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Old 09-26-2016, 09:43 PM
 
Location: So Cal
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Our oldest daughter flew down from San Fran for the weekend. We spent all day Sunday cleaning out her room. We filled two trash cans, and added a few containers to the growing yard sale/Goodwill mountain. She wants the full-sized oak dresser I made for her when she was a kid, but she doesn't currently have room for it.

Now we need the other daughter to do the same.

My bulkiest possessions now are my woodworking and other tools. I think I'll keep them, because when we move into our new house 1000 miles north, I'll want to build some pieces of furniture/cabinets to keep busy.

This downsizing thing will be followed up with painting the whole interior of the house some neutral color and repairing every thing I can find.

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Old 09-27-2016, 09:34 AM
 
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Our oldest daughter flew down from San Fran for the weekend. We spent all day Sunday cleaning out her room. We filled two trash cans, and added a few containers to the growing yard sale/Goodwill mountain. She wants the full-sized oak dresser I made for her when she was a kid, but she doesn't currently have room for it.

Now we need the other daughter to do the same.

My bulkiest possessions now are my woodworking and other tools. I think I'll keep them, because when we move into our new house 1000 miles north, I'll want to build some pieces of furniture/cabinets to keep busy.

This downsizing thing will be followed up with painting the whole interior of the house some neutral color and repairing every thing I can find.
You are doing everything in the right way!
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Old 09-27-2016, 12:31 PM
 
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Our oldest daughter flew down from San Fran for the weekend. We spent all day Sunday cleaning out her room. We filled two trash cans, and added a few containers to the growing yard sale/Goodwill mountain. She wants the full-sized oak dresser I made for her when she was a kid, but she doesn't currently have room for it.

Now we need the other daughter to do the same.

My bulkiest possessions now are my woodworking and other tools. I think I'll keep them, because when we move into our new house 1000 miles north, I'll want to build some pieces of furniture/cabinets to keep busy.

This downsizing thing will be followed up with painting the whole interior of the house some neutral color and repairing every thing I can find.
When are you moving? Is your house for sale yet?
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Old 09-27-2016, 04:09 PM
 
Location: So Cal
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When are you moving? Is your house for sale yet?
We'll be buying a house between 6 months and two years from now. Not sure when we're moving, as my only family left here is in the end stages of Alzheimer's. Who knows how long that will last. Our main house is not currently for sale. It'll probably take 6 months to make it sale ready. We're keeping a beach house in case we need to snowbird--or at least see some sun.

But I am the (reluctant) king of getting rid of stuff and prepping homes for sale. Not only are we downsizing, we dissolved my parents' and brother's estates in the last few years. What everyone here says is true for the most part: no one from the next generation wants your stuff, and unless it is something really special AND YOU KNOW HOW TO MOVE IT, everything but the real estate will sell for pennies on the dollar.

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Old 09-28-2016, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee Area of WI
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Love this Thread! So much good information. Very helpful
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Old 10-15-2016, 05:37 PM
 
Location: So Cal
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I'll bring back this thread. I said a couple posts ago "No one from the next generation wants your stuff." Well, it gets worse. No one from the next generation wants your parents' stuff x2! This isn't news to me. It was just reinforced with recent events.

I just finished getting rid of the first batch of my mom's and MIL's jewelry, and oh man was that sad. I got around $8,000 for what was probably $30K or more (when bought new) in various pieces. I had two jewlers with different business models (one has stores/sells online, the other goes to shows) bid on each piece. I liked the last guy a lot better, so I gave him a chance to up his price on things he wasn't high on. I got another $250 that way, but feel ethically challenged.

As has been said before: Grandma's jewelry isn't worth spit. Yellow gold (in So Cal) isn't selling, and pearls are worthless thanks to someone flooding the market. Figure $17/gram for gold and $80-120/carat for diamonds (I think). Platinum and colored stones like rubies sold for the most.

Anyways, it is what it is. I know how to get top dollar for houses, tools, cars, boats, guns, and fishing gear, but on jewelry, it's let two reputable guys bid on each piece, take what you can get and move on.

That garage sale/veteran donation stack is getting huge. That's next.

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Old 10-15-2016, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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We had a neighborhood garage sale today. I didn't have enough items bother to set up on my own, but one of the women in the area set up a central area where we could donate items to be sold for a local charity. They made over $400 for the local foster kid program.
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Old 10-16-2016, 05:34 AM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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I'll tell you one way to get rid of stuff. Have a hurricane that causes minor flooding in your garage (which we did). And all that stuff that's in the "I might use it one day" category gets tossed. FWIW - we gave some things to workers around the house - left some on the curb to be picked over/picked up - and even listed a particularly bulky item on "free" Craigslist. Our garage was fairly empty/neat to start with - but now it's the proverbial "Garage Mahal". Robyn
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Old 10-16-2016, 11:31 AM
 
Location: equator
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Default make-up?

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I never wore much, just foundation, powder, lipstick and mascara. Every now and then some eye shadow.

I'm down to loose face powder, lipstick and occasionally mascara.

I've even stopped using expensive face cream. No wrinkles so far but that is due more to genetics than anything else.

Call me unsophisticated, but you listed every kind of make-up I can think of? "Not much"?


I switched to permanent make-up so that solved that issue....


Down-sized our collection of record albums and turn-table. MIL's sterling silver coffee set which as someone else said, turned out to have NO value on re-sale. Chest of drawers, since they are not used here. Lots and lots of old clothes not worn in years (or decades!) My DH had clothes from college....still fit too. "Is this out of style, do you think?" he asks.
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Old 10-16-2016, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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The lightweight wooden folding computer desk arrived, I turned out the heavy metal one. Heavy chest of drawers, out. Twin stroller, anyone? I have it on C-list but no takers. I've gotten rid of so, so much, and yet I look around and see a houseful of stuff. At least it's all lightweight, except for the couch and bed. I found an over-the-door ironing board, so my two heavy ironing boards go next.
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