Logistical stuff to share and avoid: We are in garage sale mode, or should be. Because we are now in the house, there is an impact of ‘wow look at this’ ‘oh, come look at this!’ Over and over, the flow is broken by the discovery of yet another unique, beautiful piece.
At the same time there are plenty of pieces that must go outside onto the tables. That has slowed down. For a variety of reasons: tired, overloaded, pain, fascination, ADD we get side tracked. Now that we have the ‘net every special little item is researched and that takes time. I sit down to do this and soon there are 5 items lined up waiting. An hour later, I come out of the ‘research this’ fog and have not really progressed on the primary goal…prep for the garage sale coming up in 3 weeks. Plenty of time? I hope so.
I don’t want to paint this as a crisis or bad thing. Just a momentum breaker. And this: I have researched some of these items before, like Roseville pieces. First and foremost the question is of value..’how much is it worth?’ A vague question or answer because it varies so much so only a general idea of what some have paid. I mean one piece can be on there for $19.99 and beside it $139.00. No description of the differences other than what people are willing to sell at or spend. The reality I know, but it is not getting me toward definitive assessments and times wasted other than learning generic history about pottery from Ohio. Did you know how big Ohio was to pottery?
So either a computer file or a paper file (requiring a printer purchase) is in order to attach to set aside items so we know their worth and if…if!…we decide to do an estate sale or two next spring or attempt to spend the winter selling pieces online then we have a record of the items and don’t have to keep reinventing the wheel. My memory is shot, so no point wasting time.
The process is enjoyable. It is less back breaking right now. Cleaner. Less filth. No dead animals. But, for me, the mind is perhaps multi dimensional now…more than it was outside for the past year…out there it was keep, sell, donate, toss. Now, it is keep, keep, keep…no we can’t keep all this…sell (broken down into garage sale? estate sale? online sale? and are we making a mistake with this item? Or, does it matter that much? Yes, I am afraid it does.
Couple that decision making with some kind of emotional connection. With my Aunt and even my Mom. Last night I found old cards my Aunt had been trying to write to my Mom to thank her for helping her during the loss of her loved one. Heartfelt writing acknowledging her grief, her mental fatigue, her mental stability, her life on hold. I am not sure if she ever sent a similar letter to my Mom. Or, said the words. Doubtful on both. How sweet to read this letter from a woman who was not given to emotional displays.
I guess what I am rambling about here is the process now is less rapid. It is encumbered by emotions, fascinations, beauty. It should be savored. But, we also need to stand up and sort through to the stuff that can be sold now and get it out the door so it can go down the driveway in short order.
Last night yielded a cache of gloves, maybe four dozen pairs of gloves. Purses, pristine purses, unique…maybe fifty purses from long ago, seemingly new or little used. Fur hats (should be a topic of conversation with someone in Portlandia!) not fake fur but real fur. All these in her drawers. Not in boxes or bags or buried in the stacks. The furniture is emerging. The trails into the rooms are widening. Suddenly nightstand drawers are accessible. Dresser drawers can be opened. Mirrors can be gazed into. Gaudy wallpaper and drapes are visible.
Now I know this seems like a bit of a small time problem to have right now. Compared to the outside mess, compared to my Mom’s 18 month mess full of disgusting distress, but none the less this is part of the Hoarding mental maize…part of the journey. Just because it is slightly cleaner, ok way cleaner, than previous efforts it is burdensome in a new way that I am sorting out now and will share if it seems beneficial to share and help others sort, compute, solve.
On a different note, I put a dehumidifier in the basement. A big one. It is pulling out so much moisture per hour. Shocking how much moisture is in the house.