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New technology helps to turn old clutter into cash

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Online seller Cathy Fauth: ""Just finding a way to get rid of stuff and make money at the same time, ... to me, it's a great feeling." Online seller Cathy Fauth: ""Just finding a way to get rid of stuff and make money at the same time, ... to me, it's a great feeling."

It's that time of year again, time for the spring cleaning ritual.

But don't reach for the trash can just yet. KSLA News 12 Morning Anchor Charisse Gibson explains that new technology makes it easier than ever to turn old clutter into cold hard cash.

When Carly Fauth surfs the web, she actually spring cleaning online.

"I purge clothes, electronics, anything we're not using."

New websites allow people such as Fauth to turn her trash into cash.

ThePennyHoarder.com is one of these websites.

"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," says ThePennyHoarder.com's Kyle Taylor.

Unlike with Craigslist or EBAY, where users must find a buyer for their stuff, many of these sites act as a middleman, paying users up front first and selling their goods later.

"So, it makes it really easy because you get a cash offer right away," Taylor says.

Got a closet full of clothes your kids have outgrown? ThreadUp.com will take if off your hands and hand you cash in return.

"We send you the bag. You stuff the bag with all of your outgoing stuff, and you simply put it on your door and we come and pick it up," says ThreadUp.com CEO James Reinhart.

Or, maybe you're ready to redecorate. Chairish.com 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," Taylor says.

There's also UsedInstrumentBuyer.com for when 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," Taylor says.

And, if you have electronics to sell, you might try Eco ATM, an actual kiosk that will take your old electronics on the spot and instantly give you cash.

Says Fauth: "I put the phone in and they quoted me $146, which was pretty good."

The convenience comes with a cost as each site takes its cut.

"You're paying a lot more in commissions than you would with a site like Craigslist," Taylor says.

But Fauth says 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."

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