Or climbing mountains.
What have we been doing?
That best describes accumulations we've acquired — household items, outdoor items, tools, holiday decorations and lots MORE stuff.
As many fellow bloggers know, we've listed our home, The Frog & PenguINN for sale. We plan to live in a smaller space, which means we don't need to take all this stuff. It's actually a very nice feeling — knowing that we can and will make do with less stuff.
Where did all this stuff come from?
Sometimes, we can't even recall buying or (worse yet) why we bought some things. Moving here from NJ we left a small cottage to move into a 2-story Victorian house. And, it's so true that the more space, the more stuff to fill it — for us that took over 11 years.
Lately, we've been selling stuff through postings on Craigslist and a local "Trash & Treasures" buy and sell site.
What have we sold?
Lots of stuff — outdoor furniture, patio boxes, beach chairs, table lights, chairs, small tables, etc. It's been working out well, and listing things for sale and answering comments can be quite interesting, as anyone who has ever sold stuff knows.
Things we've learned . . .
- If a man calls about an item and after asking about it says, "I have to check with my wife" — he will not be back. (If a man wants something, he buys it.)
- As long as an ad remains posted, the item is unsold, yet we get folks who ask "is this still available?" (We delete a listing once an item sells, others don't.)
- No matter how low/reasonable we price something, folks want it for even less than your price. (We've learned to just say, "No.")
- We always include our phone number, yet people let their fingers do the walking on a keyboard. But, we're not always online (really) so a call is faster.
And, in case you wondered . . . we haven't sold the F&P yet, but remain hopeful. So, if you know of anyone looking for a nice home in a nice place, let us know.