We did a little mini purge this week, getting rid of a few games and toys that have been sitting around unused. I had three video games that had piled up. I typically sell my video games on ebay as soon as I beat them. That allows me to get back almost what I paid for them. These sat around a little longer and I ended up getting half my money back out of them.
For the record, and in case anyone is curious, the games were Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time, Brutal Legend, and Uncharted 2.
We also listed a few of Faith’s toys on craigslist. We listed a Step 2 table and chairs, a Dora dollhouse, a bicycle, and a Cozy Coupe. Some of these are things she outgrew, and others were just taking up too much space and were rarely used. The bicycle and the table and chairs sold, and the others are still listed.
This is actually a good time of year to be selling toys on craigslist and ebay. I think there are plenty of people that don’t mind buying used toys to use as Christmas gifts. We’ve had some success in the past with taking a bunch of kids toys and selling them as a “lot” on ebay. There isn’t anything special about selling a “lot,” you basically just call it a “lot” in the description. People are more likely to bid on groups of toys rather than single items due to the value of buying a bunch of related and age matched items, plus it saves on shipping to get a bunch of stuff in one shipment.
We may do that again this year if we can make some time to go through more of Faith’s toys. We really need to get rid of some stuff, since we’re sure to have more toys coming in a Christmas time. Toys is one area that we have had trouble minimizing. Faith gets so excited with new toys, and while I don’t want to teach her to get a high from “stuff,” I also enjoy seeing the excitement. It’s a balancing act to balance the consumerism with a respect for the other things in life that are more important than stuff.
I read Leo’s post about not buying anything new for Christmas, and instead making gifts or buying used gifts. I like the idea, and we try to do that when we can, but some of the things she added to her Christmas list just aren’t very good to get used. We typically buy new at Christmas, and when we are done with them they either get sold or donated. We try not to go overboard, but since we only have one child, it’s not too much of a financial burden to buy her some new gifts.
So, we need to make some room for new toys by getting rid of the old. I think we may spend some time on that this weekend instead of partaking in the Black Friday madness.