Thursday, September 29, 2016
The decluttering continues; raising cash
When we moved to the last rental home (4 bed 2 bath Colonial), I furnished the den with second hand furnishings: curtains were left by the LL for our use, I bought the LL's couch/love seat with ottoman set for $300/ I bought 2 matching oak side tables $80; an oak tv cabinet $30, 2 matching table lamps and a 3rd matching pole lamp for $50. A total of $460. I resused the rug that I had bought new for under the kitchen table at the first rental, post divorce. My aim in reselling my furnishings is to minimally get what I paid for them, breaking even.
The condo here has a great room (dining/living combo) where I have placed my living room set. I switched out the lamps, using the den lamps (much more fashionable than the second hand ones I bought post divorce for the livingroom). I recently sold the older lamps to a college kid for the same amount as I paid. I am only "out" the cost of the WM shades that I had to buy. The couch was sold for what I paid for it: $200. The rest of the furnishings (love seat w/ ottoman, 2 oak tables and oak TV stand, area rug) were all moved here, to be used in the den/sewing room on the ground floor. Additionally, a second hand for $10, white table lamp from a 4th bedroom (this is a 3 bed condo) is placed down there along with my recliner. $270 worth of purchased, additional furnishings.
Fast forward and I have found that the room is NOT being used as intended. My "big butt" second hand ($35?) TV out of my former master bedroom was placed down there with the X box for the kids. It was used maybe twice? No reason to keep the extra cable box, which will be returned for a credit on my account, reducing my monthly bill. I am also concerned that the cellar Den will be chilly come Winter. While there is heat/A/C clearly running in the room, it is a carpeted room over cement, off of the garage. The electric wall heater is also a sign that perhaps it's cold.
Following a dinner table discussion, most of the furnishings are getting sold off. The recliner has been moved upstairs to the living room, as was the X box. I sold the area rug last night, netting $30. The ottoman is scheduled to be sold to the couple who bought the matching couch from me (I reached out to them prior to posting it to local tag sale sites)this weekend, netting an additional $30. I already posted the love seat for sale (sadly, the couch couple can't use it in their-otherwise they would have bought it, too), along with a pkg of vacuum cleaner bags from my old vacuum that I just replaced. All 3 oak pieces will be listed, along with a lamp, the tv (which I may* just put up on Freecycle). I don't have a lot invested in these pieces, they served me well, I wish to continue to downsize. This condo is temporary for us; I hope to stay 2 years (the length of DS's transition program) and then, perhaps, purchase a 2 bedroom for myself on/near the bus line.
Getting those pieces out of the Den will also inspire me to finally sort through the contents of large boxes still stored down there of mostly "sewing." I intend to downsize that as well, set up a sewing area that is convenient. Wednesdays are my scheduled mending days and I really haven't been able to access my sewing machines, which are set up, due to the clutter that remains with those boxes. The mending is piling up (mostly towels)and I'd like to tend to it soon.