Cherry Saturday August 12, 2017

Today is World Elephant Day.

The elephant is white because it’s also Garage Sale Day.

I did look up images for “garage sale,” but they looked too much like my present garage to be anything but depressing.

So let’s have an internet white elephant swap.  What totally useless thing will you give up from your house?  (I’ll have to think about it.  The selection here is wide.)

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52 thoughts on “Cherry Saturday August 12, 2017

  1. Can I give up my entire basement? It’s driving me nuts. I had a flood and now the paneling is curling up and I suspect there is mold hiding somewhere.

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  2. Oh Boy! This is like the potato chip theory when you can’t eat just one. Hopefully getting rid of one item will have a snowball effect. Maybe I’ll start with the glass flowers that have stowed in an unused fireplace for sixteen years. The reason I know that it has been sixteen years is that is how old my granddaughter was when she started to crawl and I was afraid she would get hurt. I kept them in a vase on the floor. Do you ever wonder why people have a Pod container in their front yard, do they really have all that stuff?

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    1. Yes, they really have that much stuff. A cousin of mine has multiple storage lockers. She has a problem where she can’t throw anything out because she’s bothered by the garage situation. Her living space looks like the picture Jenny put up when she had pulled all the yarn out, but less colorful.

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  3. First, is it just me, or have the avatars vanished for everyone? I’ve only been able to see Gravatars here for the past couple of days.

    I love the elephant, and since I’m living with fairly minimal stuff in this flat, I’m going to go with my first thought when I saw him, which was to think of Ganesh. Whose help I could do with in removing the obstacles that are preventing me from finding a house I want to buy.

    I have just got some proofs to read today: a book on astrology, so rather a change of pace. Seems to be so complicated you could pull out any story you like. It might come in useful as background for one of my characters. Perhaps I should think of all my freelance jobs as potential source material.

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  4. I would get rid of my bespoke closets/wardrobes. I designed them to suit my storage needs – places for dresses, double rail for shirts and pants, shelves for hats and documents but they are very tall and block the airflow a bit. Those would go. Thank Goddess that they are movable.

    I actually have to price my comics for sale. They’re going. Most are inappropriate for the grades I teach and I haven’t re-read them in 7 years. They do not spark joy when I hold them.

    The comics and books for donation are stored in the old wardrobes, which are in the garage. ! So when everything is gone, I’ll move the old wardrobes back. Since I’ve KonMari-ed the clothes, books and documents, I actually can do with smaller wardrobes.

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    1. Michigan State University Libraries has a comic book collection. Depending on your collection and if you want to donate it, they may accept it.

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      1. So cool to hear of a university seeing the value of comics.

        1. I’m in South Africa.
        2. It’s pretty recent, nothing that special or limited edition.
        3. It’s a small collection. I’ll tweet pics when I’m pricing and sorting. I feel I could do with the money.
        4. What I can’t sell will probably go to my municipal library. I’ve donated books before so I get “Friend of the library” status.

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    2. You can try My Comics Shop dot come. They may be willing to buy the entire collection, depending on what you have and if it fills a need of theirs. I’ve sold a few comics to them but I don’t recall if they paid shipping or not.

      Also, the USO gratefully took a big ass box of my Batman/DC Comics for their lounge. I bundled up storylines as best I could because I hate missing parts.

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  5. My old Camelot pattern Denby. I never use it anymore and I have tons of it. I can serve 16 people, which I never do. I have bowls and casseroles and salt and pepper and butter dish. Oh wait, that’s the only butter dish I own other that a flowered Victorian horror.

    Also I just looked at an image of it on ebay and I remember why I picked it out 47 years ago. Of course most of mine doesn’t look that crisp anymore. Get rid of it.

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    1. I would get rid of the Victorian butter dish but I can’t remember where I packed it.

      Why do my nieces and nephews have to be so modern and practical. They all say “Can it go in the dishwasher or the microwave? No? No thank you”. And most of my stuff if pre-microwave and has leaded finishes. I can only give it to Goodwill which I can’t bring myself to do.

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      1. Why don’t you sell it on eBay or Craigslist? Even if it isn’t pristine, I’m sure someone would be interested. Even by the piece or by place setting- I bet there are people looking to replace broken pieces, people who collect that might want just one place setting, etc.
        You might be able to find a consignment shop that would take it also. Worth a try.😊

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        1. You also want to try Replacements.com. They buy odd lots of all kinds of china for people who are looking for odd bits to fill out their sets.

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  6. I have a couple Irish crochet spreads/tablecloths that my great-grandmother made, and she was in her 80s when I was a kid (so probably 50 to 75 years old), and the thing is, I have no earthly use for them. They’re not my style and the cats would tear them to shreds. I don’t usually hold onto things out of sentiment, but so far, passing them along has been one step too far. I keep thinking I’ll put them on ebay or etsy, not to make any money, but just to put them in the hands of someone who would actually appreciate them, but I never get around to it. Maybe I’ll make that a Working Wednesday goal in November (life is too crazy until then).

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    1. Ditto, last year. Don’t really want to get rid of anything, I just wish I had bigger closets in this joint. Tons of shelf space but I really, really need closets.

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  7. Paper. Lots and lots of paper. Boxes and file cabinets full of paper. More than forty years worth of paper. Yeah. This needs to get moved up my To Do list.

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  8. Everything in the house is a keep (except the stupid popper toy, that thing can go). The stuff in the garage…my porcelain dolls? People kept buying them for me when I was little and they stayed in boxes then and they’re in boxes now and I have no idea what I’d do with them.

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  9. My parents’ old slide projector and screen. It has to be over sixty years old, is made of some kind of cast metal and is so heavy it could substitute for a boat anchor. The box filled with old slides I can’t bring myself to discard, even if it has been almost fifty years since any of them were viewed. Maybe I’ll get them digitized…

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    1. You could look at them on a lightbox if you have one, or hold them up to the light. You’ll probably only want to get some of them scanned. But once they’re digital, it’s easy to make a slideshow you can give to the rest of the family. If they’ve faded, you should be able to get the colour restored, too.

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    2. A few years ago for my parents’ 65th wedding anniversary, I had a cache of over 600 35mm slides from the 50s and 60s digitized. Best present I ever gave anybody, not just my parents (for whom I made prints) but also the rest of the family, to whom I gave the files on USB sticks. There are photographs of us as very young children, pictures of our grandparents, who’ve been gone for many decades, wedding photos and lots of other treasured memories that would be lost forever if I hadn’t done this. I really felt it was a worthwhile thing to do.

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      1. I have had tremendous success is getting rid of old chipped planters, plants I divided, plants I no longer want, scrap metal, just by putting it on the curb on a Friday. Sometime it takes until Monday but frequently they are gone in the first hour.

        I almost had a couple come to blows over my home-made 1.5 foot x 4 foot light table until I explained it needed a new plug and the lights replaced. The non-handy couple quickly changed their mind but the other guy was thrilled so I gave him my extra florescent tubes too. My husband had done a totally professional job on finishing it so it looked very good.

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    3. Scrap metal dealers would be happy to take the projector off your hands! In my area, there are a bunch of (legit) guys who operate small, part-time businesses by collecting relatively small bits of metal scrap from homeowners emptying out garages, etc., and then sell it all to scrap dealers. I’ve gotten rid of stuff abandoned by tenants that way. The collectors will come and pick it up, so you don’t have to drag it anywhere.

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  10. In the hall closet I have a beautiful autumn-themed centerpiece from my younger son’s wedding banquet 11 years ago. Still in great shape and I have dragged it out every fall and put it on the table in the entryway by my front door. Except they went through a painful divorce last year, and now it just hurts like hell to look at it. I hate to give it to Goodwill, but throwing it in the trash would be even worse. But I really need to get rid of it.

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  11. A closet full of 10-yr old business clothes I will never wear again. An inversion table in the garage that I’ll never use again. All free to good homes.

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    1. Do you have Dress for Success in your area? They take them to help poor women have interview clothes.

      If you don’t think that would work, call the local high schools and see if the drama department needs them.

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  12. NO! They are all treasures! That plastic bag has to stay until it’s got holes in it (you know they aren’t giving them out for free at the grocery store anymore).

    Yes. I know I have a problem. I should just do a giant toss-a-way, and trust in the universe to replace anything I “needed”.

    Okay, here goes. I’d be willing to trade a year’s worth of Sunday comics (well-read) for a cup of willpower. (Just let me read those comics one more time . . . .)

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    1. Micki. (((((HUG))))) You walk my path. The trust in the universe thing is hard for me EVEN THOUGH I’ve experienced how the Universe delivers when I need. I just need to be consistent in my trust.

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      1. We live in a pretty affluent time, and the universe has always been pretty good — but it’s very hard not to fall into a sort of Great Depression mindset with the world in upheaval like it is now.

        But I think even the universe wanted me to get rid of the 12 turquoise jasmine tea cannisters with butterflies. I’ll keep one for luck, but get rid of the rest. I will.

        Sigh. So hard to do. I love the tea that comes in them. I often think I’d like to build a bookcase or something crafty with them. As if I had the time.

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  13. An entire cedar chest of quilt tops made by my grandmother in the 1960’s-in the most awful colors and patterns you can imagine! Truly hideous! I can’t throw them out because she handmade them and was paralyzed before she could make them into quilts but no one would ever want these to see the light of day!

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    1. Hester, I’m sorry it took me so long to see that this was in moderation.
      About the quilts: can you overdye them? Rit has a tea color dye that tends to antique colors and make them less objectionable, but any dye will do that if you don’t leave the fabric in the dye too long. (Don’t use tea.) The longer you dye, the more monochrome the quilts become, so you want to take them out of the dye bath before the patterns disappear completely.

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  14. My mother’s request for Mother’s Day was that I come and help her downsize by going through the attic, my old closet, and my father’s things (he died two years ago, but we still have to go through his things slowly to avoid emotional collapse). That means that once a month I come home with a carful or so of things that I can’t bear to part with and I have to find homes for them here in my house. The plus side is that I’ve been purging my own closets to make room–a virtuous cycle!

    I’ll offer up the box of fireworks Ex-Roommate #1 left behind when he went to Texas six years ago, the three computer towers that nobody uses any more, and the six-foot-tall cardboard cutout of a sumo wrestler that lived in my parents’ basement for fifteen years and now stands watch over my entryway.

    No, wait–Sumo stays. I need him to prank a coworker, as soon as I can get another coworker to come over with a big enough car to carry him to work!

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  15. I have a long list, but it’s pretty much stuff my husband would refuse to let go.
    We have a storage area called Wall-e land after the movie because he insists on keeping anything if he could possibly use it later or to repair something that breaks.
    Some day I have to weed through the kids school papers.
    I’m sure most people would say I should get rid of their old toys but we use them when we have visitors and I plan to use them with grand kids. Also many many shelves of kids books.
    We moved three times in 18 months not too long ago and ditched a lot of stuff each time, so that helps. Also I have gotten fairly good at throwing stuff out or giving it to garage sales.
    I would get rid of the really ugly pottery my neighbors gave us but they would notice…

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  16. I don’t suppose anyone wants my husband? No, I didn’t think so.

    I have a gigantic garage full of stuff. You can have everything except the car and the wood. I need the wood to heat the house and the car to get to work. The rest is yours. And I don’t even know what’s in there besides a perfectly wonderful ping pong table that no one uses. And maybe a snow blower.

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  17. A Rail Baron game. We just played it with friends this weekend. It becomes so boring and frustrating after the first two hours (everyone else was enthralled). Never again will I be coerced into playing it.

    Wait. My husband just told me our first edition, practically mint game (I have always despised it), is now collectable and probably worth as much money as my Minton china (place settings for 12, plus cream soup bowls, plus extras – not worth anything because it has to be hand washed and cannot be used in a microwave and is not collectable even if it is no longer manufactured).

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  18. I moved many things that I don’t want that someone else might into the garage, right next to the door. Big pile. Where they are stuck. The next step involves a phone call. If I were a wolf telephones would be my wolfbane. Now I have doubts that anyone would want the stuff and that I should go through it again to throw away the doubtful. Pretty sure that’s a stall to put off the phone call. I’d bake a batch of cookies for anyone that would take it away without my having to think about it again. Several batches.

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  19. I have been helping my sister with house projects – funny how someone else’s stuff is easier to say “really, just throw it out”. It also makes me look at my own stuff with a more critical eye when I get home. I do also have the “DH and I don’t agree about what should go” problem. I would happily get rid of things that were in the garage when we bought the house in 1991 and have never touched, he figures it’s been there this long, not doing any harm…….. sigh.

    I did replace a bookcase yesterday with what is essentially an open bookcase calling itself a table. I did get rid of a pile of catalogs and organized the rest, so it counts.

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  20. My husband and I hauled a heavy exercise/bike thing to the curb last night. He swears it was in the basement less than a year, I’m pretty sure it was closer to 2 years. But my sister was getting rid of it, my husband said he’d use it and it sat in the basement.

    I also waded though some kid school stuff and dumped a bunch of it. I’ve got a pile of outgrown kid clothes to pass on. My kids are 7 and 9 so we’re still in the weird range of not quite ready to get rid of baby toys but want older kid toys too. So basically, we’re a smaller version of Toys R Us right now.

    And I need to talk to my daughter about her castle plans. fourth graders at her school build a castle and we’ve been collecting toilet paper tubes and pill bottles and all sorts of recycling that she might want to use. I need to get the toilet paper rolls under control so she’s going to have to decide on materials. We’ve also got a huge amount of Legos so she can build out of those if she wants too. Just no sugar cubes.

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  21. I’ve been decluttering for about ten years, so I don’t have much of my own that I’d like to offer to the universe. But the universe is surely welcome to my husband’s motorcycle, which has been sitting in our apartment garage, un-ridden except that one time he took it out and determined it had a fuel-line leak, for thirteen and a half years.

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