One of the funny things about having a hoarder background is that I lack any sense of organizing objects into space. Selling stuff on Ebay requires you to organize things precisely. When you don’t, you lose money, like I did recently. Anyone can organize 50 items with a few boxes and piles, but when you get into the low hundreds, “piling systems” fail. Continue reading “Storage Musings”
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.
I accidentally sent the wrong item out, and now I’m going to eat the costs, and basically lose a total of around $5 on this sale. I sent out a water filter when I meant to send out a Braun hand blender. A dollar was lost on the correct product, and four on the mistaken product. The big winners here were USPS and FedEx, who got a total of $15 in postage. The little winner was the buyer, who got not only a Braun hand blender (old style) but a free water filter.
I found myself hoarding torn up jeans. I usually took the old jeans and turned them into shorts. Then, as the shorts ripped, I used denim scraps from the other jeans to make patches.
One way to give away stuff, especially “good stuff” is to give it away on Craigslist.org. Continue reading “Decluttering with Craigslist, Part 1”
I played around with Free Shipping for my listings… and I’m going back to charging the actual shipping. Maybe I’ll add a little handling fee. Ebay pushes sellers to offer free shipping, but I’m just not feeling it’s helping make sales.
I shop at “the bins” or Goodwill’s outlet system. This is a mixture of new donations and leftovers from the retail stores that didn’t get sold. It’s like the “last stop” before the stuff gets bundled up for sale in the Global South.