Hi there, Mrs. 1500 here.
We are finally moved in! Well, we finally have all our things out of the storage locker and into our garage. Unpacking will commence this week, but with all
our my stuff, it will take weeks to go through.
Last week, I asked if I should host a garage sale or just donate it all to the thrift store. Most of the responses I received were to just donate it. The reasons varied, Allie from Allie’s Everyday Adventures made a really good point. You only get the extra deductions on the donation if you itemize your taxes. We do this now, but this year may be the last year we have enough deductions to itemize.
Stephanie reminded me to make a detailed list in case of a tax audit. We make lists, but also take a lot of picture of the piles right before we donate, just in case.
CJ from The Great Jollyhoombah lives in a homeowner’s association that does not even allow garage sales! (Yet another perk of moving out of Douglas County is no more restrictive associations. Ours was pretty fair about things, but still, the list of you-can’t-do’s was really long.)
But The First Million is the Hardest put it so succinctly: “…having a garage sale is too much of a hassle.”
With all that is going on in the house, needing a new kitchen, bathroom, adding a master suite, changing the roofline, replacing all the windows, etc. hosting a garage sale is just too much hassle right now. Then, I met Kim, a new neighbor who is organizing a block garage sale in 3 weeks. Very tempting, but that is the weekend a very dear friend is coming to visit.
So I will just load up the Honda Element as I go. Once it is filled,I’ll drive it to the local thrift store, then come back and start over. It should take several loads to empty my stash.
Now to this week’s question: Do you approve of regifting? You know, Aunt Myrtle sends you a beautiful picture frame, but it just isn’t your style. Your friend Bettie has many frames in her house that look just like this, and she is getting married next week. Do you regift to Bettie, do you use it anyway on the off chance Aunt Myrtle stops by, or do you just donate it to the thrift store?
I approve wholeheartedly of regifting, and have regifted several times in my life. Most recently, I passed along a Victoria’s Secret gift card that I got from my in-laws to my sister, who does indeed shop there. I actually received two cards from them over the years, and used one $50 card to buy one bra. That goes against my frugal nature, so I regifted to my sister, and now shop at Target.
I have regifted numerous things in my life, and have no plans to stop. If I cannot use it, why have it sitting around? If I do not like it or do not want it, but know someone else who does, I save money on a gift, and the gift gets used.
***IMPORTANT NOTE*** Before regifting, open the box completely to make sure there isn’t anything incriminating inside. I read in Dear Abby once where a couple received a gift and tucked inside was a card to the person who gave the gift to them.
So, do you regift?
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