Saturday we held a yard sale to complete our downsizing. We had already put a good dent into the amount of “stuff” we have by our previous efforts on Craig’s List and eBay. Plus we had made around 5 donation runs to the local Goodwill. On top of that we had thrown out way too much crap that we had been storing in our house for years.
Yard sale people are crazy! We advertised the yard sale on Craig’s List and put up some signs in the neighborhood the night before. Everything said it would start at 8AM. We even had to get a permit from the town and one of the requirements was that it couldn’t start at until 8AM. But people started showing up at 7AM while we were putting out stuff. They were rude, pushy and cheap! We were only asking small amounts of money for stuff, 100 shot classes for $5, 50 beer mugs for $5, $10 for a working electric yard trimmer, etc. and they would still offer less. One lady would only offer $1 for what ever she picked up and wanted to go through our house to see if there was anything else she wanted to buy. My Bride said no but the crazy lady tried to follow her in the house anyway. And people stole stuff! A crowbar, caulking gun, Red Sox shot glass. We were only asking a $1 for each of these!
By 9:30AM all of my tools were gone, most of the good stuff was gone and we had a few picked over piles of stuff. We called it quits at 1:00PM. We loaded up what ever was left and brought it down to Goodwill. By 3:00PM we were having a couple of celebratory cocktails/beers with some friends.
In the end it looks like our grand total for selling about 95% of what we own will buy us a year of cruising. This includes the house, my Jeep, and all kinds of crap we can easily live without. Now that we will have less expenses we hope to add significantly to this amount by saving money. The goal is to have enough money to cruise for 3-5 years. We shall see.
Sunday we had Easter Breakfast with our family. We sent to my sister’s house and their were lots of kids. It was fun to watch them run around collecting the hidden plastic eggs. The best part is that we got out of there by 1PM.
Sunday was also our 12th wedding anniversary. How did we celebrate it? Big fancy dinner? Drinking champagne and eating caviar? Nope, we moved. We moved almost all of our remaining clothes, most of the galley stuff and other items needed to live to the boat. We are now officially liveabords.
We still have some minor items at the house we have to deal with like my tux, some shoes, some spices. etc. But for the most part the house is empty. Our closing got pushed back to May 15th so we have some time to deal with these last few items and clean the house before the closing. It feels like a major milestone for us. A lot of the stress of getting rid of stuff is gone and now we are onto the next stage. Get the boat situated as a liveaboard. There are some system changes to come, replacing the house batteries I cooked this winter, figuring out the best heating solution for next winter, etc. But we both slept great last night and can’t wait for the next 17 months to pass.