Karen and I are thinking we will conduct up to three garage sales before we finish downsizing. The first of which we have planned for next month.
We moved the cars outside and have started packing stuff into the garage. Karen wants time to make sure everything is clean before we set it up for the sale. The week before the sale I’m going to contact the two local sources for advertising garage sales and place a well written add. We live on the corner of a major street so I’ll put a sign up pointing to our house.
For months now, we have been boxing stuff around the house that we intend to sell. It will be nice to get that all moved out of the way. We are both keeping in mind the purpose of the sale is to get rid of stuff and not make a lot of money.
For months we have been disposing of stuff in the trash (trash day is Tuesday) by topping off the barrel. A few years ago we stopped, for the most part, buying anything we would have to later sell. That has saved us much $$$$.
I considered an estate sale but decided against it. And we have decided to keep up to a 5×10 storage unit which is the size of our guest bathroom. If we keep our artwork or not will dictate if the storage is climate controlled or not. And we are hoping to leave two totes of valuable stuff with family. The hard part is deciding what we need to keep for the road, especially tools and kitchen stuff. Although we have RV experience which gives us a few ideas. And if we keep a storage unit we can keep a few items that we are undecided as to if we will need them on the road or not.
A couple blog readers are ahead of us in planning and I’ve really appreciated the emails, comments and text messages passing along what they are discovering. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in corresponding. Or you can text me at 816-854-0684. I don’t carry my phone everywhere but will eventually get the text. Or better yet, post a comment so others can learn from you.
I have a buyer for the motorcycle which is going in the shop next week to have the carburetor cleaned before the sale. That’s good news and step two before we buy our truck. I highly recommend selling off stuff you are paying insurance and property tax on as early as possible.
I’ve also contacted three contactors regarding a few things I’d like their help on at the house. Although I can fix about anything myself, I’ve not got time for it while I’m still working.