Done with "stuff"

mass_burner

Minister of Fire
Sep 24, 2013
2,645
SE Mass
It's been building for awhile, but I'm officially done with stuff. If I don't use it regularly, its got to go! Who's with me!

Unfortunately, I only have real power in the basement, but that will have to do. No more saving stuff for future projects, no more spare parts, that never get used. Selling it all off. No exceptions. From now on, only JIT, immediate use, nothing unnecessary comes in.

Going lean and mean.Thoughts?
 

woodgeek

Minister of Fire
Jan 27, 2008
4,180
SE PA
Do it!

One thing I love about my local hardware store 5mins away is a liberal return policy. Anything I have left over after a project I just take back. :cool:
 

Bobbin

Minister of Fire
Nov 2, 2008
1,096
So. Me.
Sigh... perhaps one day I'll be able to do that, too. And you know that as soon as you do it you'll actually need one of the spare parts you purged. ;)
 

DougA

Minister of Fire
Dec 13, 2012
1,938
S. ON
I don't consider anything 'non useful' until it is covered in rust with a thick layer of dust and moss growing on it. Even then, if I throw it out, I will regret it a week later when I find that it would have been exactly what I needed.
The beauty of that policy is that 30 years later, the 'stuff' is now considered as either retro and the millenniums want it or it's an antique and valuable. You just need to hang in there another decade.

In the last few weeks, I've put ads up for a lot of my stuff and I'm getting way more than it's worth.
 
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johneh

Minister of Fire
Dec 19, 2009
2,784
Eastern Ontario
I've found the day its gone is the day I will need it ==c
Last fall started to catalogue GM auto parts from late 60 and 70
That I have stored over the years who new there was such a market
for new old stock !!
 

Highbeam

Minister of Fire
Dec 28, 2006
17,230
Mt. Rainier Foothills, WA
My problem is leftover lumber. Like 7' 2x4s, can't return them. Large but not full, sheets of plywood and sheetrock.
 
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DougA

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Dec 13, 2012
1,938
S. ON
My problem is leftover lumber. Like 7' 2x4s, can't return them. Large but not full, sheets of plywood and sheetrock.
Time to build another wood shed.;lol
 
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Bobbin

Minister of Fire
Nov 2, 2008
1,096
So. Me.
Highbeam, you made me lol. It's all too familiar. I am notorious for holding onto 1/2 yd. pcs. of fabric (much of which was expensive and its return rejected by customers), but practically? how many toss pillows does the world really need? I routinely cull the herd and place it kerbside on a sunny weekend... it's gone in a couple of hours. Passin' on the joy and wonder of fabric!
 

semipro

Minister of Fire
Jan 12, 2009
3,810
SW Virginia
Reminds me of George Carlin on "stuff".
 

firefighterjake

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Jul 22, 2008
19,079
Unity/Bangor, Maine
I love it up here in Maine . . . as Bobbin' said . . . place something halfway decent along the road/street with a "Free" sign and even when you live on a rarely driven road like I do, 9 times out of 10 it will be gone in a day. Got rid of an older, functioning dishwasher (and they even took the cardboard "Free" sign as well).
 

Bobbin

Minister of Fire
Nov 2, 2008
1,096
So. Me.
George Carlin... a national treasure. No wonder the helpmeet and I have no problem laughing all measure of inappropriate material!
 

Knots

Minister of Fire
Mar 13, 2013
1,173
Alfred, Maine
It's a fine line between saving stuff that you'll never use and running so lean that you always have to go to the store 5 times during every project.

Ever try to help your buddy fix something and you need a washer to complete the job and he doesn't even have any on hand?
 

mass_burner

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Sep 24, 2013
2,645
SE Mass
My problem is leftover lumber. Like 7' 2x4s, can't return them. Large but not full, sheets of plywood and sheetrock.
I had 2 wood carts, getting rid of one and consolidating onto the other. Will deal with that smaller cart later
 

mass_burner

Minister of Fire
Sep 24, 2013
2,645
SE Mass
I've found the day its gone is the day I will need it ==c
Last fall started to catalogue GM auto parts from late 60 and 70
That I have stored over the years who new there was such a market
for new old stock !!
I have a '69 Buick that I drive, I have one large bin of spare parts, buying no more until I need them.
 
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mass_burner

Minister of Fire
Sep 24, 2013
2,645
SE Mass
It's a fine line between saving stuff that you'll never use and running so lean that you always have to go to the store 5 times during every project.

Ever try to help your buddy fix something and you need a washer to complete the job and he doesn't even have any on hand?
True, but inherent, i hope, in my premise is space. I have several bins with nails, screws, washers etc separated. Also, use is the driving factor.
 

DougA

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Dec 13, 2012
1,938
S. ON
I just sold the scaffolding I bought a year ago to install the new stove pipe and stone wall on my 16' ceiling. Paid $240 on sale but the new cost has gone to over $500. not on sale. Sold for $340.
Cost of stuff from China is going through the roof with the sinking Cdn dollar. I'm happy to get a few months use then sell it for a profit of a hundred. :):)
 
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Knots

Minister of Fire
Mar 13, 2013
1,173
Alfred, Maine
I have a '69 Buick that I drive, I have one large bin of spare parts, buying no more until I need them.
Post it up! Here's one of the reasons I have parts on hand:
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mass_burner

Minister of Fire
Sep 24, 2013
2,645
SE Mass
I did that for a little while. Now the pellet boiler and its six tons of pellets have made a dent in my effort.
But those are useful.
 

semipro

Minister of Fire
Jan 12, 2009
3,810
SW Virginia
And pellets going up in price....
 

velvetfoot

Minister of Fire
Dec 5, 2005
10,006
Sand Lake, NY
Well, if it wouldn't be a pellet boiler, it'd be a wood boiler, and instead of the pellets in the basement, I'd have a stack of wood, oh, and a thousand gallon tank!
 

sportbikerider78

Minister of Fire
Jun 23, 2014
2,493
Saratoga, NY
I try to stay as minimal as possible. But my "stuff" is pretty organized. Akro bins are your friend.

I can't seem to every throw out any bolts, nuts or screws. I even have a hard time doing it at work.