Dehoarding: The New Business Slump

Profits are down from last month!

What a bummer, right? Last month, I started to de-hoard my late father’s stuff. When he passed away, over 15 years ago, we went through the garage and tossed out a lot of stuff. Full garbage cans went out each week.

Despite all that work, we still had dozens of boxes, many that haven’t been opened.

It would be awesome if he were some kind of obsessive collector of nice things, but he wasn’t. He was a paper hoarder; emphasis on hoarder.

Hoarders lack the ability to categorize things in a useful way, and becomes a problem that affects their life. Instead, the categories, and then the things, become overwhelming.

My project to sell this hoard on Ebay has turned into the opposite: taking the mixed material, categorizing them, then, finally, listing them on Ebay and hoping they sell.

Some collectors can make money quickly. Comic book collectors have price guides that identify valuable comic books. Baseball card collectors have those as well. Even people who collect plates can find a market for their products.

Hoarders have a lot of “stuff” and only a small part of the hoard is sellable.

It’s possible that specific magazine ads are valuable. Maybe advertising circulars sent out by department stores are valuable. Maybe small hand tools are valuable.

These objects might also be incredibly difficult to sell, if few buyers are out there.

How do you figure out if something can sell?

You can do searches on the Ebay inventory. That won’t often work for hoards, because hoarders include things that aren’t typically for sale. They include a lot of things the average person puts into the garbage can.

So, you just list it and see if people are looking for it. If enough are, you can probably sell it. If not, it won’t sell.

You just list, list, list and then wait.

Author: John

I can be reached at johnk@riceball.com.

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