5 Pieces of High School Nostalgia You Should Probably Just Sell Already
Whether you’re thinking about spring-cleaning or saving for summer vacation, decluttering can help you make extra money — and clear your head.
And let’s face it, you’ve probably got a bunch of old stuff from high school just sitting in a box in one of your closets. Maybe gathering dust under the bed?
Here are five things you can clear out of your life and sell for some quick cash this week.
1. Your (Second) Copy of “Jagged Little Pill”
Do you even have a CD player anymore? Seriously, it’s killing the vibe in your living room.
We appreciate your impeccably-alphabetized CD tower, but it’s time to dust off those jewel cases and cash in on your once-impressive music collection.
Decluttr will buy your old CDs, video games, DVDs and Blu-rays through its app. You scan the barcode with your phone, and Decluttr makes an offer.
Prices vary — usually about 50 cents to $3 per item — but you can unload your media in bulk to make an extra $50 to $100 this week. And never have to look at them again.
With Decluttr, you can sell stuff online without having to deal with individual listings and buyers.
And shipping is free. The company emails you shipping labels to cover the cost. Just print, pack your items in any box and ship it.
Decluttr’s average basket price is between $50 and $60. But if you’ve got a particularly impressive collection of dusty old media, you could make quite a haul.
We talked to one user, Gil Flores, who sold about 100 DVDs and 75 CDs and made $275, an average of $1.57 each.
Classic movies in your collection could fetch even more. Decluttr told us these are some of the current top offers:
- “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Series” — $8.87
- “The Lion King” — $3
- “Star Wars,” the original trilogy — $2.83
- “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” — $2.73
Plus, enter PENNY5 at checkout to get an extra $5 on your trade-ins!
2. That Unironic Ugly Sweater Your Aunt Got You for Christmas
Clearing your closet is usually a good bet for quick cash. You likely have a few pieces you’re willing to part with, if someone’s willing to pay for them.
If you want cash in hand today, take the loot to your local consignment store. If you can wait, sell online, and you won’t even have to leave the house.
Not ready to let those vintage pieces go? We can talk about your hoarding tendencies later… For now, consider renting them to make extra money.
You’ll get ‘em out of the house for a while, pocket some dough and have time apart to figure out whether you really want to hold onto them.
Will distance make your heart grow fonder?
3. The iPod You Thought was Cool in High School
There was a time when you felt like that sexy, rockin’ silhouette of Apple lore when you walked the halls with your iPod.
Now, the old device seems impossibly clunky and redundant next to your newest iPhone. Lucky for you, nostalgia fetches a pretty penny.
You can sell a sixth generation iPod Classic 160 GB to Decluttr and pocket $50.
That’s less than you might get selling on Ebay, but you get to avoid seller fees and shipping costs. And you don’t have to deal with flaky individual buyers.
Search for your model iPod, iPhone or tablet here to see how much you could earn.
4. Your Class Ring (It’s Time to Let Go)
You probably know you can sell gold and silver for cash; those TV commercials won’t let you forget.
But don’t be tempted by those companies.
Sell your precious metals locally for a better deal and faster payment. If you have bullion bars lying around, great.
If you’re like most of us and do not stock gold bars, try selling these items:
- old jewelry
- real silverware
- serving dishes
- tooth fillings (if they’ve fallen out and you’ve held onto them for some reason…weirdo)
- quarters and dimes minted before 1965
- wedding and engagement rings (sorry)
5. Your Xbox 360 and Games, Bruh
Yours was the hottest house on the block when you set up the latest Xbox. But more than a decade after its release, it’s tough to find games or support for the system.
Plus, you’re all grown up now, with less free time than you used to have. Dust that old thing off and get it out of your house. Make room for a globe — or whatever grown-ups are supposed to have in their living rooms.
Sell your classic Xbox 360 Premium console to Decluttr, and bank $26. More recent generations of the system could get you up to $55.
Plus, you can make even more by selling your Xbox 360 game collection. Here are some of the most popular video games, according to Decluttr:
- “Grand Theft Auto V” — $15
- “The Sims 3: Pets”: $11
- “Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga” — $7.46
- “Assassin’s Creed: Revelations” — $6.67
- “The Sims 3” — $5.05
Selling consoles to Decluttr is as easy as any other item: Get a quote, ship for free and collect your payment. If for some reason the company can’t pay what it offered for a console, it’ll send the item back to you.
Got another gaming system? Search for your items here to see how much you could get.
Getting this clutter out of your life will be a load off your mind — and a nice boost to your bottom line.
Your Turn: Are you getting your spring-cleaning on this week?
Disclosure: You wouldn’t believe how much coffee The Penny Hoarder team goes through. This post contains affiliate links so we can keep the grinds stocked!
Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s written for Huffington Post, Entrepreneur.com, Writer’s Digest and more, attempting humor wherever it’s allowed (and sometimes where it’s not).