25 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Sell on eBay, From Pine Cones to Dentures

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Are you getting ready for a yard sale? Maybe just trying to declutter?

Before you throw out the “useless” stuff kicking around your home, you might want to check this list.

A little research yielded some surprising things that you can sell on eBay. 

1. Empty Boxes

What? Yes, empty boxes will sell on eBay, depending on what the boxes are for.

In general, higher-end product and brand boxes sell well.

A specific example could be American Girl Doll Boxes. These boxes sell for good money because the dolls are frequently archived, and people who purchase used dolls like to give their children the “new doll” experience by putting it in a genuine American Girl Doll box.

If you buy a brand-new doll (approximately $125) you can earn back some of the money you spent by selling the box.

Other good sellers: iPhone boxes and boxes from luxury brands such as Chanel, Hermes and Tiffany & Co.

2. Cords

Old phone chargers (even your ancient ones), power cords to video game systems, computers, USB cords and camera cords will often sell.

They may not sell for a ton of money, but every little bit counts. If you were planning to throw them out anyway, why not earn a few bucks?

Because these items are small, they’re also cheap and easy to ship. 

3. Instruction Manuals

Nowadays, you can find most instruction manuals online. However, vintage manuals or even just older manuals may not be.

These can often be sold for some money.

If you no longer even have that item the manual corresponds to, why not make some money off it?

4. Installation CDs/Drivers

If you have an older computer, printer or copier, it is possible that the drivers you need to install haven’t been put on the web.

Sell these old discs on eBay for some cash. If your printer dies, before tossing out the instructions/CD ROMs, check whether they have any value on eBay.

5. K-Cups

Do you have a Keurig at home? Or maybe your Keurig died and you’re choosing not to replace it?

Sometimes we all fall into the trap of buying in bulk for certain items. This is usually the best way to get a good deal on K-Cups.

But if your machine dies or you simply don’t like the flavored coffee, you’re stuck with all these K-Cups you can’t use. Sell these partial boxes on eBay. You may not be able to completely recoup what you spent, but anything is better than nothing.

Be sure to display the expiration dates and explain that the boxes are not complete. Be prepared to answer questions about why the boxes are opened.

6. My Coke Codes Rewards

People sell huge baggies of My Coke Rewards caps and codes. If your family members are big soda drinkers, but you don’t want to use the codes, why not sell them on eBay?

This is an instance where you could potentially offer free shipping. Or skip it altogether and manually type the codes into a message to the buyer after completing the transaction.

7. Box tops for Education

You can frequently find bundles of box tops on eBay. Some schools offer competitions and prizes to classes that collect the most, so parents are looking for cheap ways to get these codes.

If you find yourself just throwing them out, stop. Maybe you’d be more tempted to clip them if you could earn some cash.

8. Gift Cards

Have you ever gotten a gift card to a restaurant or store you don’t particularly like or a place that isn’t local? What do you do?

You could re-gift the card to someone else. Or you can sell it on eBay.

This also works with partial gift cards. If you only have a few dollars left on a card, someone will still purchase it. 

People purchase used gift cards for many reasons. They may want to give a card to a certain store but don’t live near one. Or they may live in another country.

You can offer free shipping and instead email the buyer the code and PIN. But some buyers will want the physical card. Keep in mind you need to be exact about much is on the card. 

9. Remotes

When your television breaks and you replace it, the remote probably still works. Rather than tossing it out with the TV, see if it has any value on eBay.

For every TV that dies, there may be someone out there who broke their remote and needs a replacement. 

You should note the specific make and model TV the remote goes with. Be sure to specify the condition and whether or not you’re including batteries.

10. Broken Electronics/Appliances

You can sell broken cellphones, laptops, video game systems, blenders and other items on eBay.

All you need to do is be clear the item is not working and is intended for parts only. If you are particularly skilled, you can even dismantle items, such as vacuums, and sell the parts individually.

When selling devices for parts, consider your safety, identity and personal information. You are taking the risk that someone can fix that item, and if you used it for banking or shopping online, it could still contain your personal information. Scrub that information before selling.

11. Craft Supplies

You can always find people looking online for vintage patterns, modern patterns, knitting needles, thread, buttons and more crafting items.

Yarn and material can be particularly popular because they are difficult to match if you can’t find the exact lot number. Before you toss out antique lace or other sewing materials, take a peek at the listings on eBay.

12. Discontinued Products  

Chances are when an item is discontinued, someone out there is still using it or looking for the parts.

Be sure to check eBay before you toss the item in your yard sale. 

This is also a great way to unload old toys. Sometimes people don’t start collecting a certain toy line until after the item is discontinued.

In some cases, even items with damaged or missing pieces can still be sold. Just make sure you’re honest about the condition.

13. Large Pine Cones

Seriously, a dozen large pine cones list for between $8 and $14. The best thing about this is if you live in the country, near woods or have pine trees on your property, they’re free! Pine cones are fairly lightweight, which makes them cheap to ship.

Think about other things you may have around your property or area such as real fall leaves which have been pressed and dried. Anyone can do that!

14. Used Clothes

Did you realize you can sell your used clothes on eBay?

Keep in mind that this might not earn you big bucks, but it will net more than you would make at a yard sale. Obviously, better name brands sell for more money.

However, common items in great condition sell very well. For example, standard black dress pants may have a good market, and children’s clothing tends to sell exceptionally well on eBay.

15. Empty Toilet Paper Rolls

You probably think I’m joking. I’m totally serious.

Cardboard toilet paper rolls will sell on eBay because they make great craft supplies for kids. They may not sell for a ton of money. But what else were you planning to do with them?

16. Perfume and Makeup Samples

Whether someone has a favorite product or is looking to try something new, perfume and makeup samples can do well on eBay.

Just be clear with the name and age of the product. How often do you get free samples that you have no intention of using, so you just toss them out?

17. Junk

Seriously. Items with the words “junk drawer” are plentiful on eBay.  

Remember the saying, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” Before you dump that junk drawer in the garbage, see if anyone will snag it online.

This can also work for items you have — but have no idea what they are. Simply include the word “junk” or “miscellaneous” in the listing title.

18. Dentures

Yes, that’s right. Dentures can (and do) sell on eBay.

If you don’t happen to have any sets of dentures sitting around, denture supplies like cases and cleaners will also sell.

19. Empty Perfume Bottles

These are huge hits with crafters, people planning weddings and other artsy enthusiasts. Empty perfume bottles can sell for good cash.

What a great idea for something you’d otherwise just toss! Think about other containers you might be able to sell, too.

20. Vintage Women’s Panties

Panties, as well as other vintage clothing items, can be hot sellers on eBay. You might be surprised how frequently these items are bought and sold.

Before you take all of those old clothes to the thrift store, be sure to check eBay.

21. Magazines  

Current or vintage magazines can sell incredibly well depending on the publication, condition, featured articles and other factors. 

Be sure to list any specifics in terms of the name, date, volume/issue number and condition. This information will help someone seeking a specific issue. Also, some catalogs will sell, especially vintage ones.

22. Empty Egg Cartons

Say what? Yes, people buy empty egg cartons on eBay.

They can be used for a variety of things such as crafts or selling eggs from backyard chickens.

Because they are lightweight and can easily stack inside one another, they’re easy to ship.

23. Old Computer Software

Before you toss out old computer games and other CD ROMs from your old devices, take a peek at eBay. It can be very hard to find some of these old CD ROMs and programs, so yours might fetch a premium.

Even if you no longer have the disc, empty CD and DVD cases can also be sold on eBay.

24. Themed Items

Are you tired of spending lots of money trying to complete your perfect kitchen theme? Chances are other people feel the same way.

Before you give away pig-(or rooster-, or cow-, or horse-, or well, you get the idea) themed items, take a peek on eBay and see what they’re going for.

Consider selling a “lot” of themed items rather than individual ones. You’d be surprised what sells.

25. Old Coffee Mugs

If you’re anything like me, coffee mugs seem to just pile up. Go on a trip, get a mug. Friends give you mugs because you drink coffee. Someone sees a coffee mug with your name on it.

You get the idea. Old coffee mugs can be sold on eBay because somewhere someone might be looking for the one you have. People like to replace their favorite items if they break or wear out. Your mug doesn’t necessarily need to be a collectible.

Some of the most popular coffee mugs are old Starbucks mugs. Next time you’re walking around a thrift store, check out the mug section.

This post was originally published at I Am That Lady, where Lauren Greutman writes about getting out of $40,000 in debt by learning how to meal plan. She now teaches others how to meal plan and enjoy life on a budget.