Q: “There are items in my “discard pile” that might be worth some money, I think I should try to sell them on Craigslist (on Ebay) (at a garage sale) (at a consignment store); what’s your advice?”
A: Think of it this way...you have only so much personal energy to spend every day. IF you have extra time and energy to take pictures, write a detailed description with measurements, post, answer emails, plan “the drop”, make “the drop” then Go For It!!!!!
If, however, you’re like most of us and time and energy is at a premium...
Consider these 3 reasons NOT to sell your cast-off items & donate instead:
- Even though you may not “make the cash” you save yourself LOADS of time and energy. IF you were to put a price on your time, ($50, $100, $200/hour?) and you add up the hours it takes to “make the sale”...is it worth it?
- Your donation will be a HUGE gift to the person who discovers it--bringing untold JOY and HAPPINESS to others--the best kind of anonymous giving :)
- Your donation to St. Vincent de Paul or Goodwill is a tax deduction and could “give back” to your financial situation by saving on your taxes at the end of the year.
So, the next time you have the urge to squirrel things away in the back bedroom, garage, or basement because you think you might like to sell them, pause for a moment. Think again, take a deep breath (Ahhhhhhh) and ask:
Let me know what you decide--I love hearing from you!
Also, do you know someone else who might find this post useful? Share, if you’re inspired, we’ve added a couple of new people to our online community this week (Hi, Jennifer, and Sandy!) and LOVE to grow our family.
Lots of Love,
“The kids are playing games in the new family room! The process of decluttering and then creating a beautiful space that my family actually uses was fun with Jane’s gentle/skilled/fierce guidance” ~Ann J.