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Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prepositional Selling

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Badge by: Doobster at Mindful Digressions

Badge by: Doobster at Mindful Digressions

Over the course of my day today, I will be going through boxes in my basement to find things I want to get rid of sell in a garage sale next week. First, I could use the extra space, second, I want to declutter, and third, I need the money for a trip I’m going to take in December.

I feel fortunate to live in a place where I can stand on my front lawn and sell things I no longer need. Garage sales are big here – I don’t know if they are in other places in North America. People spend their entire weekends out driving around town looking for bargains, and bartering around prices until they get what they want for next to nothing. Even if I get next to nothing, I figure I’ll be up a little bit from what I had when my stuff was sitting in the basement just growing older.

It’s amazing the things we accumulate, isn’t it? I have boxes of things I haven’t looked at since I moved them here almost five years ago from my house in Gatineau, and most of THAT stuff was already in boxes there and hadn’t been used in the fifteen years I was there. I would love to live light, with few possessions. But when you have a six bedroom house with a basement it’s difficult to justify getting rid of anything – I have the room. I have rooms I rarely go into so the mess gets ignored.

I was very lucky to find this house when I first moved here. It was originally a two bedroom bungalow, but the previous owners built three bedrooms and a half bath into the attic. When I moved in I kept one of the two original bedrooms as a guest room and turned the other bedroom into a computer room. The final room my eldest son moved into – he was happy to have the entire basement to himself and, as teenagers are wont to do, came out only for meals, showers, and to go out with his friends. He was as white as a ghost before he moved out.

Ragweed season is here and both Alex and I are sneezing. That was a left turn out of nowhere!

Wish me luck with my sorting and selling, if you please.

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Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

27 thoughts on “Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prepositional Selling

  1. Hi Linda! I came here from OM’s site. I’ve seen your comments before and enjoyed your persepctive. I noticed that you mentioned Gatineau – I’m in Ottawa. Great blog. I look forward to receiving your posts.

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    • Thanks very much, Paul! Nice to meet another Ontarian…or is that Ontarioan? Ya get accustomed to all the vowels living in the Outaouais. πŸ˜‰
      Thanks for the follow! πŸ˜€

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  2. Oh, garage sales. Every time I have one I say never again…and then I forget how much I dislike them until the next time. Good luck!

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  3. I do wish you all the best with the garage sale next week! You’re lucky you have the lawn and community inclination towards garage sales; I have neither where I live. πŸ™‚ I recently got rid of a lot but have some things that I’d like to sell, too — as you said, something is better than nothing! I keep saying I’ll do it online instead, but have yet to do that. The idea of packing and shipping the items seems so tedious…anyway, good luck with that and your allergies! πŸ™‚

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  4. I love garage sales when I get the opportunity to go to them. I always buy things I don’t need. lol

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  5. I joined in for the first time ever and I am looking forward to making this a regular feature on my blog. As for your post, I can completely relate. We are due to move house in the next few months and so we are emptying our garage as well. Sadly garage sales are not as commonplace in the UK but we do have a lot of car boot sales and a tip very close by! πŸ™‚

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  6. I wish you wonderful clearing. The more empty space your home has, the more tidy it is, the more energy you’ll have. It will be fantastic! You will feel so much lighter πŸ™‚
    Ragweed here, too. I’m already looking forward to the first frost!

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  7. Good luck with that. I remember garage sales were almost a weekly Saturday summer event when I lived in Mississauga…”garage sale-ing” my aunt called it.

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    • I think I heard that term for the first time in the 80s. Ever since I’ve been expecting to see wind-powered cars going up and down the streets every weekend morning between June and September. πŸ˜› Haha.

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  8. Thanks for pushing one of my buttons. πŸ™‚ I do live light, mostly because all I have is a seven-by-nine-foot bedroom. Every few years I purge my old possessions, donating stuff to the library and goodwill, throwing out what nobody wants. But my brother is a pathological packrat and essentially forces me to retain a lot of old crap I would have thrown out long ago if it weren’t for him. When I want to donate some old books to the library, he “claims” them and then plays this sick mind game where he is the one who decides to shove them in a box in the hallway closet (or even the closet in my room) but “they’re really mine.” He has the same issue with his own stuff, so that our apartment hallway has looked like his personal storage closet for the past nine months or longer. Oh, if I only had the freedom to throw out several tonnes of the packrat crap he has accumulated!

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  9. Good Luck Linda πŸ™‚

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  10. Good luck on all of it. Including the ragweed *achooo* Excuse me 😎

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  11. Good luck with your sorting and selling!

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