1. I also really prefer if I can hand stuff down to a friend or acquaintance and feel that it will be used and appreciated. I’ve also started giving stuff to the Salvation Army because I like their approach to helping the poor.

    I sold some things on ebay for a relative pittance. Most things I have “worth” selling were given to me anyway, since I don’t shop much for clothing, and then at the thrift store. I think it takes a couple tries to realize it’s just not worth it. Then again, my husband sold a pair of (hand-me-down) jeans at ebay for $100. Maybe I’m just a bad salesperson.

    • That’s fantastic about the ebay sale! I think I have finally landed on a new philosophy. For every item I list for sale, I’m going to donate double. This weekend, I listed a designer necklace and earrings set, so I found four more lotions, perfumes, etc., to donate. And then if the items don’t sell, I’m donating.

  2. Hahaha, I never learn my lesson either when it comes to these things! I’ve had a hard time considering time lost vs. money gained. A week’s worth of work for $6? I like to think it’s a win, but in reality it’s just pennies for the effort I exerted. I’m working on keeping my time valuable, but it’s tough!

    I usually donate things to Goodwill, but if it’s items that still hold value, I do try to sell them over at Clothes Mentor, Craigslist, or eBay. There’s nothing wrong with trying to make even a little bit of your money back, especially if it’s for a quality piece of clothing!

  3. I also love giving things away for free to a good home, but sometimes it’s much, much easier to load up the car and drop the whole shebang off at Savers, where they say that they donate some proceeds to Big Brothers Big Sisters. After this, it’s out of my hands.
    Some of it probably ends up in landfills, though I hope that it’s recycled instead. I also know that not ALL the proceeds are donated, but I think that the store itself is a benefit to the community and I shop there sometimes too, so I’m glad it makes enough to stay in business.
    When I do shop there, sometimes I see my old stuff for sale, so I know that at least some of it truly is being rehomed.
    Could I do better? Of course. But at what cost? Most of my stuff isn’t Poshmark-worthy, and I think it’s only fair that if Savers will take my old hangers and tupperware and keep them out of a landfill, they can have some Ann Taylor too.

  4. kim domingue

    We have a circle of family and friends of our families. We put the word out, wait for a week for the word to get around to see if anyone
    wants/needs or knows someone who wants/needs the thing/things. If
    no one does then the thing/things are donated. As a rule, the majority of us, will only try to sell big ticket items that we’ve bought such as motorcycles, a newish set of furniture or a newish appliance. Handmedowns are never sold, they’re just handed down again, lol! I seldom buy new clothes any more as I can find last season’s items at Goodwill in their $1.49 a pound store. Seventy five cents for a pair of jeans beats the hell out of $75! And I’m dressed quite stylishly.

    It’s also a case of “know thyself”. If I don’t get things out of the house quickly, they’ll sneak back in somehow in the middle of the night. And, while I want to be frugal, I want to be clutter free even more! So, I’ll line dry my clothes and make my own detergent and cook frugal meals and mend things and make things myself and save money that way. And I’ll give away and donate the things that I no longer need or want. And I’ll watch in admiration all of the entrepreneurs raking in the cash from selling their stuff…… from afar, lol!

    • That’s such a smart strategy! I definitely give away more than I sell or try to sell. I think it’s part of me being reluctant to let it go. I really need to just say adios. The extra space provides way more relief than the $50-$100. I think 😉

      • kim domingue

        Well, in my case it works best because I’m clearing the clutter from 37 years of marriage. Don’t know who’s worse…..me or the hub’s, lol! Both of us have had a Great Depression mentality due not only to upbringing but to having been so broke for so many of the early years of our marriage. Letting go of things is hard for me but it’s easier if it’s family or friends who want or need something or knowing that my things are going to someone who is, maybe, as broke as we were years ago. I so vividly remember wanting pretty things that we couldn’t afford. But, I have to get things out of the house in a timely fashion because if I don’t then I’ll start second guessing myself and things might never leave…..and I NEED things to leave, lol!

  5. Adriana Carrillo

    Don’t sell to Thredup. I just did and I personally think that they take too much money from the sale. They’re giving me 3.65 for 4 items of which two pairs of jeans still had tags on them. I’d rather just donate my items to a local church.

    • I really should update this now that I’ve “sold” them baby clothes, too. I agree, Adriana. They are a joke. And the fact that they now sell items they reject (?!) is even more frustrating. I felt better about things not being taken because at least they went to charity.

      • Kim Domingue

        And so many charities….big brother/big sister, women’s shelters, men’s she!ters, churches in less fortunate areas as well as community programs in those areas and a whole slew more that I’m probably unaware of. I figure that $5.65 isn’t going to make me or break me….but that same $5.65 might have back in the early years when I was so thankful for hand-me-downs so my money could go to stuff like the electricity bill and groceries. And I think about all of the people out there that don’t have the family and community that I did where hand-me-downs and borrowing stuff back and forth was a given. Not saying that trying to make back some of the money that we spend on stuff is selfish or wrong….just that I generally come out with a wealth of good feelings by giving stuff to someone who really needs it.

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