Donate vs Selling
Is there any way to tell when it's better (more economical) to sell items or donate and get the tax write-off? I'm trying to decide what to do with our old baby stuff.
My DDs are getting older and we have A LOT of baby clothes, items, toys, furniture etc. I have given some things to friends, but I was planning to sell most of it at a HUGE local church consignment sale. My DD goes to the preschool at this church. I have been to this particular sale a few times and the prices are fair, no bargaining, so people can potentially make a lot of money.
Here's some background on me. In my family I am the pack-rat and my DH is the neat tidy one. I am also the frugal one. My DH wants to just donate it all, get a write off and be done. Frankly he'd dump it on the side of the road and not think twice, but I have rubbed off on him a little to not waste.
I want to sell it and make some money. Probably $400-500ish? Selling in the sale means making tags on the computer, fastening with safety pins, hanging them on hangers and paying $10 for the vendor fee. The church also keeps 30% of the profits, which I would feel good supporting them. I know it will be a lot of work, but I think the reward would be a nice big check.
Please don't suggest having a garage sale. Around here people want to haggle for 10 or 25 cents.
So am I crazy? I am slightly heading towards the donation route now too, because the house is getting cluttered and the sale is not until early Spring time, but I have a HARD time letting go of the idea of a big check. We don't NEED it to cover bills or anything, but wouldn't it be nice to have!