I probably have at least $100,000 worth of stuff in my house that needs to go.
That was an off-the-cuff remark I made to my brother recently.
Really? he asked.
It was a wise crack, but after a minute I realized it’s no joke.
Which is totally crazy since I’m out of work and out of money.
I’ve been selling and upcycling vintage stuff for a couple of years, making a few ends meet, but not selling as much as I was taking in. Without a truck or van I haven’t had the means to routinely turn a $5 find into a $300 showpiece which, over the past few years, could really have made a difference in turning this hobby into a business.
And now I’m way past out of space along with all the other things I’m out of.
In October my house was just days away from the auction block and suddenly people who know I have a knack for acquiring things were interested in helping out by buying some of my stuff at the last minute. I soon realized they wanted to pay bottom dollar for family heirlooms that weren’t for sale. They wanted to help themselves and it wouldn’t help me in the long run.
There was one more option available and with just days to spare I managed to start the process to pull my house out of foreclosure.
I’m listing on Etsy, and my shop, The Little Blue Trunk, is building up some steam, but I should have started at this pace three years ago. I have good stuff, good prices and good service.
Since I don’t have unlimited funds to list “everything” at once, I’m going to post photos and lists of things I have to sell here on my blog. I have lots of pictures to take, and more research to do, but in the meantime if you see something here you want, let me know and I’ll give it priority and get it listed for you.
Any pinning, tweeting or facebooking you want to do certainly won’t hurt the cause. I need to sell something in the next few days to be able to keep the site running. I hope to find new homes for most of my stuff soon.