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I’m Selling Everything Update.

You can click on the selling everything tag to follow my sell everything journey (read post from bottom up) or start from the original I’m Selling Everything I Own post.

I’m still on my mission (even added $40 to my bar chart, yesterday!)

The previous post, Cleaning out the Garage, was an intention for us to hold a garage sale. Unfortunately, this has been postponed for a later time (spring?). Not because of the weather, but due to a series of events that are taking place: not enough stuff for a garage sale, holiday and the passing of my brother-in-law.

Instead, I have refocused my efforts to listing items on eBay, Craigslist and the work eboards. The clothing items are being donated to the Goodwill.

I decided to keep track of my sell everything progress with an Excel Spreadsheet (another spreadhsheet??? LOL) to update as an item is listed or sold. (see below)

sell everything

It is my intention to continuously have something listed at all times.

Cleaning out the kitchen cupboards is still on my to do list. But, I have been making progress by periodically throwing an item into the ‘sell’ box sitting in the garage. ;)

I hope everyone is having a nice time getting ready for the holidays! I want to say thank you to all my readers/blogging friends! I’ve been getting some really inspirational comments, DMs, and emails lately and it brings a great smile to my day. Thank you! :)

Cleaning out the Garage

Old Records

Nostalgia. There are certain things you just gotta keep (above).

My husband and I spent time cleaning out the garage today. Did I tell you it looks superb? I’ve never seen it so clean! We tore through boxes, threw away junk, shredded old documents, took pictures of the items going to be sold online, made piles of stuff for our planned garage sale, clean out cupboards, got the stuff piled on the floor, killed a black widow, swept the floor, dropped off items to the thrift store, recycled… we just CLEANED! CLEANED! CLEANED! Love it.

We made $37.13 in the last two days!

We sold our artificial Christmas tree for $20 and made $17.13 in recycling our cans and bottles. SCORE! For some reason I just want to walk into the bank and hand them the cash to pay down the credit card bill. Does it sound silly? The money is in my wallet. I think I may just do that for personal satisfaction.

Part of me found it a bit difficult to rid of some items, but I knew that someone could get better use out of it. Better to have someone using the item then to be packed away in the garage. And I was saying to my husband, “I love these! I am going to keep them”. But then I saw him digging out his past treasures and was kindly reminded this was a joint effort. We are selling our things to get out of debt. I took the box back out, set it up for an image, and am happy to sell them away (how do you price a set of crystal glasses? Do you know how to tell real crystal glasses? You take a wet finger, run it around the rim of the glass, and it should produce a harmonious noise).

And my friends, you are right. It does get easier to let go of those past items as you push more out. I have no regrets and am happy to release those items. Of course, there are somethings we will keep; the china set with no place to be shown, a set of dish wear, those old records (above). I am excited to be finding items to sell and am happy to know it will help us to get out of debt. Everywhere I look in my house I ask myself, “can I sell this?”. LOL. I told my husband we are hitting up the kitchen and living room next. I am okay with having less material possessions.

I never realized how much stuff a person can have! I am surprised at the amount of Stuff! What do we need 15 cans of paint? or 3 pairs of bed frames? 3 yards of plastic? Tons of young children’s books? A hundred ‘stuffies’ (my daughter’s name for stuffed animals) sitting above the closet? Tons of clothes in my closet I never wear? ETC…ETC…ETC…

I can’t wait to see how our progression unfolds with this Sell Everything Theory!

Anyone up for some Hendrix? ;)

Like some Hendrix?

Selling Everything Progress

Bag-o-Limes

Selling everything also has me wanting to minimize or omit the unnecessary components in my life, too. Let me tell you how this ‘sell all process’ is going, what else has been taking place, what I am learning, and what I am gaining.

Progress this weekend:

Going

Husband decided he wants to have a garage sale (yeah!)
Cleaned out 1 Closet and started sellable pile
Husband added that we should ask my mom Mom now going to participate in our garage sale
Mom has lots of stuff - a lot worth more than a garage sale
Stated I would help her list on eBay, Craigslist, etc… for a small percentage of the sale
Cleaned out costume jewelry box (wow, clean)
Cataloged and bagged costume jewelry for garage sale
Also, repriced Half.com items for lower than suggested value – want to get out of my inventory!

 

cutting limes

 

What else has been taking place

This process has me cleaning out the unnecessary components in my life
I’ve cleaned out email inbox(es)
Unsubscribed to non-pf mail lists I have no time to read
Let me tell you with three email addresses and lots of subscriptions – this was a big task!
Cancelled 3 online accounts with automatic monthly deductions (gained $31)

 

Gaining

I’ve gained a way to make extra money helping mom list things online (this is not the same thing I was referring to in this post – this is in addition)
Clean Closet
Less stuff to burden my household

 

Lots of Limes for One Cup Lime Juice

 

Learning

This is not going to be a quick process
But if I keep at it, then the process with prosper
Process worth keeping to become debt-free: PRICELESS

 

Next Up

Husband brining home circle stickers
Price stuff
Have kitchen stuff in my trunk that I need to take pics, price and write sale description
Post kitchen sellables and gift cards online tomorrow at work (we have a work ‘eBay’ – it’s pretty cool)
Go thru next closet or kitchen cupboard
Consider selling cat – nah, Just kidding!

 

Limeade

 

What you learned

What to do with a Bag of Neighbor’s Limes,
How Many Limes it takes to Make Limeade,
How to Make Limeade

One Frugal Recipe:

  • One cup of Lime Juice
  • One cup of Sugar or to taste
  • 2 quarts of Water
  • Mix ingredients, chill, and enjoy!
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What are some of things you have done to earn extra money to pay down the debt? Or what are some of the ways you have saved money to increase the snowball payment?

I’m Selling Everything I Own

Sell All!

“Let’s sell everything we own!”, I exclaimed to my husband. Apparently, he didn’t have the same thoughts as me. “That would be going backwards”, he said.

I looked perplexed. “Backwards?” I asked, “but we owe $75,000 of debt. We can buy that stuff back later in cash.”

“I’ll think about it” he said in his manly voice.

Okay then, I am selling all I own! :) (Yes, I realize this is a joint effort, but sometime a woman needs to get the ball rolling)

This need to venture into a mass selling spree started after reading a guest post by Jenny Newcomer, on Man vs. Debt – PIF $15,000 in 9 months. I soon eyed the house for what I could possibly have to sell. And then it happened…

Every item in my house is now seen with a shiny price tag – the tent in the garage, the motorcycle helmets hanging on the wall, the books in my bookshelf, the coffee press in the cupboard. I realized, with new sight, that I have much to sell in my possession. The problem in the past, was the emotional attachment I harbored with these materialistic items. No more!

I will start small, but be persistant with posting and selling items.
My goal right now: to pay off half of my Bank of America card balance – $900.

On my agenda for the week:

  • Sell 2 unused gift cards
  • Inventory and update my book listings
  • List clothing on Ebay and donate the rest

 

There are different avenues I am looking to sell my items.

Ebay

With more than 88 million active users globally, eBay is the world’s largest online marketplace, where practically anyone can buy and sell practically anything. With a diverse and passionate community of individuals and small businesses, eBay offers an online platform where millions of items are traded each day.

Half

Half.com offers buyers an online marketplace where they can buy both new and used textbooks, books, music, movies and video games at discounted prices. With one of the largest inventories on the web, Half.com offers everyone the ability to find the best bargains online, quickly and easily.

Amazon

Selling on Amazon is a program that enables merchants to sell their products and inventory on Amazon.com. You can sign-up to sell items in the following categories: Books, Music, DVD, Video/VHS, Baby, Camera and Photo, Electronics, Grocery, Health and Personal Care, Home and Garden, Musical Instruments, Office Products, Personal Computers, Software, Sports & Outdoors, Toys & Games, Tools and Hardware, Video Games and Wireless Antennas and Boosters.

Craigslist

Local classifieds and forums – community moderated, and largely free. Jobs, housing, goods, services, romance, local activities, advice – just about anything really. Started as an email list of SF events, as a hobby by Craig Newmark in early 1995. It now generates more than 20 billion page views. On Craigslist.org you can sell just about anything. For good Craigslist selling tips, Click Here

Garage Sale

Garage sales are work – a lot of hard work, but the returns more than justify the effort. Whether it’s advertised as Patio, Carport, Yard, Porch, or Garage-a-Rama, people will come and buy. Clean out your closets and ANYTHING that is useless to you or you don’t want – put it in the sale. Don’t throw anything away. People will buy just about anything. You’d be surprised. What is one person’s trash is another’s GOLDMINE!

Let the Selling Begin! What is your best selling avenue (Craigslist, Ebay, Half, Garage Sales, etc…)?