Monday, 13 November 2017
Whew! Have we been busy! This has been a weekend of getting rid of things – specifically, books and yarn. Some items sold, some to be donated.
Two or three weeks ago I called a good used bookstore about 30 miles from our house (on the other side of the county) and asked if they would be interested in looking at our books. They gave us the email of the manager, and we set up a time for him to come out. Being the collectors we are, we had some miniature libraries. And because we respect our books – even textbooks – we don’t underline. As a result, many of our books were in great condition – and for our labors, we netted $450.00. Mr. 182 thought we would be lucky to get $75.00, and I thought about $200.00. Altogether, we got rid of 10 office boxes of books.
About a week ago, I decided it was time to go through the yarn stash. Mr. 182’s mom is a knitter, so she was offered first dibs on any yarn I wasn’t going to keep. What to do with the remainder? Throw it away? Not what I would like to do. The local Goodwill was another choice, but I was wondering if there were any organizations which would like a donation . . . yep, the Senior Center a few miles from my house! So, after we go through the yarn, the remainder will be put into trash bags, and delivered to the Center, where they make charitable items, or just use the yarn in classes. This feels like a very worthwhile cause.
Mr. 182 counted the boxes, which included fleece for handspinning. From 45 boxes, we are down to about 20 that are being kept (nothing like planning for retirement!). We probably got rid of 400 or more books. A few books were set aside for others. We also plan to check with the local library. They could keep or sell them – a good cause, we think, to help our local library. We can also donate them to the Goodwill, which is an amazing organization – they even recycle mattresses! Better to recycle than to put in a landfill.
Interests and hobbies are important to us, and honestly, we do get a bit nuts when we develop an interest. We become acquisitive. And we acquire. We learn about things by experiencing things – and so we acquire. That is a very bad habit when it becomes too much – too much more than is realistically needed. That element in our interests is one which easily gets out of hand.
We are also people who use computers a lot. Mr. 182 has been involved in IT as a profession for over 20 years. I have been using PCs since the late 80s. As with things that get used, computers get break down and become out-of-date and obsolete. With out electronics, we work to make them last – we don’t buy every new toy. However, we also don’t just throw them out. In about an hour, Mr. 182 will be taking some old computers, printers, and an antique fax machine to an electronics recycling center . . . this local company recycles the e-waste and provides scholarships to the local high schools.
We still have more to be gotten through. The garbage can is full, with more bags to add to it – or to our neighbor’s, who uses ours when necessary, and who let’s us use his when necessary. Even though we have rid ourselves of a lot of our acquisitions, we have a long way to go.
We made the decision to sell some of our possessions rather than just donate. To sell to a bookstore that is one of the best in the area was a choice based on wanting our books to go to new homes where they would be appreciated. Family, too, with interests which could use some of our items were notified. Finally, charities and organizations which can profit from our items are on our list. Rather than just throw things away and let the trash man cart off, we want our items to be useful to others, as they were once useful to us.