With the warm weather approaching, you may be thinking about having a garage sale. Garage sales are a great way to turn unwanted items into extra cash. And, an added bonus is you get to de-clutter your house at the same time.
A garage sale differs from a house or moving sale, in several ways. Basically the differences are:
What To Sell
If you have high-quality furniture to sell, gold jewelry, or expensive china, you will probably not find your buyer at a garage sale.
If you are downsizing to a smaller home, you will undoubtedly have tons of stuff you are leaving behind. We sure did! One great way to earn extra money for your move is to host your own Moving/Estate Sale. Now, I’m not talking about a simple garage sale. I’m talking about a huge Moving/Estate sale – people in your home, going through your closets. Yeah…that kind of sale.
After all, what you can’t take with you, you may have to pay for to have hauled away. (Today many charities will not even enter a home to pick up furniture or goods.)
Hiring an estate sale company to organize and run your sale can be costly. At first, I thought this was going to be our only option. But after lots of research, and speaking to many estate sale company owners, I realized we could do it on our own. And so we did!
When I was a young kid growing up in New York, my family and I went on an outing to tour a recently-opened nuclear power plant. I believe it was the Indian Point Energy Center, but I’m not sure. In short, I was not brought up to fear nuclear energy.
Flash forward to this past summer, 2016.
Bob and I were spending days at a time scouring the Philadelphia suburbs to find an apartment to move to. Our daughter, who is here in grad school, said it would be nice to have us nearby. We were downsizing, and thought it would be lovely to take her up on her invitation.
We made several extended visits to our daughter so we could find the best apartment for us and our two dogs. We found one enticing listing located about 45 minutes away – if taking the back roads. We thought it was probably further away than we wanted, but we put it on our list of “apartments to visit” anyway.
“When in doubt, throw out!”
– My Mom
We had been living in our nine-room house for 16 years, when we were faced with downsizing to a two-bedroom apartment. Initially, we just had three questions about packing. They were:
Aside from that, everything seemed quite under control.
It is difficult to say exactly how long packing actually took us; until the last two weeks, packing was more sporadic and included lots of sorting. But here are some tips that we discovered along the way.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
– Lao Tzu
Downsizing? 9 Easy Steps To Get You Moving! – The good journey.
Some people choose to downsize because they want to have a simpler or less stressful lifestyle. Others need to downsize because they have no choice but to cut back on expenses. Whether you are downsizing out of choice or necessity, it is a tricky and emotional ride.
The key to downsizing is to take it one step at a time. Make your immediate tasks small so that they can be completed and you will feel a sense of accomplishment. Be precise in your tasks, such as, “write a list of possible new locations.”
The dogs with the loudest bark are the ones that are most afraid.
– Norman Reedus
Bob and I are learning that part of apartment living is getting to know your neighbors … well sort of. We have been here for several months and know some people by sight, and have learned a name or two along the way. But we have met several dogs.
One of them is Skippy.
“Anything that costs you more hours of effort or worry that it brings you hours of enjoyment is a candidate for downsizing.”
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Many years ago, I was watching Barbra Streisand on TV. She was talking about selling personal items, as well as her exquisite home, all in the name of downsizing to simplify and clear her life.
But now, downsizing isn’t just for celebrities any more. Hey … we did it! Well, actually we had no choice.
Many things in our lives had changed since Bob was forced into early retirement. It sure would have been helpful to have some warning, so we could have made more fitting financial decisions. But when you expect to work until age 70, and are unexpectedly forced to retire at age 58, financial plans are sure to go awry. Had we had some warning, we would have made different financial decisions all along, but this was not the case.
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”
– Henry Ford
This is Rocky. He has a survival story of his own to tell.
When our daughter Liane was 9 years old, our family took a trip to Cape Cod. It quickly became one of our favorite vacation spots. Rainy days there was even a game arcade that kept us all entertained, and dry. On one such visit, Liane won a stuffed white tiger from one of those infuriating machines that takes all your change before it throws a paltry stuffed animal your way. Of course, the tiger came home with us and spent several uneventful years in Liane’s room.
One day, Liane and I decided to weed through her overflowing collection of stuffed animals. Clearly, the black-striped white tiger had to go. He wasn’t particularly attractive, huggable, or lovable in any way. Into the black plastic garbage bag he went.
“The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.”
– Oscar Wilde
My father wasn’t one to offer too much advice. He usually just worked hard, and quietly lived the family life. He was a chemical engineer, who was employed by the same engineering firm for about 35 years, until he retired at age 65. That’s how it was in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. You worked for one company all your adult life, if you could. Loyalty was a big plus to employers. Job-hopping was severely frowned upon by all; employers would see you as a person who was untrustworthy, as you might pick up and quit at any time.