting dust or turn it into a twenty dollar bill? I like the twenty dollar bill myself. Twenty will buy a nice lunch or maybe a new shirt!

Not long ago, the "overlook syndrome" was in full effect for me regarding a "Sims" CD game that literally sat in front of my face every day as I toiled away on my computer.The kids stopped playing it, having upgraded to the latest, greatest "Sims" game. I am not kidding... it was three feet from my face on my desk shelf, just above my computer monitor! Then one day I just happened to notice it. I tilted my head like the RCA Victor dog and wondered, "Hmmm, wonder if this is worth anything?" Looking it up on Ebay, I discovered this particular Sims game was still in high demand. I listed it right away and sold it for $35! So not only did I make enough money to buy dinner for myself and my wife, I freed up valuable shelf space on my computer desk!

The "thing-a-ma-jig" seen above was used by my Son back when he went through his guitar stage. It's some kind of electronic unit you hook up to your electric guitar. I must have handled this little gizmo a dozen times when cleaning the basement, moving it from here to there. I wasn't even sure what it was, still don't to tell you the truth. All I knew is that it was very lightweight and seemed kind of cheap, so I assumed it was a piece of junk. One day I had an awakening with it and decided, "What the heck, let me see if it has any value". I typed in the name of the manufacturer and dang if it didn't! Some of these thing-a-ma-jigs were selling on Ebay for as much as $75 with the cables. Since I didn't know one wire from the next, I sold the unit without the original cable. Didn't seem to matter, seven days later I was $46 bucks richer...a basement moneymaker!

Liberate yourself from your clutter! Take a walk around your home with eyes wide open. When you spot something ask yourself, "Do I really need to have this around?" Then look up it's value on Ebay. If it's worth a few dollars-sell it. You may be able to turn it into a nice Saturday evening dinner at your favorite restaurant!
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  1. It's an audio interface used to record audio (guitar in this case) to your computer.

  2. Thanks, a few weeks after selling it I found the original box....dohl !! Had I sold it in the box, it may have fetched an even higher price, oh well! Thanks for you comment.