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Offline klugesmith

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How to get rid of stuff?
« on: October 19, 2019, 09:43:02 PM »
Is anybody else buried under electronic stuff that's not being saved for study or for projects?
For me it would be easy to take many full boxes, and heavy transformers and motors and buckets of wire, to e-waste or metals scrapyard.
But there's a feeling of duty to the things, to find them a new home where they are wanted and appreciated.  It's 5 months until the next local swap meet when I can give them away.

I just listed a few items on local Freecycle and Craigslist.  If anybody wants them, it'll take much more of my time to communicate and hook up.  Obviously not a practical way to make even a small dent in a large hoard.

Any suggestions or experiences to share, including psychotherapy or medications?  :)

Any items pictured below are free if I don't have to pay for shipping.

« Last Edit: October 19, 2019, 09:48:56 PM by klugesmith »

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Re: How to get rid of stuff?
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2020, 10:26:09 PM »
How's it going all these months later? I often go through waves of decluttering but feel guilty at the idea of usable stuff going into the landfill, some of this stuff people won't even take for free.

We're a dying breed in today's instant and disposable society.

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Re: How to get rid of stuff?
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2020, 01:58:02 AM »
The wall warts, blender base, and UPS with missing battery were taken soon after being advertised on Freecycle and Craigslist.  Along with some painted tin signs for Jaegermeister.

We have a monthly swap meet (electronics flea market) here between March and September.
I am counting the hours until the first in 2020, and will pay $30 for place to put stuff out on tables.
Rarely is there $100 in my pocket at end of the day.  Maybe if I take the ancient oscilloscopes, surplus NST's and variacs, etc. that I will never have time to play with.  Big things and heavy ones should be first to get rid of.

There's also a Repair Cafe institution here.  People bring broken gadgets to be fixed for free, by volunteers like me, instead of going to landfill or e-waste.

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Re: How to get rid of stuff?
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2020, 02:52:08 AM »
You live around the bay area, right? Whats the swapmeet you are talking about? I am always looking for interesting things to go to.


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Re: How to get rid of stuff?
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2020, 03:16:48 AM »
Live in Bay Area too

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Re: How to get rid of stuff?
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2020, 04:19:18 AM »
Maybe if I take the ancient oscilloscopes, surplus NST's and variacs, etc. that I will never have time to play with.  Big things and heavy ones should be first to get rid of.

You toning the hobby down a notch or just accumulated too much stuff over the years? (I fall under the latter).
« Last Edit: March 06, 2020, 04:22:37 AM by John123 »

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Re: How to get rid of stuff?
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2020, 07:35:58 AM »
Silicon Valley Electronics Flea Market
http://www.electronicsfleamarket.com/

Run by ASVARO since 1974. My first visit was around 2001.
Some nerd-famous people I've talked with there are Bob Pease (RIP) and Jeri Ellsworth.
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Re: How to get rid of stuff?
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2020, 04:41:07 PM »
The flea market on March 14 has been canceled because of new public health rules and "an abundance of caution".

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Re: How to get rid of stuff?
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2020, 07:37:22 PM »
You can have my wall transformers ....



If you pry them from my cold, dead hands!

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Re: How to get rid of stuff?
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2020, 11:26:32 PM »
I'll gladly take your microwaves for you

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Re: How to get rid of stuff?
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2020, 01:01:15 PM »
Same for me, and organizing my local Repair Café :)

I'm also cluttered with a load of stuff, but cannot get rid of it either because of the reasons you mention...

And when I'm proposed to get some stuff for free with the possibility to potentially use it one day, or even have an idea of a probable usage, it's over and it's part of my collection before I can think about the hassle of keeping up with the stock

I'm even naturally inclined to do social engineering to prepare people to propose their extra stuff, just in case

Not speaking about the old stock of nails I once bought for 5% the price... need some specific nail size? name it, I have it... more than 40 boxes of several kilos for a couple dozen euros, I couldn't resist

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Re: How to get rid of stuff?
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2020, 01:27:03 PM »
My issue has never been having too much stuff. It has been more of an issue of keeping things organized. I feel like my worktable invariably ends up cluttered with components and bits of wire and solder strewn all over the place. Perhaps that id just because I am a messy person.

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Re: How to get rid of stuff?
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2020, 05:17:34 PM »
Here's a collector's item I recently saved from going to landfill.  Had hoped to pass it along at the flea market.
They don't make 'em like they used to. 
That Jacobs chuck can hold twist drills smaller than 1 mm.  Motor brushes are easy to replace.

Exposed laminations in the middle reminds me of log-hauling trailers seen on highways, where tree trunks form the only rigid connection between front and back wheels.
« Last Edit: March 11, 2020, 05:29:15 PM by klugesmith »

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