Selling vs. Donating: What Do You Do with Your Old Stuff?

Selling vs. Donating: What Do You Do with Your Old Stuff?

Tess Wilson
Mar 20, 2013

As I've been sorting through my storage bins and attempting to pack a box a day in anticipation of my move, I've been weeding out a lot of stuff — but what to do with all the things that no longer fit or suit me? Do I sell them to help fund my move, or donate them for the greater good?

—The point of having a garage sale is simple: to make a little money. My cross country move is going to be expensive, and I won't have a job lined up on the other end. Every little penny helps!

However, San Francisco's thrift stores have been so good to me these past seven years. Other than underthings, socks, a bathing suit, a few gifts and a couple pairs of shoes, I've bought everything at thrift stores. I've gotten a few good things at Goodwill on Fillmore, Thrift Town on Mission, and I'd be naked without Crossroads, but my heart belongs to Community Thrift on Valencia. They have an amazing roster of charities. When you donate items you can choose which charity to benefit, and when you buy things your receipt lists the organizations that your purchase helped. It's a non-profit that's kept me in household goods, books, old issues of Martha Stewart and Gourmet, and clothes, not to mention the museum-like entertainment factor. I've donated several suitcases' worth of stuff over the years, and would love to give more.

So, to sell or to give? I think I'm going to end up doing a combination: take select clothes and books to sell at Crossroads and Aardvark Books, respectively, and donate anything they don't buy — plus all my household goods — to Community.

What would you do?

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