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View Poll Results: Moving items vs selling them off and buying new ones
Move 21 25.00%
Sell 44 52.38%
Don't know 19 22.62%
Voters: 84. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-28-2014, 03:07 PM
 
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@CCc girl: It might be worthwhile to see whether you can find what's called an eBay Trading Assistant (they handle all of the listings, photo taking, dealing with sellers, shipping, etc) to list everything-- they do take a cut but it might be worthwhile to not deal with the hassle of selling yourself.
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Old 04-29-2014, 12:03 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Thanks, Elly, but I love selling on the bay, it's not a hassle. The big stuff I will Craigslist or garage sale or donate, although I have shipped heavy freight before.

Good tip for those not ebay savvy, though!
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Old 04-29-2014, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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I just leave it all behind and use the stuff at the next vacant house I squat in.
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Old 05-05-2014, 12:55 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Saw an old friend Friday, said she would take a china hutch
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Old 05-07-2014, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Southwest
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Those are optimistic sell prices. I've never been able to sell anything on Craigslist for even close to its value because people want used stuff cheap, cheap, cheap, regardless of the high quality and good condition.
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Old 05-07-2014, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Southwest
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Dealing with moving companies is so stressful, sometimes I think your strategy is the best if only to preserve physical and mental health!
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Old 05-07-2014, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Southwest
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Same here. It made me want to cry when I thought of the money I'd spent on furniture I loved, and then when it didn't work in the new home far from where we started, selling it for almost nothing and watching those dollars I'd spent on that beautiful furniture drive away in the back of trucks.

I swore I'd never own anything again that I wasn't willing to leave behind. Yet, here I am again, with less, but still with things I hunted for and specifically chose because I love them (who doesn't want to have a nice home with things we like to look at and use?), facing the stress and expense of moving them, or selling them for next to nothing before I go.

Moving every few years is a real drag.
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Old 05-07-2014, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Southwest
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Default But there is the risk of damage

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We have been rather selective in what we get rid of. I also consider the time and effort spent locating and purchasing the replacement furniture and appliances. I would much rather just settle in with my old stuff -- unpack and put away and you are done. We definitely purge the clothing and soft articles -- blankets, sheets, towels, etc. -- because we always seem to have more than we actually need (though those items can also double as moving blankets).
During my last move, my appliances (washer, dryer, and high end fridge) were damaged; all of them to one degree or another. I moved them because they were all brand new. I should have just sold them before I moved.
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Old 05-07-2014, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Southwest
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I sold my beautiful 10 seat dining set for our move from Chicago to NC. I have regretted it every day since then and wish I could go back in time and not do it. What's done is done, though. So, my advice is if it's something you absolutely LOVE and it won't cost something outrageous to move (ie. grand piano) then just take it. If you have a "take it or leave it" feeling, you can probably sell it. It's really hard to know how things will fit in the new setup so there are things you may end up selling at the end anyway. Just don't make the mistake I did and part with something for which you have a strong fondness.
Same here. I sold two dining sets I loved, and regretted it each time. Now I have a table I don't care about, but I do want my chairs!

I just try to remind myself that there is cool stuff everywhere so I can love the next one.

That doesn't mean I don't regret some of the things I got rid of though.
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Old 05-07-2014, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Southwest
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but the bigger question is...are your items you already paid money for worth another 2k? Almost in every conceivable way they are not.
That tends to be truer for younger people than it is for older people. Unlike most 20-somethings, by the time a person is hitting middle-age, or even into their 30s, they often have more valuable belongings, and family heirlooms too.
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