Thursday, March 1, 2012

DONATIONS & CHASING DREAMS


WE ARRIVE AT STORAGE UNIT.

THE TRUCK ARRIVES AND THEY START LOADING.
HALF DONE, MORE TO GO, WHAT A MESS.
THERE IS HIDDEN TREASURE IN THAT PILE.

ALL PACKED, TRUCK LEAVES, THANK YOU.

THIS IS WHAT THEY LEFT BEHIND. WE PUT IT IN OUR VAN
TO TAKE TO THE DUMPSTER.
THEN WE SWEEP UNIT.
IT'S JUST AS CLEAN AS WE FOUND IT 14 YEARS AGO.
 WE VACATE THE PREMISES.

Our bodies ached and our pocketbook was drained. But the deed was done. It’s finally over. After 14 years of pouring money into MAINTAINING storage for thousands of dollars worth of stuff intended for sale on eBay, we cut the cord and said GOODBYE. We are FREE, at last, of this albatross around our necks. The clothes from within the unit had been given to local charities late last year. But the rest of the merchandise remained until this week. We had already tried to sell the stuff in bulk, and couldn’t get any bites.  It must be jinxed. But we forged ahead, intending on using an auctioneer to help us remove the storage contents. But... after talking to several, it became crystal clear to us... the only ones making money on the deal WERE GOING to be them. They were going to charge us an arm and a leg, and we’d get little, if anything, in return.  So we told them... thanks, but, no thanks. We wondered, how much MORE money we were going to have to spend to just be RID of all this junk?  We decided, NOT another, penny. The decision was made. We would donate that inventory to the Salvation Army. It was gut wrenching to watch my dreams go up in smoke, as they loaded the truck, carting everything away. I spent too many hours immersed in the collection and sale of these things, trying to build our online business. But in the end, I had failed miserably. Watching the storage area being emptied verified it. In my heart I knew this extra baggage needed to be expulsed. We had paid a hefty price. Trying to recoup our losses was impossible, at this late date. It was time to just LET it GO and MOVE onto the next thing. Now... maybe someone less fortunate can have at it, picking and choosing what they want... or need to fill their homes with things they love. And maybe now... we can start a NEW chapter in our lives, chasing different dreams...

27 comments:

BEACH BUNGALOW said...

Way to go! The first step is always the hardest.

S
xo

Paula said...

Congratulations on a decision well made. I wonder how many storage units in the world loaded with "stuff" never to be used again.

jack69 said...

Shucks, Dreams are good, plans are also great. Sometimes they don't work. So not everyone can make the hard decisions. But when you do, and realize it was the right one, finally you can say, I did try.
Sorry to hear of a dream that did not pan out, but it will not do you in. Acceptance is hard. Anyone who has tried, can associate with that.
Love from here. It made a very good entry. It is always good to donate!

Ina in Alaska said...

I think this will be a liberating event for you. You are now FREE of all that "stuff" Sorry it did not work out but now you can move on. xo

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I always figure, there are no mistakes, only lessons to be learned. I can only imagine how good you must feel having it over and done with. That would be a burden. You have made some others happy with your donation so all was not lost at all. I know what you mean by moving on to the next chapter. There is a very good reason I label my posts pages and the month Chapters in my book each year. As I write each page, changes are occurring here too. I say congrats on a job well done! The best is yet to be!!!

Bobbi said...

About 10 years ago I had a basement full of stuff with the intent of doing the same thing. Ebay was exciting to me then, and oh, the adrenaline when going to yard sales and looking for the bargains!.. It was a lot of work but I was pretty sure I'd be rich one day. lol. When we moved, this 'stuff' became a real burden and eventually we did the same thing and cut our losses.
So glad you are done with this and that burden is lifted for you.. Stuff can be smothering, don't you agree?
Good luck on your new venture, whatever it may be. I'm ready to hear about your new chapter!!

Lucy said...

Our basement looks like your storage and if I could get Joe to go visit someone for a day and get down in that basement alone It would be ready for all to go to the salvation army. With Joe home at the time it is a losing battle. I put one thing in a box and he says we should keep that. So he needs to be gone.

Hollie said...

Sorry things didn't work out like you planned, but know that you made the right decision. I know you are sad & glad at the same time!!! (((HUGS)))

Pat MacKenzie said...

That's a load off your mind now. You're free to dream new dreams. I regularly 'downsize' my home. I collect 'stuff' faster than I can get rid of it. Good luck with your new dreams.

Lisa said...

Wow, how thoughtful to donate everything to the SA. I go through my "things" and donate them but nothing on the scale of what you have done. It does feel good to help others and I can't imagine how happy they will be when they find your items.
Lisa

Belle said...

At one time I was thinking of doing the same thing as you - buy stuff and sell it on eBay. I'm sorry it didn't work out for you. I've lost some money trying to make money myself. :)

Angela said...

Well, congratulations to you! I'm sure it was a difficult day, but you made it through. It is hard to face the truth when a dream doesn't work out, but facing that truth is also what sets us free.

Many thoughts and prayers sent your way. =)

Pam said...

Sorry things didn't work out on ebay. I think you did the smart thing and just let it go. Now I need to get down in my basement and do the same thing. I'm on a cleaning rampage this weekend.

Forty Pound Sack said...

It gets easier, once the deed is done and you know it was a good move. EBay has changed, and not for the better. No sense spending more to maintain your inventory. Hugs!

Cliff said...

This really hit home.
1: we just a few months ago had to clean out a unit the same size that my FIL had been filling for years. Most of it went into a dumpster. We had to cut the lock but we finally got rid of that monthly charge.
2: all of the flooding here for the entire summer last year filled all of the available storage units (and we have a considerable number in the area) so when we had to clear out our basement for the flood we just bought a 53' long van type trailer and parked it here on the farm. I kinda look on the $5000 as paying the rent all at once and man has it been handy. We didn't move all of the stuff back yet and we have it organized with a path down the middle.
The trailer has a current inspection tag so it is road ready and it's an air ride to boot.

Tami said...

That's a long time to pay for storage. You made a good decision. It's hard at first, but in the end you will feel a weight lifted from your shoulders.

Diann said...

Congrats on letting go! I know how hard that is. That's why I have been working so hard as of this new year on letting go of things that are just stressing me out. And it feels pretty good. Not the actually "Letting go" part but, afterwards. I feel like I can breath again!

Soos said...

I'm sorry things didn't work out. Every experience is one you learn from.

Roses around the door... said...

Morning Taryterre, today is very windy but dry,so, i am washing my rag rugs today as they will dry on the line.
I sit here waiting for the postman hopfully he will bring my new Amish book!
I use to read alot but when anxiety took a firm grip i read less and less. This is about to change.
Well my dear friend i am wishing you and your family a lovely productive week in all that you do.
Best wishes jackie x

Life 101 said...

I know that took guts, but sometimes one must say -- enough is enough.

ain't for city gals said...

I have been thinking about this very thing for the last couple of days and have been wanting to ask you if you actually did it!..It must be such a load off your shoulders even though it would so hard to do. In a much smaller way I am doing the same thing...

Nelle said...

I wish my aunt would do what you have just done. She has been paying for over ten years on two (until last year three) units. Hers are filled with clothes that no longer fit her, magazines etc. What a huge waste of money to pay rent on something. You made a wise move here. I love it when I pass on things not being used hoping they will land in the right hands. have a good week my friend.

alphawoman said...

It's scary to let go but once we do - oh, how liberating!

Rose said...

It was a painful but wise decision.

Hugggggggggggggggggs

Red Rose Alley said...

I think it was a good idea to do this. How freeing it must have been for you. You also get to know that some of your items will be making someone who is less fortunate very happy. I had garage sales when we moved to So. Cal., and that was always nice making a little extra money. I change things around every now and then and donate old and get new, but I know how you feel...there are a few things that we will never part with, family treasures that we will cherish forever. This was a good time for you to do this, as spring is a season of hope and a season to start new.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

A difficult but wise choice. Best laid plans of mice and men...

Lori said...

Good for you! I know it was hard, but it must be such a relief to not have to worry about it anymore!