Offloading unwanted stuff

Receiving gifts at the holidays is fun, but it also means there’s now more stuff in your home. A few years ago, we outlined what to do with unwanted toys, including donation, repurposing, and selling. This time, we’ll look at options for moving your unwanted items of all kinds out of your home.


The premise is simple: “Post a pic of your unused stuff and swap it for what you want.” Take a nice photo of an item you no longer need (a tutorial on taking great product photos from the folks at Ebay will serve you well). Next, post your photos to Yerdle with a brief description. When someone likes what you have, they’ll request it. The folks at Yerdle will send you a shipping label (as long as your package is under 10 pounds). You then earn “Yerdle Bucks” that you can spend on items that you want.


Another option is Gone. The goal with Gone is to make the offloading process as easy as possible. In fact, once you’ve listed what you’ve got for sale, the folks at Gone find the best possible price for your item for you, as well as providing shipping labels and getting you paid via check, PayPal, or Gift Card.


OfferUp focuses on what’s available to you locally. It’s got more of a focus on buying than selling (the site looks like store), but you can definitely offload items to OfferUp.

Selling/donating older phones and tablets

Many people use the December holidays as the opportunity to upgrade their smartphones and tablets. While you can find a new role for your old tablet or phone, you’ve also got the option to sell or donate it.

Be sure to prepare a smartphone or table for resale or donation, including:

  1. Removing all data, and
  2. Finding the vendor you’ll use to sell or donate your phone

Companies like Apple, AT&T and Sprint (among others) have buy-back programs, while groups like Cell Phones for Soldiers and Goodwill will accept your donations.

As for choosing a vendor, you have several options if you wish to sell your device. Gazelle and GreenCitizen will both buy your devices if they meet their guidelines.

Old standbys

Of course, you can’t deny old favorites like Ebay and Craigslist. Additionally, a few years ago we looked at four ways to sell unwanted stuff, like yard sales and and consignment shops. Finally, we know it can be hard to part with sentimental items, and we addressed that issue in 2010.

The take-away here is to make room for the wonderful new things that will enter your home this holiday season.

6 Comments for “Offloading unwanted stuff”

  1. posted by Genia on

    I have a Samsung Chromebook I no longer use, as well as a (very) old Dell mini-computer. Neither of them have any personal information on them. I don’t need to make any money off them, but my local Goodwell doesn’t really accept tech donations. Any ideas for them? Thanks in advance.

  2. posted by M.Good on

    These are all interesting solutions – but what I’m finding easiest it using our local Facebook Swap and Sell groups. Surely they’re everywhere? Some are larger and some are smaller, some open, some closed and some secret — but in most of the ones I’m a member of, they’re full of trustworthy people and well-moderated. All we need to do is post a picture, describe the item(s) and name the price (or offer it for free.) Then we are able to meet up, or do porch drop-offs and pick-ups with ease. In most cases it’s immediate – forget about the back and forth of third parties and mailing labels, let alone having to trade for more “stuff.” Why add complications?

    A fun Toronto-area group is this one, which is barter-only: For me, good coffee, chocolate, transit tokens and candles are always fair trade and most importantly, consumable. I don’t want to be obligated toward something else!

    I’ve learned that for me, the best way to declutter items is the least complicated way – if it’s something I’d give to a friend, and only takes a minute to snap and post, and I can benefit from simply saying “Size 8 shoes, only worn once – red’s not my colour. $10, or a bag of coffee beans, dark chocolate or vanilla candles. Pick up only (name intersections) – PM for arrangements.” Then I leave them on the porch, and someone leaves the trade in my locking mailbox, and it usually happens within a day. Some groups have moved to Varage Sale — but once again – I find it larger and more complicated than it needs to be.

  3. posted by Tan Nguyen on

    These are definitely some interesting solutions. What I usually prefer is donating it to a local charity nearby or community center. When those options are not available and the item is too new, I usually sell them.

  4. posted by Marie on

    Thanks for these ideas! I’ve come across one too many creeps while trying to use Craig’s List and Freecycle, so I like the idea of a third party to create a buffer.

  5. posted by Dani on

    I wish I could sell my unwanted stuff but its so time consuming! I end up donating most things unless they are bigger ticket. Craigslist is a pain in my book (people not showing up etc.). Its nice to be able to ditch the kids stuff at Once Upon a Child though in bulk and get some extra cash!! I have never heard of Yerdle or Gone, thanks for the info!!

  6. posted by Linda Mosier on

    It might be weird but I find it interesting to take apart my old stuffs instead of throwing them away, especially smartphones and kitchen machines. And I find each part of it might be used somewhere else. But before that, I would find a manual on website, like, in case I do it wrong.

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