This past weekend, I had this major realization of how much lighter I feel. It is both physical and emotional. I’ve been losing weight, and that is a good thing. However, equally as important is that I’m feeling lighter mentally and emotionally!
We’re paring down the amount of stuff we own before we travel, and it feels great! We had an amazing two day yard sale last weekend, and in addition to being absolutely exhausting, it was really fun! Here are some highlights:
- Getting paid in Thai baht!
- The little girl who had a handful of treasures from our 10 cent table, including a fork! Even her dad couldn’t figure out why she had the fork. Hungry?
- The young boy who found wonder in everything, and kept calling his dad over to see things. This curious young boy loved getting the old tattered afghan from the “free” area! And the two broken chain saws that he will fix!
- The young couple with the baby who might buy our piano (Hurray!) and who also gave our misfit garden statue a new home.
- The guy who bought some lumber, and more importantly connected us with beekeepers and gardener friends in Europe.
- The neighbors who visited our sale, both ones we already knew, and some we were meeting for the first time. And some of the neighbors came back multiple times!
- The folks who were there on Saturday, and came back again on Sunday to get something they just couldn’t live without, or to see if there was anything new!
- The nice man who bought the dresser and just needed to talk and I was so happy to listen!
- The kids who were thrilled to get a sand dollar from our “free” table.
- The little girl, probably no more than 4 years old, who picked up two padlocks and keys and while looking at her mom with great enthusiasm asked, “Can I have these?” What was she thinking of locking up? Little brother? Treasures? Great fortune? Mom declined on the locks! (Note that this was not the same girl carrying around the fork!)
- All of the people who preferred digging through our 10 cent totes rather than looking at the things on the 10 cent table. What is it about digging through other people’s stuff?
So, we’re lighter. People in our area have found treasures, oddities and wonderful things that they’ll use. Or things that will just sit at their house, as these things have just sat at ours. It was fun and also odd to put over half of our belongings on the front porch, yard and driveway. I recommend it. It feels good to feel lighter, and it will make it easier to travel!