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 have acquired many books I want to read, yet my mind constantly encourages me to visit more thrift stores, bookstores, and acquire – rather than read – more. Is it, then, easier to own than read? What if we adjust our thinking away from “acquiring” to “finishing” as the biggest obstacle in completing tasks? We can oversaturate our task-acquisition to anything we want making us spoiled by choice. What if we oversaturate our task-finishing time instead?
Walking through the toy aisle yesterday morning while getting groceries, I realized that it’s already been over a year and nearly two since I last splurged on collecting things I didn’t immensely care about. I still buy things and have bought things I didn’t need, like non-grocery items serving aesthetic purposes, but it’s with more intentionality now. If I buy something, I intend to use it now, so it won’t collect dust on a shelf.
The saddest thing about browsing through thrift stores is seeing these mementos of lives once lived. Family photos and personalized notes written with love are heart-breaking, but all part of the general progression of life. Every rainfall destroys priceless artifacts. When I think about my time working in a thrift store, I remember the priority for the sorters was speed. The furniture department worried about quality, but for the miscellaneous items, just price and go.
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.
When selling things, I like getting to the public place – like a grocery store parking lot or some other busy location – about five or ten minutes early, and sometimes I’ll be late. When I’m not, that’s a good time to check my surroundings, soak in the scenery, and wait for the buyer. I don’t recommend being “off your guard” during this time by reading essays or writing text messages. It’s just good not being sidetracked.
This Gateway 2000 4DX2-66 was a buddy’s old computer he hadn’t used in years. When I tried booting into it, I ran into weird enough challenges to where after about a half-hour of troubleshooting, I decided to sell it as-is, and within a day, I’d already sold it to someone that was willing to take on the troubleshooting challenge. It’s all about the priorities we set for ourselves. For me, that entertainment wasn’t worthwhile. For him…
Months back, I thought of cleaning up my bathroom counter, to declutter and rearrange things so I could know where everything was, but I left it as a formal ceremony to procrastinate on doing. It wasn’t until I had a burn on my arm that needed immediate tending that I realized, wait, where are my bandages? Where’s my burn treatment? What do I do for burns? The bathroom decluttering process won’t be as slow going.
If there is one “lifehack” I wish I’d applied to my life years ago, it would’ve been using a weekly digital calendar and sticking to it. My problem is not accountability. When I say that I will do something, I will do it. The problem is actually getting around to doing it. I’ll forget, more important things will crop up, and all these excuses… However, the easiest way around this is extending calendar entry deadlines.