This month of May 2016 has been full of milestones for our little estate sale biz.
We completed our 30th sale which happily turned out to be our most profitable to date.
Our lovely clients did exactly what we advise everyone: “don’t throw away anything”.
We were so very pleased and enjoyed our work on this sale!!!
When Clay and I started this chapter in our lives two years ago today, never would I have imagined the things we have seen. Beautiful time capsule homes filled with historical treasures, kitsch and more.
Thank you to all our customers, plus family and friends that have supported us. Here’s to another year of fun!!!
Clay and I got started on our new estate sale yesterday and soon found out we were not alone. (Not the first time)
Clay was yanking stuff out of the attic and I’m staging and sorting as he is tossing it all down. Every time I go by one spot in the garage I smell that smell, the smell that tells you there use to be something living but no longer.
Finally a glance in the right direction with less shadows reveals our long gone visitor.
I squeal like a girl and run in the house. Clay is all like what!?!? I’m pointing and dancing in place from the kitchen doorway, “use your words” he says, I finally squeak out “under the box”.
What we can’t figure out is how he ended up folded over the rung of a ladder.
Clay, ever the dutiful Knight In Shining Armor disposed of the poor fellow and work continued sorting out treasures.
Never a dull moment for Honey Stop The Car, Beep Beep!
There has finally been a breakthrough on a long standing stalemate between the Hubby and I!!!!
This door has been a pain in my backside for almost four years. When it should be opened it is closed, when it should be closed it is open. When you need in the pantry there it is blocking your entry. When you need to see out of the kitchen there it is blocking the view. I’m sure there was a valid reason to put a door here 50 years ago when our lovely mid-century ranch was built but I honestly have no clue what that reason is.
I took wonderful advice to heart years ago about living with what you don’t like for a little, you may find a reason to love it. This has come true several times over the last few years. But not this! We have had numerous conversations (arguments) about this door. It has been slammed more than any other door in my whole life.
Well today the subject came up again and after a few moments of tense discussion we avoided a death match and finally have a solution!!! 😀 While it won’t happen today or even next week, it will happen and the door will be gone!!!!
Oh for everything I love about our home, I can’t wait till it is gone!!!
We enjoy what we do. We enjoy working together (most of the time), we meet great people, learn a little about a family’s history and get to hang out in some cool houses. That’s not to say it is all fun and games – it is a job, after all.
But now and then, we get to be a part of something really fulfilling. That is the case with our most recent sale. In addition to having a wonderful and appreciative client, we were reminded that good things come from finding a new home for a family’s possessions.
This lovely lady got a great deal on a Baldwin piano. It won’t be going to her home though. She paid for it to be trucked to the VA hospital where her daughter will be playing it when she sings for the veterans staying there. This piano was once used for hours of practice and accompaniment of family carols at Christmas, it will now help to bring a little joy to hospitalized veterans. So much better than just letting a musical instrument gather dust in the corner.
These old baby clothes might not hold a lot of interest to anyone except a new mother or a grandmother. But to one shopper, the colors, textures and patterns of the clothes made them ideal to use to for quilting. We always look favorably on crafty shoppers that reuse or repurpose old items rather than letting them go to waste, but this instance was even more gratifying to us. This shopper’s mother will be creating beautiful quilts from the clothes for a charity. The charity will then give the quilts to families that are suffering through a serious illness or loss of a loved one. Comforters, indeed.
We really enjoy hearing how our shoppers intend to use the items we sell them – it makes our job even more rewarding.
It’s that time of year when the world falls in love.
Those lyrics are from “The Christmas Waltz,” a favorite here in the Godwin household. And it is that time of year, when we all need to pause our mad-dash Christmas shopping, cooking, cleaning and wrapping – to stop for some quiet reflection and appreciation of what is truly important. We have all been given a wonderful gift of life today – a gift filled with a new and exciting promise of tomorrow as well as a remembrance of the times we have spent with friends and loved ones.
It has been an exciting year for us. Diane got to hold a brand-new granddaughter in her arms last January, and in March the corporation I worked for decided it was time for me to venture into a new field. And what a great adventure the estate sale business has been! We have gotten to meet some fascinating clients and learn about their family. We’ve met devoted pickers and resellers that have shared their passions and knowledge.
It is certainly not a glamorous occupation we’ve chosen, too much dirt, dust, heavy lifting, and encounters with the occasional troublesome shopper for that, but we wouldn’t trade a moment of it. Well, on second thought, we could have done without the poisonous snakes!
I have to make special mention of the kindness shown by a couple of our colleagues in the business without who’s advice, encouragement, sympathy and referrals this year would not have been so joyous. Thank you.
Both of us at Honey Stop The Car Estate Sales want to thank all of you that have made this last year so memorable. We look forward to seeing you again in 2015. Until then…
Frosted window panes, candles gleaming inside.
Painted candy canes on the tree.
Santa’s on his way,
he’s filled his sleigh with things
Things for you and for me.
It’s that time of year when the world falls in love.
Every song you hear seems to say
may your New Year’s dreams come true.”
And this song of mine in three-quarter time
Wishes you and yours the same thing too.
We all have weekends that are a blur – kids’ athletics, shopping, housekeeping, socializing and trying to mark an item or two off the honey-do list. We all have them.
The estate had some fantastic items – beautiful furniture and crystal, stuffed animals from the ’50s (including this Humpty Dumpty), some rarities like a Pete Rose approved Wiffle Ball and this French 19th-Century piece that will be used as a quilt holder by its new owner.
This much prepping and selling compressed into a three-day period didn’t leave much time for anything else. We’re not complaining though, we had brisk sales, a great group of customers and one grateful client – it just all happened pretty dang quick.