Twenty years ago, decluttering your house meant breaking out the garbage bags. Today, it means breaking out the calculator. That outdated phone and those ski boots you've never worn are virtually cash in the hand -- or your passport to a better model.
For savvy consumers, trading-in is the new buying, according to the marketing consulting firm TrendWatching.com. You can get trade-in value from almost anything, from electronics to handbags. The phenomenon is called "re-commerce" and it's not going away anytime soon.
"Consumers embrace re-commerce for a variety of reasons," says Karin Lui, premium content director at TrendWatching.com. "For consumers under financial constraints, trading-in for cash is savvy. For others, it's about having the next, latest or best model. And still for others it's about being environmentally responsible."
Whatever your motivations for flipping your pre-loved possessions, here are five categories of goods you'll find easy to monetize.