Donating or Selling?

I love the feeling of giving things and creating space in my life. Once upon a time, I allowed unwanted items to have no monetary value and this gave me freedom to donate loads more than I would have done otherwise. I’ve realised I’ve got a very different attitude towards items I no longer want in my life than some of my closest friends and family. If I’ve decided I no longer want an item it loses all monetary value, in fact it actually begins to cost me to keep it around. It might not actually cost me money to keep it around but it slowly erodes at my attention, every time I see it or I see the space it’s taking up.

Unlike some of my friends, I wouldn’t look up how much I could get if I sold it on ebay. I know loads of people who do this and gain another £200 from just taking the time to put it up on ebay and sell it. I love hearing about it when other people do it, but I can’t bring myself to do all the faffing to make it happen. A long time ago, I gave some items to a chap I knew who was strapped for cash and was selling as much of his stuff as he could and when I saw what he was doing I brought in a whole drawer of my unwanted expensive electrical items and gave them to him to sell. He wanted to give me some commission when he sold them but I couldn’t think of anything better than the feeling I had from helping someone and being free of those items and gaining a whole drawer back in my house.

This attitude has allowed me to donate things and remove them from my space very quickly. It’s that liberating cleansing feeling I crave and donating does that beautifully for me.

I’m sure there will be loads of people in different camps on this topic but I’d love to hear your thoughts, this is a friendly environment and there is no right or wrong way to live, so what do you prefer doing, donating or selling?x

6 thoughts on “Donating or Selling?

  1. I always donate. For me, the hassle of trying to find a buyer for my stuff, listing it, sending it, trying to find time in between work and my hobbies to take photos and get to the post office and stand in line for a half hour is not worth the money. I would rather take the 5 minute drive down to the Goodwill and unload it in one go to people that need jobs and clothes. It’s much more rewarding.

    • Yeah I’m very much in the same camp, although when a friend says they got X amount for things I do still sometimes wonder, if certain items would be worth the effort to sell?

  2. I usually sell items of value, and donate items that are in very good used condition but not exceptionally valuable (usually less than $20 USD). Why? I have a part-time business selling vintage, repurposed, and used items online, and it just seems like second nature to me. Plus, it gives me another source of income in the event that I’m a little short (I’m almost 100% self-employed, and billing cycles can be uneven) and helps me build my savings and investing funds.

    • Well that makes perfect sense!! To you selling isn’t a chore 🙂 yes I guess if I was looking at selling items as building my savings I might feel more likely to sell and take the time and effort to do it. Lots of my friends do that 🙂

  3. I have found the link between the spaces you live in and how clear your mind is to be very closely linked. Your mind is conscious of everything around all the time, the more you become familiar with a space the more the contents of that space falls into the back of your mind, its almost like your mind can register the fact that everything is still the same and relaxes. The problem comes when this space slowly fills up with stuff. The more stuff there is the more you mind has to keep thinking about. How many times do you think to yourself “I really should do something about that …..” what is left in your mind is that nagging feeling of something unresolved. This can be amplified if some or all of things carry a value that adds to your need to sell them. With big items like cars most of us simply can not afford to just give them away but for everything else either sell it or donate it. My preference has always been to donate, but there is a third option. There are an abundance of swapping websites these days. Find something you want, and get rid of something that you don’t.

    • Very good point, I never thought of the third option, but then I don’t usually find that swapping is equally valued by both parties… So I don’t tend to do it. But it’s great that this makes sense for other people 🙂 xx

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