One day he triumphantly produced from a box of papers a certificate showing I had completed a Cure Your Fear of Flying Course in the Nineties. To downsize profitably you need to be an expert in what you sell. We didn't have the time to do this, so decided to do a little research online and then try our luck. Neither of us wanted a man with a van to charge us for taking everything away in one swoop.
Instead I made a plan. We would let our three sons choose whatever they wanted. I hoped they wouldn't all go for the same things, but that was a wasted worry.
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None of them wanted our vintage wares anyway. They took little more than a light fitting, a brass-and-glass fireguard and a silver sauceboat.
We would take a pitch in a car boot sale to sell some small antiques, which at least would be fun. We gathered things such as Thirties lamps, vintage pottery, books and a carved wooden coffee table. To avoid standing in the rain my Google search was confined to a sale you didn't have to book in advance and selected a Sunday morning in a yard off the Holloway Road, north London. We arrived at 6am with a packed car, a Thermos of tea, sandwiches and the Sunday papers, thinking we might be first for the 10am start.
In fact we were the last to be let in and spread our things out on a rug. It soon got very crowded.
Curiously, no one bargained. They asked the price then either bought it or walked away. We would send the more valuable antique furniture to be auctioned. We took advice from a friend who clears houses for a living.
She measured and photographed the items, which included a beautifully carved walnut and satin birch Victorian armoire, walnut and oak bookcases and an walnut Chesterfield. She advised us to avoid a London auction house as London homes tend to have everything built in and there would be more interest in the country. She suggested auctioneers with branches in Berkshire and Bristol.
We swiftly discovered that the bottom has dropped out of the auction market for "brown" furniture. There were also many charges, some of which we hadn't anticipated: Nor did we know that it can take weeks between furniture arriving at an auction house and the sale date.
Our furniture went for auction just before Christmas, a time I had wanted to avoid. Next we tried eBay. It was then that I suggested we try selling the dining room table. I was making progress. The new owners drove up from Hampshire with a van to collect it.
They stroked the top gently. Next day he announced he was giving his LPs, most of his magazines, half of his books there are thousands and a pile of clothes to the local charity shops. Next I tried Gumtree, an online network of classified ads. It is owned by eBay but is more casual, with set prices.
Becoming quite the expert on picking the right site for the right type of item, I turned to Freecycle, a website originally set up with the worthy aim of diverting usable goods from landfills. Your rubbish — anything from a tin of powdered baby milk to items of furniture — might be just what someone else is looking for. No money changes hands and the person who wants it collects it.
Sleep your baby in the feet-to-foot position and avoid using soft or bulky bedding such as quilts, pillows and duvets. Avoid using soft or bulky bedding Firmly tucked in sheets and blankets not above shoulder height or a baby sleep bag are safe for a baby to sleep in.
I found it unnecessarily complicated to use, but managed to offload an office desk a son once used for homework to a homeless charity. But a two-seater sofa bed proved a problem. A woman emailed to say she wanted it, but after she cancelled the fourth attempt to arrange a pickup I phoned to say I was withdrawing the offer.
She started screaming at me and I eventually told her I was turning off the phone. I received the following text. I'm in the way and now. Of course there are risks attached to letting strangers come to collect items rather than ship them, which we thought was too much hassle. So we made sure collections were arranged in daylight hours and when we were both at home.
A week before completion on the new property Bob unexpectedly said, ''I'm really looking forward to moving,'' indicating that how men first respond to downsizing isn't necessarily how they will feel at the end.
We moved just over a week ago. I love our new home. As does my husband.
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