Archive for November, 2021

The World of Online Auctions: Part 1 of 3

What is an Online Auction?

As our world becomes more virtual with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the world of online auctioning is growing. Still, many people haven’t heard of the term. 

In this three-part series we will look at what an online auction is, why you would want to use it and how they work? 

So what is an online auction? An online auction takes place via the internet and allows users to sell or bid for products online. eBay is a familiar name to most and an industry leader in the world of online auctioning. 

Online auctions allow sellers to reach a large audience unrestricted by location.. The type of buyers attracted to an online auction can vary widely. The virtual platform often attracts younger buyers, stay-at-home buyers and buyers who may be looking for only a few items. Many buyers are sustainably minded, attempting to keep usable items out of landfills. 

Since the conception of eBay in 1995 the world of online auctioning has exploded. The recent lockdowns and in-person restrictions have only furthered their growth. 

There are numerous platforms available for selling items online. They offer a variety of auction styles, access to buyers and ease of use. 

Join us for parts 2 and 3 of the series where we will look at what online auctions can offer you as a buyer as well as what you can expect when you use an online auction site.

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Purging sentimental items can be emotionally exhausting. As parents downsize to smaller dwellings their collection of antiques and heirlooms often finds its way to their children. And so on and so on until you find yourself reading about how to declutter sentimental items.

First, good for you. You are breaking the chain. Future generations will thank you. And secondly, keeping things that don’t resonate with you or your lifestyle creates both physical and mental clutter. So, let’s get down to honouring grandma without keeping all her furniture!

All joking aside…this is a difficult process. It is okay to have a hard time. Be gentle with yourself and do not try to accomplish it in one day.

As you examine items, ask yourself why you feel sentimental about it. Was it a gift? Does it remind you of a person or a place? Are you currently using it? Do you like it or are you keeping it out of guilt or obligation?

Can you retain the memory without keeping the item? Digitalizing items can be a great way to retain a memory without cluttering your home. You can even write a note about why the piece is important to you and who gave it to you?

Does it fit in your home?  If it is a piece of furniture the practical question is whether you have room for it? If you love it and want to keep it then can you part with another, less sentimental item, to create space? Even photos and paper memorabilia should have limited space. A memory tote is a great way to store cards, photos, old year books etc. When it gets too full then re-evaluate the items again.

Can you repurpose an item? If you have a fond memory associated with an item or feel strongly toward keeping it, can you find a use for it? For example, my mom gave me my grandma’s crystal cranberry bowl. I use it to store my earrings rather than using it twice a year for cranberries (which I can still do if I dump out the earrings!). This way I can see it and appreciate it daily.

By keeping the things you love and can use in your space you are maintaining their enjoyment and specialness.

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