Selling the farm: Tank purges 4 retirement

black patent leather slingback shoesOkay. I don’t own a farm. Or any real estate for that matter. Not one square foot of out-of-this-world Vancouver property.

But, I’ve got a lot of possessions. Stuff I thought made good sense at the time of purchase. They go by the names of Coach, Prada, Mark Jacobs, Lancel, Jimmy Choo and more. Why I thought I needed expensive handbags and shoes is a mystery. These days, I see these articles as clutter. I want rid of them.

That’s why I’ve gone back to Ebay in a effort to sell some of it. At rock bottom prices. I’ve had some success on Ebay in the past. The Fluevogs I sold went in one day — record time (I should have priced them higher). Also sold some scuba gear. One purchase was to a guy in Norway.

Ebay sales profiles are a pain to create. You’ve got to figure out dimensions and weights. You’ve got to set up a Paypal account. You’ve got to take decent photos of the articles you’re selling. Then, you wait for a bite. Believe me, there are a lot of people selling shoes and handbags on Ebay.

What I don’t sell may end up in my will going to some of you. Then you can figure out how to get rid of it. Or to an organization that accepts donations of business attire and accessories for women looking for work. I’ve got half a dozen Holt Renfew-purchased Theory suits that no longer fit.

The project is called purging for retirement. I’ll keep you posted on my progress. Or lack thereof.

My Ebay postings:

2 thoughts on “Selling the farm: Tank purges 4 retirement

  1. I’ve been down this road. Have you visited Turnabout Consignment? Their designer store is on Granville at 16th. They sell Louis Vuitton handbags at the Main and 12th store by IGA. Way back when, 1991, I financed the downpayment for my first apartment by selling my precious Holt Renfrew wardrobe. Since then I’ve used eBay a few times for other high end items, furniture bicycles, etc. But the last time, a few months ago, the rules had changed so much, it was such a pain, we won’t do it again. It’s true you should get more money for each item if you sell individually, but it’s time consuming. I put up a Cole Haan black patent, peep-toe, wedge four months ago and got no bids. Even designer fashion has a best by date. The consignment store is in business so it will set a price to stay in business. But there is value in taking it all to one location and making a blanket arrangement. Why not put it on your blog, sizes, photos etc. I might be interested in Theory suits. Good luck.

  2. A woman after my own heart! A fellow traveller down Holt Renfrew boulevard! I drive past Turnabout every time I go to the airport. Never thought of that. Great idea. Thanks so much. (And loving your blog postings)

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