March 30, 2012

The Big Purge Plan

Almost all our superfluous stuff is gone but there is still more to go... here's how we are doing it.

Our plan was to sell as much as we could and donate or trash the rest. We had a huge yard sale, sold things on Craigslist, took some to a second hand store, sold some on Ebay, and gave some away.

We have a great second hand bookstore here and we took most of our books there for cash and credit. As we are readers and book lovers, we had a lot to sell.

The consignment store we used for clothes is a chain and not my favorite. However, I do like to buy clothes for my kids there, so having a credit there is nice.

We sold most of the big furniture items on craigslist before our yard sale. That was the most profitable venture of our purge, because we had some really large pieces we are getting rid of.

Everything else we sold at our yard sale. We had a joint sale with my parents and best friends. We didn't have it at our house because our neighborhood HOA doesn't allow them. However, we are blessed with great friends and who have great friends. Their previous landlord let us have our sell at his house that our friends had just vacated. We were able to take our items to the house over a few weeks and store them there until the big day. The house had a huge yard and was on a very busy highway. It was really a great location to have a sale. We had a two day sale, Friday and Saturday. Then a local church came and picked up the leftovers for their upcoming sale.

We had some really nice entertaining items that are worth a lot more than they would have gone for at a yard sale, so we hired an Ebay consignor. I could have done it, but since I don't have a working camera (hence the lack of pictures on my blog) and I have no experience, I hired it out. Sometimes time is worth more than money.

We had some items that were needed by family and friends. We ended up giving away most of our baby items. Some of our family just had a surprise fourth blessing to their family and it was really nice to be able to share our baby things with them.

Lastly, we are going to donate, recycle, or trash anything else.

We still have some more to purge, but not enough to have another yard sale. I may try to sell some of it on Craigslist, but mostly it will end up at the local charity.

Are you purging? How did you get rid of your clutter?

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