What have you had to sell to pay your bills?

@writersedge (22579)
United States
August 26, 2009 4:09am CST
Went to see the people who owe me for 58 1/2 hours. Now they say they will pay me August 31, 2009. I have two bills that I have to pay before then. I quit working for them. I don't know when or if I will be paid. Yesterday, I had to sell my dulcimer. I never wanted to sell that. I haven't played it much though. They only gave me $20 for it. I tried to sell my 35 lb left-handed recurve bow yesterday, but I couldn't find anyone who would take it. I will also try to sell my sig sour look-a-like air gun. Never wanted to sell my bow and arrow set, but the sig air gun I can part with. Never liked the CO 2 air canister thing when there are pump action lever ones. Only got that because the county sheriff's had real sig sours and I had to practice with something similar in order to pass the class that I failed before. It worked pretty well for that. But its time has passed. What have you had to sell to pay your bills? Did you have no job and difficulty getting paid or were you without work?
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@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
26 Aug 09
Writer, This discussion should bring quite a response. Where to begin. I had to quit my job as a teller because of health issues and the b!tch that was hired as our new manager. she rode me to the point that my health was in great danger. I ended up quitting on the spot. Anyway, 4 months later my husband was laid off. He has been out of work for over two years. We began by selling my Sterling Silverware that my grandmother gave me practically piece by piece. Also hubbies Mothers Silver plated silverware. I had a couple of gold rings, one of which was my first wedding ring remaid into another ring. We sold anything thing that had some value to it. When you need food or need to pay your utilities, you do what you have to do. Leenie
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
27 Aug 09
Yes, I agree,you do sell whatever you have to. I think many things of mine will be sold very soon. Winter is coming and my prospects for work are not looking like they were. It's sad to have to sell the things your Grandmother gave you. I had a boss that ruined my health by yelling at me in private when I worked in a Correctional Facility. Picked the same time as my Mother was dying of cancer. So I feel your pain. I should be retiring with over 20 years of State time and a really incredible pension, but instead I'll just barely have a pension and I will probably never be able to eat high acid foods or have someone raise their voice at the table without being sick again.
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@GardenGerty (92203)
• Marion, Kansas
27 Aug 09
leenie, I have silver plated flatware, never could find a place to sell it. It is not of much value to me, sentimentally. It just fell to me by default. Where did you sell yours?
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
27 Aug 09
Really good advice,I will have to try it. Thanks Leenie
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@GardenGerty (92203)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Aug 09
When my first husband quit his job to go to trucking school, and then was hired at half pay for a probationary period, we sold class rings, and old coins and foreign coins. They were not legitimately collections of coins, but just some we had accumulated, or he had accumulated. Some from when he went overseas with the Navy. At that time the GI Bill did not pay for truck driving school, later it did. The career change was worth it, and was a good move for him, though.
• United States
26 Aug 09
Last year, a company I relocated to another state for went bankrupt two months after I moved. I was left in a $2500 a month condo, which they were contracted to pay. After a few months of living off of my savings, while looking for employment, I was broke. So there I was broke, in a new state, with my 10 year old child and about to get evicted. We actually were without power for 4 days at one point. I told my daughter there was an issue with the "power box". She was like, "but Sharon's power down the hall is on". We would go to the gym at night and charge our phones and portable dvd player. We would also take showers in the pool shower room. Who knew that hot water had anything to do with power. I sure didnt! When it came around for school to start. I pawned my beloved stereo system to buy school supplies. I have since "recovered" from this situation but it was definitely a hard time for us.
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@Cherryd41 (1121)
• United States
26 Aug 09
Knock on wood I have never had to sell anything to pay my bills if I ever found myself in that situation I would gladly sell some possessions to pay my bills you can always get more stuff. (Of course I would really think long and hard about selling sentimental things but it would all depend on the situation )
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
26 Aug 09
1Sunshine I hope things are going better for you now. 4 days without electric when you have a child is very scary. Reports of such were in our newspapers. I hope you're able to keep your electric. I also hope preparing for school this year isn't as much of a hardship.
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@carolbee (16243)
• United States
6 Sep 09
Am so sorry to hear you had to sell your items. Especially since they are so dear to you. Hopefully things will get better. I have been extremely fortunate that we haven't had to sell anything to pay bills. I am not longer working. Quit my job about a month ago. The pay was awful anyway and it almost drove me nuts. My husband does very well so we are good. Am so thankful we aren't in a bind financially as so many others are today.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
7 Sep 09
May you continue to be so fortunate and may your good fortunes rub off on us.
@carolbee (16243)
• United States
7 Sep 09
Thanks, writer. My husband happens to have a good career that is needed. We are very fortunate. I thank the good man above on a regular basis. Would love to see other members pull through this mess of an economy without selling their personal items. Bless you.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
7 Sep 09
Me, too, I have 3 1/4 years before I can retire and have a budget. Making it until then will be a challenge the way things are going. Things are supposed to be getting better, let's hope that's for everyone.