10 Junk Drawer Items to Sell on eBay

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Junk drawers can contain valuable items. GettyImages

Most people have at least one drawer in their home that is full of a variety of small items that aren't really ever used. All sorts of odds and ends are tossed in there. Things you don't know what to do with because they are too good to throw away, have become obsolete, or might come in handy one day. Try researching these items and look them up and see if they have value. You will be shocked to learn how much junk drawer items sell for on eBay.

Here are some examples of items that may appear to be worthless, but can actually sell for good money on eBay.

Starbucks gift cards with no value. 

Along with mugs, t-shirts, and all other items, some gift cards are collectible. Even the gift cards with no monetary value! Starbucks creates limited edition and collectible cards. For example, a limited edition Starbucks Gift Card with no monetary value issued in 2009 with a San Francisco cable car on the front is worth $80. Check out these Starbucks gift cards with no monetary value that have sold on eBay.

Microcassette tapes.

Technology has evolved and most smartphones have a dictation, voice memo, or audio recording feature. But some people still prefer good old-fashioned cassette tapes. These can sell for crazy prices on eBay. You can also find these on clearance sometimes at Walgreens or at garage and estate sales. Here are some completed sales

Designer buttons. 

Maybe these have fallen off your favorite blazer and were thrown in the junk drawer. Or maybe you have a blazer hanging in your closet that is damaged or doesn't fit. Take the buttons off and sell them. People buy designer buttons and patches to either replace missing buttons or to jazz up a lesser brand blazer to masquerade as a designer one.

Crafters also make all kinds of jewelry and home decor items out of vintage or unusual looking buttons. Check out these completed listings for used Ralph Lauren crested buttons, many over $40 for a set. eBay shows over 8,000 active listings for used buttons in the craft category, and over 2,500 completed listings for used buttons. Sell those buttons to crafters who will make something beautiful out of them.

Franklin Covey planners. 

Remember the era of the daytimer, or file-o-facts? The smartphone has made these items obsolete in the mainstream, but some folks still prefer a planner they can write in. Franklin Covey was the leading brand of daytimers but other brands are also profitable, too. Look for these leather-bound planners in the office junk section at thrift stores. You can score them for $3 or less. Although not a leather-bound planner, an eBay seller recently sold a plain journal for over $1300. It wasn't in her junk drawer but she found it in a thrift store for $1.50. Apparently, it had been in someone's junk drawer and was donated to a thrift store, so you may have a valuable item in your own home and not even know it!

Calculators.

Most people don't carry a pocket calculator anymore since most smartphones and mobile phones have a calculator function.

But if you have teenagers, or had teenagers and how they are grown and have left home, they may have left their calculators behind. A graphing calculator is required for most high school math courses such as trigonometry, calculus, and statistics. And these calculators aren't cheap. New they cost a minimum of $70, so parents and students seek out avenues for purchasing used calculators for a lower price than a new one. As a matter fact, there are companies who buy used calculators on eBay and resell them on their own websites. One such site is CalculatorSource.com. Don't be surprised if your graphing calculator sells very quickly and to an eBay user with a name like MattsCalculators or BostonUsedCalc. 

Cords and chargers from phones and other electronics.

Remember that day you were so excited when you got your new iPhone or Android phone?

You probably traded the old one in, and shoved the charger into a drawer somewhere. Or maybe you upgraded from a dinosaur desktop computer to a sleek new MacBook Air and no longer needed the cables, mouse, or power strip. All of these items can be sold in eBay as accessories. Otter Boxes and other brands of phone cases, wall adapters, power strips, computer cables, car chargers, and belt clips are all sellable. It doesn't matter if the cord is from an older model electronic device, in fact, those are the money makers. Let's say a senior citizen set in his ways just likes his 10-year-old Nokia phone. And the charger dies. It is easier for him (or his grown children helping him) to buy a new charger than for him to learn a brand new phone. 

Board game pieces, dice, and checkers.

These are also worth money! Amazingly enough, people collect game board pieces or crafters make them into jewelry. Older dice, backgammon tokens, or checkers made of bakelite are especially valuable. Bakelite is a hard plastic-like material made in the early 20th century that is quite valuable and collectible. Items like game pieces, hair brush handles, knife handles, hair combs and barrettes, buttons, and costume jewelry were often made from this material. 

Used eyeglasses and cases.

This one is a little weird, but people actually buy used eyeglasses on eBay. Usually, the buyers are in search of ​designer or vintage glasses where they can reuse, or resell the frames. Cartier, Chrome Hearts, Burberry, Prada, and Gucci are sought after brands and can sell for hundreds of dollars in used condition. eBay shows over 11,000 completed sold listings for used eyeglasses. This large number indicates there is a market for this item. Film production companies (many in Hollywood) often come to eBay to purchase props and costumes for film. They may be looking for vintage styles of eyeglasses, like the cat eye or horned rimmed. You just never know what grandma's or grandpa's or your own ugly old eye glasses might sell for on eBay.

Used dentures and false teeth.

Along the same lines as used eyeglasses, used dentures, false teeth, and dental bridges can also sell on eBay. The most common reason a buyer would want these is for the precious metal fillings or crowns in the teeth. Dentistry has evolved quite a bit over the last 200 years. In the early 19th century, metals were used for fillings. Anything could have been used including silver, gold, tin, or copper. As dentistry evolved, amalgams (or a mixture of metals) began to be used. The older fillings and crowns have more precious metal in them so they are more valuable. Buyers can take these to "We buy gold" places and sell them. The dentures may be used secondhand. Some folks actually buy the used dentures to wear if they cannot afford to have them made. Unfortunately, a full set of dentures costs at least $2,000 and can exceed $15,000. This isn't an option for many people, so they try to make do with a used set. 

Sell the contents as a lot.

That's right, you can create a listing for the whole darn lot. eBay shows almost 10,000 completed sold listings for "junk drawer lot." The contents include things like coins, broken jewelry and watches, calculators, tools, unopened batteries, vintage matchbooks, craft supplies, pet supplies, action figures, ephemera, ashtrays, vintage credit cards, you name it. eBay shows over 8,000 completed sold listings for junk drawer lots.

Take some time, dig through those junk drawers, and look up everything you find —​​ even if you think it won't have value. You will be shocked!