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It's that time of year again. The time when many of us pull on the rubber gloves and start spring cleaning our houses. It's always amazing to see how much clutter we've collected over the last year. Before you grab the trash bin, listen up: New technology is making it easier than ever to turn your old clutter into cash.
Although mother Carly Fauth may look like she's just surfing the web, she's spring cleaning - online.
"I purge clothes, electronics, anything we're not using," said Fauth.
These days, new websites allow you to turn your trash into cash.
"A ton of different sites have popped up, to help consumers not only get rid of their unwanted stuff, but help you make a little bit extra cash," said Kyle Taylor with The Penny Hoarder.
Unlike Craigslist or eBay where you have to find a buyer for your stuff, many of these sites act like a middleman, paying you up front and selling your goods later.
"It makes it really easy because you get a cash offer right away," said Taylor.
Got a closet full of clothes your kids have outgrown? Sites, like thredUP, will take it off your hands and hand you cash in return.
"We send you the bag, you stuff the bag with all your outgoing stuff, and you simply put it on your door and we come and pick it up," explained James Reinhart, CEO of thredUP.
Or maybe you're ready to redecorate. Chairish acts as a virtual showroom for your used furniture. Once it sells, they send shippers to your door to take it away.
"If you're fearful of dealing with somebody on Craigslist, this cuts out that process," said Taylor.
There's also Instrument Buyer once your kid's old saxophone plays its swan song.
"They're reselling instruments all over the world and so they're going to be buying a much greater variety," explained Taylor.
If you have electronics to sell, try ecoATM, an actual kiosk that will take your old electronics on the spot and give you instant cash.
"I put the phone in and they quoted me $146, which was pretty good," said Fauth.
Of course, with the convenience there is a cost with each site taking a cut.
"You're paying a lot more in commissions than you would with a site, like Craigslist," said Taylor.
But Fauth says for her, it's worth paying a little extra to get it all off her hands.
"Just finding a way to get rid of stuff and make money at the same time, it's just - to me it's a great feeling," said Fauth.
Experts say the payout you get from these sites can vary widely and consumers should shop around for the best offers. While commissions may be higher than just selling directly on Craigslist or eBay, they tend to be less than some brick and mortar consignment shops.