No, I’m not retiring from my day job, but I do think I’m through with moving sales and yard sales for a while.
Don’t get me wrong: today was sort of fun. I had friends stop by to chat, and I met many new neighbors as well. And I think I did a fairly decent job of staying somewhat disinterested in the whole profit motive for selling all this stuff as well. But as a strategy for shedding what we no longer need… probably not the best way to spend my day.
We did sell off a few chairs, and some of the kids’ toys, and a decent stack of books. But at the end of the day, I was packing up lots of clothing and books and household items to donate to charity… which I could have done in the first place, without having to go through all the bother of holding a moving sale.
We also hauled a bunch of stuff to the curb, having faith in the power of drive-by recycling. It didn’t take long: I was still in the process of bagging up clothing when the rickety, back porch table and chair set was making its way into the back of someone’s pickup truck, along with piles of wicker baskets and various bric-a-brac.
We got rid of more of our unwanted, excess furniture in fifteen minutes on the curb than we did all day at our moving sale.
And even though we probably sold close to 100 books today, I must have dropped off at least twice as many at Dr. Bombay’s later in the evening, and all it took was a ten minute drive.
So maybe in some distant future I will hold a yard sale again, but if I do, I think it will be to hang out with old friends and meet new ones. Until then, I’m retiring.
And speaking of retiring, I think it’s time for me to retire for the day as well–it’s been a long one!