Thursday, March 3, 2016

What I Dragged In From the Shed

I am truly grateful for having two good sheds with a big roofed deck. Truly. 

Today's DIY is really Do It Myself.

What I have a problem with is that I save everything. I move it into the the house, write up lots for reselling and then slowly move the rest of the stuff out to the shed. I also moved a lot of house stuff out when we had our kitchen remodelled in 2007. 

Vintage rackets with wooden clamp frames, a Brio train station as well as a viewmaster were all hiding out in the shed.

The now huge amount of stuff in the two sheds and roofed deck is at times almost overwhelming. 

Sometimes the stuff is pretty nice. The camel teapot is an old favourite find from years ago, was packed away as was the lamp of Occupied Japan figurines. When I move things out to the sheds I do pack the fragile pieces carefully.

Temperature was 12 degrees C (53.6 F) and it wasn't raining so I went out to the sheds Wednesday (yesterday) afternoon and started the beginning of a the standard pattern of getting things gone: put back into use in the house, sell, donate or trash. 

I sorted through the first layers of things and brought in 3 boxes of stuff that needs to be cleaned and made ready to sell. The BMP Swan and the Red Frog cleaned up easily as did these other pieces.

The big 40's roasting pan was one of the items that needed a lot of cleaning.

First the 'before'. Spray soaking and brillo scrubbing, repeat and repeat to get to the 'after' look.

Here is the 'after', vintage red rimmed roaster with great wear.

DGS and DS have had no interest in their small toy cars so I add a few every once in awhile to my toy area in one booth. Little kids like to shop at the mall and it gives them an inexpensive bit of fun.

Some items were just wipe with a damp cloth or wash to clean and then price, tag and pack; those were the easiest. Generally these pieces were 'duplicate' items and once one similiar piece sells I will put in the replacement.

The bags for donations filled 4 regular grocery sized bags and one very full box, they are in my trunk.

The emptied cardboard boxes are flattened for recycling.

Five garbage bags of trash are full and waiting for my next dump run. The contents were mouldy, stinky and of no use to anyone (sad face here) and it is their time to leave.

Some of the huge amount of stuff I have to deal with came from the work I did closing down my in-laws home when they downsized and left so much behind 9 years ago. I kept thinking that someone would want the last of the 'stuff' and after 9 years I know that no one wants that stuff so it is ready to go. I did give away everything possible before making the 'dump' decision.

I am just beginning the work that needs to be done in the sheds. I don't want to be the 'old parent' who leaves a huge amount of 'stuff behind' for someone else to deal with. Been there, still dealing with stuff that was left behind.

I think I will be writing about this huge job more than once. You may have noticed I didn't even hint about the storage rooms in my basement (shudder).

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  1. This is a great shed haul!! Wish I had this many treasures in my garage!

  2. Joy you are busy busy! It's so hard to go through all our stored treasures but like you I don't want to leave a mess to my kids. I love some of these treasures you are bringing out. Is that a hammered alum napkin holder in the 3rd photo? I love it, for sale by any chance?

  3. You had some great items in your sheds! I really love those vintage rackets. They would look great on display. Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

  4. That's hard work but very rewarding! I need to do the same but don't really want to. Ha!! I admitted it.

    Thank you for coming to Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We are so happy to have you. :)

  5. Wow! What wonderful finds and the cleaning is the part that I don't like!
    It was so nice of you to join us today at Thoughts Of Home Thursday!
    Thank you!

  6. Those flowers are gorgeous!

  7. Oh Joy - I know exactly what you mean. I have almost decided that no one should move after being in one home for 48 years! LOL I have found so much stuff that I don't know what I am going to do with.

    Have a great weekend


  8. You are so smart to get a jump on paring down.

  9. I am getting ready to do the shed and attic decluttering for the very reason you are; I don't want to leave all this junk for my son to have to deal with. Thanks for sharing. Please post more updates.

  10. Bless you! I so need to purge my "stuff" stored in the basement. Maybe soon!

  11. Sounds like a big project! Love the treasures you pulled out. I'm sure they will soon find a new home! Thank you for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  12. I told my boys to just call in an auctioneer after they get what they and the grandkids want :) We too have buildings full of stuff but honestly in this line of work, we need it. It's inventory, and what retail business can run without inventory? Sure would be nice, though to have employees to do all the sorting, cleaning and pricing! I struggle with these same issues, and hate the look on family's faces when they look at our stashes. They don't understand that we have to have a stockpile to keep our 9 booths filled.

  13. I'm so pleased for you, Joy. I have the same story to tell--lots and lots of stuff everywhere. I don't want to be one of those parents either. I'm involved in the same process you are. I've got 8 banana boxes ready to go to the thrift store (yeah us!). Love your camel teapot, btw. Thanks for sharing your story and your backyard finds with us at Vintage Charm :)


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