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21 'Other' Places to Sell, Donate and Recycle Your Stuff.

Updated: Oct 9, 2021

I got into a discussion on twitter recently. A follower mentioned how they had recently started on their 'rid-athon', their term, which I kind of love by the way, when someone else joined in and mentioned about the conflict between the ease of planning to declutter and then actually knowing where to donate, sell, discard or recycle the physical stuff lurking around the home.


And I got it. I understood where he was coming from.


In our increasingly busy world, our physical and mental clutter can cause us to lose sight of the simplest and clearest way forward. Brain fog can interrupt common sense and decision fatigue throughout the day can reduce our brain’s ability to make good choices.


When our environment is so cluttered, everything around us can be just noise.


My parents never really had many options for where to take their clutter once they were done with it. It was either throw it out or keep it, and because the things were just too nice, still had life in them or had sentimental value attached to them, throwing them in the trash was too cold an option. So they kept it.


Now the options are plentiful but the information age is such that we are bombarded by those options so I’ve taken the time to detail which platforms and more niche retailers I used (outside of the eBays, Facebooks, Amazons and Gumtrees of this world) to help me declutter specific things and also which new ones have come on the scene since then to take the pain away.


It was only 2017 when I decluttered the first time and in the last four years, more and more companies have emerged. That should tell you where we are as a society…


So here we go...



1. Music Magpie

The very first place I used when I was sitting in my living room surrounded by DVDs, CDs, books and computer games. One of the top three scanning apps with mainstream media supporters, it was simple to use to scan the barcodes of these items. Doubles of Napoleon Dynamite, boxsets, unused cookbooks, broken phones, forgotten textbooks and all sorts of horrible CDs got the scanning treatment and were swiftly boxed up and gone. Same day payments are also appealing.


Don’t expect any big bucks but they will buy your old discs, phones and consoles from you and probably provide free postage as well.


2. Ziffit


Music Magpie is not the only barcode scanner on the block. Ziffit is the competitor and definitely an app you may also want to check out. I felt this app was slightly more advanced and would offer a tiny bit more cash for some items. Use their free courier service or drop off locations to get that unwanted stuff out and to someone who needs it.


Ziffit has loads of positive reviews and you also get a choice to donate any earnings to charity. Plus they are currently a B Corp organisation doing business for good. Get involved.


3. We Buy Books

To compliment Ziffit and Music Magpie, I also threw the We Buy Books app into the mix which was initially used to cater for the books that the other two didn't want or couldn't find, however I also found that this app took other things too. I used all three to optimise the value I got back for my stuff. It’s the same process of using their app to scan your item’s barcode in return for a price, so if you have a bit of time on your hands, you can compare the prices and potentially split up where they go. One app may price an item higher or take the item the others don't, plus new users often get a 10-15% bump in overall sales or a cheeky £5 to refer someone else so it’s a great option to check out.


4. Vintage Cash Cow