Sooner or later on your road to veganism you’ll wonder, “what on earth do I do with all of these frozen steaks / leather shoes, purses and belts / non-vegan alcoholic beverages / pints of ice cream / wool blankets / non-vegan household cleaners and personal hygiene products / etc. in my house?”. Parting with your non-vegan stuff can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. The good news is there are a bunch of options for you to get rid of your non-vegan junk.
Have a yard sale
Yard sales are a great way to quickly get rid of non-vegan items like furniture, clothing and even jewelry. It’s also nice to have some money left over afterward that you can use to buy some new awesome vegan stuff.
Sell to friends and family
Friends and family are the easiest people to sell to. Just make sure they’re actually buying it and not just going to try to give it back to you as a gift.
Websites like eBay, Amazon and Craigslist are great ways to turn your old, gross non-vegan stuff into cash, but they need a bit of setting-up. You might need to set up a PayPal account if you don’t already have one.
You definitely won’t get a fair price, as pawn shops need to turn a profit to stay in business, so this should be a last resort. Pawn shops can be rather picky too, so stick to your safe bets: jewelry, valuable trinkets and really, really old stuff.
Unless you’re giving away something terrible, most people are happy to get free stuff regardless of how little they may actually like it.
You can donate all kinds of items to charities: clothing, food, furniture, bedding. A few good charities that take clothes, furniture and similar items are Goodwill and The Salvation Army. You can also donate clothing, uneaten food, leather or fur coats and other items to homeless shelters. Wildlife rehabilitators could use your old fur items as a source of warmth and comfort for baby animals until they grow big enough to be released back into the wild. Just remember to save your receipt (if they give you one) so you can use it as a tax write-off.
You might find that certain items, like your favorite pair of boots or your leather coat that fits you perfectly, are difficult to part with. In these instances you might want to try getting rid of them (via any of the above options) only after you’ve bought a similar vegan replacement for them.
Wear it out ’till it breaks / Use it ’till it’s gone
Some people prefer to use things ’till they break. You may feel more comfortable finishing whatever animal products you now have in your home, but not buying more. Use what you have until it wears out or runs out and replace it with the vegan alternative. Over time you will eventually have gotten rid of all your non-vegan items.
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You might find that more than one of these solutions makes sense for your particular situation. Do what feels comfortable for you, but whatever you do, do not just throw things away. There are people who can use your unwanted non-vegan clothing, furniture and food. Veganism is something that’s possible no matter what someone’s social status, but throwing away food and clothing that could at least temporarily ease that suffering is absolutely wrong and plain irresponsible.
One last note:
Remember, we’re talking about material things — items that are only as valuable as you allow them to be. Your happiness should not be based on material things. Getting rid of certain possessions may feel like you’re losing a part of yourself or the person it belonged to, but you need to remember that you and your memories are infinitely more valuable and eternal than any material item could ever be.
Purge your life of negativity and gore. Trust me, you’ll be better off. You’ll feel liberated, peaceful and free. Yes, value your possessions, but never to the point that they have power over you.
You own your possessions, don’t let them own you.