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garage sale, keeping & getting rid of things...

August 4th, 2011 at 09:52 pm

DH doesn't have a lot of work lined up for the next two weeks (and has already had a week off, save for a small 6 hour job), so for the first time ever he's actually been extremely motivated to hold the garage sale we've talked about having since we moved in (two years ago...).

My DH is a bit of a hoarder. He reckons he's not, but his motto is 'if I can use it at some stage, some day, possibly... then we should keep it, we have room after all!'
Yeah, right. That 'room' we had (the entire basement) is full of crap. Big Grin I'm sorry, I meant useful stuff *cough*. I have a few items to sell as well.

DH wants to sell our coffee table though. He made it about five years ago and I love it. It's solid hardwood with a parquetry top that you can play chess on. When he said he wants to sell it and use another one he has (that's in the basement somewhere) I said I wanted to keep it because everyone always comments on it when they enter our house, it looks nice, and also he MADE it. He says he doesn't want it BECAUSE he made it. Frown

Oh well. I guess we have to learn to let go. And I suppose I shouldn't be trying to make him keep it - after all he does have a bit of a problem with that anyway! Why am I discouraging him!?

I remember when my dad & stepmum had a garage sale years and years ago. I was about 13. My stepmum gently suggested my dad sell a few of his records (he has... oh... a few thousand...). After much thought and sorting he emerged with an entire milk crate, with about 20 he was willing to let go. Big Grin
He told me later, that when someone flicked through the crate and picked up a record for a closer look, my dad felt his stomach clench when he realised he just wasn't that ready to let it go. At that exact moment, the mans daughter threw a tantrum, distracting him. My dad whisked the milk crate away and put it back in the house Big Grin

4 Responses to “garage sale, keeping & getting rid of things...”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I would at least take a picture of that coffee table before you sell it. And maybe it should be marked at a premium...since their are memories there!

    Best wishes on the sale and the decluttering it takes to get there.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    I think you're right to nurture his wanting to get rid of something ... that table sounds super cool to me, but hoarding is something that can quickly get out of control, so you want to help him not attach value to physical things. (My mom and one of my sisters are hoarders, and I've seen the tendency crop up in myself and the rest of my siblings.)

  3. HelpMeFriend Says:

    Good luck on your garage sale! I know I will be hot and miserable during mine, but afterwards, with the clearer home and more $ in my pocket, I'll be so happy I went through with it.

  4. baselle Says:

    Good luck on the garage sale. Distract DH if necessary. Maybe have him sell your stuff, and you sell his. A wicked thought. Smile
    Definitely take a picture of the to-be-sold table ... even though your DH sees the mistakes he made making it, I'll bet the picture can be used by him in a wood crafting portfolio. It would be nice to dig out the table that he wants to show off from storage - loosens up the crap in storage.

    Perhaps, fingers crossed, other table is better, but even if its not, rule one is one can only use one copy of something at a time, rule two is second copy should be sold, and rule three is that has to use the stuff one has before even thinking about getting another.

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