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Spring Forward with Minimalism

Good morning!

Have you guys tried to do some sort of minimalism in your life?

Well, I have. And let me tell you… it is so hard! I’ll be moving so much this year so I decided to save myself some headaches. I can probably do away with a lot of stuff that I have, most of it is clothes and books but it’s just so much.

Despite this, I’m going to share with you what has worked for me!

Selling

Apps:

You can use TONS of apps such as let go, poshmark, mercari, depop and even ebay. But it is not easy, you have to actually put some effort into this. I have sold some items on here so it is definitely worth a shot. Make sure when you post items, they are ironed and look presentable.

Stores:

2nd & Charles is amazing! First, let me tell you, they have awesome prices on tons of books. I love coming here for little gifts and anything that I was interested in reading. You can also sell your books, electronics, movies and so much more to them. Like any buy back program, you don’t get as much as you want back for your items but the whole point is to just get rid of the stuff, at least for me it is. What’s cool with this buyback program is that they’ll tell you how much you’ll receive if you keep it as store credit versus how much you’ll receive it you take cash back.

Uptown Cheapstake  similar to 2nd & Charles, this place will take your gently used clothes. Again, they won’t give you a lot for what you have and honestly it can be quite offensive. BUT it was important for me to just remember, I want to get rid of this stuff.

Garage sales! Yes utilize this, you can make so much money selling your stuff at a garage sale. You can also get in on community yard sales, for example, I participated in a community yard sale that the local YMCA hosted. (You’ll get some much more traffic this way). And definitely wait until it’s warmer outside, that’s why spring is perfect, people don’t want to go garage sale-ing if it’s cold and crappy outside!

Giving Away

This can be hard, especially if you hold on to the mentality “I paid so much for this item”. Let go of that, the point of minimalism is to have less junk, less unused items that are just taking up space in your life. Just close your eyes and get rid of it. I highly, HIGHLY suggest NOT donating it to Goodwill. Yes, I know they employee people that have a hard time getting a job but they are making a profit from your stuff! I suggest going to your local church and donating it there. There is an awesome place around me that has a “mock” thrift store. People are able to go in an fill their little garbage bag with whatever they can fit in it for just a couple of dollars. Just think, you’re items are going to someone else and they’ll probably make good use of it.

Minimalism is still a hard thing for me and I still need to focus on the purpose but I am definitely trying!

If you have any tips, I would love to hear about them!

Love,

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Antique markets: My New Found Love

Hello, I hope you guys are having a great day so far!

I want to share with you all my new found love….. antique markets. I have always gone to these places and hated them. Growing up my mother would drag me to thrift shops, antique shops and everything in between. I thought they were all dirty and smelly. I just never understood the appeal!

But, I guess I just grew up and now I love them! They’re so exciting, you never know what you’ll find. Lately I have been looking for dishes, many places will have dish sets of 30+ pieces (seriously, that’s a lot) for such a good price.

Let me tell you, I love Crate & Barrel, I think all of their items are so nice. I would love for my house to be to be decorated head to toe with all their stuff BUT who has the money for all of that??

I’m going for the Crate & Barrel look without the price!

If you’ve never been to one of these places, they’re usually separated by “shops”. People will rent out a section and sell their stuff in their space. The prices are placed by the owner of the shop and you go to the front (or wherever) and pay. It’s super easy.

Two Antique malls that I am loving right now are:

Joey’s Thrift Mall in Columbus, GA

This place is huge and they have the best prices. I was going crazy wanting to buy everything (I think I was driving Jacob crazy also). But we’re both so excited to live together and buy stuff for our house so it’s okay. I definitely recommend this place if you’re in the area, right now it’s my favorite that I’ve been to.

Riverfront Antique Mall in North Augusta, SC

This place is awesome because it just has SO MUCH! The prices are a little bit more expensive than the first one I mentioned, but overall these prices are so much better than buying them new. I haven’t bought anything here… yet, because I didn’t go with Jacob and I want us to agree on dishes for our house.

I love these places because each item has a history to them. Even if I don’t know that history I know that “this plate used to serve a family and now it’s serving my family”. I may be the only one that feels like this but it’s pretty cool.

If you know of any markets like these feel free to share!

Love,

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