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567th Friday Blog Roundup

So this post about selling your clothes on Facebook blew my mind.  I didn’t realize this was a thing.  I should add that I never got myself together for the whole donate/sell thing last spring.  I mean, I got myself together in the sense that I have a very detailed to-do list of what needs to happen, but I work full time and I’m with the kids the rest of it, so there never seems to be a huge chunk of time to take care of stuff like that.

But if I could sell it a little at a time over Facebook?  That would be worth it.  If I sold 10 items at a time, shipped them at the end of the week, and was done with it?  That would be totally, completely worth it.  And I could do the decluttering slowly in drips and drabs.

Has anyone done this?  I’m so excited that there are dedicated groups specifically for this.

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Stop procrastinating.  Go make your backups.  Don’t have regrets.

Seriously.  Stop what you’re doing for a moment.  It will take you fifteen minutes, tops.  But you will have peace of mind for days and days.  It’s the gift to yourself that keeps on giving.

As always, add any new thoughts to the Friday Backup post and peruse new comments in order to find out about methods, plug-ins, and devices that help you quickly back up your data and accounts.

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And now the blogs…

But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week.  In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:

  • None.  Sniff.

Okay, now my choices this week.

Non Sequitur Chica has a pre-beta post about Symptom Spotting.  What a perfect term for it.  She points out that “Of course all of this could be over if I went out and bought a pregnancy test, but I refuse to spend the money. I’ll find out via phone call in a little over 24 hours anyway.”  It’s a familiar post, one I think most people will connect to in some way: that moment of limbo before you know.

Life and Love in the Petri Dish has a post about egg donor compensation, discussing the recent New York Times articles.  She writes: “Besides $35,000 being way more than we could ever afford, it seems ethically dicey to be priced beyond a certain amount (on the other hand, I was saddened that at least one woman in the article was compensated only $2,000 for her cycle, which seems far too little).”  Mo raises a lot of excellent questions; ones without easy answers.

Lastly, Infertile Girl in a Fertile World has a post about going on birth control after infertility.  In one way, it is about control, though she points out, “I may not have had much say in getting pregnant but I can certainly prevent it. It’s a bit of a false sense of control though; I may be able to choose not to get pregnant right now, but if and when the time comes that we want to try for another child I’ll be thrown back to the land of IF.”  In that way, fertility feels more like a seesaw, with the brain sometimes having the upper hand, and other times, the body.

The roundup to the Roundup: Selling your old stuff on Facebook.  Your weekly backup nudge.  And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between October 16th and October 23rd) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week?  Read the original open thread post here.

7 comments

1 Lori Lavender Luz { 10.23.15 at 9:32 am }

Selling clothes like that still seems like a lot of work! #lazy

Mo’s post raises so many issues, as does the one I’m offering for 2nd helpings: http://www.stirrup-queens.com/2015/10/infertile-once-pregnant/

I’m doing some research/work on openness with 3rd party reproduction and each of these posts makes me see things from various perspectives.

2 Lori Lavender Luz { 10.23.15 at 9:40 am }

Ooh! Just read another excellent post. JJiraffe’s https://jjiraffe.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/thoughts-on-resilience/

3 a { 10.23.15 at 1:31 pm }

Start with this: Does your area have a swap and sell site on Facebook? Search your town or county and something should pop up. Meeting people is more cost effective than mailing things. Second, that post was a little misleading, as it was mostly directed towards products solely from Stitch Fix, which is a specific known company delivering specific known items. As I understand it, if you keep all the items that Stitch Fix sends you, you receive a discount. So reselling the stuff you don’t like is easy because the buyer knows that the item is not likely to have been worn much (if at all). It’s a little different with used items or with random things. But people are still quite successful in selling their stuff. It’s just not quite as easy as the post makes it sound. Caveat Emptor (sort of – more like, let the seller beware). It’s like Craigslist, but you can see people’s photos and profiles…

Still say it’s easier to donate and take a tax deduction (as long as you itemize). Good luck!

4 nonsequiturchica { 10.23.15 at 3:03 pm }

Thanks for featuring me!

I belong to a local FB online garage sale where people post clothes, house stuff, etc. It’s been a great way to add to my daughter’s wardrobe for a small amount of money. I haven’t bought anything for myself though.

I loved this post: https://bodegabliss.wordpress.com/2015/10/13/battle-wounds/

5 Justine { 10.23.15 at 4:18 pm }

Lori beat me to the punch; I loved jjiraffe’s too! And how about we have a clothes swap? 😉

6 Amber { 10.23.15 at 5:44 pm }

I use our local FB garage sale/kid swap sites. I haven’t gotten into the bigger sites that require mailing items or paying with PayPal.

7 M { 10.24.15 at 8:18 am }

I think I remember reading you are located in Montgomey County, MD. If so, just go on your Facebook search bar and type in Montgomery County MD yard sale and a group will pop up. Join the group and you can easily sell locally. There is probably one for your city too. I live in Gaithersburg and just typed in Gaithersburg MD yard sale and another group popped up. It’s been a really easy way to sell things I don’t use anymore.

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