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How/where to sell everything?
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Date: 7/10/09 10:33 PM

I have bought lots of things on Ebay and Craigs List. I like Craigs List the best.

Sorry for you situation and best wishes on your new adventure.

Hugs, Sew Cool

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Date: 7/10/09 10:48 PM

I keep a close eye on Craigslist and buy frequently. Having a picture to look at saves my time and yours if it is obviously not the style/color I'm looking for. Do take the time to look for furniture items similar to yours and price accordingly. Unfortunately, how much you paid for an item is irrelevant to it's current value.

Sorry to hear of your distress! I hope this all works together for good in the long run.

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Date: 7/10/09 11:17 PM

I spent the last 2 years getting ready to move and selling on both places. I will tell you that summer is not the best time to sell, and that prices and buying are way down on both w the economy.

But do what's best for you. If you can afford to give a lot away, do it. Just get rid of it. You'll soon learn what will sell on Craigslist and eBay and what isn't worth the trouble.

Good luck w it all and w the move!

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Date: 7/11/09 8:50 AM

You may have expected more replies to your thread..I know I did....I believe we are all stunned by this news..I read your posting yesterday several times..and thanked my lucky stars..but could not bring myself to reply till now..I would like to encourage you to think of this as an opportunity.. When things improve for you ..and they will..you will be rid of old clutter..and then buy new again..we moved many times in the military..and sometimes had to rid ourselves of almost everything..and I then just comforted myself with the thought that one day in the future I would be able to buy all new... I would try Craigslist first..then a garage sale..and last a consignment center..last because their commissions are so high..If possible have a garage sale both in your neighborhood as well as perhaps a neighborhood of a friend...I think we are all learning from your experience..quite a shock indeed and has caused me to reflect on how I am handling the family finances..The old saying ..There but for the grace of God go I..certainly applies..The very best of luck to you..we are all here in our support even if unable to muster the courage to reply to your thread.. I am sure others will join in when able..

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Date: 7/11/09 9:30 AM

I moved last year, and am moving again this year, so I know how much work and effort it can be to get rid of things. My heart goes out to you. Even giving things away for free on freecycle can be very time consuming and frustrating, as people don't always show. Sadly, used goods will bring only pennies on the dollar for the most part, but I agree that craigslist is your best bet. Good luck.

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Date: 7/11/09 9:32 AM

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Date: 7/11/09 10:14 AM

I've wanted to say something, too, but I didn't know what to say. I did tell my husband about your plight on a late night walk.

My mom had a stroke 4 years ago next month and up until 2 years ago, I believed she would finally go back home. It is now clear that will never happen. It will never happen. And so I am in the situation of having to figure out how to clear/clean out her house to sell it. In December of this year, she will have owned that house 50 years and it has been so hard to contemplate emptying it out--and there is a lot to empty out--and selling it. So I read your post in two ways. First was the practical, strategic aspect of getting rid/selling things, just that idea of clearing out all those artifacts of living/life. But then secondly, I read your post from what it means to have to leave your home; to have to sell things, to dismantle the physical parts of your life, and I read that feeling great compassion for you and your husband.

I have had 4 years to emotionally cope and prepare for this moment, for this loss, really, and so I can only imagine what you are going through with the suddeness of the move. I hope you find the strength and energy to cope and have peace of mind.

If it helps, my in-laws, in their early sixties cleared out their house and moved into a retirement type condo. I think my mil never looked back and loved the change, but they were retired military and upheavals seemed normal to them. Still, they were very happy with their new, decluttered lives and it was really quite amazing to see how little was actually important to them to hold on to.

I am hoping you find peace and balance and I am so sorry you are having to experience this. I think it will take time to process; just reading your post required time for me to process. I know others here are thinking of you, too.

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Date: 7/11/09 5:02 PM

I was watching one of the tv progrms that showed "decluttering" and design. One thing really stuck in my mind from one episode. A guy had a canister vacuum cleaner that didn't work but had so many happy memories from his childhood and siblings - riding it, cleaning, their Mom. They took a photo of it and framed it for the house. Took up less room AND kept the memory. Sadly, my DSIL died, but before she got ill she took the video camera and went through the entire house and filmed the items as she presented a monologue about what each item was and it's histroy and the reason it was in her house. Some stuff had no meaning other than nice or comfie and some was so intrinsically valuable that her family really has a sense of her life. No one kid could get everything, but copies of the vidoe DVD went to everyone. So photograph stuff rather than keep it! My prayers, since my family has had many periods of time when there was great want and need and no way to meet it. And do look on this as a chance to keep only what you need AND love. what will make your life easier and what will fulfill your wants AND NEEDS! Love to you and much luck.
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Date: 7/11/09 6:04 PM

I'm sorry for your situation, that must be difficult. I hope you are able to manage well.

My first thought is that eBay is NOT the place for most things coming from a home. I would think eBay would give you the best prices for smaller or rare items with market value that can be shipped (like sewing supplies, patterns, rarer silver, good dishes in a unique pattern, etc). However, keep in mind that eBay/paypal fees combined will probably take 15-20% of whatever you make and in the end, it may not be worth it except for a few small items that have a large value. I sell on eBay, but have a small specialty market doing it and it does help me earn some extra income. It isn't worth the time for clothes, trinkets, etc. unless they are high-end. Think of eBay as both a huge garage sale, and a place to locate obscure items that your local stores wouldn't carry. People are either looking for great bargains, or are willing to pay only for what items they cannot find close by or couldn't locate in a regular online store. eBay has a learning curve to figure out what times to list/close your auctions, learning accurate descriptions, categories to list in, and listing strategies to make the most $. It does take time, which sounds like you may not have a lot of at this moment.

I'd go for Craigslist first, especially for furniture and larger items. You would probably make more from Craigslist then a garage sale, but a good description and good pictures are important as well. And you don't have to contend with shipping fees and payment problems since Craigslist is mainly cash. Another option like a local newspaper or Pennysaver publication for individual items may get you more $ than a yard sale..

For a lot of the smaller, less valuable items, a garage/Estate sale would probably be quickest and easiest. Buyers are looking for rock-bottom pricing in this economy, so don't overprice if you need it to sell. If you call it an "Estate" sale rather than a garage sale, you may be able to ask for slightly more $. I think the word "estate" may set a different expectation for buyers than just your average clean-out-some-stuff yard sale. It's a 1-2 day sales commitment, but a lot of prep work. A yard sale would NOT be the place to try to sell newer sewing equipment, etc. since most buyers don't understand the value of it.

I hope it goes well.
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