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#31 of 34 Old 10-20-2006, 02:57 PM
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We have two freecycle groups around here- one allows the first-come-first-serve stuff and the other one doesn't. Personally, I wish they would both ban that idea- it really drives me nuts when people do that. It just seems so inconsiderate~ I really wanted a costume for dd last week but the woman gave out her address to a bunch of different people, so I said nevermind. I'd have to load the kids into the car, drive across town, and then there isn't even the guarantee of getting the item. Huge waste of time and gas. I wouldn't want to put other people through that.
I'm much prefer to offer it to one person and if they don't follow through, move on to the next. If the same thing happens, I just take it to Goodwill.

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We garage sale most things. My parents have a quanset building and a large room they use for storage and we have a lot of rubbermaid boxes from when we were packrats and not declutterers. We are very fortunate to have room to store decluttered items for yard sale without affecting our living space/regular storage (closets, cupboards, etc).

We generally keep things 1 - 2 years of garage sale and then it goes to the food bank (they take everything and give it away). The first year of our decluttering, we made $900 (between me and my mom, we had quite a few big ticket items). The next, $700 and this year we made $800.

We always have plans for the money (first year was a twin bed and organizing unit for DD's bedroom, this year was mom, DD and I going to Toronto to visit my sister for her b-day and part of it went to help DH and I out with bills since we both lost our jobs), so it's not really "mad money" and makes the work more worth it.
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Never feel guilty about giving stuff to charity. You're providing the materials that allows those people to have jobs and blesses the people that buy it for cheap.

That said, I now seriously have to want something before I purchase it... because I ask myself is it worth it to "rent" this toy or sweater or whatnot for however long before I donate it? Usually not. I try and have a "one thing in, one thing out" philosophy when buying stuff. It's hard.
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Whatever isn't sold on the TP/ebay or yard sale, I donate to st. vincents /hand me down to friends. I have had it with freecycle. People don't pick up or the rude emails. The only time I try and bother with it anymore is if it's something with a bunch of little pieces the donation places don't want or it's too big to haul off myself.
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