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All manner of things shall be SELL
I have mountains of things that I want -- nay, need -- to get rid of. It would be nice to swap some of them for piles of the little round beer tokens with the Queen's head on; but generating space is at least as important as the money.

Possible options I'm considering are a garage sale (well, a house sale, since we can't actually use the garage at the new house) or a blanket sale (like a car boot sale, only, er, with blankets) somewhere other than our house. If it's a blanket sale, other people will be able to come and sell their stuff too! The most likely date for this madness appears to be the August Bank Holiday weekend, but unfortunately that's also the date when everybody buggers off to sit in traffic jams for 3 days. So, a quick poll:

Poll #540443 Sale of the Century

Would you be interested in coming to some kind of crazy junk sale in Cambridge?

Probably not

Would you want to sell your own junk too?

Probably not

If you're interested, which day(s) of the Bank Holiday weekend would be best for you?

Saturday 27th August
Sunday 28th August
Monday 29th August (BH Monday)
None of the above

I should also mention that while I have done (and will continue to) sell bits and bobs on eBay from time to time, there's just Too Much Stuff here for me to be able to list it all on eBay within a reasonable time-frame (I want to get rid of this stuff before the end of 2005!) while holding down a full-time job. And while I may fantasise about quitting my tedious office job and starting up some kind of house-clearance and eBay brokering company, I'm not actually about to do it Right Here, Right Now.
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taimatsu From: taimatsu Date: July 27th, 2005 11:16 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd love to come, but I'm not free at all - I'm in Wales for the Bank Holiday and ten days before it, and then I'm going to Tewkesbury with the family. Gah!
filecoreinuse From: filecoreinuse Date: July 27th, 2005 11:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I shall most likely be moving that weekend so, although I'd love to get rid of all the moving junk, it would be somewhat stressful :).
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j4 From: j4 Date: July 27th, 2005 12:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Better than "will rent for internal organs", surely?
k425 From: k425 Date: July 27th, 2005 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Were I not too far away and on holiday anyway that weekend, I'd be interested. As it is, I wish you luck. And when you do get around to eBaying, let me know!
julietk From: julietk Date: July 27th, 2005 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wouldn't mind coming to visit, but I wouldn't be after selling stuff (I get rid of it on freecycle/to charity shops instead, less hassle), nor buying stuff as I have enough kit already!

Couple of thoughts: is it definitely worth the hassle of organising even this variety of sale rather than just going for freecycle/charity shops? If you invite other people to bring *their* kit, will you be able to resist picking up stuff from there (thus maybe not having quite the net reduction in Stuff you're after)? And have you thought about having a back-up plan for things that don't shift? (e.g. putting everything left-over in car boot & taking it straight to charity shop on Tuesday morning when they open).

But I would like to come up to Cam sometime soon, anyway!
j4 From: j4 Date: July 27th, 2005 12:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome to come and visit!

Worth the hassle -- well, it wouldn't really be any hassle to say "I'm having a sale on this day, please feel free to turn up and buy stuff".

Working for Oxfam I've become increasingly disillusioned with the whole 'charity shop' thing, and whether giving stuff to them is always a worthwhile thing to do. (More on that in another comment if you want...)

Also, while I probably will give the stuff that doesn't sell to charity shops or just give it away on ucam.adverts.giveaway, I am also slightly selfish and I would like to make some money, because I am short of money. If if turns out that everybody I know thinks trying to make money from people I know is a bad thing then I'll just look for a car boot sale I can do.

Picking up a bit of Other Stuff is not necessarily a bad thing. e.g. if I get rid of three suitcases full of clothes and buy a handful of CDs, then a) I've saved loads of space, & b) if they're CDs I was thinking of buying anyway then they'll almost certainly be cheaper from a jumble sale type thing.
atreic From: atreic Date: July 27th, 2005 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
My first year report is due in on the 31st of August, so I fear that weekend may be a little fraught.
vinaigrettegirl From: vinaigrettegirl Date: July 27th, 2005 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Group sales are good things.

One way to get to know your neighbours would be to organise a bring-and-take for the street or some subunit thereof; I like you want some b33r tokens when I can get them, but our B&T worked quite well; people got rid of stuff, picked up the odd bits they could use, and the rest went to three local charities and the dump in that order. We got a magazine rack, and got rid of the cutlery trays, some clothes, a load of plastic bottles, the garden lounger which had no cushion and which we were never going to use anyway, and some cabinet doors. Our neighbour needed a larger cat-to-vet-type carrier, and wanted to get shot of her smaller one; that worked just fine.

I must consult about the BH w/e, but I suspect that 'II is hankering after sth less practical. :-(
totorojo From: totorojo Date: July 27th, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh. This happens to be part of that very special Time When I Am Actually In The Country. Hence I get to vote and my vote actually has meaning.
How exciting! ^_^
bluedevi From: bluedevi Date: July 28th, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I probably won't be around on the Bank Holiday weekend, so the maybe is a very faint maybe. But - you were talking about inviting me up to Cambridge some other time. Um. How's the weekend of the 13th August for you?
j4 From: j4 Date: July 28th, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Argh, tricky. Going to a wedding on the 13th, and then going on holiday on the 14th. (Getting back on the subsequent Sunday so the next w/e is out too...) But please let me/Owen know what other dates you're likely to be free -- would love to see you!
ann_maddy_jg From: ann_maddy_jg Date: August 2nd, 2005 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)


intersting. . .
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 2nd, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)


intersting. . .
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 4th, 2005 06:13 am (UTC) (Link)

The housewarming cake was an inspiration

Hi Janet, I came across your website on the housewarming cake you baked. I found it very inspiring, and admirable. A marvellous effort indeed. Thanks for posting it.:) (adeline@soulcare.net from Kuala Lumpur)
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