Both DB and I have finally moved out from our rental home in Lak**ille. We are so darn glad this is now behind us. We are now living separately. I live my life and he on his own. Like I have mentioned before, it’s for the best for both of us. Tough love.
I need to learn not to enable anymore. When you live to be an enabler for so many damn years, it’s like second nature! I have to stop that.
We did 2 weekends of garage/moving sale. It’s a bitch doing this sale in 90 plus F degree temperature and those weekends were so darn humid, too. I posted my sale up on Cr*igslist for both weekends. There were quite a number of folks showed up the first weekend. Lots of the knick knacks (Asian and Western) were hot commodities. The next were the lawn stuff – lawn mower, weed whackers, patio furniture, gardening tools, shovels, spades, etc.
I was so glad we got the spare bedroom set sold. I wanted to put up higher prices for all of my items. I want to make some $$ too, but my friend said it’s better to drop the prices down, way down. So I did and let me tell you, it’s very painful to see those damn cast iron pans sold for $1, and the bedroom set (mattress, spring box, head and foot board) for $100. And the 2 Barrister book cabinets I sold them for $90. Damn!! They were still so new. But after a while I frigging got use to it, I pretty much accepted the negotiated price and gave things away for free!
The second weekend was slower but a lot of other bigger items were sold – cabinet, desks, mirrors, more knick knacks, books, dvds, CDs, bags, shoes, cameras. Also, we were able to sell our Nordic*rac elliptical machine for $100 to our neighbor. I put up the sign for $200 but he offered me $100, I grabbed it because I want it out of my hands!
The last day of the sale which was on Sunday (July 29), I practically dropped the prices to 25 cents for smaller items and $5 for a table. The grill and smoker I dropped the prices down to $10. Any takers you think??? 2 Mexican dudes came and wanted the grill but they thought about it, and said no. Instead they paid me $7 for the propane tank. Better than nothing.
A couple came and wanted the grill, salad bowls and the Kenmore refrigerator which I am selling for $50 or best price offer. Btw, on my ad, I wrote “Prices are not set in stone” and I didn’t mind them paying me whatever price they want. SO the couple wanted those abovementioned items, said they will go get cash and return. BS!!!! They didn’t show up at all. The fridge, grill and smoker were the ones we really want to get rid of.
We closed early that Sunday at 5 pm. Started packing up the crap for donation pickup the next day and whatever else we have in the house. We didn’t get to sit down till 10 pm and by the time I get to my emails, I have 3 enquiries for the smoker and also enquiries for my HP Laserjet printer. I responded to them and hoping there will be buyers for the smoker.
Monday came and one of the enquirer for the smoker said he wants to buy the smoker. I bet he wants it coz I am selling it for $10! Who does not want it since it’s still in blardy good condition??? DB helped the buyer load it into his truck, the donation guys came to pickup our donation pile which also included floor lamps, crutches, TVs, VCRs, camera, plates, pot, pans, glasses, stand mixer, tables, picture frames, knick knacks, shoes, fabric, plastic containers, Coleman coolers, hats, and I can’t even remember anymore!
Also we arranged for the junk guys to pick up the items the donation company does not pick up, i.e. steel credenz, grill, fridge, IKEA sectional sofa, Bowflex and a glass top.
I even shampooed the carpets especially on the high traffic areas. So much work to do but I have to say it was worth every sweat!
I am sure you will asked if we made any money out of this sale. The answer is yes and no. Yes, from the big items sold and some of the smaller items sold for $1 adds up. No because whatever $$ we made, we used it for food, rental of truck, moving dolly, paying the junk guys (totally not cheap at all coz we need to pay a disposal fee) and the 2 dumpster bags filled with our junk that were not worth selling or giving away.
I helped DB moved in to his the place he is renting from a friend on Tuesday. And we then cleaned up the whole house – scrubbed and scrubbed till it shines! The landlord came, we did our walk through, they handed us the check they promised, walked out through the garage, thank each other and we drove off the place for good in our separate cars.
That’s the end of this chapter and start of a new beginning, I think!