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« Reply #1800 on: December 05, 2018, 03:23:21 PM »
Neighbor on Buy Nothing moved into her first solo place and has nothing. I'm gifting a lamp, a crockpot, and some toilet cleaner (have multiple bottles and don't like it much anyway). Oh, and a microfiber cleaning rag. I'l also let her look around in our truck where we have all the donation items and see if there's anything she needs. We really need to go drop those off...

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« Reply #1801 on: December 05, 2018, 03:49:38 PM »
If I can't get 20 for something I give it away. It also depends on my mood. Sometimes I put stuff outside with a free sign, sometimes off to the thrift store and sometimes I sell. Most dog related items sell well. As do old appliances. My husband has a much tougher time then me so he has his stuff in his office, shed and 1 car garage and he never can find anything. About once a year he will get rid of a bunch of stuff but it never lasts.  The rest of the house is neat.  I did a big paper declutter and also have bags of stuff for thrift store.

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« Reply #1802 on: December 05, 2018, 06:56:13 PM »
I having been holding on to a vintage canister set, hoping they would sell, but I decided I was tired of looking at them so they are getting donate.

I also finally sold two bar stools today. I bought them a few weeks ago off Facebook  Marketplace and the seller said they were counter height, but they weren't. Anyway, they are finally gone.

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« Reply #1803 on: December 06, 2018, 10:20:10 AM »
Thanks all for so many good ideas and thoughts.

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"Does you spouse have a private room in the house, like a study? Could he store his stuff in that room alone, while you declutter the rest of the house?"

Yes, he does have study, it's a complete disaster. I'm so glad I never have to go in there lol. I'd love to help him organize it because I know it is a sense of frustration for him. He wants to get his shit cleaned up but truly lacks this skills to do so. I can help, but only so much. We do have an area in the garage for stuff to donate/get rid of (it's constantly filling because of my mom, see below).

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Most of the house is pretty neat and tidy with some exceptions of course. The kiddo has a play room and.... go figure, she has too many toys and too much stuff. My mother has a shopping addiction and sends us way, way, way too much stuff (I posted in the anti mustachian thread about hoarding). Part of our issue too is that our garage is really insufficient for our storage needs given that we have a lot of hobbies that unfortunately come with a large "stuff" footprint: camping, skiing,  bikes, and spouse has a motorcycle. So we have rooms that are rather empty and rooms that are overflowing. UGH.

@TomTX : He lets me throw away all my stuff, no problem, luckily. And "new" stuff my mom sends us he doesn't even want to look at. He's only strongly attached to things with memories/emotions from other people from his life.

I did manage to get rid of some sporting equipment of my kid's that was too small. Sold on craigslist. 1 thing down. 100000 to go.

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« Reply #1804 on: December 06, 2018, 11:54:03 AM »
Got a bunch of stuff moved to the street yesterday.  The city came by and picked it up right as I was finishing up.  That worked out well.  Then mom and I went Christmas shopping.  I had unpacked some dishes that we think belonged to her grandmother.  She didn't want them, so we took them by a thrift store to donate.  Bonus points for finding a new, unopened Lite Brite while I was there as a Christmas gift for my kid. 

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« Reply #1805 on: December 06, 2018, 08:50:34 PM »
Just when I think I've listed every possible thing that makes sense on eBay, i remember something. Two crystal ornaments that were gifts from . . . my high school boyfriend's mom. ;-) Totally not my taste, I put them on the tree every year because they are in the ornament box, etc. I looked them up on eBay today, and one of them is actually worth something! Already have an offer for $40. Not sure if the second one is worth anything. So excited!


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« Reply #1806 on: December 07, 2018, 07:32:44 AM »
Today on my day off, I decluttered the freezers. We have 2 fridges with each 3 freezer drawers. I had lost an overview of what was inside.
I went through the drawers and wrote everything in it on a list that is on the fridge. So it is easy to see from outside what is in it.
I threw away 1 old pot of sauce and 2 old portions of stock. I found a box of kiwis in pieces and made jam from them. I also found a small box of prunes in pieces and made a Chinese prune sauce that we will eat tomorrow. I picked 2 other portions that I will eat tonight. And I threw away some green herbs that were unmarked.

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« Reply #1807 on: December 07, 2018, 12:49:16 PM »
A friend wanted some steel water bottles which we have too many of (most barely used!)--so three of them are heading to him and another is going to the thrift store.
So much more room in that cupboard now :)

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« Reply #1808 on: December 08, 2018, 12:37:58 PM »
Ended up making $50 on one of the ornaments I impulse posted on eBay. Yes! Already mailed & out of the house. I also listed another five items, including something that's been on my "post this" list for over a year.

I'm also going to try & talk my 11 year old into giving up the telescope that was a gift (he begged for) & used exactly once. Now is the right time of the year to list on our local neighborhood site, and he can keep the money for Christmas gifts.

I have posted both kids fancy BMX bikes (bought with their own money, for BMX biking) on a few local sites, so hoping they sell. It's been a valuable lesson for the kids in not buying new, saving your money (a good thing) for big purchases, but making sure the purchase is really something you think you'll want over an extended period of time.

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« Reply #1809 on: December 09, 2018, 03:10:15 AM »
A friend wanted some steel water bottles which we have too many of (most barely used!)--so three of them are heading to him and another is going to the thrift store.
So much more room in that cupboard now :)

I'm doing the same thing, offloading stainless steel bottles and KeepCups (I'm given a lot through work) to friends and family.

Love helping people go zero-waste at no cost.

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« Reply #1810 on: December 09, 2018, 05:05:49 PM »
Caught up with family over the weekend and gave them their Christmas presents. Not strictly decluttering, but I'm thrilled to have them out of my house.

Added another book to the Vinnies bag.

And put a wobbly outdoor candelabra out for council clean-up.

Lately I'm finding it easier to get rid of things that I'd previously held on to just in case.

A relative (who lives more than 200km away and isn't popping in for a visit) gave me a queen-size turquoise fleece blanket about two years ago.

I just don't need it, but I've felt guilty for parting with it.

I finally went back to the $20 rule - could I replace this for less than $20 if I had to? Yep.

It can go to Vinnies.

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« Reply #1811 on: December 09, 2018, 05:39:21 PM »
Caught up with family over the weekend and gave them their Christmas presents. Not strictly decluttering, but I'm thrilled to have them out of my house.

Added another book to the Vinnies bag.

And put a wobbly outdoor candelabra out for council clean-up.

Lately I'm finding it easier to get rid of things that I'd previously held on to just in case.

A relative (who lives more than 200km away and isn't popping in for a visit) gave me a queen-size turquoise fleece blanket about two years ago.

I just don't need it, but I've felt guilty for parting with it.

I finally went back to the $20 rule - could I replace this for less than $20 if I had to? Yep.

It can go to Vinnies.

You have reminded me... A friend handmade us a quilt. An unbelievable amount of thought and hours went into it (like a 6 month project) but it's too hot for hubby to sleep under even in winter. At the moment it lives on the spare bed but our next place will have a sofa bed only... I seriously don't know what to do with this quilt. I'm thinking that we store it in a space bag and then summon the courage to ask her if she wants to regift to someone else?

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« Reply #1812 on: December 09, 2018, 06:10:02 PM »
Caught up with family over the weekend and gave them their Christmas presents. Not strictly decluttering, but I'm thrilled to have them out of my house.

Added another book to the Vinnies bag.

And put a wobbly outdoor candelabra out for council clean-up.

Lately I'm finding it easier to get rid of things that I'd previously held on to just in case.

A relative (who lives more than 200km away and isn't popping in for a visit) gave me a queen-size turquoise fleece blanket about two years ago.

I just don't need it, but I've felt guilty for parting with it.

I finally went back to the $20 rule - could I replace this for less than $20 if I had to? Yep.

It can go to Vinnies.

You have reminded me... A friend handmade us a quilt. An unbelievable amount of thought and hours went into it (like a 6 month project) but it's too hot for hubby to sleep under even in winter. At the moment it lives on the spare bed but our next place will have a sofa bed only... I seriously don't know what to do with this quilt. I'm thinking that we store it in a space bag and then summon the courage to ask her if she wants to regift to someone else?

That's tough. :(

I would really struggle getting rid of something handmade like that.

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« Reply #1813 on: December 09, 2018, 06:57:14 PM »
You have reminded me... A friend handmade us a quilt. An unbelievable amount of thought and hours went into it (like a 6 month project) but it's too hot for hubby to sleep under even in winter. At the moment it lives on the spare bed but our next place will have a sofa bed only... I seriously don't know what to do with this quilt. I'm thinking that we store it in a space bag and then summon the courage to ask her if she wants to regift to someone else?

That's tough. :(

I would really struggle getting rid of something handmade like that.

As someone whose made handmade quilts (as gifts only with the advance a-ok of the recipients though)...did you consider making it into a wallhanging? 

A bunch of old Martha Stewart magazines read and listed on a local freebie website.  If no nibbles, they'll go out in recycling, along with the giant bag of Tupperware I cleared out last weekend.  Offered a Christmas wreath to my mom (will pass it off next weekend) which I bought for $12.50 on after Christmas sale a few years ago, but didn't realize it wouldn't fit on any of our doors.  Next up: need to take photos of the ~9 handmade scarves that I meant to make into an afghan years ago, to see if anyone on the local group wants it.

I lost two expensive items recently around our house, so I'm determinedly back in this group to purge out the unnecessary.  At least if I lose things after purging it'll be less to hunt through! 

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« Reply #1814 on: December 09, 2018, 07:27:57 PM »
You have reminded me... A friend handmade us a quilt. An unbelievable amount of thought and hours went into it (like a 6 month project) but it's too hot for hubby to sleep under even in winter. At the moment it lives on the spare bed but our next place will have a sofa bed only... I seriously don't know what to do with this quilt. I'm thinking that we store it in a space bag and then summon the courage to ask her if she wants to regift to someone else?

That's tough. :(

I would really struggle getting rid of something handmade like that.

As someone whose made handmade quilts (as gifts only with the advance a-ok of the recipients though)...did you consider making it into a wallhanging? 

A bunch of old Martha Stewart magazines read and listed on a local freebie website.  If no nibbles, they'll go out in recycling, along with the giant bag of Tupperware I cleared out last weekend.  Offered a Christmas wreath to my mom (will pass it off next weekend) which I bought for $12.50 on after Christmas sale a few years ago, but didn't realize it wouldn't fit on any of our doors.  Next up: need to take photos of the ~9 handmade scarves that I meant to make into an afghan years ago, to see if anyone on the local group wants it.

I lost two expensive items recently around our house, so I'm determinedly back in this group to purge out the unnecessary.  At least if I lose things after purging it'll be less to hunt through!

I wish she'd asked us before making... It was a wedding present. I feel like if we had had kids then we could cut into baby quilts or something. Unfortunately it's not really our style or colours (city minimalism) so it's not going on the wall either. I like it for what it is and if we lived in a cottage in the country it would be perfect. I think I'm going to just store it for now, in case it becomes appropriate in the future. I don't actually have many things of that nature so it's not the end of the world.

Xmas decorations - yes I must try to get rid of some bits in the next couple of days, good reminder! I know that somewhere under the house there is a Xmas tree stand. And I have a wrong sized wreath to go like you. Plus ugly baubles I got for free, I don't know what I was thinking, we don't have a tree.

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« Reply #1815 on: December 09, 2018, 08:21:07 PM »
While looking for something in the garage, I noticed we had a few extra shoes the kids have outgrown. Two pair were in really great condition, so put in the donation bin. In puzzling news, we only have one shoe of a set. . . what happened to the other shoe???

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« Reply #1816 on: December 10, 2018, 12:25:38 AM »
You have reminded me... A friend handmade us a quilt. An unbelievable amount of thought and hours went into it (like a 6 month project) but it's too hot for hubby to sleep under even in winter. At the moment it lives on the spare bed but our next place will have a sofa bed only... I seriously don't know what to do with this quilt. I'm thinking that we store it in a space bag and then summon the courage to ask her if she wants to regift to someone else?

I think you could give it away later, but you should perhaps look for a good recipient. Don't just add it to the donation box, but give it to someone who really appreciates it. Then you can tell your friend it has gotten a good home.

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« Reply #1817 on: December 10, 2018, 12:32:33 AM »
If not to a thrift, where someone can self-select to be the happy recipient because it fits their need and home perfectly, I would encourage you to give the quilt to a shelter or second-stage housing. When I stayed in those, handmade quilts helped me so much, to feel safe, loved, cared about, even though I never knew who had carefully stitched them.

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« Reply #1818 on: December 10, 2018, 01:51:58 AM »
You have reminded me... A friend handmade us a quilt. An unbelievable amount of thought and hours went into it (like a 6 month project) but it's too hot for hubby to sleep under even in winter. At the moment it lives on the spare bed but our next place will have a sofa bed only... I seriously don't know what to do with this quilt. I'm thinking that we store it in a space bag and then summon the courage to ask her if she wants to regift to someone else?

Speaking as someone who knows a number of quilters (and is even half-heartedly working on a quilt too, for herself) quilters make quilts mainly for themselves, and then find recipients to give them to - or find the recipient first as an excuse.

If you would rather get rid of the quilt than keep it, I would find a charity auction or raffle in which it could be the grand prize.  I would then write to the friend saying "although we love the quilt it doesn't fit into our new living arrangements, we support this wonderful charity who would love to make the quilt the centrepiece of their next auction, would that be alright with you?"

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« Reply #1819 on: December 10, 2018, 03:07:59 AM »
Caught up with family over the weekend and gave them their Christmas presents. Not strictly decluttering, but I'm thrilled to have them out of my house.

Added another book to the Vinnies bag.

And put a wobbly outdoor candelabra out for council clean-up.

Lately I'm finding it easier to get rid of things that I'd previously held on to just in case.

A relative (who lives more than 200km away and isn't popping in for a visit) gave me a queen-size turquoise fleece blanket about two years ago.

I just don't need it, but I've felt guilty for parting with it.

I finally went back to the $20 rule - could I replace this for less than $20 if I had to? Yep.

It can go to Vinnies.

You have reminded me... A friend handmade us a quilt. An unbelievable amount of thought and hours went into it (like a 6 month project) but it's too hot for hubby to sleep under even in winter. At the moment it lives on the spare bed but our next place will have a sofa bed only... I seriously don't know what to do with this quilt. I'm thinking that we store it in a space bag and then summon the courage to ask her if she wants to regift to someone else?

That's tough. :(

I would really struggle getting rid of something handmade like that.

These gifts are always useful for wrapping oneself up on the couch on a cold winter night. Even if it is only once a year.

I have a couple of blankets specially for that purpose :)

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« Reply #1820 on: December 10, 2018, 03:09:40 AM »
Caught up with family over the weekend and gave them their Christmas presents. Not strictly decluttering, but I'm thrilled to have them out of my house.

Added another book to the Vinnies bag.

And put a wobbly outdoor candelabra out for council clean-up.

Lately I'm finding it easier to get rid of things that I'd previously held on to just in case.

A relative (who lives more than 200km away and isn't popping in for a visit) gave me a queen-size turquoise fleece blanket about two years ago.

I just don't need it, but I've felt guilty for parting with it.

I finally went back to the $20 rule - could I replace this for less than $20 if I had to? Yep.

It can go to Vinnies.

You have reminded me... A friend handmade us a quilt. An unbelievable amount of thought and hours went into it (like a 6 month project) but it's too hot for hubby to sleep under even in winter. At the moment it lives on the spare bed but our next place will have a sofa bed only... I seriously don't know what to do with this quilt. I'm thinking that we store it in a space bag and then summon the courage to ask her if she wants to regift to someone else?

That's tough. :(

I would really struggle getting rid of something handmade like that.

These gifts are always useful for wrapping oneself up on the couch on a cold winter night. Even if it is only once a year.

I have a couple of blankets specially for that purpose :)

I already tried to offload this one on you! :D

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« Reply #1821 on: December 10, 2018, 03:12:24 AM »
I already have two lovely blankets for that purpose! Also wedding gifts, from a wedding list.

Thanks for the suggestions everyone, very handy. I will try to spot a good opportunity. In the meantime I will clean and store it.

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« Reply #1822 on: December 10, 2018, 08:29:18 AM »
Haven't had a lot of time to focus on decluttering recently, but as I was unloading the dishwasher, there wasn't enough room in the cupboard and I'm always moving things to get newly clean things to fit.  So found one water bottle to move to the lower cupboard with the lemonade pitcher, and another to the charity box.  Mini-decluttering win!

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« Reply #1823 on: December 10, 2018, 08:33:08 AM »
Kids high school is doing a big holiday fundraiser and they are collecting winter clothing so off went a whole bunch of stuff - including a brand new MEC coat and nearly new down jacket and vest. 

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« Reply #1824 on: December 10, 2018, 08:44:17 AM »
Our Habitat for Humanity is often looking for great condition quilts.  They are always welcomed by people receiving a new home.

I quilt, and I make sure people know my quilts to them are not obligations. They can get rid of them same as they would a cheap fleece blanket...  even though they cost hundreds of dollars and take months to make :)   If there is a condition on the quilt, I let them know. (I made gorgeous quilts for my Mom's guest rooms and told her I want them all back when she no longer wants them or dies.)

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« Reply #1825 on: December 10, 2018, 11:12:36 AM »
Caught up with family over the weekend and gave them their Christmas presents. Not strictly decluttering, but I'm thrilled to have them out of my house.

Added another book to the Vinnies bag.

And put a wobbly outdoor candelabra out for council clean-up.

Lately I'm finding it easier to get rid of things that I'd previously held on to just in case.

A relative (who lives more than 200km away and isn't popping in for a visit) gave me a queen-size turquoise fleece blanket about two years ago.

I just don't need it, but I've felt guilty for parting with it.

I finally went back to the $20 rule - could I replace this for less than $20 if I had to? Yep.

It can go to Vinnies.

You have reminded me... A friend handmade us a quilt. An unbelievable amount of thought and hours went into it (like a 6 month project) but it's too hot for hubby to sleep under even in winter. At the moment it lives on the spare bed but our next place will have a sofa bed only... I seriously don't know what to do with this quilt. I'm thinking that we store it in a space bag and then summon the courage to ask her if she wants to regift to someone else?

That's tough. :(

I would really struggle getting rid of something handmade like that.

Could you mount it on a wall as art?

Edit: I see I'm too late on that suggestion :)

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« Reply #1826 on: December 10, 2018, 11:41:16 AM »
@Fresh Bread do you have a friend with a country cabin that would be suitable for this quilt?  Something to add to your list of giving opportunities if nothing else. 

I also have to second jooni's suggestion.

Today finally decided to give away a second hand medical device that was gifted to me to help with a minor medical issue.  It was grossly covered in long white cat hairs, which I removed, but now I'm so revolted by looking at it and remembering those hairs, I can't use it.  Will pass it on, now that it's cleaned, to someone who doesn't get those gross feelings.  I can afford to buy one after all.  I wish it hadn't taken me over a month to honor those grossed out feelings.  I could have bought a new one sooner & started using it sooner.  Oh, well.  Moving on...

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« Reply #1827 on: December 11, 2018, 05:39:28 AM »
I have several nice afghans my mother in law gifted me years ago with. I am half way thinking of dry cleaning them and handing them down to two of her grandchildren. I am kind of tired of them and it would be something nice to give to another relative who might like something from grandma.

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« Reply #1828 on: December 11, 2018, 06:51:50 AM »
Got rid of a box of pregnancy/ovulation tests.  Took up a huge amount of room in my bathroom drawer, and I'd never need them again.

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« Reply #1829 on: December 11, 2018, 12:23:43 PM »
Sold another item on eBay, will post today.

Only two things left for sale now, but Iíve made enough money to motivate me to find more to sell.

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« Reply #1830 on: December 11, 2018, 07:25:55 PM »
It was a good day for decluttering:

- gave away maternity support band
- gave away pampers size 1 diapers
- gave away two swaddle mes

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« Reply #1831 on: December 11, 2018, 08:56:49 PM »
We just booked a carpet cleaner to come in 3 days, so I'm feeling very motivated to simplify the storage and furniture situation here right away.  At least we have room in our kitchen for all the displaced living room and bedroom items, but there are definitely some items on shelves and on open display that will be moved for the cleaning and then go straight to donate and not put back. I just need to make a plan quickly!

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« Reply #1832 on: December 12, 2018, 01:33:06 AM »
We just booked a carpet cleaner to come in 3 days, <...>

As this site is also about saving money, have you investigated what it costs to rent a carpet cleaning machine for a weekend and do the job yourself? Wouldn't that be much cheaper?

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« Reply #1833 on: December 12, 2018, 03:00:48 AM »
We just booked a carpet cleaner to come in 3 days, <...>

As this site is also about saving money, have you investigated what it costs to rent a carpet cleaning machine for a weekend and do the job yourself? Wouldn't that be much cheaper?

Local supermarket down here rents the machine for $50 a day plus $10 for the shampoo and anti-foam solution.

So easy to use and do it yourself. Highly recommend.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1834 on: December 12, 2018, 05:52:32 AM »
My neighbour is downsizing and clearing out her clutter and offering it to me.  I really like this person, but man, I am saying no, no, no.....until I accidentally cave.  I have started suggested different locations to donate things to.  So does it count if I stop clutter from entering my door? 


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« Reply #1835 on: December 12, 2018, 08:36:37 AM »
Any tips for dropping prices on Craigslist? I want the item gone, and I've already dropped the price once...

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« Reply #1836 on: December 12, 2018, 08:43:59 AM »
Any tips for dropping prices on Craigslist? I want the item gone, and I've already dropped the price once...

Try FB Marketplace instead. At least in my area, CL is super slow/way more dead.

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« Reply #1837 on: December 12, 2018, 09:39:02 AM »
Any tips for dropping prices on Craigslist? I want the item gone, and I've already dropped the price once...

If you want it gone, give it away.

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« Reply #1838 on: December 12, 2018, 10:05:29 AM »
I also use OfferUp, letgo and Nextdoor. I keep lowering the price until itís gone.

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« Reply #1839 on: December 12, 2018, 11:16:47 AM »
Any tips for dropping prices on Craigslist? I want the item gone, and I've already dropped the price once...

If you want it gone, give it away.
Of course, but it was expensive and is in perfect shape.  I was wondering if anyone had some sort of strategy... for instance, if I was interested in an item, and noticed the seller had lowered the price, I might get greedy and not buy in case they lowered the price again.

Thanks @Cassie for those suggestions, I'll try them!

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« Reply #1840 on: December 12, 2018, 11:20:35 AM »
Any tips for dropping prices on Craigslist? I want the item gone, and I've already dropped the price once...

If you want it gone, give it away.
Of course, but it was expensive and is in perfect shape.  I was wondering if anyone had some sort of strategy... for instance, if I was interested in an item, and noticed the seller had lowered the price, I might get greedy and not buy in case they lowered the price again.

Thanks @Cassie for those suggestions, I'll try them!

I have a hard time with this too. Things I think should have value, but then don't sell easily.

For me, generally it is better to just let go. But it isn't always easy to do.  I certainly haven't always succeeded.

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« Reply #1841 on: December 12, 2018, 11:27:10 AM »
I was selling a nice set of dishes. I started at 60 and after two weeks took $25.  Some stuff sells fast for full price and others need price reductions.

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« Reply #1842 on: December 12, 2018, 11:38:53 AM »
My neighbour is downsizing and clearing out her clutter and offering it to me.  I really like this person, but man, I am saying no, no, no.....until I accidentally cave.  I have started suggested different locations to donate things to.  So does it count if I stop clutter from entering my door?

I think it does!

What I'm counting: I have an ongoing list I call Thrifting Treasures, where I put things I'd like to pick up if I see them in the second hand shop.  On this list is egg slicer.  I'm taking that off, since I'm not allowed to eat egg yolks on my diet right now, which makes hard boiled eggs and the need for a slicer moot.  Preemptive decluttering: it counts!

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« Reply #1843 on: December 12, 2018, 11:45:27 AM »
@oneday  Thanks. 

I have brought the half sized guitar upstairs.  I am going to try to take it to a church downtown that has a holiday gift market for their registered clients a chance to 'shop' for gifts for their families as a pay what you can type market of handmade, and gently used items. 

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« Reply #1844 on: December 12, 2018, 02:40:12 PM »
Any tips for dropping prices on Craigslist? I want the item gone, and I've already dropped the price once...

Try FB Marketplace instead. At least in my area, CL is super slow/way more dead.

I've also had much more luck on Facebook Marketplace than CL recently.  I find coming in at a "I want this gone" price helps a ton, over gradual price reductions.  I also Freecycle a ton instead of selling.

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« Reply #1845 on: December 12, 2018, 02:49:47 PM »
I read this thread pretty regularly but want to jump back into posting.

I have a breakfast in bed tray that seemed like a really good purchase at the time.  The Freecycle woman has no showed on me twice now.  I probably should move on.

I took photos yesterday of a bunch of stuff I'm going to Freecycle.  I'll post them Friday when I have more time to respond to inquiries.

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« Reply #1846 on: December 12, 2018, 03:23:15 PM »
Last night we dropped off some nice wine glasses (plus wine) to a  friend who has just moved into a new place and needs Stuff*, meanwhile neither of us drink wine anymore so I think we all win.

*actually does, we checked

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« Reply #1847 on: December 12, 2018, 05:59:39 PM »
We just booked a carpet cleaner to come in 3 days, <...>

As this site is also about saving money, have you investigated what it costs to rent a carpet cleaning machine for a weekend and do the job yourself? Wouldn't that be much cheaper?

Local supermarket down here rents the machine for $50 a day plus $10 for the shampoo and anti-foam solution.

So easy to use and do it yourself. Highly recommend.

I am not able to get the carpet as clean as the truck mounted units. And if you don't get the soap out, then it can actually make the carpet get dirty faster.

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« Reply #1848 on: December 13, 2018, 02:53:28 AM »
I sold something else on eBay, and gave away more books and magazines at work.

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« Reply #1849 on: December 13, 2018, 04:44:55 AM »
Tried to gift a musical instrument (guilele) to a work friend but they would not accept it as a gift and will give me $50 for it tomorrow XD