Hi there, Mrs. 1500 again.
Last week, I asked about moving. Do you do it yourselves, pay someone else to do it, or use a hybrid approach? Not surprisingly, most readers are DIYers. Pack it themselves, load up the truck, and drive to their new destination. People after my own heart… But I would have been surprised if you all had hired movers.
Savvy Financial Latina had a really good point, “The important thing is to try to be a minimalist, so you have less stuff to move.” Oh, how I wish I had taken this advice about 3 months ago. We have too much stuff*. Or rather, I have too much stuff. I am a pre-hoarder, finding interesting things that I just know “I can do something with.” Of course, that is the official “hoarders motto.”
We are moving into a home roughly 1/3 the size of our last house, and I have to purge. In the past, I have made about $7 hosting garage sales. Maybe I price my stuff too high? I think I just get rid of stuff that no one else wants, too.
I don’t want to waste an entire Saturday sitting there trying to sell stuff no one wants. I don’t want to waste time putting price tags on things no one will buy. But I don’t want to throw away money, either. Donating to a thrift store sounds like a great way to go. You get to write it off on your taxes, and you are helping a worthy cause. But maybe you could make more money by having a garage sale?
What do you suggest? If I go the garage sale route, I will have general prices, like all clothes and toys $.50 unless marked. Everything on this table is $.25 in order to diminish the amount of time spent pricing things. If I go the thrift store route, I don’t have to do any of that.
So, Garage Sale or Thrift Store? What do you recommend?
*Mr. 1500 chips in: This is an understatement. We have two storage lockers (10×20 and 10×25 that are filled). Bah! My dream is to live a minimalist existence where everything fits into one moving truck easily. Stay tuned…
**I loved this car! The quirky, door stop/wedge styling is great! This was also a great garage sale find. We bought it for $1400, drove it for 3 years and then sold it for $3000. These things have collectors value these days. You never know what you’ll stumble across at someone’s sale.
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