Project 333: Getting Rid of Your Unneeded Items
After you've decided what is staying and what is going, you need to sort your items into the following categories: donate, resell and throw away. This section was harder than I thought so I wanted to share what I learned.
1. Reselling is harder than you think
Reselling to a secondhand shop is nearly impossible. I knew they didn't take much there and that they offered very low prices, so I brought in 60-80 items and was hoping to make $10. Well, they didn't accept even one thing. Talk about embarrassing. I mean, on one hand, I didn't want the clothes either, so I can't blame them. But on the other hand, I had several items, even designer items that were in great shape. It just goes to show that you never know what they are looking for, and you can never count on a secondhand shop for much. I would've much rather saved myself the time and hardship of carrying heavy boxes and just simply forgone the whole thing.
2. If you do want to try reselling, do it on Facebook (& join a group)
Don't just show your stuff on the local marketplace. Join a resell group. I joined one and put up pictures of about 60 items. I sold 15 and made $60. Not bad! The downside is that you have to pay shipping which adds up very easily. Also it takes time to upload pictures, answer questions and many trips to the post office to make this work. I found it to be worth it but next time I would charge shipping with the price, about $3 per item they buy is a conservative estimate.
3. Donate! Donate! Donate!
There's almost nothing goodwill won't take. As a matter of fact if you bring in a ton of boxes, they won't go through it for a while so they will sort out and throw away what they cannot take for you. We ended up donating the most of our clothes. Goodwill can also give you a tax-deductible receipt for your donation so make sure you get one!
Join me next Wednesday when we'll be discussing the essentials of a minimalist wardrobe!