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Operation S.O.S. – Yard Sale Part One




On Saturday we held our first of two big yard sales to prepare for the move. My sweet parents came all the way up from Alabama to help us out since I’m now too pregnant to haul heavy boxes up stairs. Their help was FANTASTIC and made the entire process easier.

This sale included a bunch of random small stuff – a pile of camping gear, kitchen items, home dec stuff, bed linens, clothing, luggage, old cameras and stereos, guitars and guitar equipment and more. I’m really pleased to say that about 3/4 of the crap sold. The old SLR film cameras did not sell, which is a bummer, nor did the expensive guitar and some random craft/home dec things. Everything that did not sell and is too small and insignificant to try and sell on Craigslist or eBay went immediately to the Goodwill and a tax write-off was procured. The rest is in a pile waiting for me to photograph it and post to Craigslist.


At the end of the day we had made an impressive $500, bringing our SOS total to about $1,100 so far.

The goal of S.O.S. is to unload all our crap, and make enough to get us set up in our new home. If the sale on the co-op in Riverdale goes through (all the technicalities we are dealing with are making me nervous), we’ll need to invest in a few repairs, painting and some NYC-sized furniture/storage (probably PAX wardrobes and a folding table from Ikea). S.O.S. funds should cover all of this meaning we will not have to touch our savings account.

Hopefully we can keep up the good work and come close to our goal!

This morning I saw my parents off and am now recovering from two weekends of house guests. Not the most exciting holiday, but some much-needed R&R before I dive into my last month of work before baby comes (OMG… a baby is coming soon!) How are you spending the holiday?



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  1. May 27, 2013

    Congrats on getting that over with! $500 is decent… that’s at least two PAX wardrobes, right? It’s hard with cameras, especially ones that require film. Even if they’re perfectly functioning and were bought originally for $1,000+, you can usually only get like $100 or less for them. SO sad.

  2. May 27, 2013

    Way to go!

    Have you heard of freecycle? We use it to unload our shit that we can’t sell (and taking to goodwill would be too big if a pain). Email me if interested. I am not even kidding – we have given away broken blinds this way (& yes, we described them as broken).

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      May 27, 2013

      Yes! Freecycle is THE BEST and a great way to get things for FREE. I imagine NYC has an amazing network.

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