This essay might become dated well before its publication, but I want to write out these thoughts now. I have roughly eleven more months here in the apartment-mansion. My lease will renew in about nine? I’ve been writing about clearing out space for well over a year now, but now that current events are shutting down non-essential businesses, like thrift stores, should I wait? I’ll need an area to store potential donations; whenever that happens…
For one of the sites I’ve used to sell media in the past, they have a coupon for selling large quantities of things: sell $50, get +$5. They buy things for pennies-on-the-dollar, but considering the number of stores I’ve tried to sell things to over the years that have given me less with even less customer service, I might try filling a big box with enough items to be worth that amount. I’ve gone to …$10 twice before…?
I found a large batch of Playstation 2 games that I’ve never played that I bought for next to nothing that I probably never would have played, even if I had ten lifetimes worth of time. Why would I keep these? What value do they serve? Are they self-confidence boosters in addition to being shelf warmers? It would be one thing if I were a gamer, but since I game so seldomly, I’ll sell them soon.
My selling plans were initially to sell off all my excess retro computer stuff in January, some of my excess media in February, some excess collectibles in March, roll through April with whatever was left over, then hold off for a few months. Now that everything is seemingly locked down, where concert venues are closing up, it makes me wonder if it’s even worth selling anything right now? There’s probably too much risk against reward…
“Sell what next?” is my new downsizing mantra. This phrase will be a good way to keep me focused on clearing things out, rather than just putting them into storage to deal with later. Unless I can sell the item later, or I need to consider whether I should keep it, if I know subconsciously I don’t want it, I should sell it before forcing myself to deal with it for years, physically and mentally.
“What are you selling?” “I’m not selling anything right now…” “Everyone’s selling something.” This colleague of mine, many years ago, was selling audio equipment. Judging by the line of work we were doing – furniture moving – and his general demeanor, I probably wouldn’t have bought that hot equipment even if I were looking for a steal. That general attitude stuck, though, and I’ve always considered how we should always be selling something. Generally, I’m selling writing.
As I’m sorting through things to donate or sell, I occasionally get these flights of fancy over wanting to keep all of this stuff to use, until I realize that I never did and I probably never would, even if I were given ten lifetimes to indulge in any of my fancies. Those are the times where you have to say to yourself ‘enough’s enough,’ decide what you truly want, and drop the superfluous projects.
I have many items around the apartment-mansion I want to sell, more to get rid of than to turn a profit on, yet there will be weeks at a time where I won’t post anything to sell. The biggest reason for that is just the lack of motivation toward getting out there, being social, and experiencing new situations. The question becomes, then, how many more weeks can I afford not posting anything new to sell?
I accidentally arrived over ten minutes early to meeting “Ahmed” to sell this Macintosh Quadra in the grocery parking lot and nearly got bored. I like arriving early so that I can be familiar with my surroundings. Where I parked, I saw everything, from the teens getting out their car to go to the nearby restaurant to the cops talking in their vehicles, to the grocery store – but I didn’t see “Ahmed” until he parked.
You will sometimes get many responses to items you’re selling within the first hour you post it. You may sometimes for wait weeks to get even one response. That’s where I give it about a month: week one at full price, week two half price, then consider donating it. I posted this Quadra first for $40 then dropped it down to $20 and before I got to that donation consideration, I got two responses from interested buyers.