I stared at the Santa magnets on the floor with ,many other items.
In this whole “reducing” to make our BIG move happen…I was always taught to gather my unwanted things and give to the GOODWILL. Over the years, with my mom, we gave away well-made clothes in new condition. Anything too faded or tattered, was disposed of, but old clothes that no longer fit, etc. Off they went. My mom felt those less-fortunate, were receiving a nice donation, at a cost they could afford.
As I began my journey in young adult life, I recall walking into Goodwills to find something for a Halloween costume, and depending on what city you are in, was amazed to find what JUNK people gave away…now, I know the adage,
“One man’s junk, is another man’s treasure.”
But I was always taught, this store was for the less-fortunate. And they want decent clothing and miscellaneous items too. But I also know, there were treasures to meet our needs for whatever, as long as you hunt for it. But those nasty slip-on-shoes, flattened and stretched out with sweat stains inside because they wore barefoot. Ew.
Later in life, now married and with kids, there’s always some function at school they are doing. A one-time event requiring a particular type of wear. The one musical concert, the Colonial day. Something, we parents don’t want to pay TOP DOLLAR for a brief event – something the kids will never wear again…or a white pillow case to decorate the faux human/student at their desk during Halloween. GOODWILL is the perfect place to shop for this type of item. And the Goodwill in our current, Orange County neighborhood, has fantastic things. New. Not junk.
**I figured out, it’s all in what the surrounding community is feeding into the store…and this area is more affluent. The Lake Forest Goodwill center, is the best I’ve ever been in.***
…and because this particular location receives so many quality items, they aren’t always CHEAP. I felt slapped in the face on some of the ticketed items. Wait a minute, this should be $2.00. Not $20.00
However, whenever my kids grew out of items, if I didn’t donate to the single mom next door, who’s daughter is a couple years younger, then I packed up for GW. All other items, straight to GW. It got rid of things I no longer wanted, quickly. But a part of me, always cringed.
Some of those things were AWESOME. And we paid several $$. I think I’ve estimated what I’ve given away these past two months…about $400 value. (maybe more) I often thought, I should be capturing some money for this. But, I don’t do the Craig’s List thing. (My hubby will from time to time, for concert tickets we’re not using, or selling our dryer – that sort of thing)
Which leads me to FACEBOOK. There was one site I was watching my friends get on called OC Sell my Stuff – South. A site someone local to my area created, where it’s an online yardsale/swap kind of thing – strictly for the area we live. My first attempt was successful, selling a “lot” (8 shorts, and 4 were reversible – so essentially 12 pairs of shorts) for $20.00. Size 12-14. People were all over that.
I quickly learned, in general, they want everything for nothing. When that statement is made, we all nod our head as we’ve heard it before…yet, when you actually see situations play-out, you are always amazed at what other people expect or try to get “away” with…
That’s a post for another day…this one was just the intro, my transitioning from automatic Goodwill drop-off, to actually selling some items myself (for a minimal amount) garage/yard sale style – via individual electronic transactions.
…to be continued in next post.