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What Does A Minimalist Have Left?

In a recent post on Facebook I asked of my friends who had a folding table that I could borrow for a garage sale. My friend Tony, responded asking me what I, as a minimalist, still had left in my life that I could sell at a garage sale. Which as it turns out I have quite a lot left.

I never set out to limit myself to live with 100 things or less. When I began the process I wanted to ensure that what I owned was purposeful in my life. Part of the human condition is that inevitably we grow to the space we live in. For the past two years I’ve lived in a 1500 sqft home with 3-4 other people. Who’s stuff is who’s can get a bit diluted. My priorities in leading a minimalist lifestyle have not been the same as theirs.

Now, I’m planning on moving elsewhere, preferably on my own. This will mean two things, I can most likely do away with many items that have fit into the space I’ve had available. I may need to buy a few items (second hand where possible) to fill the gap for items that were mutually used; i.e. pans and dishes. Since I don’t know where I’ll be living yet it is hard to say what will be useful yet. I’ve been through much of the process of eliminating most items that I have no sentimental attachment to. I’ve also been slowly whittling away other items as I am faced with them but there is still more to eliminate.

So what did I actually have left that I intend on parting with?

  • Old college laptop w/ discs (harddrive no longer works)
  • Comics!! I’ve sold off a good number. I’ve sold off a couple hundred, but still have around 500 more.
  • Books! I’ve sold some to Amazon, some to Paperbackswap.com and I still have a bunch left. I’m keeping around 10 for now.
  • Poly-fil
  • Cigar boxes
  • Interesting bottles
  • Toy gun
  • Laptop charger (Not for the above)
  • Wireless router (two?)
  • Camping lamp.
  • Adventure helmets
  • Munny (Bub)
  • Games
  • Juggling balls
  • Puzzles
  • Alarm clock
  • Assorted electronics
  • Art File Drawers
  • Book shelf
  • DVD rack
  • Couch
  • Artwork
  • Records
  • Garden kit
  • Glue sticks
  • Envelopes
  • Zippo lighters (3)

During the actual sale we managed to clear through a lot more than I originally thought, but I was still left with more things than I realized I had. Oddly, I found that people will buy the most random things at a garage sale. On a whim I had put an unopened bag of glue sticks for a hot glue gun out on my table. Some guy bought them pretty early on. Said he remembered he only had one left.

I also found people’s attitude toward prepricing items to be vastly divergent. Most people seemed more willing to ask about a price if there wasn’t one on the item. There were some people that outright paid what was listed on the items. Since it seemed like more people were keen on buying items that weren’t prepriced I went ahead and removed all the prices. This led to other issues. I had one woman ask me about the price of the books, then stormed off when I mentioned specific prices for some books.

All in all, I was able to rid myself of plenty of unnecessary items. I was hoping to have made more money off what I did sell, but I did reasonably for a garage sale. Now to just find the new place and see what will be necessary there.

3 comments

1 Tony Bullard { 07.10.12 at 5:56 pm }

I don’t know what an “Adventure Helmet” is, but it sounds awesome.

2 CMGalvin { 07.10.12 at 7:20 pm }

Think of the gold Legends of the Hidden Temple helmets, then let your imagination free to decide where you can go in one.

3 Ronnie { 07.10.12 at 9:04 pm }

Random, indeed.

As for moving, thankfully, I think sorting the big items at the move out will be easy, but going through the kitchen is going to suck.

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