‘On sale’

I had seen old furniture being sold/bought, I had seen used machines being bought and sold. The first car that our family had was an old used Ambassador. Those days we could not afford to buy a new car.

But other than that I had not seen anything else being bought and sold. If we outgrew our dress it would be passed on to another in the family or the maid’s child, the gardener’s child etc. For that matter when we got a new study table or when a new sofa was bought we passed it on. Yes, did not sell but just passed it on. And the old table and sofa were in good condition.

But when I came down here….it was an eye opener. And recently I have had many revelations. Now with electronics, appliances all going cheap, people buy I suppose without thinking or without even having any need, And what do you do with so many things- sell it off. You  bought an electric fryer but don’t need it… sell it. You wore a gown twice- sell it. You don’t have the need for a pair of shoes-sell it. Your baby outgrew the need of a potty- sell it. Everyone is  a trader now; buy-sell.

For Sale Clip Art

Charity – does anyone know what it is anymore?? Or is it to be done only when there is an earthquake or a flood? I agree you cannot give away your evening gown or your ankle boots to your maid but then other stuff you can, can’t you? Your old mixer-grinder, the tricycle of your kid, does it really have to be sold?

But there is downside too. A friend gave some good clothes to the ‘dhobi’ . Thinking that his children need it. Whilst going on her evening walk, she saw the bundle of clothes lying in the dustbin. Charity, what is that?


After Lord Brahma had created the universe, the Rakshasas, the Manavas and the Devas were confused as to what their ‘dharma’ was. And so they went to Brahma and asked him. Brahma just said द (da)

The Rakshasas took it to be ‘daya’ or mercy

The Devas took it to be ‘daman’ or control of the senses

And the humans took it to be ‘Daan’ or charity

Since I doubt that any humans are left in this planet;  it is only Rakshasas now, can’t we be a little merciful and donate a little to the needy??

Image courtesy :clker.com


22 thoughts on “‘On sale’

  1. Yes, unless it is in very good condition, even our maid doesn’t take home old dresses or things. So I always ask her to give to somebody else near her house if she doesn’t like them. Half the time, she doesn’t like to carry them home! Now while shifting our house, we will have many things for disposal. I don’t like to ‘sell’ things. I have asked my gardener to distribute them whatever he doesn’t need, to others near his house.

    • That is what.. in earlier days clothes were expensive, now it is cheaper so even the maids can buy their own. Another thing is donating good clothes is better rather than giving tattered ones

  2. My daughter calls udhavum karangal or helping hands,an institution for the destitutes.They come and collect.She also gives to maid and other needy people.Nothing is sold.A good post emphasizing the need to share with the needy.

  3. Charity does not work all the time, I have grown fatter 🙂 so I took my old clothes and some WITH LABELS ON.. not worn even once back to india , to give it to a farm help.. and exactly the same thing happened ..
    People have choices these days and they want to use them simple

    • True Bikram, Have experienced it myself. But my post is also about hoarding and then selling it off. websites, pages are dedicated for selling. I mean isn’t it better to see whether there is really any use of any appliance before buying. Rather than buying and then selling it off. But then to each his own

  4. We just give off what we do not need..when I shifted recently I gave off my fridge t our off. assistan and then or cots to our driver , If we sell we will get peanuts. Let someone enjoy when they are in good condition..Old newspaper is also given to driver so that he would get some extra money..Good thoughts you pen here.

  5. Sigh! People even give away their old clothes in very tattered conditions at times, and mostly it is an act of de-cluttering for them than charity 😦
    Recently, when a private school visited a government school to forge bonds between the two kids, I was really pained to know the stuff they had *donated* had a travel pouch with an age old tooth brush in it 😦 I wish people realize even things they give away should be in some decent condition!

  6. Bhagyashree,

    One needs to be sure that one who receives what you wish to give does have a need and will use it also. Example of DHOBI shows that. :One should definitely donate what is not needed to some organisation which looks after needy people.

    Take care

  7. It is different each time, Bhagya. I agree with Bikram and others too…One day, we were in a food festival. unknowingly, two people in our group got the same food twice. As it was too much, we ate only one and the other untouched one we gave it to a homeless person who took it and then when I turned back I found he threw it in the trash. They say, beggars don’t have choices..I don’t like that sentence but I strongly feel it sometimes…since that was food, it was okay..but sometimes like your friend gave clothes and found them in the dustbin..it is better to sell them and donate the money to the needy…money is always counted…material doesn’t count much…hmm…I’ll stop here 🙂

    • What you say makes sense. But as I have said earlier, think before buying. Rather than buy unnecessarily and then try to sell it off.
      And no Latha, selling and then giving away the money does not happen. More often than not, we tend to use it on ourselves 😀

  8. Charity is indeed a great thing Bhagyashree…..Just that we need to exercise some thought before doing it…Do it in the right direction where it will really bear some fruit…Helping a kid;s education is one such example….As to donating things to others, we need to make sure it will be used before doing so…. Thoughtful post….

  9. You make a very valid point, Bhagya. First of all, it is necessary to curb our own consumption. And secondly it is important to donate. But, that does not mean giving away torn, tattered or stuff that cannot be used. My maid regularly took my kids’ clothes for her grandchildren and was very grateful for them. I even gave her my used working washing machine and a computer for her son in 9th standard. Charity is something that makes both the giver and the taker feel good. But, it must be done with the right intentions.

    • Festivals are danger times, There are so many offers that even though we do not have the need, we tend to lose our resolve. So what does one do… sell it off.

      i used to make bundles of clothes as soon as my son outgrew them and give it to people in our native place. But then I discovered some needy people here itself. So woolens, uniforms are given off here only.

Leave a Reply to Bhagyashree Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s