The blog post about selling my American collection of stuff (shit) got a little long, so this is the part b to finish it.
5 weeks of digging out and getting ready to sell the American Dream. I really wanted my friends to get some of my stuff, but that said, I was now selling to anyone with the money.
When my Grandfather passed away my Grandmother gave me his collection of woodworking tools. I proudly used them in several different craft business’s. The tools enabled me to become quite an accomplished woodworker, thanks Grandpa and Grandma. The tools were the best type inheritance anyone could receive.
I tried to sell stuff during the week and the next weekend, but it cost more than I received in sales. I set a table on the street covered with stuff. I came home and everything was gone-including the table. When I came inside the house I found a note from someone who took the table and said I could call him if I wanted the table back. Nice.
The consumer economy of America is a the biggest hoax being played on Americans. When you buy something new, the value is only in it’s use for you. The idea of receiving any value for something you bought new is a joke. Your lucky to get maybe 10% of what you paid. I will only shop at estate sales in the future, there are some great values to be had.
After selling everything I stopped by Steve & Kimberly’s house,
I ASKED KIMBERLY WHAT WAS THE FIRST THING THAT STARTED THIS MESS, HER RESPONSE WAS “THE DAY WE BOUGHT THE SHED”
The American appetite for more and more materialism is just plain and simply: UNSUSTAINABLE. I wish I knew how to slow it or for that matter stop it.
I still regret selling my Grandfathers tools, that was probably the hardest thing I had to do. But that said, what a relief to have cleaned up my past in Portland and prepare myself for my future with Natasa in Slovenia.
NEXT: post about the 4 vacations around Europe, one an epic solo bike tour.
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