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Another Woman’s Treasure… Smarter Ways to DeClutter
It’s funny..isn’t it? The things we decide to ‘declutter’ are just the things someone else really needs. I think it’s wonderful that we have so many ways to pass on our trash…I mean treasure…to others.
There are several ways to de-clutter, as I'm sure you know. You can, of course, just box it up and donate it to a thrift store. I have several favorites!
You can do what I did this weekend, and give away some of your treasures to new homes like to friends or family. Or you can also sell your extra stuff at a garage sale or on Craig's list or Ebay.
This week, I managed to do several of these things, though I hadn't actually planned to tackle the 'Ebay' process. My mom decided to drop by for a visit as I mentioned earlier and I was able to give her back several of the 'treasures' that I've been enjoying this year.
I didn't cry..but sniff..it was hard to let them go. The cradle is just so beautiful..and so is the old rocker. The antique gold chair has held an honored place in our home for well over a year. But they are gone now…giving us much needed space.
Today was spent doing something very high on Dear Hubby's list...selling our excess stuff (some call it clutter) on Ebay and Craig's list. It sounds so simple, but wow--it was a LOT of work. (And it’s very painful too when you have to part with an antique like my dear sewing machine!)
First you have to clean everything..and some things are NOT easy to clean, I must say.
Then you have to research the prices on everything. I couldn't believe my Teddy Bear salt and pepper shakers were selling for $39.00! (I’m starting the bidding at $15.00. )
And the high chair originally cost $200-300.00! Of course, it's not worth that now, but still. That's pretty amazing! But I didn’t know what all the features is had until I researched it.
It can lower seven degrees of height, tilt back at an angle, and collapse with one hand. I should have looked up the features years ago!
I couldn't put the bumper pool table on Craig's list yet, because I need Dear Hubby to help load it. I'd hate to have someone call only to have to tell them, "Wait till Monday." But I did take lots of photos.
I managed to get several things posted but I have lots left to do to. Still..the office is much more spacious now...as is the living room. Yeah! Hubby will be so happy when he gets home!
My beloved ‘retro style’ vintage chair will be sold on Craig’s list..sigh…
Of course, Mom loves to shop at antique shops and thrift stores and we visited several this week. So…I’m also having to make room for new treasures like new and stylish clothes from Macy’s (all my size), new glasses and silverware (I’m selling the old stuff).
I also bought a darling sign (for .25 cents) to put in the spot where the dulcimer used to hang. (Mom bought it for Dad..so I gave it back to her.) :o)
At the thrift store, I found two lovely tea cups for a $1.00 each, and a small George Forman grill to put in my daughter’s hope chest. I also found a nicer butter dish to replace my old one which was too bulky and didn’t match my dishes.
Mom found these gorgeous plant stands at the giant garage sale only two miles from the house. This is the same place I bought my new wardrobe and a booster seat for toddler sized grandchildren ($2.00--to replace the oversized high-chair.)
I was so pleased to discover that the woman doing the sale is a quilter. We’ve already made plans to visit soon and to do a little quilting together! :o)
Darling sign picked up at a Goodwill Store (and plums from our tree ripening in a safer place.)
So a lot of things are being sold, or have been given away. But I’ve also added some ‘treasures’. We have to get rid of the ‘old’ if we are ever going to make room for the ‘new’.
What is your favorite method for parting with your treasures? Do you sell your stuff on Ebay or Craig’s list?
Hope you had a fun weekend!