I Shoulda Gone Into Sales.

I Shoulda Gone Into Sales.

I think I’ve mentioned a time or two how much I am bothered by owning stuff. I often go through these periods where that feeling surges and I’m compelled to get rid of everything. At the same time, I have some strong pack-rat tendencies that have me saving things “just in case” and because of sentimentality.

Add to this the fact that I’m so tired (always) that I often don’t have it in me to do anything about any of the stuff. There’s a whole section of my basement devoted to things I know I’m going to sell… eventually. Then there are the bins of things to go through, combinations of stuff from our old house, keepsakes, and stuff of my mom’s. When I get to thinking about all that, I start getting overwhelmed.

Also, selling stuff is an enormous pain in the ass. Craigslist means that I’m getting emails from randos. I’m not dealing with ebay. It’s too cold for a yard sale, as that is primarily an April through October thing. Usually, my go to is to sell on the Facebook online sale pages. There are tons of them where I am, which is great, but it’s a lot to maintain listings of so many things. Don’t even get me started on all the pictures I have to take and all the listings I have to create in the first place.

I finally got my act together and listed all of my jewelry for sale. I don’t actually like wearing jewelry and I never wear it so every day that I look it, I’m bothered by it all. I sold five necklaces this past week. It was wonderful.

I took a bin full of my kid’s old clothes to a resale shop and made $35. Trying to sell each individual piece would have taken me forever. I probably could have scored more money selling everything separate, but who has that kind of time? Not me.

Then I listed a ton of toys on Facebook. I now have four shopping bags of stuff sitting by my front door waiting for buyers over the next few days. I have a few pending sales. This makes me very happy.

I still have so much more to purge, but I’m so pleased by my progress this weekend. I hope I can keep up this momentum.

This is yeah write’s nomo writing challenge Day 8.

10 Responses to “I Shoulda Gone Into Sales.”

  1. Jennifer G. Knoblock says:

    Oh, good for you! We are finding tons to get rid of, now that we’ve dragged it all into a new house. :) I’m thinking the local FB sales pages are the way to go, but I’m not looking forward to the listing work. We did take a chest of drawers to the consignment shop today!

    • michellelongo says:

      Moving is the worst because of all the stuff! I’m hoping my next move will involve no stuff 😉 The listing work is tough but when it pays off it’s so great. Good luck!

  2. I just did this with all my clothes, it felt so good! (Thanks to Marie Kondo I went from feeling like I had nothing to wear to the opposite without getting anything new!)

    • michellelongo says:

      I haven’t Kondoed yet. I did a huge clothes purge a few years ago and I haven’t really acquired too much since. But there is going to be an entire post here devoted to my wardrobe and how I feel about it, so you’ll have to stay tuned!

  3. ellenbehm says:

    I have so much to purge before we try to sell our house next year. I’ve heard the FB sale pages are a great way to do it, but haven’t tried yet.

    • michellelongo says:

      It can be a total pain – people say they’re interested and then they don’t respond or I’m sitting here waiting for people to pick up stuff b/c they are late – but mostly it’s been a good experience. Now that they’ve streamlined the listing process and it holds your sale items up top instead of having to scroll to find them, it’s easier to keep track.

      I would like to sell everything we own so the next time we decide to move I can just pack in one afternoon :)

  4. Stacie says:

    Good for you! Moving twice in the past 5 years has really helped with purging, although I still have way too much stuff. I’m hoping to tackle my closet this week. It’s out of control (I blame my Stitch Fix addiction.)!

    • michellelongo says:

      My closet is in pretty good shape. The worst part of my clothes situation is that I have stuff I’ll need if I continue to lose weight so I need to save it but that’s so annoying. Stay tuned for wardrobe post though!

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