Coffeechug Minimalism Challenge Day 3: Ebay Items

Today turns out to be a decent day for declutter. I had some items sell on ebay yesterday so those will be the items I will be using for this particular day. The last two days I have had seven items sell out of 12 so that is great news. I am not able to use them all for today because I am only mailing five of the items. The other two I have not received payment yet and therefore will still be holding onto. What I find interesting with Ebay is that items that I was thinking of just tossing make money.

Here is a rundown of what I sold along with the cost.

LEGO Darth Vader TIE Fighter – Sold for $21.00

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I am a huge LEGO fan. I have more LEGO than you could possibly imagine between my house and my classroom. This is one build that has sat on top of my book shelf for years. It is the first LEGO set I have ever sold. It is one of those that I never wanted to play with or allow the kids to mess with in fear of breaking, but what that amounted to was it just sitting all the time. I posted it online just to see what would happen. It was great that it sold. I was not expecting $21.00, but I will gladly take it. Now I just need to figure out how to mail the darn thing without falling apart.

Collection of Hot Wheels and Micro Machines – Sold for $33.99

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I cannot believe this one. I was expecting maybe 5-7 bucks, but almost $34! Are you kidding me? Perhaps there is a gem in this lot that I know nothing about.

My parents were gracious enough a few months back to bring me a box of stuff from my childhood. As I continue to work to declutter they deciliter by bringing crap to my house. In this box was a ton of worthless stuff, but in there were these cars. I played for days with the Micro Machines one summer with my friend James. Do you remember the commercial of the Micro Machine guy who spoke a million miles per hour? He was a legend for one summer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2egGfd5j_k

It is tough to get rid of the nostalgia of toys. I distinctly remember playing with these in the basement and having this whole work all created and setup. We would play in James basement as well which was a place we did not hang out much. Those memories are strong and I realize I don’t need the toys to keep the memories.

Plus, these are just one less small thing for me to step on and drop the F bomb in front of my kids. I already have LEGO and a million other toys in my house.

Flip Video Camera – 8gb/120 minutes – Sold for $46

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My house is loaded with tech devices. I am always wanting the latest greatest gadget and because of that I have a ton of old electronics. Part of me wants to take these things apart and use them in my makerspace to create new builds. However, when I know I can get some money back to help take care of my own personal bills I need to sell. The flip camera was all the craze in education and life for a few years. It ended when phones produced better quality and were even easier to use. Flip cameras are great because there is one button and it did one thing – record.

Because I go nowhere without my phone I was not going to drag this around in my pocket also. It has sat in a drawer for years. It was time to let it go and move on to the hands of someone who would use it. I just with I could have taken it apart and used that camera for a fish tank project in my classroom. And that is the problem with my mind. I can always find a reason to keep something for a new idea.

Western Digital 1 TB Internal Hard Drive – Sold for $73.45

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Why do I have a new, never opened hard drive in my office? Exactly! You see I had this great idea that I was going to build a computer from scratch. I still plan to do it one day. However, I order this part, stripped down an old computer tower and never moved any further. It is one of those many projects that I started, but never completed. Not because I did not want to, was not capable, or anything like that. It is just that my brain moves from one idea to the next to the next and I don’t always complete a thought or project. I still have the rest of the computer components sitting down in a bin somewhere. Perhaps I should dig that out when I venture to closet of chaos.

Hunger Games Trilogy Books – First Edition Scholastic Press – Sold for 22.50

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The hardest items to sell and get rid of are my books. I own thousands. They are the epitome of who I am. I love to read. I have slowly morphed from being super anal with my books where I had to buy each book I read and keep them in pristine condition. I would stop reading them if the jackets were bent or any books showed wear and tear. Overtime I have come to love our public library and don’t buy as many as I once did.

It is time for me to eliminate some books that I know I simply won’t read. I have been a book reviewer for years so I have so many books of so many types all over. Additionally, I have kept these books thinking my kids would one day read them, but I now realize that will never happen. Anything that I like or suggest the kids automatically go opposite. I am using some reverse psychology here and selling books so that they can discover them for themselves. Not sure if it will work, but I am going to give it a try.

Last, the books I am selling will go towards funding school supplies to a school in a remote village in Africa. I am developing a book charity project so some of the books that I know might bring in money I am selling to jumpstart the funds. Hunger Games were the first to go.

And that my friend is how it is done. With all these items I think I easily crushed the 30 item mark. Technically, I could group all the Micro Machines as one to really challenge myself so that is what I will do. I will count them as one, but the books as three, and everything else as one bringing today to a total of 7 and bringing in almost $187. Not too shabby!

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