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Presidents’ Day Sales Aren’t Just For Cars


We had a very successful weekend of purging and working towards our goal.

Saturday morning we sold an old painting for $200. This is now our largest payday for something that was just lying around our house. Then we went hunting for a storage unit. Found a decent deal on the second unit we looked at. It’s not as close to the boat as we wanted but it will work for the limited things we will keep until we cut the lines. It’s the smallest unit you can rent at 5′ X 5′. This will house our spare boat stuff and off season clothes.

We then spent the rest of Saturday in the basement sorting through stuff. A fine way to wait out a snow storm dumping another half foot of snow on us. Man I hate the winter and can’t wait to be south. We started with moving boat cushions and other related stuff to the car to stage for a move to the storage unit on Sunday. We found that a lot of the stuff in the basement was in the donate category. So we boxed it up and moved it to the garage to stage for a run to Goodwill on Sunday. We also ended up with another cubic yard of just trash.

Sunday we took a car load to storage then a car load to Goodwill. More sorting and listing stuff for sale on eBay and Craig’s List. A good day followed by a fun night drinking wine with some good friends.

This morning we sorted some more, focusing on books and other stuff in the study. Sold a desk and desk chair, to different people. Cleaned the house in preparation for the biggest move of the weekend. My friend George came by and we finally listed our house for sale. With any luck we will be moving onto the boat in April or May permanently.

We won’t make anything on the sale of the house. Most likely we will have to pay to get out of the house. But our goal is to be debt free when we leave and that includes any mortgages. Plus the reduced expenses from selling the house and living on the boat full time will let us build the kitty quicker.

Here’s to hoping for a quick sale!

4 thoughts on “Presidents’ Day Sales Aren’t Just For Cars

  1. good luck with the sale! it sounds like you are getting closer each day too, brilliant!

  2. Isn’t it just amazing how much crap accumulates in a house. We have been selling stuff for a year now. Just about ready to sell the house. That’ll be a good day.

    Mark and Cindy
    s/v Cream Puff

    ps – Goodwill and The Salvation Army love us now. We are on first name basis with their loading dock staff.

    • Forgive the pun, but I feel like the house is an anchor holding us down. Can’t wait to be rid of it and move on to the next stage in getting ready to cut the lines.

      Good luck to you guys in selling your house too.

      Hopefully we will both be out there before to long.


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