|My absolute favorite photo of a satisfied auction winner |
with his new body pillow.
Hello Dear Readers,
Sorry I didn't post this week. It's the first time I missed a happy list since I started the series, but I got hit with an entire section to write for the local paper--twelve stories in three days, so the entire week was pretty frantic.
I promise to post a happy list this week. In the meantime, the journey to move to a warmer climate in 2015 continues.
I can't even imagine what culture shock will be like, because just preparing to move has been a roller-coaster of emotion. I am not looking forward to selling my house!
Like most North Americans, I have too much stuff. This has resulted in a lot of beautiful things--shoes, jewelry, knick-knacks, etc.--most hardly used or not used at all, and all of it needs to go. I've been selling my belongings on Facebook auctions, Kijiji, and Ebay...and therein lies the roller-coaster.
I recently interviewed a home organizer about decluttering one's home. Ironic, considering my current situation. She said, "People always think their stuff is worth much more than it is." I guess that's true, because amongst the highs of seeing people get use out of something that was just sitting in your garage or basement are the lows of realizing most won't pay a measly ten or twenty bucks for designer shoes that retail for over a hundred. It can get depressing.
I've had pretty good luck on the sites, so I really can't complain. But behind every sale is a lot of work--more work than seems worth it sometimes. (Thankfully, The Boy takes the majority of the auction photos for me, which is the most labor-intensive part of the process.) There's the insulting low ball offers from Kijiji shoppers--most of whom drop off the face of the earth just when you thought they were seriously interested. The ridiculous charges from Ebay and Paypal...and the fact that deadbeat buyers have absolutely no repercussions (not to mention the complications of figuring out shipping costs accurately). Facebook auctions have been the best for me, but only if I'm willing to let everything go at rock-bottom prices. And even then, you have the buyers that will win your items and waste your time--not picking up, failing to communicate, or asking you to hold for them and then not following through.
It can get to you, if you let it.
My challenge this year has been to let the "downs" of downsizing roll off my back. It's definitely a work in progress, and I'm not perfect. The "no-shows" and lack of interest still gets to me sometimes. Why can't I find another woman like me who wears my shoe size?
I just have to remember the wonderful people I've met, the old friends I've reconnected with (I'm talking about you, Cindy), the thrill of seeing something I once loved find a new home, and the excitement of seeing my moving/travel fund grow each week, little by little.
Sometimes you have to go through the bad to get to the good. Will it be worth it? I hope so, but like most things, only time will tell.