8 Ways to profit from spring cleaning

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When the urge strikes to weed through closets and junk drawers, be on the lookout for unexpected finds.

A yard sale can be a surprisingly profitable way to unload unwanted items, but before you schedule one, look to resale sites. Oftentimes, you’ll get a bigger return on your items–and securing an estimate can take just a minute or two. Older-model smartphones and other electronics can fetch some of the highest payouts, but gently used clothes, sports equipment, gift cards and other items can be valuable, too.

Visit CNBC.com to view the slideshow of which items to sell, and where.