Methods We Used

nhis page is for the benefit of others.  I’m moving items to this list as we dispose of them. Because we have a few years to downsize we are able to take our time. We started off selling things we don’t expect to use in the three years which is when we expect to go full time in an RV. I’m finding once I get on a roll selling stuff it becomes easier to take the time to do it. You just have to take the time to get started.

Paper documents and photos.  What we are doing to go paperless as of 2015.
Small business sale. Not really a conventional item to “purge” but necessary for retirement. Sold to key employee.
Beekeeping Equipment: Selling to new beekeepers who call me for advice.  Getting 1/3 the price of new. Sold another bunch on Craig’s List at 1/3 the price of new. Made sure to have good photos and listed each part that was for sale.  Sold to first person with several others also wanting to buy. I really believe in selling at a good price when dealing with Craig’s List, but not at “garage sale price.”
Trash Day is Tuesday: This is what we say each week as we fill the large trash container.
1985 Bass Tracker Aluminum Boat: Sold on Craig’s List in 12 hours. Fortunately we live in a larger metropolitan area. The guy that bought it drove an hour to get it. I had all the titles (boat, trailer, outboard motor). The boat needed to be restored. Sold it for about a 1/3 of what it is worth if restored to operable condition.  Got five calls and sold to first guy.
Order a Dumpster: A friend who is a home builder ordered me a dumpster at his discounted rate. We were also able to order a size larger at no extra cost. Three years before we are planning to retire. We walked through the house selecting items to dispose of that would not fit in our usually weekly trash container.  Karen and I agreed to select items together. We agreed to the rules for disposal, at this point. If we have not used it in four years, can’t give it away. can’t sell it or we are not going to use it in the next three years, then it goes in the dumpster.
Sold an old truck on Craig’s List. It was bought by a young boy and I had his mother bring a male friend to check it out before I’d sell it to the boy. Socking away the money saved by not having to pay insurance.
Guns: I figured out what they would be worth if sold to an individual, then went to the local gun store and offered to sell them for 2/3 that price. Worked out great.


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