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Getting rid of the stuff!

I am not sure how much you have collected, I do know that 11 years in one house has led to a substantial collection………. do I really need a punch bowl, stacks of wicker baskets and 3 full bookcases?

No and it is time for them to go! I have already sold off some of the stuff we had floating around using our local Craigs list, its cheap aka Free and easy to do. For better responses use attention getting headlines and don’t forget to include what benefits they will get from having your……….. having a photograph really helps too. Use a good quality photograph you can take your own or use a photo pulled from the manufacturer’s site. While you’re there check to see how much the item sells for at retail cost. However don’t expect to sell it for that, realistically to get half price you will be lucky, a third is probably more realistic. It just depends on who is looking for that item at the time.

Watch out for the scammers! Do not accept Money orders and bank drafts especially when they are long distance purchases. The draft may appear to clear your bank until they try to redeem it with the issuing bank, which doesn’t exist….. you are then liable for the funds and you may have even paid for it to be shipped to the fraudster! Someone tried that with me……. be cautious.

Consider selling clothes on assignment, especially if you have good quality classic pieces. Check your area for consignment stores and pay them a visit, to see what they sell and discuss how the process works. Some stores only take seasonal items, unluckily for me a store I really like is taking only spring items, if you’re able you can wait till the fall. Unfortunately this is not going to help me at all. I kept looking and found another store that will take all seasons. Be aware though that your dearly beloved outfits may not be considered so desirable by the store owner. They know their clients and have a good idea of what will sell and after all you want it to sell don’t you?

The remainder of your excess wardrobe will always be gratefully accepted by any number of charitable organizations! Developmental Disabilities Association, Big Brother, Salvation Army local thrift stores, you can de-clutter and help a worthy cause…. how awesome is that?

How many things I can do without!” ~ Socrates (on looking at a multitude of wares for sale)

About the author: Michael was born under a wanderin’ star. He is an Engineer who became an explorer, a photography bug, and hack traveller writer with the propensity to be snarky. “Retired” in 2012 at the age of 44, he and his wife Yvonne travel and house sit around the globe on a full time basis. Michael’s goal is to share the process of escaping the rat race, exploring the globe, and some of the experiences along the way.

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