Yesterday, I spent the early part of the day running errands before work. Most of them were driving the Infiniti sleigh, full of donations, to all of the required destinations for drop-off. I started at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, dropping off my old back door, extra slate tiles and a bag of hardware. I went inside to look for a new front door. The style I want, the size and that fact it needs to be used is making it difficult to find one. Yesterday I found 3, and 2 of which I liked, but I decided not to purchase one. I don’t need it and I’ve spent a lot of money on my house lately.
Next stop was the purple thrift store in McKinney, benefiting the Samaritan Inn. I dropped off a few bags of my stuff, a box of stuff from work and two bags from my friends. Of course I had to go inside, but I did it with my new minimalist trajectory. Here’s what I didn’t buy. 2 blue ceramic bowls. I thought about buying them because we don’t use paper plates or plastic utensils, even when entertaining, so I tend to keep more of these in the house. I have all solid colored mis-matched dishes. I chose not to buy them, as I really don’t entertain that much and I didn’t need them. Just saved $2. The other thing I didn’t buy was a metal orange tray for $3. My kids like to occasionally use a tray to eat upstairs, which I allow about 2 times a year. We have a plastic red tray, and I didn’t need the orange tray. No need for 2 of anything like that. I probably don’t even need to keep the red tray. I didn’t need anything in there, so I left without buying anything. Time for my next stop.
I decided to go to Half Price Books since I had a pile of books I didn’t need. I’ve sold books to them in the past and I swore I would never do it again. For the number of books, the value of them as used books and the condition, I always felt financially raped when I left there after selling books. I thought this time I’ll go in, sell my stuff and be prepared for any amount of money I might get. I gave them 8 classic novels, 4 current magazines, 1 current novel, 3 cookbooks and other miscellaneous books. 23 pieces in all.
All of these are used, my best estimate is $40.00 out of pocket. Since it was a weekend, Half Price was busy so I had to wait a little while for them to process my stuff. That was no problem, as I wanted to look around a little bit. I was hoping to find some books on hoarding or materialism, but to no avail. I looked on the ‘housekeeping / organization’ shelf first. Continue reading