Since leaving America in 2013, I had been renting my house a year at a time, thinking I was going to move back in. I had my office, clothes and bed in the basement. I’m here now to sell everything I own, except a few personal possessions like art, clothes and my priceless rock collection. From Slovenia it seemed like I could do it in a month, wrong, so wrong. I called Natasa and told her if I could do it in 2 months, I’d be doing good. It took me 5 weeks working 10 hour days to sort out 35 years worth of living in America. I had tools from several business’s, I had my grandfathers woodworking tools and all my household goods.
So this blog is about that 2 month process. I hope you find it a revealing as I did about America and it’s stuff.
After cleaning up the rat mess, I set up the tent from the Bike Helmet events in my driveway, to be used for the Estate Sale.
After the first day I started to realize the HUGE job I was about to try and tackle.
CLEARING OUT THE BASEMENT WAS MY MAIN GOAL. STARTING THE SLOVENIAN PILE
It wasn’t all Estate Sale work that needed to be done while I was here. In between jobs included house maintenance and apartment stuff.
Last year, at the apartments, two giant trees died so I had them removed, this year the third one died. The yard was looking pretty bare.
WE PLANTED GRASS WHERE THE OLD TREES WERE AND PLANTED 3 NEW TREES.
It wasn’t all 100% work, my neighbor Handsel, was an NBA fan too.
Handsel is renting the little cottage behind my house. He became such a good friend and really gave me a helping hand when I needed it. There were times I didn’t think he would answer his door!
HANDSEL INSPECTING THE TOOLS BEFORE THE SALE. THE MOST POPULAR TOOL.
I thought I could have the sale in a month and then go to the apartments and replace rotten sidding and paint too. No way. In college I learned the key to success is to delegate authority (trust people to help you). I met Jonathan of ANFIELD PAINTING at the Adidas Store. He became a true hero and helped me accomplish the multiple tasks I had.
My business sometimes involved cleaning out houses, so some of this stuff came from those jobs, I didn’t buy everything you see.
I had a all my Grandfathers woodworking tools, this was probably the hardest part of the sale. I loved my Grandparents, they did so much for me. I used the tools for a business and to make my furniture.
I had some personnel stuff that I didn’t want to just sell to the public, I wanted my friends to basically have a piece of me. So I had a Pre-Sale for friends and friends of friends, only 4 people showed up. I was really disappointed, but I will cover this in my next blog post, “What about your Friends?”
This post is getting too long so there’s going to be Part III (b) The sale and who bought what?
Thanks for reading