Things to Consider Before You Sell Your Unwanted Items

You’ve purged, sorted, discard and reorganized… now you are left with boxes of things you no longer want or use, and you’re ready to get rid of them. They still have a lot of use left in them and perhaps they also represent a large dollar figure.

So now you’re faced with the decision… sell or donate?

Many people do a combination of both, and before you decide if selling your unneeded items is right for you, you should consider the following points:

Selling takes effort

Whether you decide have a yard sale, sell on eBay or Kijiji, take it to a consignment shop, or put an add in your local paper, there is work to be done. You have already worked so hard to declutter that you may decide enough is enough.

Selling takes time

Be prepared to wait for a buyer. In the case of a yard sale, you must also invest the time to prepare for the sale, plus a full day of your time.

Only you can determine what your time is worth. Consider your home and working life to decide whether the time spent will be worth the small amount of money you will make.

Speaking of which…

You will not recover your investment

Regardless of what you spent on your items, in the eyes of others they are in fact “used.” This means that you won’t be able to get top dollar and you must avoid feeling insulted when you get a low offer.

Do your homework. Look on eBay to see what similar items are selling for. as well, consider shipping and packaging costs. And don’t forget that consignment shops charge a commission.

You will not see the results of your purge immediately

Items awaiting sale will be in your home longer, depriving you of the instant gratification the purge would give you. Depending on the size of your home and the location of their storage, boxes of unwanted stuff might hinder your ability to use your rooms to the fullest.

They may not sell

In other words, they might be around for a long time, and you might even change your mind. They might find their way back into your cupboards and closets. Or, you may decide after a while to donate them after all.

Am I prejudiced toward donation?

Does it show? If you have something that is definitely valuable by all means sell it; however, I love the feeling of passing unwanted items to people who can use them. Whether you give them to a friend or relative, or donate them to charity, you get the satisfaction of making another person’s life better, and that’s a feeling money can’t buy. Of course, anything of sentimental value should be offered to family members first.

Extend your hands


Not only is the Proverbs 31 woman compassionate and devoted to her family, but to those outside her family as well.

Proverbs 31: 20 tells us that she opens her arms to the poor and extends her hand to the needy. This implies that she is personally and intimately involved. No doubt she made clothes for those less fortunate and made sure they were fed.

To open her arms and extend her hand, we understand that she receives those who come to her, but also reaches out for those who do not. She is touchable and in touch.

If the Proverbs 31 woman lived in today’s society, she would do much more than simply writing a cheque to her favourite charity. She would be volunteering in food banks and soup kitchens, as well as fundraising and visiting hospitals and nursing homes.

 We do not have to go very far to see a great need, right where we live. Next time you have an old coat or sweater to donate to charity, why not reach out your hand, and give it directly to a cold, homeless person you encounter?