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Published March 09, 2013, 03:49 PM

Cash could be hiding in your pile of "spring cleaning"

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- If merely just the words "spring cleaning" makes you cringe, think about this: you could have a lot of cash in all of that clutter.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- If merely just the words "spring cleaning" makes you cringe, think about this: you could have a lot of cash in all of that clutter.

A survey by a resale website found the average family has about 13-hundred dollars worth of children's clothing that could be resold.

With two kids and a third on the way, Angie McKinney knows how quickly all those clothes and toys can pile up.

Angie: "This time of year I always feel inspired to organize and get everything ready for summer."

But spring cleaning doesn't just keep the house organized - it can also pay off. Resale is a 13-billion dollar industry, according to the Association of Resale Professionals. And the average family has about $1300 in children's clothing that could be resold, according to a survey on the resale website ThredUP.

Jenny: "I have three of my own, so I know how quickly they grow and they seem to all have a growth spurt at the same time."

Jenny Mccolm is the general manager of Once Upon a Child in Fargo, which buys and sells lightly used children's clothes. She says spring is one of their busiest times.

Jenny: "The kids are outgrowing their winter boots, and their snow jackets, and all their winter gear, and that takes up so much space."

And it's not just children's clothes - there are plenty of places in the area that buy and sell all types of items. And then of course, there's always the good old-fashioned garage sale.

No matter how you choose to do it, your clutter could become cash…

Angie: "Get some extra income to buy up for the next size."

And it's out with the old, and in with the new or used. Other popular places to make some cash with used items are eBay and Craigslist.

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