From Nextdoor, eBay, to Gumtree



It’s official, the cost of living has reached a 30-year high. So right now, every little bit counts.

Did Christmas leave you with a seriously depleted bank balance? Us too. Fortunately, there’s a relatively easy way to get some of your hard-earned cash back—and it doesn’t require moving from your couch.

Join the new wave of second-hand apps: from designer fashion to free swaps with your neighbors, these are the thriftiest recycling apps to know.

Go ahead, use the new year as an excuse to have one ready.

The Clothes Apps:


USP: The Instagram aesthetic.



Launched in 2011, Depop is the perfect fashion marketplace for any style, with over 21 million users and selling all types of used clothing. Think of it as a hybrid between eBay and Instagram. It has become a social selling platform – it’s young, hip and mostly about your followers.

Users can follow their favorite accounts, use the explore page to see trending items, and add hashtags to their posts to gain more visibility (like Instagram). It is easy to navigate for first-time users. Just create an account and list your items for free. You can add up to four photos, give a brief description of the product (size, condition, etc.) and decide on an attractive price tag. Sell ​​it, ship it and receive your money before doing it again with your next dress.

Depop takes 10 percent of the profit for each item sold.


USP: Free used sales! Plus you can invite a friend to join and receive £5 when they show their first three items.



A year younger than Depop, Vinted (founded in 2012) is another great online marketplace to sell, buy and trade clothes and accessories. Its 50 million members – of which 3 million are in the UK – are drawn in by its zero sales charge, the ability to sell things as a package and the fact that Vinted sorts everything, right down to the shipping label.

Once your active listing is sold, all you need to do is print the prepaid shipping label and bring it to your nearest drop-off location within five days. You will then be paid when the buyer receives their package. List, sell, post and look forward to payment day.

The designer:

Almost never used it (HEWI)

USP: Become a VIP and let HEWI do all the work for you (once the items are sold you will be paid monthly, minus their 35 percent commission, and the option to donate some to a charity of your choice).



Founded in 2012, Hardly Ever Worn It carries luxury fashion and designer clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and children. Fashion lovers, head here if you have anything, from Dior to Prada, to sell at a deeply discounted price.

Create a free profile, post your used item with an approximate date of when you originally purchased it, and wait for the HEWI team to approve the listing. Other members will then see it, buy it and you will get paid. HEWI takes an 18 percent commission.

Everything that is:


USP: Free listings every month – use this benefit to upload items with no listing fees every two weeks.



eBay is no newcomer to the second-hand sales scene – it has been around since the nineties and has almost 200 million users. Easy to upload and add descriptions to your products, you can sell just about anything on eBay, from sports gear to makeup.

There are two options when selling your items – either “Buy It Now” (a fixed price) or an auction style format where buyers can bid until a deadline before someone wins – one for the adrenaline junkies. There is a listing fee of usually 35p per listing and eBay will also take a 10 per cent final value fee from your sale.


USP: The rating system – see what star rating (from 1-5) each seller has based on previous sales.

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(gum tree)

Since its inception in 2000, Gumtree has become one of the largest websites in the UK, selling all manner of everyday items and goods on an even larger scale, including vehicles and property.

It’s the perfect platform for bargain hunters, so upload your items for free and earn some extra cash on the side. For the more experienced sellers, pay a little extra to increase the visibility of your advertised item to potential buyers – this ranges from £5.40 to £7.49 depending on which option you choose.

In love

USP: Unlimited ads.



Join Preloved for free, then upgrade to a premium membership with more benefits for £15 a year. This second-hand sales platform was launched in 1998 and now has over 500 categories to list your items under, whether it’s household goods, children’s toys or clothing and footwear.

With no listing or selling fees (unless you choose to sign up for additional benefits), it’s the perfect place to start while adding some pocket money and reducing excess landfill.


USP: Contactless delivery service.



“When you’re done, sell it on” – Shpock is a fast and easy-to-use app set up in 2014. Free to be a part of, with no selling fees, put up used furniture, electronics or clothes and communicate with the other 12 million members.

You can sign up for additional costs, from just 69p, to add more visibility to your items and get wider marketing. Once a sale has been agreed, it is up to the seller and buyer to set up delivery logistics and payment. Another eco-friendly way to get rid of your stuff.

The furniture:

Facebook Marketplace

USP: Filtering by location – you don’t need the hassle of packaging or postage, the buyer comes straight to the door.

    (Facebook Marketplace)

(Facebook Marketplace)

Tap the “Marketplace” icon at the bottom of your Facebook app and discover items for sale in your community. Here you can list what you have to sell, from home and garden furniture and appliances to electronics, antiques, musical instruments and even real estate.

All you have to do is choose a category for your item, provide a brief summary of it with a photo and price, specify pickup or delivery and wait for someone to make an offer. Buyers can filter items by location, price and category (so make yours as specific as possible), and they’ll contact you directly via Messenger. A simple and effective way to forward unwanted items without the need for postage.

The technical:


USP: Free delivery on all sales.

    (Music Magpie)

(Music Magpie)

Since 2007, Music Magpie has made a name for itself in the secondhand world, becoming the UK’s number one mobile recycling service focusing on all things tech. The difference here is that you don’t deal directly with buyers – you sell your stuff to Music Magpie themselves, and then they take care of selling it through their site.

A simple and effective way to clean up and get cash for unwanted electronics – including phones, tablets, old DVDs and CDs. Just enter your product information on their site, they will value it (based on model, age, etc.) and give you a price.

Wrap it up and send it to them for free and get paid the same day Music Magpie receives your items. From a buyer’s point of view, all the refurbished and used technology on their site is certified and goes through a rigorous 70-point quality check before being sold. They also offer a free 12-month warranty on all items.

The local:

Next door

USP: All users are verified by address.

    (Next door)

(Next Door)

The Nextdoor app is a great way to connect with your neighborhood – sharing news, recommendations and concerns about your local area, as well as being an effective platform for listing unwanted items to resell to other neighbours.

Founded in 2008, it now has over 270,000 neighborhoods globally. Post everything from old sofas to bicycles, along with descriptions and photos, and choose which neighbors can see the listing and decide on a price. If anyone is interested, they can send you a private message and pickup can be arranged. With all neighbors verified and nearby, this is a super easy (and free) friendly service, which gives a sense of community and saves on waste.

The free one:


USP: The feel-good factor – there’s a sense of community and it’s completely free.



Not so keen on making money but still want to recycle and rehome your stuff? Post it in your local group on Freecycle (there are over 5,000) and pass it on for free to one of your other nine million members.

This non-profit network, launched in 2003, covers all categories – from furniture to children’s crafts and is moderated by local volunteers. Memberships, listings, selling and buying – all free – just make your own arrangements for how to get items to your local groups, find a lovely new home for your stuff and keep it out of landfills.

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