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Old 01-17-2013, 06:57 PM   #11
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if you have lots to get rid of that isnt of use to you, take it to all the local places dedicated to reselling for you so you dont have to do the work and donate what isnt taken, it doesnt net as much $ but saves lots of time. Take cds and dvds to FYE at the mall, clothes and toys to once upon a child, books to the library or whoever buys books in your area, craft stuff to a school or retirement home.

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Old 01-17-2013, 09:37 PM   #12
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I am a fairly impatient gal. Like Marisa, I take things to the appropriate shop, ie: consignment, book buy back, local baby wearing group to sell things that would easily go there. If it doesnt sell the first shot I donate it. I just do not have the energy or patience to photograph it, type out a description, answer calls and emails, etc. if its a larger item like a couch or electronic item I'll put some energy not it.
That being said I must have some sort of delirium because I'm considering a tag sale this spring. We just have a whole lot of antiques and bigger ticket items to get rid of. I won't mess with the easily donatabe stuff, just the more expensive items.
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I am a fairly impatient gal. Like Marisa, I take things to the appropriate shop, ie: consignment, book buy back, local baby wearing group to sell things that would easily go there. If it doesnt sell the first shot I donate it. I just do not have the energy or patience to photograph it, type out a description, answer calls and emails, etc. if its a larger item like a couch or electronic item I'll put some energy not it.
That being said I must have some sort of delirium because I'm considering a tag sale this spring. We just have a whole lot of antiques and bigger ticket items to get rid of. I won't mess with the easily donatabe stuff, just the more expensive items.
This is pretty much my process as well, though I agree with another poster that some things I want to 'sell' are really just things I"m not quite ready to let go of.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:33 PM   #14
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My rule of thumb is that unless I would get a significant amount of money to sell it, I donate it. It just takes too much time otherwise, when you factor in taking pix, writing descriptions, answering emails and calls, no-shows and people who come and then try to haggle your firm price. So like the fairy house, I would do, but clothes and toys, no. Books...IDK if they'd be worth it unless you could sell a big lot of them, KWIM?

As for fabric, crafts, etc...pretty much any public school art program would love to have it. I gave away two whole shopping bags of yarn and fabric to a underfunded school last year in the spring, when they always run out of supplies, and they were so grateful.
Bolding mine. I totally agree. We drastically downsized last year when we moved and we sold some of the furniture and a few higher priced kids items. The majority of it though would have taken awhile to get sold (even at low prices) so we picked out a few items that we offered to family and friends that we knew needed said item. We told them it was totally okay to say no if they didn't want it so we weren't cluttering up their house. About half the offered items went home, the other half went in the donate pile. The rest went in truckload and after truckload to Goodwill. We are likely moving again this summer and I will probably do the same thing again. We will sell furniture, etc. we think will move quickly on CL for a little extra cash, but anything else that won't fit in our new place will get donated.

Seriously, the feeling after dropping off a truckload of stuff at Goodwill and driving away - it is PRICELESS! If you have high ticket items and need the money, then yeah sell them. Otherwise offer *specific* items to family and friends (don't just let them take all your junk lol, that doesn't help them either) and just donate the rest. I know some people are really into selling every last item they purge on CL or ebay, etc. I just could never do that because it would totally stall the process. I need to remove the items from my house NOW when I decide they go.

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Old 02-02-2013, 10:44 PM   #15
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Re: Talk me out of selling everything...

this is what we are going through now... I think there are some furniture items I will take pictures and post on craigslist.... some clothes I will take to a consignment shop, and books I will sell at the book store... but otherwise I will give it away or donate it. Books-- if the book store doesn't take them the first time I go straight to good will and drop them off there.

I hate flaky craigslist people! But then again, we have had some luck selling stuff on craigslist.

I sold a jacket on ebay and it was such a waste of time... now that they have fees and stuff you make like a dollar. LOL
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depends on the items.

time to take photos, post, ebay fees, paypal, packing, stuff and going to the post office all takes time.

You may want to do a donation and write some off your taxes for part of it
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Do you need the money, and do you have anything that will be worth selling? If not, as a pp said, the feeling of lightness when you donate a crapton of stuff and clear out your home... Priceless!
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