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Monday, September 20, 2010


My mother has lived in her house for over 50 years.  Next spring, she will turn 80, and while she
is still very active and has all her faculties, the winds of change are blowing and she is planning to make only the second move of her life....this time, north to the farm.  Plans are being drawn for an "in-law suite", and we decided it's never too early to de-clutter and begin to weekend is
A yard sale seems like a good idea....until you begin to collect and price.
50+ years of saved boxes, plastic containers and artificial floral tributes = LOTS of stuff.
My long-suffering brother is in charge of the dreaded
If my mother is the queen of all things household, my father was the KING of all things garage-y.
No one, and I mean NO one EVER filled a garage and workshop with as much stuff as my father.
Next week, if I can use the new camera to it's best advantage, I will post pictures of some, just some, of his.... accumulation.  To photograph all of it would take a life-time and a blog of it's own, so I will try to keep the number of pictures down to a few hundred.....In the mean time, to intice you to return next week, I will list a few of the more...unusual....things we have come across that he saved for reasons known only unto himself....
Dozens of keys that have no doors
More than a few locks that have no keys
At least 10 (so far) pocket knives that have broken blades
Drill bits for over half the drills in the county
Dozens of screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, files, hammers etc.
Handles from 14 rubber spatulas....with no rubber spatulas attached
Charles Chips cans...empty
Charles Chips cans....full of assorted leather scraps, wood scraps, metal scraps etc.
Clocks of all sizes, shapes, types, and  conditions.
Old hairdryers, toasters, toaster ovens, waffle irons, coffee pots, lawn chairs with no seats, camping stools,
More woodworking tools than I can shake a stick at
At least 27 hand saws
Yard least 25
6 canes (Daddy never used a cane)
2 sets of handcuffs (?)
50+ bluegrass cassette tapes recorded at the Galax Oldtime Fiddlers Conventions through the years
Drawers and drawers of nuts, bolts, nails, washers, rubber bands, corks, hinges, tacks,......
You get the idea....or actually, no, you don't because  I have been down there in the midst of it on and off all my life and I still don't get it.
Well, the sale is Saturday and it will be very interesting to see what sells and what doesn't....
Cross your fingers.....I'll try and post pictures next week...
Have a Great Weekend~

1 comment:

  1. My grandfather would have been good competition for your father. He kept EVERYTHING! He even kept the aluminum containers that the Meals on Wheels folks delivered to him. I don't envy you that task.

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