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Leaving money at the curb

Forget payday lenders and seedy pawn shops. If you’re like most people, you have a house full of salable possessions.

Instead of waiting until spring to have a garage or yard sale, you could put some of that stuff up for sale on online auction sites such as eBay, Craigslist or Backpage. And you could quit leaving valuable items at the curb, such as old appliances and aluminum cans. CycleMet, Inc. on Columbus’ west side buys scrap metal, including aluminum cans. (Three 30-gallon trash bags of crushed cans yielded $18.91 on a recent visit.)

If you can’t wait until an online auction has ended, or until you’ve accumulated three 30-gallon trash bags of crushed aluminum cans, there are a number of places that give cash on the spot. There isn’t a jewelry store in town that doesn’t buy gold, and there a number of precious-metals dealers that also buy silver, platinum and old coins, such as Capital Metal Exchange.

Half Price Books buys books, CDs, DVDs and games, and always makes an offer on what you bring in. New Uses General Store buys just about any household item, including small appliances, furniture, tools, electronic gadgets, kitchen utensils and pet supplies.

If you don’t like your offers, take a tax deduction and donate your items to a charitable organization, such as Goodwill Columbus.