I feel like I’ve been purging for the past 3 years.
And I kind of have.
The more stuff you get rid of, the more stuff you see that you can live without. And I want to have a purposeful home and really use and enjoy what it is that we use up our precious space keeping and living with.
But also, I’m a creative, I play in my house and I think I’m coming to terms with the fact that having a few things go in and out of my house through the years comes with my job. For the past year or so I’ve changed my thrift shopping ways. But I’ve also embraced who I am and what I do and have realized it’s ok for me to sometimes buy something just to see. It’s part of my creative process and it’s kind of part of my job. Because if I can come up with a good idea and share it, then that’s one of my favorite things. But it’s a constant balance.
For the past six months I’ve really been going through our stuff. And you will not believe what I’ve come up with…
Our two younger boys tried sharing a room in the playroom but for reasons I’ll tell you later, we decided not to do that. For months their old room was a holding area. It started like this and got so full that I could barely walk through it. A real hoarders room–right before we moved everything to the garage two weeks ago, I had to CLIMB OVER STUFF!
I said I’d never have a yard sale again, and so far, I’m not.
I mentioned it last week, Angela and I are having a Big Sale. It’s no yard sale with used up kitchen utensils and T-shirts and 1980′s TVs. Nope, we’ve both decide we’ve got a lot of decent stuff that still has life in it and some of it we are done with.
We are selling the good stuff people.
I’m selling my Amy Butler rug from my office. It’s been out of there since April but I wanted to make sure I was really done with it. Also done with the embellished drapes on either side of the door. I’ll be selling those too.
We are changing how we use this room now that we have a dedicated guest room. So all of the stuff on the bed is being sold, and the chevron rug and the two Dwell Studio pieces of fabric from the windows.
I have a little bit of a pillow issue. Here are some of the pillows I’m selling. Some of these are brand new and came with my new sofa but I know I won’t use them. I’ll be selling them for $2-12 depending on how nice and new they are. For example those Pottery Barn Dog pillows are $5 each.
You know when you go to a thrift store and you hope to find that ONE GOOD thing? Everything we are selling is that ONE GOOD thing you hope to find. We decided to price like our local thrift stores price their good stuff, kind of between thrift store and fair consignment store prices (not the ones that are too expensive).
I’m selling my imperfectly painted bed. And another bed you’ve never seen. And the pillows in this room and the throw. Two desks, lamps, cute clothes, cute shoes, jewelery, serving dishes, fabric, tchotchkes galore, craft supplies… All sorts of great stuff. Oh, one of the pairs of shoes I’m selling is in this picture, Michael Kors like new wedge heel loafers size 8. I got them second-hand but they were a size too big. I was hoping I could make them work but nope. Someone’s with size 8 feet is gonna get lucky.
Done with that homework table over there on the right. Selling that.
I LOVE this coffee table. Love. BUT, now that we have the white sectional in this room, there isn’t really space for it. I already got a new old crusty trunk for a replacement table and it’s about 1/3 the size. So now, someone else can use this great table because I’m selling it. And I’m selling the blue side table/night stand on the right, I just painted it with Chalk Paint in a new color called Florence, it’s lovely but I don’t want that much color in this room and it looks so pretty that color that I don’t have the heart to repaint it. I’m selling all those pillows too.
You could basically furnish a small house with the stuff that Angela and I will be getting rid of. Here’s her post about some of the things she’s selling. I want all of it already. But I’m not allowing myself to look too closely at what she’s selling or else it defeats my whole purpose.
We rented an indoor space and we are hoping to sell our cute stuff that we no longer need. A portion of our sales will go to Compassion and I’ll be throwing the rest of what I make at our debt. Our goal is to be debt free by the end of the year. I hope you can come. I hope you find something for your home that you can use.
Emily and I stood in one place for two hours just running the ‘register’, and when I say register I mean dollar store calculator and a baggie of dollar bills. We were SHOCKED at how many people came, and from how far–Virginia? DC? Tennessee? All to humble North Carolina?
Well if it was worth it then? THIS sale should be even more worth it. Because we are selling much better stuff. I promise, this is the best stuff I’ve ever sold. AND, you don’t have to wake up early. This is an indoor sale from 11-3.
I’m so done with this stuff. Well, not the vacuum. I mean, I’d love to be done with that but then if I sell it our floors will be a mess. Yes, that’s an owl lamp back there. I’ll be selling a pair of those. Imagine this closet times 50, and that’s what I’m getting rid of. Half of my garage is full already and I’m not done yet.
Make it a girls day, come to the Big Sale, go to Ikea (just 20 minutes from the sale) and visit BeBe Gallini and also the Oak Street Mill (they share a parking lot in Cornelius, NC) and eat at Toast in Davidson or the Soda Shop and stop in at The Sanctuary (all on the same street in Davidson) while you are ’round these parts. Or go to downtown Charlotte to my favorite shop for second-hand finds: The Sleepy Poet. You can thank me later for that one.
I hope to see you Saturday the 17th 11-3