Saturday, May 11, 2013
We've lived in Ecuador nearly 4 years. We're leaving in July. The less I own, the less I have to pack and ship and unpack on the other end. As the kids are both going to be at uni, we're looking to find a retirement property that's smaller than our current place, too.
With that in mind, we held our second yard sale today. We rid ourselves of a lot of stuff. Even with moving every few years, we still manage to accumulate things and it's good to be shedding them. We made a few hundred dollars, but really the whole point was to rid ourselves of things, which we did.
It's exhausting, though. A basket cat cosy house thing-y that I bought ages ago went for $4, for example. I'm quite sure I paid more for it, but of course one can't expect to recoup for used items. Still, a woman spent a lot of time arguing the price down from $5. Please, just pay the $5? I don't have the energy for all these negotiations! You're getting a bargain as it is and your little girl is already happily playing with it. We both know you'll buy it.
I sold a multi-system TV for $40. We purchased it in Kiev 20 years ago for a fortune, but it is ancient technology now and I think I am quite fortunate to have received the $40. I was asking $50.
Next step is to photograph the furniture I want to sell and put the ads up. They can't have it until after the graduation as we'll have a house full!
Unrelated note -- someone in the neighborhood is having a party. I can hear their music. Is it unkind of me to be amused at how silly they sound singing 'Gangnam Style' (or however it is spelled) with Ecuadorian accents? I shouldn't begin to attempt it -- I don't speak Korean beyond a few polite phrases. A little silly is good for the soul, though, and I'm glad they're doing it for the smiles.