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Sale time, yet again

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I am getting pretty good at organizing garage/house sales, and brother do I kill it with the signs.

I use Craig’s list and signs on major intersections.  That’s it.  I have a sale kit with a staple gun and signs and wire stands from old political signs.  All you have to do is take the political sign off the wire holder and turn it inside out and tape your awsome sale sign to the plastic.  So easy, and they go into the ground perfectly.

I never hold my sale if the weather is bad, and now because you can place ads for free at a moments notice that is easy to accomplish.

My signs are always florescent poster board, sometimes with added reflective wrapping paper.  It makes a difference having a great sign.  People always tell me they love the signs…lol.  Some of my best slogans are: ” Don’t MISS this SALE”  or “Something 4 Everyone Sale,”  “Best Sale Ever,” ” Turn Around Cool Items. ” Often my signs are a shapes, maybe a circle or the shape of a dresser if we have furniture.  Stars cut outs on top of the signs in a contrasting bright color also helps grab attention.   And note: If you tell someone not to “miss” something they just can’t resist.

But this sale I am going in for the kill!

Eat your heart out Storage Wars.

I am planning to have a table of “Name Your Own Price” items…..who can resist that??? Another sign will say,  ”  HAVE 2 HAVE sale” sign.   “Useless stuff Sale. ”  “TOO BIG wont FIT” Sale…. for my new house.  And a “too little SPACE Sale” sign…..”Help me I’m a Hoarder, Sale.”

I think you get the idea, I am not planning to have many more of these sales, so I am going to have fun. I am thinking I might sell sodas as well.  If it’s warm and the sun is out, I can make .75 cents a can. Plus it keeps people happy, they stay longer and might just buy something.

In our town, garage sales are the ultimate signal that summer is near.  Garage Sale-ing a ritual, every Thursday is always the first day of any sale.  People map out the sales they are going to hit and make a day of it.  I like to be open on Thursday and Saturday.  I cant stand Friday because it  is too slow and Sunday people are too cheap. We’ll see how it works out this time.

My real issue here is most the stuff I have is what I decided to keep.  Ouch.  Now I am going to have to measure each room and be realistic.  It’s going to be a challenge, especially since, this is it.  My last chance.  I am not moving all this stuff one more time, not going to do it.  Minimalism here I come.  That has been my goal all along, but talking and doing are two different things.

The tough cuts await……I have to empty the storage unit and a garage….ugh.

This was the first day of having a storage unit, it looks so naive.

And you know what’s in those three containers?  Pottery made by students and professors from Cleveland State.  More average pottery than anyone ever needs.  At the time,the pottery was the most important thing for me to pack up and protect, err to hoard.  I still love it.  Every item was made by someone learning about design and clay.   Sigh.

Tip: Price everything, people are shy and don’t want to ask.

Inspiration: “You can never get enough of what you don’t need to make you happy.” – Eric Hoffer

One-day one -thing: Remember the every decision is an action, and action is how you create change.

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For Real

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We bit the bullet, for real this time.

We bought a house. This house we tried to buy before, maybe in February, but it got into multiple offers and we lost. Can’t remember what number it was? Maybe house #2 out of seven.

This house is small, not tiny, just like I wanted and cheap just like I wanted but it needs a ton of work.

I am going to document our progress on my blog “Project1923“, rightly named this because the house was built in 1923. I think it has its original garage that may have house a car like the one pictured below.  Heck those people may have lived in my house. I love thinking about how different their lives were and how similar.  So much time has past – 89 years!

Anyway, I’ll have to have another garage sale. We still have too much stuff and the stuff we have is way too big for our new small home.

This is my perfect chance to put everything I have learned to work, like “less is more”,”live in the moment,” “perfection is an illusion,”and “everything will work out.”

I plan to enjoy the work and I hope to make good choices.

I am STILL  finding it a bit difficult to believe this is really happening.  But it is.  So I’ve got to get ready. I am so excited!

We get the key on April 27th, but we won’t be moving in until some work is completed.

Please visit my Project1923 blog once and a while and help us out.  We need all the helpful suggestions and creative ideas you may have.

Cheers!

Tip: When it’s 90 degrees and you’re working on fixing something, and your patience is running thin, stop and get a cold drink for everyone who’s there.

Inspiration:”Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”- Yoko Ono

One-day one thing: Make signs for garage sale and pick a date.

Another sale – really?

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I swore I was never going to have another sale ever.  I have been downsizing for what feels like forever, and I want it to be over.  But we still have way too much stuff.   I want to sell more of the large items.  The items I thought I should keep when we first left the house are in storage.  We really don’t need them.  One piece in particular is in there and it’s huge.  It’s a dining room thing….what do you even call them?  I don’t know, but it lights up inside has glass doors and a mirrored back.  It’s a large and it’s one piece so it’s a super awkward heavy thing.  And it cost me a ton of money.

It's in there behind the green boxes

My reason for keeping it?  I couldn’t sell it.  Plus I thought I’ll never buy another one of these things, what if the next place is perfect for it.  And on and on my justifications went.

It’s hard to make solid decisions when you don’t know where you are going to be living next.  It is exciting to have the flexibility, but you don’t know until you know.  Right now we are month-to-month on the business lease so very little is holding us back.  We have employees who may like to keep this office open or they may like to move, we don’t know.  We have other commitments that will keep us here through spring 2012 – so we have time.  Time to get rid of all this stuff.

It’s hard!

I sold two upholstered chairs last week and it doesn’t even feel like I made a dent.  Heavy sigh.

And now I am considering another sale to move this merchandise (my stuff ) before winter sets in.  I don’t even like typing the word “winter” or “sale” for that matter.  Once that snow falls (yard/garage/house) sales are over until spring.  People hibernate.  Life stops.  Everyone gains weight.  The only ones who like  snow are Batman and Ice, the Minimalist Gods.

What I know is, this time for sure,  I am not beating the winter blues by shopping.  No way no how.  I am so over that.  Maybe I’ll drink instead.  This could be the year of the never ending winter party, ” beat the winter blues with booze.”

I need to some focus and some good weather.  One more sale before the snow, and then,  “Cheers, I’ll drink to that.”

Tip: Don’t ever worry about the weather – you can’t change it.

Inspiration: 7 Little Things That Make Life Effortless by ZenHabits

One-day one thing: Price things for a sale and pack them in boxes that close for an upcoming sale.   Be sure to clearly label contents for each box.  If you decide against the sale,  donate the boxes.