Sell These Things Before You Retire! (10 Items That Are Worth a Lot of Money)

Sell these things
Sell these things
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Retirement is a special phase of life most people anticipate, especially those in the workforce. This is a time when the paychecks will cease to exist unless you have a passive income. You’re probably familiar with the drill: work hard, save hard, and enjoy life while you’re young. But we also want to enjoy the benefits of retirement — in its modest way.

At this point, many people consider downsizing, not just to reduce expenses, but also to sail through their remaining years smoothly. This could mean selling that massive luxury condo that feeds deep into your wallet or getting rid of items you no longer want. In other words, sell these things when the time comes!

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26 thoughts on “Sell These Things Before You Retire! (10 Items That Are Worth a Lot of Money)”

  1. Of course this is good unless your spouse is a freaking hoarder. They never want to get rid of THIER stuff, but yours—-ADIOS

    1. Please be kind to your spouse – they need your loving help & support with things like this. I know, as I am one of those who holds onto things. It’s an emotional attachment that is so hard to describe & it makes things so much more difficult to part with. We attach loving & positive feelings to items that were gifted to us or made for us by loved ones & then feel immense guilt in parting with it, so we hang onto it and then it becomes clutter to have to deal with when it’s now overwhelming. We need compassion & encouragement to help organize the mess – not anger & resentment which makes us want to cling onto these items even more!

      1. I am in the middle on this. But I do have a husband who refuses to let go of things. How do I be kind yet still get rid of things? We have a storage building of papers from an old business and an entire room of “stuff” like papers, old pictures, etc. that he didn’t even take and isn’t even in. I don’t think it is fair that I will have to deal with all of these someday if he can’t AND find a place for all of it in a home that will be half the size as our current. Where IS the middle ground on this?

        1. I am one who holds onto things. It’s so hard. These are things that mean something to me, have sentimental value, or the task seems overwhelming. I thought I’d do it when I retired but I am retired now and I don’t want to do it. It’s huge! Basement, storage unitS, bedrooms, all stuffed.
          It helped me to read the short book about Swedish Death Cleaning. She makes the point that your kids, friends, spouse don’t care about your stuff, don’t know the history, will get rid of it. You need to deal with it now if you want it to go to a certain person or place. To tell them the history or why it means so much to you.
          I have been able to get rid of a lot of old papers, catalogs, owner’s manuals, etc. Everything is online now. No need to keep. Banking and tax stuff max 10 years. There’s guidance online regarding how long to keep.
          Ask him to deal with (not throw away) 3 things a day. This may take hours at first. I found really old papers the easiest to deal with, so send him to the storage unit.
          I wish you all the best.

      2. I agree – If we have compassion and encouragement, as you say, we do not
        need – at my age of 79 years at least – old dolls and stuffed animals to keep us company
        and give us warmth.
        And then, that is personality. When I go, it will take a moment to throw them in the garbage.
        Environment full of “your stuff” is not good to be abandoned and replaced. It is part of US.
        Of course, keep them neat.

      3. One thing to consider is if you have children. Think about the time and effort it’s going to take them to clean out everything you’ve accumulated, it’s overwhelming.

      4. Something to consider is if you have children.They will have the burden of getting rid of all your stuff you collected over the years, it’s overwhelming.

  2. This is a shame, my wife assured me that compact discs containing music would retain their value and actually increase in value based on the artist. Thankfully I have those Beany Babies to fall back on.

  3. I’m going to give my clothes to donated shops so other people can use them. This way don’t have to deal with garage sale and doing a good deed! Will probably try to sell nick nacks though.

  4. I have very little luck selling anything from my house even if it’s not junk. You can drag everything outside for a yard sale and end up making $50 for a whole lot of effort. 🙂 It’s so much easier to box it up and take it away. The writer of this article obviously lives in a different environment. I have been cleaning out stuff and just giving it to organizations that help others. I will tell you that the biggest benefit from this is the feeling of freedom from so much stuff!

    1. My parents collected ceramic dolls. I took a few of them to a doll outlet and found out they were worth next to nothing. I have been giving them to anyone in the family that will take them. Good luck.

  5. Whoever wrote this is obviously a minimalist who has no understanding the “things” we collect and keep in our lives and homes retain value that is not necessarily monetary but reflect moments of time in our lives and keeping these objects that present sentimental value in which trading for cash which is more temporary and will in effect erase the meaning of those objects a lifetime memory

  6. I may be considered a hoarder but I keep things that my mother gave me. I have recipes that are in her hand writing. That is something I can never get back and I refuse to throw them away along with many things she gave me, along with many things that friends have given me over the years I treasure and think of that person each time I pull it out and use it. I have sold and given away things that I wish I had kept. My husband said I was a hoarder, but he would not part with any of his stuff either, but mine was “junk” although nothing he had was “junk”. I never insisted that he part with his things. So I refused to part with mine. I treasure my things as much as he does.

    1. I have the same issue with things my mother gave me. She loved yard sales so it’s a lot. I feel like I’m throwing her away. 😥

  7. I like the comments about who has the junk and who has the good stuff. All couples are similar. It is difficult to try and decide what to keep, etc… I have just retired and I am in the process of pairing down possessions. Never thought I had so much good stuff!
    Need to start listing “stuff” on various sites for sale.

  8. Sell my house? I worked and paid a mortgage for 20 years to live my life out in it, and now “they” say sell it? I think not. Nor will I ever part with the tools in my shop or my music.

  9. I don’t have a problem getting rid of stuff. I have a problem with people gifting me things. I don’t need Christmas or birthday gifts. Just getting together for a drink or meal is enough. Why don’t they get it?!

    1. I agree, spending time with someone during the holidays is so much better than getting more unwanted gifts. Gift giving is embedded into people’s
      mind. Try letting everyone know that you prefer their time over gifts, good luck.

  10. I moved from a 2,400 sq ft house to a single wide mobile home. About 950 sq ft. I left what the new owners wanted donated lots of new clothes, watches and Ralph Lauren ed hardy linens comforters pillows from my home plus collected all my neighbors to the new humane society no kill shelter and thrift shop. I gave a lot away but I still have my dads old tools from the 40″s lionel trains and 250 year old crystal from bohemia austro-hungary empires which I’m not ready to part with just yet. Downsizing ia not easy but I have no place to display any of it so. I guess I’ll decide what to sell. And what I want to donate or to I’m not good at selling things but I’ll give it a shot. But something’s are too precious to just get rid of like my great grandmother bowls she made dumplings with and things like that and a rolling pin from 1920″s I’ll just have to sort it all out and see what I can still fit and use.


  11. Where I live, rents are skyrocketing and there seems to be no end in sight. Telling someone to sell their home and rent may or may not be good advice. I hope people meet with their own finical planners and look at their situation before making any moves mentioned in this article. There is no one size fits all when it comes to retirement.

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