eBay or Goodwill

Last week we had new carpet installed here at Doright Manor. In preparation for the arrival of the carpet layers I had to clean all of the stuff from the closet floors. Simple enough.

Finally I’d moved everything that might be in the way of the workmen into the seldom used living room and decided this afforded me the perfect excuse to assess every item, Marie Kondo style, to see if any joy was sparked before putting anything back in its old storage place.

After nearly a week of sorting through the odds and ends I’ve come to believe that joy is relative. Just because something doesn’t spark joy today doesn’t mean it won’t tomorrow. I’m hopeless.

That’s not to say I haven’t decided to get rid of a few things, but the manner in which they’re to be disposed of is giving me a few headaches.

I’m an avid Star Wars fan, and have collected dozens of action figures, plush toys, calendars, mugs, and silly promotional items over the years. But they aren’t being displayed. Instead, they’ve just been sitting and collecting dust. I did list a couple of items on eBay:

Vintage Yoda
Vintage Max Rebo

So far, I have one bid on Max and no bites on Yoda yet, even though he’s priced dirt cheap, and is in slightly better shape than Max. I’ll end up losing money on both items, but at least someone will get some joy out of them. And I’ll likely cry when they’re gone.

One of my problems in purging stuff is deciding if if an item should be tossed, sold, or donated. Actually, the tossing is fairly straightforward. Some things don’t deserve a second chance like the chewed up, stuffing-less cat toy I discovered in a box of clothes. But also in that box was this:

Vintage pleather!

This deep pink (I stress “deep” and not “hot”) pleather suit was my grandmother’s in the 80’s. Yes, my grandmother’s, and she looked gorgeous in it. I can’t remember why she gave the suit to me, but she must’ve been in her 70’s at the time and told me then that she was keeping the matching trousers because she’d still wear them. I just love that.

I wore the ensemble once many years ago to a party, but it wasn’t “me” for a number of reasons, and now the size ten is a tad too small. Plus, it still isn’t “me.”

BUT, should I send it straight to Goodwill or might someone browsing on eBay see it and say, “My goodness! I MUST have that deep pink suit!” This is my dilemma.

I think I’ll ruminate a while longer, and honestly that suit isn’t taking up too much closet space, right?

Peace, people.

Author: nananoyz

I'm a semi-retired crazy person with one husband and two cats.

19 thoughts on “eBay or Goodwill”

  1. Definitely Etsy or Ebay for the gorgeous pleather suit. I just know somebody wants that. It’s the hardest thing for me to convince myself that I don’t really need to keep something that was mine or my relative’s. Sometimes I give up and say to myself, “Let the next generation deal with it.” Someone suggested that we all need to keep a few treasures in our possession to make sure our kids and grandkids say, “Whhaaattt? What was mother thinking? OMG.”

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  2. Goodwill! Never fails and it’s a win-win all-round; someone will eventually buy it, it helps and supports Goodwill’s mission, and you get a tax credit for it. Some States will write the value on the receipt, while others will leave the value blank for you to fill in. My two-cents.

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  3. Your grandma sounds a lot like one of mine! Not to complicate your dilemma, there is a group called Freecycle where you post your stuff and give it away to someone who really wants it (as opposed to Goodwill).

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  4. I think, most of the time, ebay or etsy are a hassel unless you’re going to make a more significant amount of money. I think you should try OfferUp or (if you have Facebook, I don’t) there’s usually “marketplaces” in the area. So you can sell whatever it is and then they’ll just pick it up and pay.

    I usually list on Offer Up for a month, then donate. That suit is Gorgeous tho!

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