eBay and Waste Management, brace yourselves!

Watch out, eBay!  Watch out Waste Management contractor serving our neighborhood!  An onslaught of crap is coming your way from my basement.  You see, my wife and I are recovering pack-rats – ok, I’m recovering, she’s still on the fence.  But we’re moving from our spacious three-level plus basement townhouse to a two-level plus (smaller) basement townhouse three states away.  And so in preparation for the move, we’re tossing lots of stuff that at one point in time seemed like a good idea . . .

  • Such as two months of the Philadelphia Inquirer during the first Persian Gulf War in 1991.
  • Such as that "genuine" piece of the Berlin Wall, still in its original box from the early 1990s.
  • Such as a half dozen Cuban silver coins celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Revolution.
  • Such as thousands of common baseball cards that are worth nothing (don’t worry – I saved the few dozen cards that have some value).
  • Such as antique and semi-antique knick-knacks that at one time seemed cute, quaint or interesting to us.  Now they just seem like clutter and landfill fodder.

Thank God for strong Hefty trash bags and a guy who’ll take my junk and sell it on eBay for a small fee.  VHS tapes of the Vicar of Dibley, anybody?

About Chris Duckworth

Spouse. Parent. Lutheran Pastor. National Guardsman. Political Junkie. Baseball Fan.
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5 Responses to eBay and Waste Management, brace yourselves!

  1. PS says:

    I have genetic pack-rat syndrome, but I do throw out stuff using the rational side of my brain. Dad didn’t, but he only had stuff like bent nails. Mom didn’t throw out stuff either, and some of it may be family “treasures” but since it was all put away, my sister and I have no emotional context with it. But we are faced with the task of clearing out…….akkkk.
    I do understand that many items have historical importance and many items have emotional importance, but I have a hard time understanding the drive to collect stuff that some people have. It is the opposite of “freeing” to have stuff.
    When Mom moved into the nursing home exactly one year ago, I realized that “You can’t take it with you” applies to nursing homes and assisted living facilities as well as to heaven.

  2. Eric says:

    I dread the day when we will have to move and follow a new call. I got a feeling we will be doing the same as you (mostly to relive ourselves from the burden of packing it all up).

  3. David says:

    Oh man…I did the same thing and quickly got spoiled. The first batch of stuff I sold on ebay went for good money, but then I listed the second batch and was lucky to unload a little. It’s out of the house, but I didn’t make any money off of it.

  4. liz says:

    Oh, I am EXACTLY the same way – except I reformed quite a bit when we cleaned out my great-aunt’s house after she died and found things like receipts for cartons of milk from the 1930s. That cured me of pack-rat syndrome for the most part, I think! I have a hard time separating emotions about people from emotions about stuff… so if someone I love gave me something, it’s like rejecting that person to throw the thing away. I have to get over that.
    Hope all is well – happy moving! (Ugh, a greater contradiction in terms there never was…) Do send me your new address when you get a minute!

  5. RuthRE says:

    Nice to see that others struggle with the same thing. I don’t aquire like I did in high school/ college……but I haven’t done the big act of going through what I’ve got and tossing it. I’ll definately need to do that before next fall.
    BTW, I HOPE that you are tossing the Vicar because you have her on DVD to replace the VHS.

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