Moving Is Never Fun…it’s stressful. For weeks you seem to sort through your life as you pack up boxes…deciding what you will take with you when you move, what will be donated to charity and what needs to be left behind. If you are like me and are trying to consolidate furniture and other items from a previous home that was decorated in a totally different style, the task can feel a little overwhelming. If the situation happens to you, what would you do?
I thought I would take you “behind the scenes” and show you how I am trying to take two complete and different households and turn them into one manageable home by selling some of the pretty objects I have accumulated over the years. It’s not easy sorting though the contents of hastily packed boxes and bags and at times the whole process has felt very daunting. It almost feels like being caught in a spider web. The more I have struggled with decisions, the more tangled the situation seems to have become. There are so many projects that need to be taken care of in addition to my normal routine of caring for our home, garden and orchard and yet there are no more hours in the day in which to get it all accomplished.
When you own antiques or art work that you no longer have space for, you have a limited number of people who might be interested in buying them. With that in mind, I found an antique store two towns over that had a tiny five by five foot space that was empty that I could rent on a month to month basis. It is so little that I can only display a rather small collection of items I wish to sell at any given time. Hopefully there will be a few buyers who will fall in love with some of my treasures and then I’ll add more items to the space.
We are lucky to have a large barn that I have cleaned of unneeded items and rearranged over the last week. The tractors and other equipment have been moved around and packed into tighter quarters so that I ended up with two empty bays. The barn has been swept, vacuumed, and filled with furniture and other household items. When you now walk into the barn, it looks like a mini furniture store or a small rendition of a Bed, Bath and Beyond instead of a working orchard barn.
This is where I am going to try to sell some of our belongings that came from our cottage in Maine and other items that have been stored in our basement that I couldn’t part with from our previous move. I’ve tried to display everything in room like settings so that it will give people an idea of how things would look in their own home. I’m hoping people will buy the little treasures that I have collected over the years but unfortunately only if they are priced at a fraction of what I originally paid for them. That seems to be the way used items are sold in our area…pennies on the dollar in many cases.
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From large pieces of furniture to small decorative items, kitchen ware and dishes, rugs, antique blankets and linens, artwork, books and baskets, I seem to have it all. As soon as the rest of the boxes are unpacked, I’ll be having a big barn sale…probably more than once to find homes for the many items that must go.
I may be taking a bit longer between my future posts and visiting other bloggers. I want to see if I can get my “house back in order” so to speak. Wish me well in my new endeavor as I try to and create calm out of the chaos that has become my life recently. Moving is never fun…it’s stressful. I’m sure many of you have been in the same situation. I would enjoy hearing about any helpful hints you might have to offer.