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  • Swinstie73
    Swinstie73 Posts: 2,897 Forumite
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    Hi all, been having a clear out too and so far have about 100 items in my charity boxes. Just wish I knew how to ebay and have the time and patience to do it. So charity shop it is. Bedroom is looking so much better now!
  • makeup
    makeup Posts: 1,633 Forumite
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    boogoose wrote: »
    Hi all, day off today so e-bay listing day and have 2nd charity bag since Christmas to fill.
    I have no problem donating to Charities but can anyone tell me who benefits from the 'charities' who only post a letter through your door?
    Happy saving x


    I'm really suspicious about them. When you look in the small print at the bottom of the leaflets you see that they are a limited company. I think they sell the clothes for a profit. I am sure I've read or seen something about them on TV but can't remember the details - just that it was dodgy!

    I know sometimes proper charities put bags through the door (Save the children / Salvation Army etc) and those are genuine so I'd be happy to give them my old clothes.
    I've got my own flat :j:j

    Now I have to pay the bills :eek:

    And feed my interiors addiction ;)
  • boogoose
    boogoose Posts: 23 Forumite
    edited 4 February 2010 at 6:04PM
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    makeup wrote: »
    I'm really suspicious about them. When you look in the small print at the bottom of the leaflets you see that they are a limited company. I think they sell the clothes for a profit. I am sure I've read or seen something about them on TV but can't remember the details - just that it was dodgy!

    I know sometimes proper charities put bags through the door (Save the children / Salvation Army etc) and those are genuine so I'd be happy to give them my old clothes.

    Many thanks for that.
    I feel the same way. Charity is admirable but I don't want people ripping me off.

    Listing more stuff on e-bay tonight.
    I have found that my old Open University books have sold quite well but you are better selling them in the Summer ready for the new starters.
    Also be careful with postage as they are quite costly to send so don't undercharge.
    :icotbaske Hoping to be debt free in 3 years in time for 25th anniversary.
  • Oneday77
    Oneday77 Posts: 1,242 Forumite
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    The good news is Ebay is scrapping some of the Free P&P restrictions on monday so we can now charge for postage of the low priced items we sell :)
    New PV club member. 3.99kW system. Solar Edge with 14 x 285W JA Solar panels. 55° West from south and 35° pitch.
  • Casanova
    Casanova Posts: 49 Forumite
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    I had a clear out over Christmas in anticipation of moving house - I took every item of clothing I own out and piled them on the bed. Couldn't believe how much there was - thought I didn't have very much! I then put back into the wardrobe only things I felt I would wear and were in good condition. The rest went on ebay or into the clothes bank (3 huge sacks worth!).

    I also found I had a lot of toiletries (probably 3 or 4 months worth at least) which I will now work through without buying any more.

    Next up, books and magazines... massive job!
  • moneysavingmonkey85
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    makeup wrote: »
    I'm really suspicious about them. When you look in the small print at the bottom of the leaflets you see that they are a limited company. I think they sell the clothes for a profit. I am sure I've read or seen something about them on TV but can't remember the details - just that it was dodgy!

    I know sometimes proper charities put bags through the door (Save the children / Salvation Army etc) and those are genuine so I'd be happy to give them my old clothes.

    I have a little experience of this, as I used to work for a clothes recycling factory (a limited company). they collected from fully labelled banks and the excess from charity shops - where clothes were bought for a price per tonne then sorted and sold across the world. Quite often the items were not good enough for UK resale, like odd shoes. It was all official, but I must admit where I live now 3 different collection vans came down my street on friday alone! Its like everything, try to read the small print :)
    :money:
  • Yorkielass
    Yorkielass Posts: 2,235 Forumite
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    This is a really interesting thread - I'm decluttering on the oldstyle forums, very much by doing a use it or loose it mentality! I'm also using up toiletries and not buying more of the same as in my stash on the health and beauty boards so I will follow this thread with interest too!
    Initial Mortgage January 2024 - £160,000
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    Overpayments to date - £79.62
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  • madmich666
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    Hi all,
    read another book so going to list it on green met and use another shower gel just a few million more to use up :)
    DFW Nerd No: 758 :cool: Proud to be dealing with my debts!:T Proud mum to Bon-Scott my amazing 10/10/10 baby :p
  • brizzledfw
    brizzledfw Posts: 7,302 Forumite
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    edited 8 February 2010 at 8:44PM
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    Old razor blade (does that count??!) went in the bin today as well as 2x now empty hotel size shampoo and conditioner bottles..

    Will be buying nail files tomorrow - have decided they don't count - but otherwise am staying well clear of make up and toiletries and have been since the NY. Amazing how this thread's goals has quite made me go off the idea of spending my money on the stuff whilst I still have so much!

    Also freecycled a half used bottle of hair thickening spray this eve...better than landfill I say!
    MFiT-T4 Member No. 96 - 2022 is my MF goal :D
    Winter 17/18 Savings Rate Goal: 25% [October 30%] :T
    Declutter 60 items before 31.03.18 9/60 ** LSDs Target 10 for March 03/10 **AFDs 10/15 ** Sales/TCB Target 2018 £25/£500 NSDs Target 10 for March 02/10 Trying to be a Frugalista:rotfl::T
  • scubaangel
    scubaangel Posts: 6,600 Forumite
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    I need to admit to an epic fail day today, I needed to get some foundation and decided to treat myself to the Body Shop mineral one and a decent brush - after decluttering the old manky brush and used up foundation pot, but they're giving away a shower gel if you spend over a certain amount so have another shower gel to use up, unless its worth selling it on ebay?

    I also bought a new outfit this afternoon instead of rummaging in my wardrobe for things unworn for years which I can wear out with my pet boy this weekend (but I have never owned a skirt the colour of the one I bought before, usually stick to black).
    It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing it.
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