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The Rebound: Turning clutter into cash

Tips on how to sell unused items
Posted at 9:59 AM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 14:20:25-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Money is tight for a lot of people right now and some are turning their spring cleaning into cash. There are a lot of apps out there for second-hand shopping from classic sites like E-bay to new ones like Poshmark.

“We've seen engagement really skyrocket through all of this,” said Nick Huzar, the CEO of OfferUp. He says its app had 70 percent more local buying activity in April compared to February.

Huzar adds, “The most popular search term in Salt Lake right now is the Nintendo Switch. Everybody wants one of those right now so a very hot item.”

On Poshmark, it’s Lululemon leggings for women and NBA jerseys for men in Utah.

“Always, when you`re talking about brands, if you have Nike or LuluLemon to sell that's in good condition, list that on Poshmark,” said Wendy Brown, a Poshmark seller from Utah.

Organization expert, Anna De Souza with Mercari tells Fox 13 it is seeing similar trends, but sellers should think outside the closet.

“Even cooking appliances. Think about the Cuisinart hand mixer that you have buried under your cabinet. People are baking up a storm right now. They`re using their kitchen like they never have before,” De Souza said.

All these experts agree that taking good photos is the first step.

“It IS about the picture,” said Huzar. Brown adds, “'Natural lighting is great.”

But according to Brown, you can sell almost anything.

“It’s shocking how many people find a need for the item that you considered too flawed to wear.”

For people struggling right now, shopping second-hand is one way to help make ends meet.

“People are looking to purchase items at a fraction of the price. Other people are looking to sell,” said De Souza.

“When tough times hit - buyer or seller - Poshmark`s a great, great resource,” said Brown.

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