Selling all/a lot of your possessions - classic or dud?

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Anyone ever done this? Did you feel great and free or bad and empty? Did you make any money?

broken twig, Monday, 26 July 2004 16:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i'm about to find out. anybody wanna buy some used PS2 or Gamecube games?

Kingfish von Bandersnatch (Kingfish), Monday, 26 July 2004 16:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

or a canon xl1-s in perfect condition?

j.e.r.e.m.y (x Jeremy), Monday, 26 July 2004 16:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Ummm, seriously...how much are you asking for the x11?

broken twig, Monday, 26 July 2004 16:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i knew it. i said on the two weeks board that the revamped ILX should have a garage sale board/thread.

Kingfish von Bandersnatch (Kingfish), Monday, 26 July 2004 16:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

email? (xpost)

j.e.r.e.m.y (x Jeremy), Monday, 26 July 2004 16:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I've sold almost everything I owned once, unloaded at least two whole CD collections, and done several major book-dumps. It's always a great, soul-cleansing, unburdening feeling, especially when the proceeds are devoted to some project, rather than just meeting the rent.

briania (briania), Monday, 26 July 2004 16:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

CLASSIC! Before I moved to the states I sold boxes and boxes of books, comics and records, and a load of music instruments. Took them to MVE and made a nice amount.

Came here with all possessions (clothes and some books) in one sportsbag. Am totally averse to collecting anything now.

rw, Monday, 26 July 2004 16:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Totally classic all the way. I'm in the middle of doing it right now.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Monday, 26 July 2004 17:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I am giving away several large items before I move: a bed, a futon, a sofa, coffee table, bakers rack, lawnmower, desk....

I wish I could bring myself to give away some books but I'm just not ready yet. Also most of the books are not actually mine.

teeny (teeny), Monday, 26 July 2004 17:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Before I moved, I looked through my room and was really harsh in deeming "things I absolutely need" to bring with me, and giving away everything else to my brother. Felt so good.

David Allen (David Allen), Monday, 26 July 2004 17:05 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

classic! Got all my stuff down to four boxes once and felt oh so free.

mouse, Monday, 26 July 2004 17:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

thirteen years pass...

so i have to sell all my stuff and offerup, letgo, and craigslist are all crappy services for this

infinity (∞), Thursday, 8 February 2018 21:48 (six months ago) Permalink

also goodbye first pressings...maybe

infinity (∞), Thursday, 8 February 2018 21:49 (six months ago) Permalink

I got rid of a lot of stuff last year, and what I learned was:

1. sometimes it's way easier to give things away for free than try and sell them
2. different places/sites are better for different types of things
3. organizing the stuff you are getting rid of beforehand in terms of how/where you are going to dispose of it is really helpful

sarahell, Thursday, 8 February 2018 21:52 (six months ago) Permalink

those are great suggestions, sarah

i have done most of the selling so i'm very tempted to just donate everything else to goodwill, salvation army, or habitat for humanity

at this point i'm not trying to make any money off any of these things

infinity (∞), Thursday, 8 February 2018 21:54 (six months ago) Permalink

check on what they will take/won't take before you haul everything there and potentially have to do the charitable walk of shame with carrying the crap they won't take back to your vehicle, etc.

sarahell, Thursday, 8 February 2018 21:56 (six months ago) Permalink

:(

will do tks

infinity (∞), Thursday, 8 February 2018 21:56 (six months ago) Permalink

Idk where you live, but there are often specialty places that will take certain items that the major charities won't (e.g. a big box of plastic doll parts, large envelope full of unused overhead transparencies)

sarahell, Thursday, 8 February 2018 21:59 (six months ago) Permalink

RBDS Rubbish Boys Disposal Service Inc. is a Canadian franchised residential and commercial junk removal company operating in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

brimstead, Thursday, 8 February 2018 22:00 (six months ago) Permalink

sounds like one of those places where you pay them to take your stuff, and then they make money off the recycling, donating, etc.

sarahell, Thursday, 8 February 2018 22:02 (six months ago) Permalink

i live on the westside in los angeles

and ya i don't want to pay anyone to pick up my stuff

i understand some charities pick up certain things for free

infinity (∞), Thursday, 8 February 2018 22:05 (six months ago) Permalink

The USA is so awash in stuff of all descriptions that it is harder and harder to sell one's own stuff to someone else. Businesses like second hand shops and used book or record stores are disappearing fast. ebay exists as an alternative, but you'll find yourself having to photograph, describe, price, package and ship loads and loads of your stuff and sometimes having buyers claim it never arrived so they can rip you off. It's getting so most stuff has almost no resale value, unless it is gold bars or original Van Goghs.

Best advice: be very careful about the stuff you bring into your life. Thoreau, who was admittedly rather a prig, understood this well and wrote a book discussing it.

A is for (Aimless), Friday, 9 February 2018 02:04 (six months ago) Permalink

i live on the westside in los angeles

As of a year ago, the Salvation Army were still doing free pickups over LA/OC - you can schedule it at salvationarmy.org.

Both my mom and my mom's father were runaway hoarders so the issue of Stuff has always been omnipresent in my life. I've gone the eBay route - and the hassle of taking pictures, shipping, figuring out schedules, etc. was worth it because I was out of work and had nothing but time.

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 9 February 2018 02:33 (six months ago) Permalink

If I could append sarah's list...

4. paying to store your stuff is often more expensive than getting rid of your stuff now and buying new stuff on the other side.

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 9 February 2018 02:37 (six months ago) Permalink

we sold all our stuff four years ago, called an auction house & they hauled it off for free and took a cut of what they got in auction then paid us the rest. I don't know what that $ is bc I've refused to learn but if you don't care about getting $ then this is an easy way to go.

droit au butt (Euler), Friday, 9 February 2018 06:50 (six months ago) Permalink

Don’t donate to or buy from Salvation Army

direct to consumer online mattress brand (silby), Friday, 9 February 2018 06:55 (six months ago) Permalink

I literally cannot give my car away

Alderweireld Horses (darraghmac), Friday, 9 February 2018 09:01 (six months ago) Permalink

Don’t donate to or buy from Salvation Army

Why not?

ArchCarrier, Friday, 9 February 2018 09:23 (six months ago) Permalink

RBDS Rubbish Boys Disposal Service Inc. is a Canadian franchised residential and commercial junk removal company operating in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

― brimstead, Thursday, 8 February 2018 22:00 (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

was wondering how I'd never seen this company name referenced in the form of a thousand identikit sassy memes and it seems to be because they brand themselves as 1-800-GOT-JUNK

thirst trap your hare (DJ Mencap), Friday, 9 February 2018 10:07 (six months ago) Permalink

Don’t donate to or buy from Salvation Army

Why not?

several generals wanted for war crimes

"oh no my cheds" man had dark to black packet (Noodle Vague), Friday, 9 February 2018 10:09 (six months ago) Permalink

Don’t donate to or buy from Salvation Army

Why not?

I'm personally inclined to support social change organisations over religious charities anyway, but the Salvation Army has a record of stuff like this

call me by your name..or Finn (fionnland), Friday, 9 February 2018 10:38 (six months ago) Permalink

This may be a C-plus if it's voluntary but it's a solid D-minus when it's not.

Bittersweet Meh (Old Lunch), Friday, 9 February 2018 18:27 (six months ago) Permalink

my colleague told me she doesn't donate to salvation army and i was wondering why

i mean i'm not partial to it so i can skip it

offerup seems to be working for now

papa poutine (∞), Friday, 9 February 2018 18:32 (six months ago) Permalink

Definitely finding that selling things is almost always too much trouble. I value my time pretty highly (so does my employer), so it gets increasingly hard to justify hours and hours of things like this -

photograph, describe, price, package and ship

- or in-person Craigslisty stuff where I have to email back and forth three times to find an appropriate time for someone to "come look at it and decide whether I want to buy it."

Local library and Goodwill have taken most CDs/DVDs/books/clothes. Nextdoor has a "curb alert" tradition, which is pretty close to ideal - if no one wants it, off it goes. We don't get a lot of landfill guilt because our town does a waste-to-energy thing.

A rich 'burb will have Stuff Glut. Donations to the third world can tend to disadvantage local businesspeople. I'd like to find a genuinely needy day care or preschool once my children outgrow toys and kid books, because a lot of that shit is barely touched nowadays.

I will finish what I (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 9 February 2018 18:45 (six months ago) Permalink


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