To free up more money for Christmas....

United States
November 24, 2008 7:21am CST
Would you consider selling any of your belongings? We've done this for the past few years, although we've yet to do it this year. Last year we sold a few small knick knacks along with our fish tank. The year before we sold hubby's video games he wouldn't play anymore. This year we can manage without selling belongings, but I'm thinking of doing it anyways. I decided last night what I'm going to get hubby, and I need at least $200 to get it. I'd love to have the money by this Friday in case the item goes on sale. Unfortunatly we have $5 to our names right now because we've already spent his paycheck, and I can't take $200 out of next week's paycheck without hurting us a lot. I have a few things I can sell, probably not enough to earn the $200 though. I'm thinking I might be able to get perhaps $100 if I'm lucky. What about you? Have you ever sold your unwanted belongings to free up some Christmas shopping money? Are you doing that this year?
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@oldboy46 (2132)
• Australia
25 Nov 08
We have never had to sell anything to raise money for Christmas. Even if we have had little or no money, we make do with what we can afford to buy but we always budget as best as we can. Even when we literally lived from week to week, my partner and I would put aside $5 each week so we had that to fall back on. If we got any extra money for some reasion or another, we would put half of it aside and use the rest for wahatever we absolutely had to have. All our children were told that there would not be much in the way of presents as we could not afford them. But then where the children (adults now) were concerned we used to make their birthdays as the special event of the year when it came to presents. Our situation has improved in recent years but we still put that money aside each week, Also we make jams, sauces and preserves from our home grown organic fruit and vegetables and the money we get from the sale of that is a bonus. We have had a garage sale where we sold stuff we no longer needed plus my partner sells stuff on eBay from time to time. It is not specifically for any reason except we do not want or need the item but know the money will come in handy. Good luck and hope you get the money you want for your husband's present although I am sure if you cannot get it, he will understand.
• United States
25 Nov 08
I am sure I will be able to get it, probably just not as quickly as I'd like. And he will understand because he doesn't expect it. It will be a huge surprise if he gets it! That's very exciting.
@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
25 Nov 08
It might be time to re-examine this whole obligatory gift giving exercise. Do you know why you have to give gifts at Christmas? While selling one's excess stuff is always a good exercise, just rounding up things you use day to day and sacrifice them so you can have a present because it is expected requires a step back.
• United States
25 Nov 08
I don't give gifts because it's expected, I give gifts because I like to. I'm willing to part with my unused items to make someone else happy on a holiday.
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
25 Nov 08
I have to admit I have been considering it. I have like 3 bags of clothes that my kids have outgrown and have been considering selling them on Ebay. But I have not gotten around to actually doing it. The clothes are taking up a lot of space as well, and would be nice to get rid of some of them. If I don't sell them on Ebay they will go in to a garage sale this spring, and that of course would be a lot easier, I am nearly done with all my Christmas shopping but I am also out of Christmas cash. I still need about a couple hundred dollars as well. I am trying to earn it on line. But I may resort to Ebay.
• United States
25 Nov 08
Don't forget to try Craigslist. It's a free service, but it's not an auction, so whatever you ask for the clothes is what you're going to get.
• United States
24 Nov 08
How are you going about selling your stuff? Do you do it on Ebay? Or like a yard sale type of thing? The only belongings I sold and it's my first time, is my unwanted jewelry to cash 4 gold. Not sure if you saw this on tv or not, but they take all kinds of jewelry and melt it down. I figured, its worth it because i never wear that jewelery anymore, so why just have it sit there collecting dust?
• United States
24 Nov 08
I've seen that site, but don't own any jewelry except my wedding ring, which I never take off. I used to sell things through e-bay, but the items I have now aren't really worth the cost of shipping, so I'm using Yahoo Groups and Craigslist.
@angelface23 (2498)
• United States
24 Nov 08
Yes I sell things throughout the year. Things my daughter doesnt fit into anymore or baby items. This time I have a brand new pair of Disney Priness snow boots that dont fit her. They are too big. My grandma doesnt have the reciept anymore so I am just going to sell them. I am always looking for things to sell on Craigslist.
• United States
24 Nov 08
If they are too big I would save them for when she can fit them. I do that with all my kid's clothes, I don't sell them until the kids have outgrown them. Even with the boy's stuff I save it for the next boy if it's still usable.
@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
24 Nov 08
We have sold stuff before in a garage sale, but not for Christmas. I'm way too busy to even think about doing that. It's a good idea to free up some extra money though. We just always have kept Christmas small and often my husband and I don't exchange presents. We need a new DVD player. That'll be our present this year to ourselves, lol. Plus a $10 item, which usually means I'll get a book or two. Christmas is just not worth it to go into debt like that. My MIL does it constantly. I can't understand it. It's time people start focusing more on the reason for the season than on the gift giving;)
• United States
24 Nov 08
I buy what I can afford, I don't own credit cards or anything like that, so when the money is gone, it's gone. But I have hubby and the kids to buy for, so that costs a pretty penny.
@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
24 Nov 08
Sure. I have sold things on ebay close to Christmas time before to get money to buy Christmas presents. Now I take things to a local consigment store and get money off the items that way. My mom is helping out with Christmas this year so won't have to sell anything if don't want to though this year.
• United States
24 Nov 08
I thought about selling some things a few weeks ago, but then decided not to. Now that I've decided that I want this item for hubby, I need to get the money fast, so have found a few things to sell. I hope I can get the money I need.
@intanayu (56)
• Indonesia
25 Nov 08
I think,you should not need to sell goods only to buy goods for christmas.required oN the day of christmas is a noble not new goods.
• United States
25 Nov 08
I have a bad habit of impulse buying random items that I THINK I need. every so often I decide that I'm not going to wear that weird yellow skirt that I bought only because it was 3$ or those jeans that I will never ever fit into. I also often buy things specifically to sell for extra cash. Vintage clothing and bathing suits bought at a thrift store for a few dollars can quickly turn into as much as 20$ on ebay! I guess I do this all the time, not just to make extra Christmas money! Good luck in your Christmas earning endeavors!
@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
25 Nov 08
yes of course and I have done it for years not for gifts but mostly to free up clutter and make extra money from it or at least get back what we paid for it I'm not really into gifts I take anything hubby gave me for my birthday or holidays even if it's only eat out at a buffet he is the one who always wants to buy me things while all I care about is clutter free house and get my side jobs done so we can pay bills this year though I have gone through our stuffs but only managed to sell only a few things
@tammytwo (4304)
• United States
25 Nov 08
I am doing whatever creative money making that I can right now provided that it is legal and legit. I actually have a nice CB radio that I am trying to unload. Hubby bought it a while back when he was still driving a semi. He longer uses it but doesn't want to let it go too cheap considering the money he put into it. It could buy a nice gift or two if I sell it. I also have a few other things I may be selling soon to get the funds for the kid's Christmas.
25 Nov 08
I haven't before, but im considering it this year. I never really understood why people do, apart from for financial reasons, before my friend had her baby last year. He's now 10 months old, so he'll get a lot of new stuff for Christmas. Most of the things he used to play with don't interest him anymore, so she's collected up things that don't have sentimental value and has put them on ebay. They'll make great Christmas presents for someone who cant afford to buy them new, and give her some more money and space for his presents this year. I haven't got a son, but ive probably got bits and bobs lying around that i could get rid of. I think if you have things that you wont miss its a brilliant way to get your hubbys presents without causing you to be short of money. Of course, this websites a brilliant way too!!
@metschica25 (5407)
• United States
24 Nov 08
Hello No I dont have a prob with it at all and have before and will do it again . I started selling some clothes on ebay and my fiance is selling some of his games . It helps bring in extra money !
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
24 Nov 08
I have not sold anything. We were planning to sell the pool table, but the boys already called Habitat for Humanity, and I wanted to sell the accordian, but it is my husband's. Most of the stuff we have we want and we usually donate that what we do not want anymore. We usually plan ahead and put money in a savings account and budget as to how much to spend for each person. We do go a little over, at least I do, but not that much.
• United States
24 Nov 08
I don't have any issue with selling items that I do not use anymore. I've actually been trying to unload some books for a few months now. The money that I've been making from selling the books is what I'm using for a bunch of other things and Christmas can be one of the things on the list that I'll use some of the money for. I mean, if you're not using it anymore, really do not want it and it's just sitting around taking up space, what is the point in keeping the items when you can sell them and make a little bit of money from them in the long run? There isn't anything wrong with it in my opinion. It's like recycling and you're giving the items to someone else that can use them.
@gemini_rose (16193)
24 Nov 08
Well last year I was running a business on ebay so I was earning extra money through that. This year I was going to start it again and sell again but I just have not had the chance to sort things out! I do have a lot of things around the house to sell but I just need to get myself organised and that takes a lot of hard work!
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
24 Nov 08
I have thought about doing it this year. I have some stuff that seems to be selling fairly well on eBay that I no longer need. I really have been thinking about it for awhile now, I just have not gotten around to it yet.
@Anne18 (11036)
24 Nov 08
Wel we haven't got anything to sell but yes if we did and were short of money we would sell some things to raise money to buy the children a great christmas gifts.
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
24 Nov 08
oh sure, i sold a few items on ebay over the summer and along with the money i have earned on mylot, i had enough to buy a few christmas present from ebay. not only that, i generally do my shopping all through the year. a couple of dollars throughout the year doesnt hurt as much as buying all your christmas presents with in a bunch of weeks.