I will feel better if I can track my divestiture progress. What have I actually sold, what did I give away and to whom, and what have I just chucked? I’ve been downsizing my stuff for a couple of months, but I’m starting the list this last week of April, 2009.
Already the take-away lesson is shockingly clear: the value of a purchase plunges steeply the minute you take it out of its wrapper at home — and if you need to sell it, expect little or nothing in return.
Buying something new makes NO sense any more unless you plan to use the thing to death. It’s much much smarter to buy used if you must have it, or to rent, borrow or share if you need it only briefly.
As of today I’ve pocketed about $700 for merchandise that probably cost $7,000 new:
|Date||Item description||Outcome||Who got it|
|04/24/09||Oak printer cart||20||Craigslist|
|04/28/09||Nordic track Walkfit treadmill||50||Craigslist|
|04/29/09||Epson Perfection scanner||Gift||Friend|
|04/30/09||Box of sheet music||Donate||Arts School|
|04/30/09||2 Boxes of books rejected by Powells||Donate||Friends of Library|
|04/30/09||1 box of music too tattered to donate||Recycle||Recycle place|
|05/20/09||2 bags of clothes, picture frame, TV tray||Donate||Goodwill|
|05/20/09||Christmas tree stand, wicker basket||Donate||Goodwill|
|05/24/09||Zinc florist buckets||15||Craigslist|
|05/25/09||4 PVC pipes and elbows||Gift||Landscaper|
|06/13/09||Garden Way Cart||35||Craigslist|
|06/19/09||Tall antique oak dresser||35||Craigslist|
|06/19/09||Antique oak dresser||35||Craigslist|
|06/19/09||Antique oak side table||35||Craigslist|
|06/19/09||Pair of 20-lb dumbbells||15||Craigslist|
|07/15/09||Oak curio cabinet||95||Craigslist|
|07/20/09||2 boxes of books to Unitarian Church||Donate||UU Church of Vancouver|
|08/02/09||3 boxes books||Donate||Friends of Library|