In January 2014 I wrote out the list of things I wanted to achieve for the year, and on that list was “sell gold jewellery”. Today I did it. I went to Adelaide Exchange who buy gold at reasonable prices, and handed it all over.
I never really was one to wear gold. I started wearing it after we had a break in and everything I owned was stolen, not that I had that much, but all the little bits and pieces of silver added up to enough for a gold fob chain, a gate bracelet and a few other small items. My thinking was that I would have just a few pieces that I never took off, and therefore wouldn’t lose all of my trinkets again. I had a different life then and while I enjoyed the trappings of it, I always felt like I was in it, but never of it. It was never me.
I stopped wearing gold in 2002 and since that time it has sat in a bag in my dressing table drawer. Whenever I looked at it I felt nothing; no attachment, no desire or urge to wear it, it was just a chunk of shiny metal, taking up space. It was time to move on, energetically and physically and the best way I could think of was to sell it. I could have tried selling it on eBay or some other online place, but if I’m honest, I really couldn’t be bothered, so decided to sell it by weight. I had looked at those cash for gold places but figured they wouldn’t pay much and I also had some tiny diamonds and other things that I knew wouldn’t be considered in the price, so Adelaide Exchange it was.
I seem to have misplaced the gate bracelet somewhere, so it was just the necklace and a few other small pieces that I took in, and I had no idea of what it was worth. After an initially confusing conversation about their purchase process, where the urge to put the assistant right back in her box almost got the better of me, she calculated my pieces to be worth $760 wholesale. I probably could have got more than double that amount if I tried harder to sell retail or online, but given my lack of attachment to the items and how long they had sat there in my drawer, I decided to just go with it.
She gave me the cash and I decided to put it on my credit card, which I don’t use often and has a very small outstanding balance. As I paid it onto the card, I realised it was almost exactly the same amount as I had spent using the same card, just two days ago on my dream reading/writing chair ($745), what a wonderful synchronicity! I’m not into material things, but I’d long wanted a beautiful arm chair in a particular style. On Sunday morning my sister sent me a link to a store that had a chair in my style in it and within three hours we had gone there, saw it, fell in love, paid and it was delivered and in my home.
I love it so much.
So while it wasn’t about the money at all, I now have something coincidentally of the same value, in the corner of my lounge room that makes me smile every time I look at it.
I really enjoy the process of letting go of things that no longer serve me. This has been a continual process over the past seven years as I design and create my ideal life and lifestyle. I also love bringing beautiful things into my home that bring me joy as part of the same process. Intentionally decluttering and downsizing is a wonderful mindfulness practice and I highly recommend giving it a try. The feeling of walking through my home knowing that every single thing in it, is something that serves a purpose, or is beautiful to me, is a wonderful one.
What are you holding onto? Is there something you can let go of in order to bring more space, beauty and joy into your home and your life?
I highly recommend giving it a try.