I sold our old bed frame yesterday, for $20. I put it on Craig’s List and got about ten responses within the first few hours. So I guess I could have sold it for more, but I really wanted to get rid of it, and the $20 price did the trick. It’s nice to have it out of the house, not taking up space anymore. And the $20 is nice too.
Selling the bed frame made me start to look around at the possibility of selling some of the other stuff that we’re getting rid of in our effort to declutter our house. I typically just drop everything off at the thrift store, and rarely sell anything. I thought about the possibility of a garage sale, but my husband pointed out that a garage sale does involve a lot of time and effort compared with just tossing everything in the car and taking it over to the thrift store. And everything we’d be selling is small stuff – there’s no big ticket items. This post from the Joy of Frugal Living sums up my thoughts on selling our stuff as opposed to donating it.
A few years ago I tried buying clothes at a low-priced thrift store near our house and then re-selling them at a higher priced consignment store in a nearby town. It was ok, and I did come out a little bit ahead. But when I factor in the time and effort, it was a pretty low-paying adventure. I think that the same would be true of selling the stuff we need to get rid of now. Most of it is clothes and small household items – things that would mostly sell for $5 or less. We tried listing some clothes on Craigs List last year, and nobody contacted us at all, even though they were pretty cheap. I think that a garage sale would be the best way to sell our stuff, and neither of us really wants to put in the time required to set up a good garage sale.
So yesterday I made a trip to the thrift store and dropped off a huge bag full of stuff. As we continue the decluttering process, we’ll keep making trips to the thrift store. It’s a Habitat for Humanity store, so the proceeds go to a good cause (as is the case with most thrift stores). I figure I’ve gotten a lot of benefit from shopping at thrift stores over the years (especially that particular store), and it makes me feel good to be able to donate back to them.
I think that if we had furniture or expensive stuff that we were getting rid of, we’d try to sell it. But we tend to keep expensive stuff until it reaches the end of its useful life. I have some friends who sell stuff on eBay and get pretty good money for their stuff. But their stuff was a lot more expensive than ours in the first place. Just about everything we have was second hand when we got it, and didn’t cost a lot of money. Maybe that’s why I’m ok with just donating it when we don’t need it anymore.
What do you think? If you had a bunch of low-ticket items that you wanted to get rid of, would you hold a garage sale or donate everything to a thrift store?