For someone who says she doesn’t like to have a lot of stuff, I sure do have a lot of stuff. So when the PTO of our elementary school announced they were having a giant yard sale to benefit the school, I quickly raised my hand to ask how many stalls one person could reserve.
I’m serious about yard sales. I’ve tried to have one every year to stay on top of the clutter that inevitably comes with parenthood, but I fell off the wagon a few years back. Things got too busy and my will to lug boxes up and down multiple flights of stairs wanes every year. But without those annual purges, the various piles of treasure layered with household junk have expanded and multiplied, taking over whole closets and threatening to devour entire rooms. Enough!
I’ve already gone through most of the house and put together 20 boxes of stuff destined for a new home. I’m sure to fill even more. As always, I was ruthless in deciding what can stay and what has to go. The result is that there’s a lot of stuff that isn’t garbage at all—I just don’t have space for it—and I’m selling it for practically nothing. Things like brand new cookbooks, decades of food magazines, cool aprons, and dishes that we’re all sick of seeing on this blog. I know I could house an incredibly large cookbook collection if I wanted to, but I’m capping myself at 100. For me, cookbooks are like jeans. I find the ones I gravitate to over and over again and stick with those. I wear them nonstop until I bust up the knees and then I turn them into cut-offs that fray well beyond what could ever be considered fashionable, and yet I still refuse to throw them away even though by now they’re one size too small (at least).
The point is, you don’t find cookbooks, cookbooks find you. And some of mine are still looking for their rightful home. Also for sale will be the usual gently used shoes and clothing, not-so-gently-used toys, lots of non-food books, some small furniture items and rugs, and the cutest, most compact stair master you ever saw in your life. It’s totally functional, but if there’s one thing I don’t need right now, it’s more stairs.
Long story short, please come and take my stuff. Bring cash. Sales will benefit the school and my sanity. It will be held this Saturday 5/16 from 8:30 am to 1 pm at the Stanley Elementary School, 250 South Street, Waltham, MA. Should it rain, the sale will be moved inside. Local people, please spread the word via Facebook and Twitter. Who doesn’t love a good yard sale?