Opinion: Pay it forward a win-win situtation
My late sister was always amused by my passion for browsing through junk mail when I visited her. I even used to trawl through the Yellow Pages just to see what I could find. Bizarre, I know, but that was before the internet brought sales and suppliers to my home via the computer.
Now I love browsing buy-and-sell pages for the suburb our Perth house is in.
It’s not that I very often want, let alone need, something; it’s more curiosity about the kind of things people have to sell.
I’ve had huge wins including a queen bed, king-sized single, outdoor table and dining room suite, all in great condition and at bargain-basement prices.
Other impulse buys — such as the bar stools I bought for the breakfast bar, which are so tall you can’t reach the breakfast bar when sitting on them and the multi-purpose kitchen machine that’s only seen the light of day once — burst my bubble.
I’m looking forward to offloading some of my excess stuff when we move to Perth but rather than selling it, I’m going down a new avenue I recently discovered.
It’s the pay it forward idea.
If you don’t need or want something, offer it to someone else who can make good use of it.
I think this is the perfect option for today’s world, when so many of us have far more material things than we use or need.
Looking at one social media page, Pay it Forward Perth Southern Suburbs, the generosity of people is wonderful to see.
There is everything from furniture, whitegoods and floor coverings to toys, baby supplies, plants, linen and clothing.
Some of those offering items will even deliver it to the home of the person needing it.
What I love about it is there is no shame or judgment on those who are looking for help. No questions asked about why it is needed, why they don’t buy their own, or why can’t their family help.
It’s a case of “I don’t need it and you can use it”, so let’s call it a win-win. I’m a great believer in what goes around, comes around.
I’m sure those who happily pass on items to others in need are justly rewarded.
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