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Date: 29 June 2015. Venues to Sell Unwanted Stuff (de-cluttering)

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 Seaweed.

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 Sand.

Selling off the excess stuff serves two purposes. #1) It gets rid of what we no longer want. #2) It provides money which is always welcome.

Less clutter 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 Becoming Clutter-Free 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:


 

 

Problems 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.

 


eBay:
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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Instead, opt for Craigslist.

 


Craigslist:
It's free, so what's not to like? Pick the nearest big city to your location and list away.

  1. Have at least one picture and hopefully more for each item you want to sell

  2. Only accept cash and have someone at your place with you at trading time. Or meet in a nearby diner/fast food joint.

  3. Anything can be listed but do be careful that you place your item in the proper category.

  4. 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.

 


Yard 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 door.

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 it.

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 nothing.
 

 


Freecycle
:
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 clearing.

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 time.

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 Seaweed:
 


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?

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