Date: 29 June 2015. Venues to Sell Unwanted Stuff
This is the
follow-up to the
Take Small Bites (de-cluttering)
article. It offers specifics on a variety of selling sites. I used
these venues successfully when down-sizing prior to buying my
Most of us
over a lifetime of work have obtained and kept far more items than
necessary or even wanted. We pass through the acquisition stage
while raising kidlets, then find ourselves looking at the next stage
of life while weighed down with past purchases.
One of the
reasons things can be hard to part with is that we invest them
with value they don't really have. We bought things for who we
wanted to be so we mourn not being that person now. If you can
concentrate instead on who you are becoming it will help. Linda
the excess stuff serves two purposes. #1) It gets rid of what we no longer
want. #2) It provides money which is always welcome.
is both mentally and emotionally liberating.
That may indeed be the greatest gift you ever give yourself.
Rosemari said: "It seems that
is all I think of, now comes the big part what do I keep and what do
I sell. It seems too much to comprehend. Anybody got any ideas on
how I can start to tackle this?"
Deciding what needs to go is just
one component. The series
published earlier can be a big help in that area. Getting rid of
said items is the second area to tackle.
This could be your view, once
success is achieved:
and Solutions when disposing of a lifetime of Stuff:
To my chagrin, many of
the things I'd bought that were expensive are not worth much
now. Anything marketed as "Collectible" is not worth a thing.
Thankfully I didn't have much of that.
First, determine value. A
search on eBay will tell you if something is worth big bucks
or not. Bear in mind you are seeing Asking Prices which is an
entirely different thing from Sold prices.
After checking prices on eBay, anything
of value and small or easy to ship was listed there. I often
opt for Free Shipping and add the price of the shipping into
the starting price.
Check eBay for the
Seller's Fee Schedule. Items started at $9.99 pay one fee.
Ask one cent more ($10) and your fee is higher.
If there are
twenty-five or even ten of the same item listed on eBay,
don't bother. Yours probably won't sell and you still have
to pay fees for listing it.
Instead, opt for
Craigslist: It's free, so what's not to
like? Pick the nearest big city to your location and list
Have at least one
picture and hopefully more for each item you want to sell
Only accept cash and
have someone at your place with you at trading time. Or meet
in a nearby diner/fast food joint.
Anything can be listed
but do be careful that you place your item in the proper
Do not list a book in
garden equipment. And don't bother to list that garden
encyclopedia set you paid $$$ for. It's not worth the paper
it's printed on.
Sales: Anything you cannot sell via eBay
or Craigslist might just sell at a yard or garage sale. Make
sure everything is priced. Carry your money with you. No one
goes into your home and keep it locked - including the back
Have a box of free stuff
for kidlets to play with and take home.
Offer cold water ($1 per
bottle or two for a buck) -- it's summertime and you will sell
And drag everything you
don't want outside. Even if you only get $5 for that $100
statue, if you don't love the dust collector, why would you
want to keep it?
The whole idea is to transfer
your clutter to them and have
them pay you a trifling for it. Anything is better than
I love Freecycle. You describe something (pictures or not --
doesn't make a difference) and then someone will write you an
email saying "I want that". The next step is to set up a time
when they will come by and pick-up your unwanted item.
Please DO NOT give to the
first person who responds. Wait and pick from among the many
letters you'll receive. Someone who says more than "I'll take
it" might be a good choice.
The Freecycle Rule is
that if you accept anything you are not to sell it. Some
folks don't take that as gospel. Just be aware.
Church charities and veterans
organizations are always a good option.
Drop off your clean but unwanted items there and make a
difference in someone else's life. You won't make money,
however the tax deductible statement might be useful.
And for certain whomever ends up with your
items will need them.
It feels good to share.
I was unpleasantly surprised by all the things I
thought valuable that were not. In the end, I used eBay for the
smaller and easier to ship items. Large stuff (furniture) was sold
on Craigslist. A couple of yard-sales rounded out the clutter
Everything I owned that was not going on the
boat and not worth the time to sell, I gave away on Freecycle. Time
has value too. Realizing that what I paid for an item had no relationship
to worth was a bitter pill to swallow. I did so with chagrin more than one
In the end, the results
were worth the effort. I only wish I'd started sooner.
Whatever method you use, just do it. It pays off big time, especially when your reward is life afloat. Even if you
chose not to buy a boat, having less is better. This is the view from
Were I to live in a million dollar yacht the view would be the same.
That's a dolphin mama in the
foreground... Life afloat is wonderful. And it can be yours too.
I'd love to hear what you LOVE and have decided to keep.
And, are you surprised by some of the things you'd forgotten you owned?
Becoming Clutter-Free, Characters,
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