When you are cleaning up a hoarder’s home, whether filthy, jammed or filthy & jammed (there are varying degrees of smells, disease, disgust, damage regardless of the quantities of stuff), you (at least I) tend to view things in terms of money previously spent/wasted/regained or lost. Was that the most convoluted passage I have ever constructed?!
However, in the continuing mental struggle between ‘toss it’ ‘donate it’ ‘move it cheap’ and ‘this could be valuable’ you do learn a bit about tacky stuff that has those quaint marketing designations like ‘vintage’ and ‘mid Century’ (this one irritates the hell out of me…don’t know why).
So, I have fallen prey to the eBay, collectibles researching mode to make sure we are not ‘giving it away’. Often that ‘vintage’ item is worth at least $12.00 instead of $1.00. You do the math and suddenly you are in my Auntie’s and Mom’s mode of thinking. “Well do the math. If we have five thousand pieces to sell and we at least doubled what we are currently asking….well look what we stand to make with our ‘merchandise’!” This a trap that brings you to a halt. Do we sell this for $1.00? Do we sell the eight of them for $1.00 or are we sitting on something special? The refrain is ‘move it down the driveway!’ We will be here for the next two years at this rate (mindful it took us a year and a half to clean up my mom’s disaster). Yes, a part of me thinks about the possible loss of money. Another part of me is very tired of juggling so many variables beyond my core life. Simplicity and stability are craved.