Reduce, Reuse, Resell?

How many times do we throw things away because we don’t have a use for them anymore and just want to get rid of them? Unfortunately, this seems like the most common behavior that I have witnessed when people have something they don’t want anymore. For Allyson and I, we think it is important to reuse as much as possible, whether it means we reuse it or someone else does. It is something that I have touched on previously, and luckily for you and I, I’m not the only one who thinks this way. The old shed that I tore down was actually built using mostly steel studs. Now I had never seen these before, because I don’t know anything, but apparently they are becoming more and more common and can cost quite a bit new. So after I learned that bit of information, I figured it would be worth trying to sell the studs that I got out of the shed cleanly. I went ahead and took a couple of photos, figured out what the cost of what I was selling would be new, and then posted the studs to Craigslist and asked for $50.

Studs ready to move on to a better place.

Now some of you probably are sitting there thinking I’m an idiot, and I probably would agree with you considering how quickly I received a response and had them picked up. The fact that the man who came and retrieved them didn’t even haggle probably is a sign that I could have gotten a decent amount more than that $50. But I had no use for them and they were sitting in our yard taking up space, making us look like a family from hoarders. Now they are being put to good use (to build a greenhouse for the man’s daughter), and we made a quick $50 that can be put to good use invested.

This is how Allyson and I feel about most things in our house that we do not have a use for anymore. Last year we sold her car on Craigslist. It was a Canadian 1995 Honda Civic named ‘Little Blue’ that had served Allyson valiantly over the years. Because it was from the land of french fries and gravy, its odometer was in kilometers and speedometer was in kilometers per hour. The muffler was loud, as it should be, and it had a couple of dents from where, according to Allyson’s brother, someone sideswiped him on the interstate and kept driving. But it ran great and continues to do so for someone else (we have seen it in Denver a couple of times and have always called out to it wishing Little Blue a good life). I encourage you all to think about what is sitting around your house, not being used, and decide if it is time to try and sell it on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. Take a couple of photos with good lighting (seriously, does no one using Craigslist own a lamp?), respond quickly and politely to interested parties, and meet them to sell your used items somewhere public and well lit. It’s always worked well for us and it’s a great way to earn some extra spending investing money while getting rid of items you don’t have any use for.

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