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    Decluttering: well-meaning advice for younger people from an old ****


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    Aged late 50's we are looking at semi-retiring and moving from a biggish house in the city to a smaller place.

    Decluttering.

    Just been to a car boot sale, selling clutter.

    We took crap that cost us hundreds. Most failed to sell, what did sell got us a tenth of what we paid for it. Or less.

    My message is don't buy crap, especially if you live in a big house! Buy only stuff that you never want to sell or you can sell at a profit.

    I hate my crap-buying decades, now I look back on them.

    What a **** I've been, don't be like me!

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      If it was decent stuff it generally won't sell at car boot sales, certainly not in the Midlands. If you have cheap, crappy ornaments you are made in the shade.

      ****ing hate car boot sales.
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      If it was decent stuff it generally won't sell at car boot sales, certainly not in the Midlands. If you have cheap, crappy ornaments you are made in the shade.

      ****ing hate car boot sales.
      Go with the assumption that nobody will pay more than £1 for anything. Then you wont be disappointed.
      Don't make old people mad. We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off.
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      Miss out the middle man and take it straight to the tip. So therapeutic
      never forget what Stanley, Archer and Bellotti did
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      Went through similar a few months ago prior to putting the house up for sale. I got rid of car loads of old crap to the tip, stuff I'd been hanging on to for years "just in case".
      Oddly no-one wanted to buy any of the dial-up modems, SCSI tape drive cables,12" CRT monitors or VHS tapes.
      Gave a load of stuff to the charity shop and flogged a few bits on Facebook.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Uncle C View Post
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      Go with the assumption that nobody will pay more than £1 for anything. Then you wont be disappointed.
      Haha, very true. Just a bit bitter from a few years ago when we were having a clear out. Couldn't interest anyone in some really nice things including some unworn with tags 100% silk shirts that were bought for me as a present in Vietnam (it turns out medium in Vietnam is rather more snug than medium here) however the box of petrol station ornaments/figures left over from when an elderly relative died were selling like hot cakes. Madness (and still bitter).
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      Miss out the middle man and take it straight to the tip. So therapeutic
      Yeah, it's Car-boot-sale -> Charity Shop -> Tip -> Burn it -> Fly tip in Crystal Palace, at least there it will be appreciated.
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      Freecycle is the easy way to get rid of stuff. Don't take it to the tip. Find a well run charity shop, and register for gift-aid. We downsized a few years ago, and it wasn't worth the aggro of trying to get money for any of it
      Nobody wins unless everybody wins.
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      We're currently looking at going from a 2 bedroom bungalow to a 3 bedroom place and still de-cluttering. I am a massive hoarder and even I've found it quite refreshing to just bin loads of stuff.

      Anything of even remote value is getting put on eBay as I've got the boxes for most stuff as I never threw them away in the first place.
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      Miss out the middle man and take it straight to the tip. So therapeutic
      I think you'll find charity is the therapeutic answer.
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