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It is time to confess I don’t resell as much of my stuff as I once did. In fact just this week the kids and I filled the entire back of my SUV with items we no longer needed and dropped them all off at a local thrift store.
You see before I started this blog, reselling was one of my favorite ways to add money to our families income. I would hold a Craiglist blitz weekend and raise enough to go camping for a week. I would list items on eBay and pay for swimming lessons and soccer fees. I held a yard sale and made enough for my husband and I to go on a couples weekend getaway. I would drag bags of too small clothes to consignment stores and cash out my account to pay for a fun day with friends.
I had time on my hands to do those sorts of things, and I was good at it them, which caused people to ask me to help them resell their things and so I started this blog to help them and then I didn’t have so much time on my hands.
We also once lived in an awesome location for yard sales and now we don’t. My children’s clothes were once small enough for a consignment store that was very easy to use and now their not.
My season of life has completely changed and with it my reselling habits has changed. I now have a reselling limit. If I cannot sell an item for $10 or more to the thrift store it goes (with the exception of Homeschooling curriculum that I sell at a once a year second hand curriculum sale)
My limit reminds me of Crystal’s story about why she doesn’t make homemade tortillas . My time is valuable. It isn’t that I am earning a lot of money on this blog, but I am earning some, and each hour I spend reselling instead of blogging takes away from my potential blog earnings, yet reselling can often yield a higher hourly wage for me than blogging. It is a bit of a juggling act but by setting my reselling limit at $10 profit minimum, I have made balancing it easier on myself .
3 Reasons why I am loving My $10 Resell Limit
1. I am supporting local charities
I have been deeply touched by the book More Or Less and I have been praying for a way to give from my families excess ( you need to read the book to understand) and giving my small stuff to a local thrift store who uses the money to feed the local hungry seems like a great answer to prayer. A single income family like my own can’t afford to give many cash donations but we can afford to donate the small items we no longer use.
2. The limit makes decluttering faster
Before I use to take time deciding whether an item we no longer used was best sold at a yard sale, or at a consignment store or perhaps some other method of reselling would be better. The process was time consuming, and I often put it off because it took so much time. Now I hold an item up and say to myself “can I get $10 or more for this ” and if not it goes in the give pile. Just this week I was able to go through our entire attic in under an hour collecting the SUV load in the above picture for the thrift store. In my “reselling almost everything days” that same job would have taken hours.
3. I have less stuff around
I use to have boxes of stuff in the attic for the next yard sale, boxes of clothes in the closet waiting for the consignment store to change seasons, and boxes in the family room full of books waiting until I got enough to sell as a lot on eBay. Now I try to snap a picture and sell and item in a local Facebook Buy and Sell group the minute I decide we don’t need it , and as soon as I have a box or two for the thrift store it is out of the house on my next trip to town.
Your stage of life is probably different than mine. You need to decide what level of reselling is best for you and your family in your current stage of life. For me and my family that level is sticking to selling big items only and allowing smaller items to fund local charities.
This post was inspired by My Changing View Of Stuff on A Slob Comes Clean. After reading Noni’s thoughts on her changing views on the value of her stuff I began thinking more and more about my own changing views of my families stuff. I highly recommend Noni’s blog A Slob Comes Clean to all messies like myself.
Looking for ways to tame the clutter in your home that you don’t want to sell? Here are 10 of my favorite ways to tame clutter.