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Sell, Keep, Throw, Donate | Part 2

Last month, I mentioned we were trying to purge some things to get ready to move.  This first round of this process included quickly figuring out what I wanted to donate or throw away without much thought.  If I hesitated, it went into a keep or sell pile.  Of the things I've gone through so far, here's a quick list of what's being packed (that I know for sure) and what's being sold off (there are links to the eBay page):

What I wound up keeping:

-Family Heirlooms (duh)-  we have a lot of these and they have come to us in every shape and form
-Clothes- I really would LOVE to get a whole new wardrobe.  But not yet apparently
-Craft supplies
-Old text books- Scott still likes to use them for "reference" though I've never seen him actually crack one.

What's being sold:

-30 GB iPod 5th Generation in Black AKA iPod with Video
-2GB iPod Nano 2nd Generation in Silver
-16GB iPod Nano 4th Generation in Black
-Canon PowerShot S5IS digital camera
-Wedding decorations- I've been meaning to do something with these for almost 2 years now.

Now, going through my sell pile, I found a lot of items that aren't worth the effort of selling- that I didn't realize the first time!  Those will be donated on our next trip to Goodwill.

Over the weekend, I started researching prices on the electronics that we're definitely going to sell.  We decided to go the eBay route for these, as they're small and light (hence, cheaper to ship).  We went with eBay instead of Craigslist for a couple different reasons.  First, using eBay opens our shopper base up to the entire United States.  Second, no having to meet people for the transaction.  I still haven't quite made up my mind on the wedding decorations- since those are bulkier, I may use Craigslist.  Or I may send them down to Vero Beach to be included in the next Knot Swap event.

I've never used eBay before to sell things, though I've looked into it.  Things have come a long way since the last time I seriously considered it!  The "Sell an Item Like This" feature stream lines your post more than I ever thought.  For popular items, such as iPods, I just put in the model, and it pulled most of the information from eBay's "records."  I just had to add my own pictures, and address any issues.  It will also give you a price range to start your auction at.  Sometimes I used a number in that range, sometimes not, as the main goal here is to get rid of unused things.  Not that making a few extra bucks is terrible, but anything's more than what we're getting with these things stashed away!

The hardest thing for me to figure out was shipping.  Some items, it was recalculated based on previous sales; others it would say "based on location."  For those, I just put a flat shipping fee of $5, figuring if it were any more, I wouldn't mind picking up the difference.

Once these items have sold and shipped (next week, hopefully!) I intend on coming back with some tips and tricks that I found as a newbie-eBayer!  I told Scott that if all goes well, I'll be a little master eBayer in no time!

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  1. Heather Hammel6:16:00 AM

    I've been slowly working on this process too. I donated a bunch of clothes to the purple heart. This past weekend I threw a bunch of big items away like an old used couch I got for free for the dog room that just wasn't worth keeping anymore, the chewed up rug from the dog room, a chewed up dog bed, a futon type lounge sofa from the dog room that was pretty gross by this point, and my old box spring and mattress. It's going to take a while for all of those items to actually get thrown away because the trash people with my borough consider over sized items as any item that will not fit into a 32-gallon trash bag. And then you have to go to the borough and purchase tags for these items (which are $5 each) because those items won't be collected if they don't have the tags on them and you can only put out 2 over sized items per week to be collected. I don't know if most places are like that or not but it is a little frustrating.

  2. We have to take all our stuff directly to the dump- which isn't bad since it's about 3 miles down the road. But we've got a lot that will be making it down there once we're actually fully packed up and ready to move.

  3. I am too lazy to sell things. I end up donating most things to Goodwill.

    Good for you for clearing out!

  4. I have been up until this point. Then I figured, it's more work for me to continue looking at this crap and holding on to it!

  5. Biana Perez11:20:00 AM

    The best part is selling things - I just love a little extra money to make the next place even better! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  6. LOL I just hope to make enough to pay for the speeding ticket last month! :P

  7. Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie11:23:00 AM

    oh gosh, good for you!! I have such trouble with this. To be honest, my main issue is my clothes. I second guess everything I'm about to get rid of- it's so annoying.

  8. If I had it my way, I'd throw out all my clothes and buy all new!

  9. Look at you getting your stuff together!!! I love selling things to have money for new things. And I might be guilty of keeping my text books like your husband. I mean, I spent four years of my life and a whole lot of money to read those pages, damnit! Hahaha! The clothes is hard. I would love a new wardrobe too, but it is so hard to let go of some pieces that you suddenly become sentimentally attached to. Strange, right?

  10. Hahah not me! If I could get a dollar for my text book at buy back, I would! There are some clothes I just keep holding on to. But I can't help but think. If I could just go buy a whole new wardrobe, I'd have NO problem letting the old stuff go!

  11. Jordyn Brown1:21:00 AM

    This is so motivating! I need to go through some of my old you know if there is somewhere you can donate old textbooks? Our campus bookstore doesn't always buy them back...even for a stinkin' dollar! I would love to donate mine to a worthy cause!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern Stylista

  12. I need to find some place for the text books. Maybe they can be sold on I'm going to look into that next.


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