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Floor Grate

Well maybe feature isn’t the right word…but either way this was one of those moments when you are in a home and have a flash back to when you were a kid.

When I walked through the home for the first showing I was so excited by one little opening. A floor grate. Not just any floor grate, one that was (I would say) identical to my grandparents’ home. For us growing up and visiting their home was always fun, never a dull moment, and comfortable. As kids we would usually sleep in my grandfather’s room on a blow-up mattress or a hide-a-bed. His room was directly above the living/dining room. This room had a grate, like the one in our home.

This grate growing up was like a bedtime ‘lifeline’. Maybe lifeline is a bit melodramatic, but it was one of those places and provided a moment where you thought you were so sneaky and your grandparents/parents/aunts and uncles didn’t know you were watching or paying attention to them. I remember playing (or as we thought being sneaky) through the grate with my siblings and cousins. It wasn’t uncommon for us to be caught. It was usually by my father, grandfather or uncle; this was usually followed by teasing and shooting us a funny look from time to time.

This wonderful grate gave me flashbacks which I hadn’t thought of in a long time. The fun children could have with the most basic of things. Then, as most women…especially at this age, thought of our future children having fun through the grate and what excitement it may hold for them when they thought mom and dad ‘didn’t know the children were watching’.

I guess elements or features like that are what help make a home feel like it could really become yours…either way, I love the grate and the memories it brings back.

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All moved!

Isn’t it convenient how the only day is has rained in a week + is moving day…nevertheless we moved as planned! It was more of a constant drizzle than hard rain thankfully. The guys + us had everything moved in less than 4 hours! Between about 6 of us that isn’t too bad, they are efficient and hard workers which makes a world of difference. I drove the big Budget truck this time, didn’t do too bad of a job at all 🙂 It was kind of fun rather than driving the car. After the move, as per our moving ritual, we had pizza and beer.

For now we are still living out of boxes and digging for the occasional item. That being said, the house is starting to coming together. We hope to be unpacked after this weekend and then paint/reno around our belongings. We will pick away at the renos over time.

My Dad has decided to stay with us for an additional week (on top of the original two weeks)! We are VERY happy to have him here visiting with us and giving a HUGE helping hand. Once the bathroom is done (after the weekend) we will move onto other little projects around the though…lots to eat up the remaining week of Dad’s visit and keep us busy when we aren’t working.

Moose loves the new house and enjoys the fenced yard. She has met some of the neighbourhood dogs and enjoys ripping around with them at the field across from our house.

I will post bathroom reno pics once we are done! It’s starting to look great!

Our Home (Photo Gallery)!

Enjoy the photo gallery of our new home! This is all pre-renovation…there is lots to do but it will all take place over time. Can’t wait to be in it and make it ours!

Keys!

Well we got our keys on Friday! 🙂 How excited was I…pretty excited. We got a family photo out in front of the house (can’t post it since R was in work attire but we needed it for the memory bank).

I’ve been absent because when we got our keys at 1pm we had started ripping apart the bathroom at 2pm! It has been an interesting process thus far but we are getting there, not sure what we would do if my Dad wasn’t here! I am documenting the whole process and will have lots to share once the bathroom is complete…hopefully in the next two days. Old homes are wonderful but when you reno there is always a surprise…or several.

I will also do my best to post some photos of the house in the current condition and update as we get more and more done. Check us out again in a few days!

Signed…sealed…almost delivered!

Well we just signed our lives away! It’s done! Closing it Thursday and possession is at 1pm Friday! It’s hard to believe, we were grinning fools when we left the office. Just wanted to share the excitement!

Wheelin and dealin Yard Sale style!

Let’s Go!

Well the Yard Sale is over…thankfully. I’m exhausted – I never remember how much effort things like this are – but it was totally worth it! I had a crap load of stuff…it was unreal. R helped me get everything out of the house at 7am, people started to show and dig through boxes at 7:30 am, annoying but what do you do. I didn’t cut many deals at 7:30 am since I still had 5 hours of selling to go – figure the older peeps digging around for a deal could beat it and come back later when I was ‘open’ then I’d be more reasonable…perhaps.

Set up for our Yard Sale!

I don’t understand where all these things were stored, I mean most of it came from the crawl space but really?! Wow…haha. I was glad to get rid of it.

My friend A was an awesome help. She showed up at 7:30 am with a Tims, which I couldn’t have appreciated more since it was a bit chilly and I had rolled out of bed an hour earlier. She brought a few things along to sell and helped me pull the rest of our stuff (really my stuff) out of the boxes. We joked she should go into sales, she was on the ball moving items around, pulling more and more out of boxes as time went on. It seemed like she had the Midas Touch of Yard Sailing. Everything she touched someone seemed to then just grab and buy it! It was amazing!

Midas Touch

We had fun giving customers a hard time when they thought they could get away with making a comment about a price or a product. It was pretty funny. Most people got a kick out of us even if we were a bit offhanded!

Wheelin and dealin

Not the part you have all been waiting for…was it lucrative…damn right it was! I made a total of $226.75!! And with the books that were left over I took them to the downtown Used Book Store and made another $27.75! So today’s grand total was $254.50! WOOT! Can’t say I’m disappointed with that.

A and I did drop off 4 good size boxes of leftovers from the Yard Sale to Value Village. It felt wonderful to just leave all that stuff and not turn back. Now, I won’t lie. Despite my not bringing anything back into the house rule I did keep a few items to sell online…things I thought that would be easy to sell and make another $50 or so…if they don’t go before we move they are being packaged up and dropped off at Value Village.

So all in all a total success. I have the cash to go shopping for our bathtub and shower tile tomorrow now! YAH! And maybe a little something extra for the house. 🙂

Garage or Yard Sale…

In getting ready for the ‘big move’ I’ve decided (after my husband suggesting for years I get on it) that I need to purge my life. Well what I call my life. Meaning…the boxes of crap I have been moving from house, to house, from one province to another, and between a few more houses. I have an issue with not being able to emotionally detach from objects and I have finally realized how ridiculous it has become. Not only do I have an emotional attachment to A LOT I also equate how much I have spent on an item to a value that no longer exists. I struggle with the idea of giving stuff away that I could make money on if I put the time into selling it (online or at a garage sale).

Finally I think I have broken my habits. Maybe it’s the fact we are moving into a new home that is truly ours or maybe I have finally realized all this ‘stuff’ is just a burden and keeping it in boxes does not do anyone a favour. Saturday is the big sale leaving me just a few more days to get myself organized. I have set a goal for myself to go through everything before we pack it and through every box that has been sitting in storage for 9+ months. I am determined to unpack everything, except maybe our Christmas decorations since it would be weird to have those out in our home year around, once we move and not tuck boxes of items we don’t need away. To top it off, anything that doesn’t sell goes in boxes, in the car and dropped off at goodwill. NOTHING will re-enter the house.

While preparing for our garage sale and surfing the net for ideas for a fantastic sale I came across this blog from Vintage Revivals providing tips for a killer yard sale. I thought it couldn’t suit me better…right down to the comments from her husband. Either way it makes me smile…

I did not advertise as a yard sale. I advertised as a Hoard Sale because A) its way funnier and B) that’s what it was! The ads from Craigslist were so awesome that people came from 2 hours away just to see what a Hoard Sale was. Here are a sampling of the ads:

HUMONGO hoard sale this Saturday! (October 8) According to my husband I am a freakin hoarder, and he is mad at me. Which means that I have to get rid of a ton of my treasures to save my marriage. Starts at 8 on the dot. No early birds, I will call the cops. Just kidding I wont. But really don’t come early. This is a DIYers paradise! Need a dining room chair or 21? Good cause we have those! See you there! Also I like cookies if you want to bring me some.

There are only a few days until the Hoard sale on Saturday!! Are you EXCITED!?!? I am selling tons of amazing crap! 8 o’clock is when it opens. Only awesome people are invited.

The first annual Vintage Revivals Hoard Sale is tomorrow Saturday oct 8. The ribbon cutting ceremony starts at 8 am exactly. 99% of the sale is furniture and home decor!! Follow the pink signs and balloons. It’s going to be AMAZING!! This is like the Black Friday of yard sales people.

I mean SERIOUSLY. Who wouldn’t want to go to a yard sale like that?!

Although my advertising wasn’t quite as thrilling, I’ll post some photos of our (hopefully) killer garage sale this weekend.