Flipping stuff isn’t anything new; You know, buy at a low price and sell at a higher price. Well, there are plenty of ways to find free stuff to sell. Who knows, you could end up making some spare money doing it or turn it into a full-time income. Anyways, let’s get right into it and talk about four ways to find stuff you can sell.
4 Ways To Find Free Stuff To Sell
There are a lot of ways to find free stuff to sell, but I believe the four best ways are:
1. Facebook Marketplace
Facebook Marketplace allows FB users to list just about anything and you can search for stuff being given away, completely free! One of the best things about using FB marketplace is you get an idea of who’s selling it because the person’s profile can be seen. Many of the listings are updated daily too, so make sure you check out FB Marketplace on a regular basis because you never know what you’ll find.
Craigslist has been around longer than FB Marketplace and loads of people still use the classifies site to unload stuff for free. You can browse for items by going to the For Sale section and then searching for stuff for free.
LetGo is an app that you can use to search for items being given away. When compared to Craigslist and FB Marketplace, there’s not really a large number if stuff being given away. However, it’s still worth checking out.
4. Newspaper Listings
Finding free stuff to sell online is a hit or miss when you turn to the newspaper listings. These days, people tend to use the internet for lots of stuff. This is why you should check out physical newspapers in your region and online versions of those newspapers. You never know, you might find some cool stuff you can flip for a profit.
There’s pros and cons of using each of the above to find free stuff to sell online. Feel free to use one source, a few of them or all four.
What If You Don’t Have A Car Or License
If you live in a place that has a decent public transportation system, then hop on the train or the bus. Taxis, Uber and Lyft can be used too. Depending on how far you have to go to get your items, the bus or train might be the more affordable choice.
It’s a good idea to set a day or two aside to go and get all of the items you’ve found. For example, you can use Mondays and/or Tuesdays to get your items, and then put them up for sale online in the middle of the week or on the weekends. That way if you’re using public transportation, Taxis, Uber/Lyft, you can keep your transportation costs down.
What If You Live In A Rural Area
Live in the countryside or farmlands? Struggling to find free stuff to sell online because of this? No worries, find the nearest city, preferably the nearest medium or large city. Sure, the nearest one might be hours and hours away, but if you spend a night or two in the area and gather as much free stuff as you can in that frame of time, then it might be all worth it.
If you don’t have a car and can’t bring back too much stuff with you, then spend a night in the city and bring back your stuff. Spend another night during the week and bring back more stuff. This should make it easier for you. Sure, you have to shell out cash on getting to the city and paying for accommodation, but if you sell enough items, then you could still make a good profit.
You never know if the above will work out until you actually try it.
What To Do With Stuff You Don’t Sell Online
You got a bunch of stuff for free, tried to sell it and you didn’t have luck. So, what can do you? If you live in an area that has a fair amount of traffic, then setup a tag-sale. Markdown everything to an extremely low price and if it sells, then at least you made something.
Find stores that purchase unwanted goods. There may be stores right in your area, otherwise you can search for online retailers that purchase the kind of stuff you have. Also, consider renting a booth at a flea market for a weekend. These are a handful fo ways you can try, but if all else fails, then you can either store your items or junk them.
Safety Tips & Advice
Be safe when looking for free stuff. If you’re using Facebook, then have a brief look at the persons’ profiles who are giving the stuff away. Do they look legit or do the profiles look fake? When meeting people to pick stuff up, do it in a designated spot like the parking lot of a police station or a well-lit area where there are typically a lot of people. Take as many safety precautions as you can.
My Final Thoughts On This Side Gig
I’m actually a fan of this side gig. Thanks to the internet, finding free stuff to sell is easy. Sure, it does take a bit of effort and patience, but that’s typically the case with any kind of business venture.
If you decide to give this a try, then good luck. I hope you do well and make some good money!