Chronicles of efforts to lighten the load at home. How many items can you have/like/need?
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Bells Sold, Collection Downsized
Members of the American Bell Association (ABA) are connoisseurs of bells. They know which bells are collectible, and they know which bells they like. Sometimes the two categories don't go together too well. I think most everyone in the group has some bells that are worth money and others that are favorites even though they wouldn't appeal to collectors. At the ABA convention, a group of 150 collectors from all over the country and a few from overseas talked about bells, looked at bells, and bought and sold bells. There were slide shows about such bell categories as Disney bells, hanging bells, and bells with men depicted on them.
There was a "behold room," where several members graciously displayed groups of bells they brought. One table had bells by John Macombie, who may be the most popular bellmaker currently producting metal bells. One table displayed a collection of Chinese enamel bells; the whole table shimmered with bright blue and green tinted bells. The person who essentially planned and ran the convention brought her collection of all things with a flamingo theme.
There was also an auction, lasting 6 hours on Saturday. This was where the most serious buying occurred. I had some serious bells in the auction. Some sold well, although prices were generally low this year.
Also, a "sales room" was open specific hours. I had a sales table. I spent about 20 hours selling bells. It was a lot of fun because of the interest and love of bells expressed by everyone who visited my table...and most everyone did. I went to the convention with 11 boxes of bells to sell and came back with 9 boxes. So, I downsized!
Distraction: I bought 3 bells. I couldn't help getting a little bit into the quest. I bought one bell because it was pretty and a low price, one because I had wanted one like it and had bid on it and lost at the auction...I got the same bell for about 30% less at someone's sales table after the auction! Also, I got one bell that I bid on at the auction. It wasn't a valuable bell, but I liked it and I think my daughter will like it. No one else bid on it, so I got it at the lowest price. I bid on 3 more bells, but it was clear to me in all cases that someone else bidding wouldn't stop raising the price no matter what, so I gave up each time. When I got home, I realized that the bells I bid on and didn't win were not as nice as others like them that I already have. I was mostly glad I didn't win them. After all, I'm downsizing here, not building a collection!
Just because they don't make stuff the way they used to doesn't mean that the new ways aren't equally valuable, if different; especially digital stuff.
The younger generation really isn't interested in the old collectibles the baby boomers all hope to sell for high prices.
Boxes take up a lot of space, but they can help you cope with stuff in many ways - saving stuff, separating stuff into batches to work on later, storing stuff that is worth storing, or even packing up shredded paper to recycle when you clean out your old paper files.
If you try on a pair of jeans and they fit, buy them! Some people would say buy 2 pair.
Craig's List is a wonderful community resource. In spite of a few bad apples, most of the millions who trade on Craig's List are good people.
Selling or even giving something you used to love directly to a stranger involves 2 possibilities: either you will feel really good to see someone getting pleasure from acquiring an item you enjoyed or you will feel creepy thinking of your impression of this person you don't know using your stuff.
You can find someone to take most anything off your hands if you post in "free stuff" on Craig's List. Post during the day. People sneak a peak at "free stuff" while they're at work!
A dog does not clutter a home so much as create movement and energy within.
After getting your carpet steam-cleaned, the carpet takes much longer to dry than the cleaning company leads you to believe. It is a good idea to keep heavy furniture off the carpet without anything under the legs until the carpet dries, as occasionally stain from wooden furniture can stain the wet carpet. Give it 24 hours - license to procrastinate
Once you have thoroughly cleaned your closet, you can keep it under control by just getting rid of a few things now and then, as you uncover them and realize you are finished with them. As long as you feel good about your clothes when you encounter them in their natural habitat, then it's working for you.
If you are looking for freeware or shareware, a good way to find what you want is to search it on Lifehacker.com. There you'll find the choice programs plus comments about them. On the search engines, you might find the programs that have finessed getting placed high on the search engine list rather than the best programs.
If you are having trouble deciding whether you really want to keep something, think about selling it. If you automatically know what price you want for it, you don't want to keep it!
If you are going to do home repairs, keep the future in mind. Will there be ramifications when you sell the house?
Magazines - News magazines almost always should be recycled rather than kept! Cut out an article and put it in a folder in your filing cabinet if you think you'll remember it and want to refer to it later.
An old invoice from your dentist or doctor may have the doc's social security number on it (and, of course, yours)!
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