Monday, April 16, 2007

Hurray for Neighbors!

Last night I was lying in bed panicking about how to get rid of my furniture. I'd always felt like I didn't have very much stuff, but I guess I was wrong. I knew I could always take stuff down to the sidewalk and hope for good weather, in which case someone would rescue it before it got rained on. Or peed on.

This morning I hit upon the brilliant idea of putting little signs in the elevators in my building. I warned people that I didn't have particularly fancy stuff, and also that the place was a wreck (see the photo below...) since I was moving. I had low hopes.

Here's what I managed to get rid of today:

2 bookcases
1 file cabinet
1 desk
2 lamps
1 dresser
1 microwave
a plant
a shoe rack
the sofa bed

and...*drum roll* please...

the litter box.

Seriously, this woman came by and said, "Are you taking that litter box with you? It's nicer than mine." And I said...errmmmm, no...actually...

Only in New York.

Also, the boys who came to get my sofa bed? Ding-dong. Cute! Whoo!


Gino said...

the litter box?

i just toss them every few weeks, and buy new ones.

Luke said...

Can I be tacky and ask how much you made off of all this purging?

Andy said...

A grand total of $35 for the air conditioner. Everything else I'm just giving away. Most if it was given to me or I found it on the sidewalk, and the rest of it is so old it's really not worth anything. It's not "nice" stuff, it's perfect for students who just need a bookcase or something like that. So, yeah, $35. Whoo!

Melanie said...

Well, when you need to stock up on stuff in Portland, be sure to check craigslist first. ;) I think you can get everything from a dresser to a date on that website.

Jade said...

It's amazing what you can get rid of with just a sign or two. When we left Santa Cruz we had a garage sale just to get rid of some bigger items. It was supposed to start at 9 so at 8 I put a sign at the end of the driveway and down the block, by 8:30 almost everything was gone.

We had shelves, a dresser, a boogieboard, an ironing board, two fans... etc... but the first thing to go?
My print washer.

I didn't even think anyone would know what it was, but... 8:10 a.m. and a guy walks up and says "Oh! A print washer! How much for that?"

Gino said...

what is a print washer?
is that a photography thing?

Jade said...

Gino - yes... it looks a bit like a fish tank with extra partitions on the inside, each with clips to hold a print. A tube attaches to a faucet to keep running water going over the prints, and another tube goes out the bottom so you can set it on a counter and have it drain into the sink. Every time we've moved the movers said "that's a weird fish tank!" The only time someone else knew what it was is when we had the garage sale.

Only in Santa Cruz.