My Chachka Collection

I’m not a fan of chachka. Chachka quietly multiples in your house until you: A) move and have to pack it all up or B) go on a closet cleaning spree. Chachka is defined as a cheap, showy trinket. When I was single, I used to purchase all kinds of chachka and I truly believed that it made me feel better when I decorated. Looking back, I just spent a lot of money on absolute junk and now I’m overloaded. I had plastic flowers, meaningless vases, fake animal dust collectors, and an odd assortment of wall hangings, even a tapestry. Since I got married over eight years ago, my husband and I have accumulated even more chachka. From gifts to random clearance sales, I think my collection has grown into a monster. When we moved into our new house in November 2010, I was bound and determined to simplify and get rid of junk. I’ve sunk a lot of money into some of this once meaningful junk, so I decided to try and gain some of it back. I don’t care for the stress and anxiety of a yard sale, especially when everyone wants something for a quarter. So, I spread the chachka across various other outlets: Craigslist, eBay, a local consignment store and Goodwill. This is how I decided to sort my junk. I think any opportunity to earn money back is an opportunity that you should take. I’d rather get $5, then nothing at all.

1) Craigslist – good condition, large items, such as furniture, framed printed, etc. Pick-up only

2) eBay – excellent, like-new condition items such as brand name clothing and accessories, musical instruments, technology (video cameras, computers), or rare items, such as collector dolls.

3) Consignment Shop – good condition, small household, clothing items, and furniture. Opportunity for a percentage split with a sale. I just starting working with New For You Consignment in Surfside, which has a 60-40 split with a sale.

4) Goodwill – everything else.

the author

Originally from Virginia, Jennifer C. Sellers is passionate about sustainability and conservation in South Carolina and throughout the world. She earned her BA in English from Coastal Carolina University and her MAS in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. She is a university sustainability coordinator that implements programs and teaches people about going green and being sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @MyGreenGlasses

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