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Sell It or Donate It?

Updated on June 25, 2017

Should You Sell It or Donate It?

Is your house overflowing with stuff while the bill collectors are pounding on your door? It's time for you to decide - Sell It or Donate It?

It wouldn't hurt to purge a few things from your life but how do you decide what to do with everything? Do you close your eyes while you load up bags full of perfectly brand new stuff and give it away for the sake of clearing out the house and gaining some instant sanity? Or do you commit to spending a few weeks or months selling it and using the proceeds to pay off those bills and get the bill collectors out of your hair for awhile?

We'll take a look at a few mounds of stuff that I have around my house and I'll show you how I make that crucial decision.

The Dolls
The Dolls

The Dolls

This bucket has 3 dolls on the very top so that's where we'll start. Two of the dolls are Cabbage Patch Kids, One of them is an original from the early 80's. It has blonde hair that's a mess. The stitching is coming apart on one of the shoulders and there's quite a few stains on the doll. It doesn't have any clothes. I think I would give this one away. I think it's too risky to sell it. I'm afraid someone would complain about the flaws too much.

The next doll is also a Cabbage Patch Kid but it's only a few years old. It's actually really cute with it's adorable pink outfit. The hair is a mess too and it's missing all the parts that go with it like an ice cream cone and a bottle. One of the shoes is also missing. I think this one is missing too many parts to try selling it.

The last one is a talking doll from the early 90's. It's amazing that this doll is still in the house. Every time you move it, it talks. If you throw this doll up in the air, like many parents do to their baby, this doll says, "Mommy, do it again!" Unfortunately, kids figure out real fast that it says the same thing when you do things like throw it against the wall. I think I'm going to give this disturbing doll away too.

Do You Think I Made the Right Decision on the Dolls?

Would you have kept any of the dolls or tried to sell them? Am I doing the right thing by giving them away instead of trying to sell them?

Did I do it right?

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Cabbage Patch Kids on Amazon

By looking at the low prices of brand new Cabbage Kids on Amazon, I think I made the right decision to not attempt to sell these. I think I would have been wasting my time.

Cabbage Patch Kids are Unique

Cabbage Patch Kids Blonde Preppy Boy (Styles May Vary)
Cabbage Patch Kids Blonde Preppy Boy (Styles May Vary)

This Cabbage Patch Kid is all dressed up and ready for his test. Each Cabbage Patch Kid has their own style. They come in all different colors with different colored eyes. Each one is unique.

Girls Clothes made by Oshkosh
Girls Clothes made by Oshkosh

The Little Girl Clothes

Oshkosh B'Gosh and Jumping Bean

This bucket had a few clothes in it. I was going to give them to my friend for her daughter and I still might do that but I think I'm going to try selling them first. If they don't sell, I'll still plan on giving them to her. Three of them are made by Oshkosh, a pretty popular brand and one is made by Jumping Bean.

I decided to try selling them because of their brand names and because they are really cute. They look almost brand new and would make a nice addition to a little girl's wardrobe for a low cost.

Did I Make the Right Decision?

Was it worth it to spend the time listing the clothes?

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Step Into Reading Books
Step Into Reading Books

Step Into Reading Books

I had 23 Step Into Reading Books in this bucket. I put them as one big lot and decided to try selling them.

After people go to the bookstore and realize that books can be quite pricey individually, they will often check online for a deal. Since I had so many of these books, I thought it would be worthwhile to put these on Ebay. None of them had ripped pages and some even looked brand new.

The Books

Since these books were in very good condition and there were so many, I thought it would be good to sell them. These books are great for beginner readers and encourages kids to pick up a book instead of watch TV.

Was it a good idea to sell the Step Into Reading books?

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Step Into Reading Books on Amazon

Let's take a look at how they're selling on Amazon so we can see if I made the right decision.

Learning to Read Books

Big Egg (Step-Into-Reading, Step 1)
Big Egg (Step-Into-Reading, Step 1)

This is an easy to read, Step 1, book. There's many levels so that your child can work their way up to harder and harder books.

Henry and Mudge
Henry and Mudge

The Henry and Mudge Books

Elementary school kids love Henry and Mudge! I will definitely try selling these! I have 8 of them and they are all in very good condition.

As a matter of fact, they did sell and they sold very well. Books like Henry and Mudge are great to sell if you have a bunch of them that you can put together and sell as a lot.

Kids Love Henry and Mudge!

Was it a good idea to sell the Henry and Mudge Books?

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The Basket

There was a wooden basket in the bucket. This one was hard for me. It's very cute and a nice little basket but I have way too many baskets and I just don't think that I could make any money on Ebay with it. I don't think it would be worth it to anyone to pay for the basket and the shipping. With the handle that goes up pretty high, shipping costs will be higher. I think I'm just going to give this one away.

The Basket was a Hard Decision For Me

It's a very nice basket. Nothing wrong with it. The flowers on the side are very pretty and baskets are essential to good organization. I chose to donate it though because I don't think it would be worth it to try selling it online with the price of shipping.

Did I make the right decision on this one?

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Baskets - Do they sell?

I've never looked for baskets online. For some reason, I always seem to have them around but I've never actually bought one for myself. They seem to come with gifts and that's usually how I end up with so many.

Whitmor Rattique Small Shelf Tote, Java
Whitmor Rattique Small Shelf Tote, Java

This basket is made for sitting up on a shelf, storing things that don't seem to have any other place.


Just Curious.....

I know that people's houses get a lot of clutter for various reasons but I'm curious to see what the most common reason is.

Why is your house full of clutter?

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If You Still Have a Lot of Things...

Maybe instead of having stuff all over the house, you can organize it a little better! A few of these organizers might help.

Grayline 457101 Garden, Green
Grayline 457101 Garden, Green

Are you having problems organizing your cabinets? I know I am!! This 6 piece set will help get that cabinet clutter all cleaned up.


Bucket Auctions!

I have buckets and buckets of stuff all over my house. They are sitting here not doing anyone any good. I would love to sell what I can to make some money and donate the rest so that someone else can enjoy the items instead of them cluttering up my house.

I'm not in it to make a fortune, just to pay a few bills. I figure even $2.00 is more than I had before so why not?

Sometimes It Doesn't Go Towards The Credit Card Balances - But it keeps them from growing!

If you always sell things and then use the money that you make to buy the new things that you want, then you won't have to worry about credit card debt. You won't have ridiculous interest charges and you'll be helping to keep your house clutter free.

One of the things that we need is an Xbox Kinect Adaptor so I'm going to use my PayPal money to get one.

Do You Need Help Learning How to Sell On Ebay?

There's lots of videos on YouTube to help you learn how to sell there. Take a look at a few of them and get your own sales going!

How to Sell on eBay

Do you have a rule of thumb that you go by? If you haven't used it in a year, get rid of it? Do you prefer selling or donating?

Please share your tips for getting rid of things that you no longer need. - (or just say hi!)

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    • JenwithMisty profile imageAUTHOR

      Jen withFlash 

      4 years ago

      That sounds like a great idea!

    • Mym Iqq profile image

      Mym Iqq 

      4 years ago from LA, California

      Me and my team we make clothes and shoes drive for Angelbins in LA. California, they pay us money for that and i found this very good idea.

    • goldenrulecomics profile image


      6 years ago from New Jersey

      We have a corner of the attic set aside for our annual garage sale. All year along we put things there that we have outgrown or no longer want/need. We do one garage sale each year and whatever is left goes straight to Goodwill. Nothing comes back in the house!

    • thegrayrabbit profile image


      6 years ago

      If you are not using it someone else can. I would donate some and give some away. That's what we're supposed to do with our money right, so why not the stuff we accumulate?

    • JenwithMisty profile imageAUTHOR

      Jen withFlash 

      6 years ago

      @JoanieMRuppel54: That's awesome that you made the rent money in one week! How cool! Congratulations!

    • JoanieMRuppel54 profile image

      Joanie Ruppel 

      6 years ago from Keller, Texas

      I hit a milestone number of voting in polls with your lens - thank you!

      p.s. I just rented a small booth at an an antique store to get rid of stuff I've accumulated - similar to your idea here on this lens. In one week - I made the first month's rent!

    • ismeedee profile image


      6 years ago

      This was quite a fun lens and I hope you did well selling those things! I tend to put things away in the attic until someone feels like doing a car boot sale (flea market stall)! I used to put things on eBay too and did quite well with that in the past. But like you say, some things are just not worth bothering to sell or any good for anyone and just need to go!

    • poldepc lm profile image

      poldepc lm 

      6 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your lens


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