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As a longtime collector and reseller, I’m constantly on the lookout for “sleeper items” — common household goods that bring uncommon prices in the resale market.
While other pickers are busy trying to find that one big score, I like to focus on the humble objects that have a quiet but fanatical fan base.
Take a look around your own home. Is every drawer turning into a junk drawer? Does your guest room look like a publicity shot for “Storage Wars”? Why not declutter and make a few extra bucks in the process?
Though eBay is my personal go-to site for online selling, Etsy works just as well. It’s not exclusively for handcrafted goods anymore. For larger pieces that would be difficult to ship, consider Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist.
Following are some surprising household items you can sell for fast cash.
1. Kirby vacuums
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I always joke that there’s more metal in a Kirby vacuum than most new cars. But that durable construction is part of the reason The Kirby Co. has been around for more than 100 years.
Compared with other popular vacuums, Kirby models are slightly unwieldy, and their multiple attachments can be daunting. Still, vintage models hold their value. The Kirby G3, G4 and G5 — produced in the 1990s — can bring $150…
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