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Make some bucks from your stuff, thanks to a Seattle startup

StuffHopper.com

SEATTLE -- Take a good look around your house. Chances are you have stuff. A lot of stuff.

"The average household has $7,000 worth of unwanted items," says Adam Dreiblatt, CEO of StuffHopper.com. "Sitting in our houses. And in our storage units. That's another story. Don't even get me started on storage units!"

This guy knows all of us too well.

"The Department of Energy did a study," says Dreiblatt. "And it said 40 percent of homes with two-car garages can't even fit a single car in them."

Because we have all that stuff! Which is where StuffHopper comes in.

"Companies like Amazon have just made it absolutely effortless to buy things," Dreiblatt said.

One click, and you can buy almost anything and have it delivered to your home.

StuffHopper works the same way; one click, and you can SELL almost anything.

But wait, isn't that how Craigslist works?

According to Dreiblatt, not necessarily.

"The person doesn't show up, then the other guy shows up...and you open up the door, and you're like 'I wish this guy didn't know where I lived.' "

If that's the part of selling you can relate too, StuffHopper takes that out of the equation.

"All you need to do is tell us about your stuff," explains Dreiblatt. "And there's two ways you can do that. You can use an app, we have an iPhone app. Or you can tell us about your stuff via our website."

Stuff Hopper then comes and picks up your stuff. No charge up front. This all works like the consignment store of yesteryear...they take your stuff, and once they sell it, they'll cut you a check for half of what they make.

"Then we push it out to the selling channels that are best for each kind of item," says Dreiblatt.

And if an item doesn't sell? Dreiblatt says if they can't sell your stuff within in 60-90 days, they will return your items.

But that doesn't happen very often, after all, once you finally get rid of something, you don't want it back.

"So if we can't sell it, and you don't want it back, we'll donate it to charity for you, give you the tax receipt and you can be on your way. You won't have to deal with it."

As you can imagine, they have seen some interesting things at StuffHopper.com.

"The 6-foot tall knight-in-shining-armor was pretty unusual."

Dreiblatt says for their customers, they are all about convenience.

"If someone has something quirky and unusual, we'll often say 'yeah, we'll give that a try'," Dreiblatt says with a smile. "We're good at selling stuff."

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