Jun 21 2010

Can I sell $500 worth of stuff?


I’m going to try to sell at least $500 worth of stuff that’s just lying around our apartment, unwanted and unused. And if $500 proves to be an easy target, then I’ll bump it up so my goal is a little bit of a stretch.

I’ll put this money toward our house down payment fund.

I’m excited to see the stuff leave! Every thing I sell/donate will be that much less that we have to move later. Love it.

Right now, I have 5 items for sale on eBay. All of them have bids, and if none of them go higher than where they are now, I’ll still get about $100.

I’ve sold some things on diaperswappers.com and have one more set of diapers to try to sell there.

I’m going to keep on listing things on eBay and also craigslist.

I’ll keep a tally and come back and update you when I reach my goal, and let you know what I sold and how much estimated time it all took.

Maybe you have a few things that you’d like to sell. Do it! It’s money in your pocket!

Jun 18 2010

It doesn’t matter what you paid, if it’s collecting dust!


I’ve been motivated to sell some unwanted items on eBay, toss out junk, and set aside things to take to the thrift store.

I want to use the cash to bump up our house savings, but I also just feel so much better when our apartment has less clutter!

I went through our storage locker (included in our apartment’s rent, just so ya know) and pulled out a cabinet shelf thing that we used in our last apartment.

It looked damaged. We’d been storing it for a year and I just couldn’t see a time when we’d want it in the future. It was bulky and was taking up quite a bit of storage space.

I asked Shane if he’d be ok with throwing it out.

“How much did we pay for it?” he wanted to know.

“I think $20-30, but it doesn’t matter!” I told him.

The current value of the thing was probably $0.50. And since we had no immediate or future need of using it, it was worth negative money to us.

If you’re hanging onto an item simply because you paid a certain dollar amount for it, then that’s not a good enough reason to keep it.

You have to enjoy it, get some use out of it, or otherwise have it add value to your life. Otherwise, it’s just taking up space. Get rid of it!

The same thing goes for items received as gifts. We might be more likely to hang onto some trinket that we don’t love, but we love the gift-giver so we hold onto it forever.

Cherish the sentiment, but get rid of the item.

If something still has some resale value and you want to sell it, go for it. But otherwise, donate it or throw it in the trash if it’s clear no one would want it.

Is it hard for you to part with some items, or are you a ruthless purger?

Hey! I'm Kacie, wife and mother of 3. I write about my family's finance: how we save money, improve our spending, and plan for the future.

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