It’s smart to try to make a little money from the valuable items you are trying to get rid of; but donating stuff is oftentimes less stressful.
When we first “sat down” to talk about what we would give away and what we would keep, some of the major items to sell consisted of gaming consoles. A Wii and an Xbox 360, to be specific.
I probably should have realized those items would be a hard sell in the beginning. I mean, who wants the outdated version of things (asks the girl with a dumb phone)? But in reality, this is the way it is, so I found myself stuck on these two items for a while.
My sister got word of the Xbox 360, so I immediately shipped it her way; grateful that is was out of the apartment and it was going to someone we know. But the Wii… that thing had a hard time saying goodbye. “Donate it to a retirement home or something,” Jeremy said. “They are always looking for that kind of thing.” Thinking it would be too much effort to look for a place, I kind of shoved off the idea.
That was until I received an email in response to my ad on Craigslist.
I know this isn’t your typical response but…My patients have expressed the wish to play WII as it has great occupational therapy potential and can be used to improve their hand eye coordination and overall health. My problem is that no matter whom I call or speak to I am unable to get corporate to approve the budget or spenddowns that it would require to buy. Would you possibly be willing to donate your WII to our building for my patients?
I hadn’t prayed about selling the Wii, but sometimes it doesn’t have to be this for that with the Lord; sometimes, He’ll just guide you and you’re just the middle man.
I felt humbled and excited at receiving this email.
It takes courage to reach out, especially when you can assume the person on the other end is looking for a few dollars in the process.
It takes passion. This lady obviously cares for her patients enough to go out on a limb.
We also had quite a few books and games that needed a new home, so I’m sure she was a bit surprised when I asked her if I could donate that stuff too. I found myself giddy, and, before I knew it, I had the box ready to go and I was out the door!
Donating stuff may not be as glamorous as selling stuff and reaping a small monetary benefit, but her email sent me soaring sky high and she was beyond grateful.
I have experienced more joy in being able to donate stuff to good use than I think I will ever experience in selling things for a few bucks. Where there is a need, there is a way. And you never know how a need being met will impact those involved.
If you find yourself thinking your stuff is better off in the hands of those who will use it more than you, by all means: donate it! You’re not going to be as apt to remember that movie or dish ware you sold for a couple bucks, especially when you know the person on the other end can use it.
Beyond the item no longer taking up space in your home, it no longer takes up space in your mind.
This sounds trivial, but when I am trying to sell items, I almost get anxious. Yes, I want to be able to get something for the items that are valuable, but at the end of the day they are just things. When someone else clearly has more of a need or use for an item we have, we should gladly hand it over. If we don’t need it, we should be able to let it go. After all, it’s just stuff.