Because we both have old-fashioned hobbies, where you make something, and we’re of an age, we have big and cumbersome hobby equipment. We both appreciate the heft of a professional chef’s whisk say, even if we never actually USE such a thing. [Yes, I had one. I also had a professional rolling pin — largest one I ever saw. Couldn’t store the rolling pin anywhere. The whisk never got used. I tried to sell them, no luck. I gave them to a friend who has a food truck! (She was delighted.)]
But we do that kind of thing, a lot. If it’s a hobby or skill we do or are interested in, over the years, we’ve acquired large pieces of equipment, sometimes many of them, to use. This means we’ve got various bits & pieces here: high-end equipment which no longer works or is completely old tech, and frequently — they’re steel– which makes them heavy as well.
So, there’s been a shift now. Instead of simply storing these pieces, we’re both shedding them. Mostly they go to the booth for sale, first. If they don’t sell, they get donated. DH has a piece he gave someone which had been in our attic literally since we moved here, it and its associated pieces are gone. We bought me a new piece of hobby equipment, but I have two others: one working, the other not. The working piece is slated to go to the booth very soon. The nonworking piece will go too, but not at the same time. There’s a wonderful, funky adding machine, with a glass window going soon too. My idea for it was to turn it into a night light, but it’s huge and heavy — it’s going to the booth, soon.
Aside from the “bricks” which are leaving our home, the other categories of stuff which are going out of here are books and Christmas stuff. I’m dribbling the Christmas pieces into the booth a tiny bit at a time. Yes, this is way too early for Christmas, unless you’re a dealer.
When you’re a dealer, then you want to have the pieces early so that you can design your retail/selling space at the right time. So, I’ve sold 2 feather trees and 1 metal tree thing. I’m not doing Christmas in the booth in large scale, but I am doing it. I want to sell the stuff and if I can get it sold by putting an odd piece or two out early, then I will. I hate being bombarded with Christmas after Labor Day, but my job is to sell the stuff, not keep it!
So, we’re on a mission here: get rid of large, heavy pieces we don’t use, bricks I call them. Also out of season stuff, if we think it will sell. This has created a chunk of empty space here, and that’s good!