Last week I listed four unwanted items on eBay and sold them all for just over $130. I have a bunch of other things in the house that my husband and I no longer need, but I’m not sure whether to sell them or donate them to the local shelter.
The first four items were in near perfect shape. In fact, two of them were brand new and the other two were barely used, so it felt like a no-brainer to get back a little money for them. I have two more items that will sell in the $30-$35 range and I plan to post them to eBay this weekend, but the remainder of unwanted items will probably bring in only around $5 or $10 each. By the time I fork over the eBay and PayPal fees I’m not sure if it’s really worth it to the go through the listing process and I’m considering donating them instead.
I’ve gone through quite a few decluttering phases over the years, which involved filling the car with large bags of wanted clothing, bedding and housewares and trucking them off to local shelters and good will. Nothing feels as good as knowing that someone will be able to use our gently used items, so I’m just not sure what to do with my unwanted stuff.
So what do you think? Should I try to sell these items or donate them? What about you? When you have unwanted items how do you decide what to do with them?