This week, I made almost $100 selling stuff on kijiji. I just took photos of kids my stuff have outgrown, posted ads on the website and soon, I was in business! I am getting rid of stuff, gaining empty, clutter-free space in my house, and making some money.
At first, I figured I’d give the stuff away. In fact, I donated a lot of it to a pre-school. But in the spring of 2010, I had my first and only garage sale, and made enough money for five of us to go whale watching on the Bay of Fundy for a day. I realized, Hey, I have a lot of good stuff.
The stuff I have now fits into two categories: (1) Stuff that I think members of my family or circle of friends may want one day; and (2) Stuff that has been so carefully chosen and obsessively cared for that I just can’t bear to release it to the whimsies of the universe. I mean, after keeping track of all those Little People farm characters for so long, and never losing a single one, keeping the cash register in working order, pristine, clean and shiny, with all its play money and basket of groceries intact … how could I now take the risk that in their next stages of existence, these precious belongings would be scattered to diverse locations, no longer a complete set? Or the sandals purchased with love on a trip to Montreal, an agonizing choice between pink beads or blue sparkles — how to just let them go without ceremony or anyone to recognize the significance of these particular sandals?
No doubt, some people will think this is crazy — who cares, it’s just stuff, right? Ahhhh. I care. I know I shouldn’t worry about material possessions and that the memories and people supported by these possessions are really what is important in life. But.
Then kijiji. Users are combing through the listings, hoping to find that perfect item that will be a great bargain and the envy of all their neighbours. I love selling stuff on kijiji … I know my stuff is going to a good home. People who will appreciate it and who are willing to drive, sometimes, across the province to get it! I would give the stuff away free, but the number of takers would simply be too much for me (and my inbox) to handle!