Mr. P and I are in the midst of a massive overhaul of our home. For the past few weeks, I’ve been a decluttering machine. Craigslist, Poshmark, Tradesy, local consignment stores. You name it, I’ve tried it*. I have also filled several trash bags to the breaking point and bequeathed them to my neighborhood Goodwill and a few other local charities.
But then it occurred to me: Donating an incredibly-out-of-date top to Goodwill mostly benefits me. Not Goodwill. Sure, I have some big-ticket items and designer duds that I’d still like to consign, but my time is worth something too, right? Was I spending too much time reselling things for pennies on the dollar? Couldn’t I afford to be a little more generous?
This week, I started using the “Free” section of NextDoor (it’s like Facebook for neighborhoods) to post some items. Like really nice items. A planter. Two trellises. An older outdoor glider and an end table that I knew someone would love. Some certificates for free frozen yogurt from a local eatery.** Some surplus veggies from our garden because
my parents will only accept so many zucchinis I haven’t mastered the art of Pinterest I might die if I eat another one this week. And you know what? It’s been really nice way to meet people in the area and then strike up a conversation when our paths cross again on an evening walk.
I guess I figure that not only are Mr. P and I building some majorly good freebie-find karma for the future, but these kinds of relationships are worth more than the stress and time it would take to list some of the items. Plus, I got to peek at my glider the other night. It looks a whole lot happier on my neighbor’s front porch that it did crammed in the back of our shed.
*Except eBay. ebay is scary. More on this reselling fun at a later date.
**Even I have my limits. Try as I may, I can only eat so much froyo before the expiration date.
So Tell Me…Would you ever give something away for free even if you thought you might be able to sell it? Does your neighborhood put out good “freebie finds” on garbage day? What do you do with items you no longer want?