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The Real Truth – Volume 2 – Selling your stuff

 

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Selling your stuff can be a nightmare! You know what I am talking about. Sometimes you really want to get rid of your stuff but …….

HOW?

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Do we sell or donate? We all have some things that we feel has some value. That wedding gift from your boss that you have never opened – (You are certain it was bought by his wife who is a diehard CrossFit addict – So why she would buy you a bread machine when you are gluten free??) Or maybe it’s the set of china you inherited from your aunt d. But you 1. NEVER EVER use china, 2. Have NO storage in your home and 3. Have small children. Or how about the high-tech weight machine you have crammed into the corner of your bedroom (or what is known in your home as the “extra clothing storage rack.”

 

Naomer’s Mom said” They  held onto in some hope of making us money. We want to be debt free, and the Dave Ramsey crowd is ALL about the selling. Yet when we tried to Craig’s list our recliner, a lazy boy for all of $25 we got “is the price firm?” “will you take $5?” “does it have great lumbar support?” “I’ll take it for that price if you deliver 50 miles away”

We live around the cheapest people ever. It’s honestly the area. One of DH’s co-workers tried to rip off a recently widowed woman out of her RV to ‘help her burden’ after her husband passed. It’s actually common practice for people to hover like vultures when someone passes. They even watch for obituaries to contract the surviving to buy their land (for half its value). It’s crazy. I debate garage sales. I envision people trying to haggle down $1 items or negotiating for free delivery. I don’t want to hate the world after a stupid garage sale. Would you bother? Have you had success? It’s hard to let go of things of value that you just don’t need. It’s also not helpful I feel like Goodwill isn’t a great charity. I wish it could go towards a better cause (and I have no idea why I feel this way, I just wish our crap could fund a women’s shelter or something).

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ARGH How frustrating!! I know right. So some of you might be thinking to check with that activation and you will just send it to someone who needs it.

Many of you want to help Houston, Florida, Mexico or whatever part of the world just had an emergency.

Look I am all for helping but here is one thing I want to you think about.

DON’T SEND JUNK, worn out shoes, stained and ripped clothes that you would not let your kids wear? Would you want someone to send you their crap? Most likely No.trash - recycle-33605_640

I can say from an experience that sending stuff is helpful but NOT when you are sending size 2 women’s clothes to a lady who is a size 22, Nor is sending unsafe expired baby gear. Once upon a time, I know someone whose house burned. The coworkers rushed to bring all their “Donations” and that evening they showed up with a van load of stuff. Sounds great right? Sounds like it was so helpful? Not really. You see this family had just lost everything except for the clothes on their back. They did not have space to store or sort thru the donations. What they really needed was a gift card to Walmart or Target. They needed to purchase the special baby formula, diapers and for the baby. They did not need 4 bags of stripper heels (Yes they were inundated with 4” heels in size 12) and boys clothes size 10.

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The family consisted of a wife who was a petite woman with a 6-month-old baby (She worked as a cook so she wore a size 7 shoe and a size 12 pants), the husband was a bank teller. So he needed ties and business shirts. 2 children the aforenamed 6-month-old and a 3-year-old both girls.

Now I know what may have come to mind is they should be grateful and not look a gift horse in the mouth.   AGREED but none of the donations were helpful. I know they would not have minded putting their girls in blue clothes and it wife would have loved to wear a size 2 pair of jeans. He husband would not have minded wearing boys jeans but again the size was not going to work.

Do you see my point?

Do you donate or sell?

If you want to help sell and donate the cash. If you advertise that you are doing a benefit sale you will attract more people.

If you want to donate, how about joining in with a group and having a large benefit sale? Say a parking lot pop up sale? Do a bit of getting out the word and request, I don’t know how about a boy scout or a church group hold a benefit sale? Everone can then donate their stuff and the group can sell it then donate the cash to a group. Maybe you know someone who lives in the affected area or your scout leader does. It is possible that your church or community organization has a point of contact in the affected areas? Trust me the people who are on the ground in Houston or Rockport Texas know where the needs are.

I am not saying you have to do anything but if you are so inclined these are some options you a may not have thought of.

That all being said……….How do you get rid of your stuff?

Thanks Pamela

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I am from Oklahoma. Now living the dream in Arizona. I'm a sassy, creative and outspoken southern gal. I believe that if you can read you can go anywhere. One of my favorite sayings is "If you knew you could not fail what would you do?" I enjoy helping other people. My friends know that I’m the queen of useless trivial knowledge and I will not hesitate to use it.

8 thoughts on “The Real Truth – Volume 2 – Selling your stuff

  1. Another great post. Donating your old stuff is a good idea just not directly to the victims. Find a local thrift store (NOT GOODWILL) and donate your items. Some of them are really awesome and actually with no questions asked help those who are displaced by storms, fires etc. These are the places you want to take the items too (especially after you finish the benefit garage sale for the items that don’t sale!)

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  2. My husband is adamant that we not donate anything we would not wear in public ourselves. He always says that if we think it is not good enough to wear why would someone else want to wear it? I think he is on to something there. Old stained t shirts become rags, old blue jeans become rag rugs, anything that really looks good gets donated. And my husband will also not allow me to get a receipt from goodwill as he says he is gifting it not donating it. He is a good man!

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  3. I usually donate my things – the time and effort needed to do a garage sale usually isn’t worth it in my mind. I have done one in the past with some friends, and that was actually a fun day hanging out. That I made some money off of it was just a nice bonus to getting to spend a day with my friends.

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