I like to think I do my bit for charity. A very small bit, but I try. If funds permitted, I would do a lot more. One thing I do like to do is donate clothes and assorted ‘stuff’ to my local charity shop and when I moved home last year, I not only gave them clothes, but furniture, books, DVDs … in fact, I probably donated more than I brought to my new house.


Having said that, there has been a bin liner, full of some of my nicer clothes, in the boot of my car for three months now. I keep meaning to take it to the charity shop but can’t seem to part with them. On a very selfish level, I need to sell them on eBay and keep the money for myself because as you know (I wang on about it enough), I am about to move home and have very little in the way of belongings to take with me.


It’s a dichotomy. I feel torn because I know there are people worse off than me and I should really donate everything I can, but at this point in my life I also need to look out for myself. (Oh God, I’m a horrible person.) I’ll be honest, another thing that puts me off selling things on eBay, is a) having to deal with buyers on eBay (fellow eBayers will know what I mean) and b) having to package everything up and mail it.  I’m not sure what the alternative is. I’ve had a stall at boot fairs before and they are even worse! Bartering over a book you’re selling for 10p is not my idea of how I’d like to spend my Sunday mornings.


Let’s face it, what I would really like is a Personal Assistant. Someone that can do all of my chores for me … and then give me all the money!


I move in less than a week and I really don’t think I’m going to have time to sell my stuff myself, plus I’m not sure if I can handle the guilt of not donating, so I’m heading to my local Sense shop today who, I’m sure, will be more than grateful for anything I give them.


What do you do with your surplus junk? Do you sell or donate?





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Published by Kate Sutton

Writer, Mother, Dater.

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  1. Kate, I flog everything on Facebook selling sites. It can be a pain sometimes but at least people come to your house to collect. Having moved 6 times in 6 years its been my saviour in many ways, often not having a deposit. On one move I made £2k by selling *everything* including the sofa and beds but needs must when you’re desperate. I used a separate fb profile which isn’t strictly allowed but there was none of ‘me’ on there and I deleted afterwards. Worked for me and prevented homelessness so hey ho 🙂

    1. I wish I’d thought of the separate FB profile thing because that’s what was putting me off! As it turns out, I gave everything to charity … apart from one thing, which I put on FB. Not one bloody comment on it! So that will go to charity too! But good on you – you have to do what you have to do and I’m glad you did so well!

  2. Funnily enough we have just been having this conversation at home. I donate a lot to charity, plus we often buy from charity shops. But I’m trying to encourage the kids to clear out things that they don’t need, and I realised that it wasn’t really a fair deal for them. I was getting a clearer space, but they weren’t getting anything. So we are now agreeing that they will sell some things on Facebook, and donate other things, depending on what it is.

    I do not think that you should donate in a way that affects you detrimentally. This is the problem sometimes with trying to help our communities – we want to provide the whole solution. But just to help a little is great, and it all adds up.

    So I hope that you sold those clothes!
    p.s. I’ve mentioned your blog post in my recent blog as it fitted with one of the subjects xx

    1. Thanks Lisa! And you’re totally right of course. But I DID donate them in the end … DVDs, clothes, books. And to be honest, it was just easier for me in the end. I figured I could just earn some more money and they needed it more than I did. It wasn’t that the guilt got to me, I just think on this occasion it was the right thing to do. Having said that, I put 1 thing on Facebay for a tenner and not one person was interested, so that will go to a charity shop too lol! x (PS. thanks for the mention on your blog – off to have a read!)

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