Category Archives: purging

I’m going to post some pictures today of what I didn’t buy since that IS the title of this blog.  I won’t lie to you, I bought some stuff.  However, I will add that MOST of what I bought, and by MOST I mean 2 of the 5 things I bought today, were things I intended to buy anyway and just got lucky and found them at yard/estate sales instead of paying full price.  Those were:

  1. A plant for our home office which I’m in the process of re-doing and had JUST mentioned this morning to Michael that it needed a plant.  Whoah, ho, what do we have here???  A very healthy ficus tree?  For only $10???  I’ll take it.  (Some bitch sniped the gorgeous platycerium I wanted too.  I coulda slapped her.  But I didn’t.  See?  Mature.)

    $10 for this lovely.  Ignore the messy desk, please.

    $10 for this lovely. Ignore the messy desk, please.

  2. Some black framed picture frames to put some family photos in and hang in the office.  Did I mention we have close to ZERO family photos on the walls of our house?  Sure, there are lots of photos of people on the walls of my house – I just don’t know who they are.

    7 frames for $10.  Tell me that's not a good deal, I dare you.

    7 frames for $10. Tell me that’s not a good deal, I dare you.

And I bought a 50 cent toy tow truck for Nico and two other things which we’ll discuss later.

So, that means that 11 things need to go.  The HARD way.  Yes, we’re talking “FREE” box on the sidewalk.

Getting rid of stuff for me can be a little hard.  I have found and subscribe to a few “minimalist” blogs lately, but inevitably, I get too frustrated  by their success and my failure at it, I usuallyend up over on Pinterest, cyber hoarding.  Occasionally, I get very inspired, but it often fails to materialize into more living space and less things to bang into and add to my growing bruise collection.   So, desperation is creeping in.

Much like Dante talked of the 9 circles of Hell, I find there are approximately the same number of layers to the purge cake.

Circle One:  Sell something… for more than you paid for it!!! Whenever I do this, I feel like such a PLAYAH!  This is purging nirvana.

Circle Two: Sell it for what it’s currently worth after you’ve used it for however long you’ve used it.  Really, this is the most fair so it’s pretty high up there because you get to feel good about it too.

Circle Three:  Just get something for it, it’s not great, but not a total loss.  Or sell it on eBay, which is annoying no matter how much you get for it.

Circle Four:  You need to get a gift for someone and you happen to have this thing you don’t want but they will love it. Two problems solved!  In a way, this could possibly be better than Level Three and may need to be promoted.

Circle Five:  You give it to someone you know who wants it

Circle Six:  You post it for free on Craigslist and someone wants it and, after exchanging multiple emails, finally makes it to your house to pick it up.

Circle Seven:  You stick it in your car and drop it at the Goodwill when you finally go by it after 3 weeks.

Circle Eight:  You put it out on the sidewalk with a sign on it that says FREE and someone takes it.

Circle Nine:  You put it out on the sidewalk and no one takes it for 3 days so you throw it in the trash and feel super guilty about it.  Or, worse, bring it back in the house.

Oh, the shame.  Now, here’s a palette cleanser:

Didn’t buy:

Savings: Judging by the prices at this estate sale, I'm going to guess $75.

Savings: Judging by the prices at this estate sale, I’m going to guess $75.

Didn’t buy:

Saving: I didn't ask, but I'm gonna guess $3.  Hey, every little bit helps, right?  You KNOW I have a hard time resisting squirrel shaped things.

Saving: I didn’t ask, but I’m gonna guess $3. Hey, every little bit helps, right? You KNOW I have a hard time resisting squirrel shaped things.

Didn’t buy:

Chubby lady from Napoleon Dynamite:  "I want that."

Chubby lady from Napoleon Dynamite: “I want that.”


How is this good news?

Man, I have to stop “watching” so many items on eBay.  Half the time they don’t sell and they come back to haunt me like a tarty temptress.  But shouldn’t they go on sale or something?  I mean, don’t you want to get rid of these things, eBay seller?  How do you have a place to have something like this just sitting around for weeks? 

That is actually a problem I have with what seems like a great idea – selling off stuff I don’t want anymore on ebay or etsy.  I could make some money on it, right?  And it’s not like I haven’t done my fair share of ebay purging but the problem I have is usually this… once I decide I want to get rid of it, I want it gone.   I don’t want to figure out what box it will fit in, carefully wrap it and then figure out what it will cost to mail it (which I usually get wrong anyway and I end up paying way more to ship things than I thought I would, and I have to eat that, there goes my profit) and then have it sitting somewhere in my hous waiting to go to the post office.  No, I want it OUT OF MY SIGHT.  Just take it.  It’s free.  Now come get it… now.  Here, I’ll just leave it on my front porch and you can get it whenever is soonest. Who has extra space for boxes of crap?  Extreme couponers?  Don’t get me started on those people.

I’m going to just pretend now I’m one of those bloggers who have actual people who read their blog and make some assumptions about my invisible blog readers… Well, you may have noticed I haven’t been blogging lately and I guess that’s because I’m thinking that this little bit of anti-retail-therapy may have cured me.  I’ve been saved!
Well. That’s not entirely true.  I haven’t posted so much about things I DID buy (another post perhaps) but I will admit to having parted with a whole SHIT-TON of stuff that I’m not even going to bother with mentioning.  Stuff that had value, yes.  But I just gave that shit away because that’s how good I’m getting at this.

However, as part of my self-inflicted (and self-administered) therapy, I am going to now expose the things that I own that I am a little embarrassed about and that I want to part with but just can’t seem to.  I assure you, dear blog reader, this will be equally painful for me as it will be for you to read about – as if you were going to.  So, be prepared.  It’s ugly.

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