A few days ago we adopted another kitten. This one was in pretty bad shape – abandoned and found in the street. A lady listed “her” online saying she found the kitten in the street outside her house. The poor thing was covered in fleas, had worms (blech!) and had burned paw pads from walking on hot sidewalks/asphalt. When we took it to the vet, the vet told us she was a HE. His fur was VERY thin and coarse, so thin you could see his pink skin. According to our vet he was probably malnourished because he was barely old enough to be weaned from mother’s milk, and only about 4 weeks old. May I present Captain,  de-wormed, de-fleaed, fur growing thicker and softer by the day and healing nicely.




So what does this have to do with $7,000 and eBay? Well, nothing. Except that the following statistic from NPD is the only thing that has taken my attention away from my little Captain!

According to a 2011 study from research firm NPD, the average American family has about $7,000 of unused stuff.

I never thought of it that way. When I think of all the things we have boxed up in the basement or in the garage it totally makes sense. Now, $7,000 is the average, so you may have less or more tucked away in the nooks and crannies of your own home. Even if your home only nets you half of that amount, $3,500 is nothing to sneeze at!

Then I think about another statistic that I recently read: According to a new CNNMoney article, the average family shells out $600 per child to fund their summer activities. So if the average family combed through their house and listed their unused items on eBay, they would likely be in a position to not only fund their kids’ activities through the summer, but even have money left over.

For families without kids, that’s even more cash to spend on an awesome vacation, or other unexpected splurge!

eBay’s Selling Inspiration House is a great place to discover top selling items. A nifty room-by-room search tool lets you find popular items to sell from any room in your house, including the garage! I know I’m going to be digging through boxes . . . as soon as Captain finishes his current nap on my lap.


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Statistics were provided to me, however Captain was not. All opinions and photos are my own