Recently, after a morning of visiting an estate sale, I had what I call a Clean Gene Epiphany or would you term it the creation of a luxurious lifestyle. I love my clothes, shoes, handbags, and anything fashion-related but often I take on more than I need, after all we are all a bit guilty of this habit right? Today was a tad different for me because I decided to go to an estate sale on a different side of town in one of my favorite neighborhoods. The person in this sale had passed on, was only mid-age and wow the amount of items in this house was just overwhelming, not to forget to mention how beautiful the house was! I had a real hard time walking through the house, and looking at the barrage of junk that epitomized this person’s life. There were cups, saucers, knick-knacks, handbags, toys, nail files, make-up, tablets, sports equipment etc. just a bunch of items that really meant nothing. Wading through the hallway, bumping into people grabbing stuff, and then looking around and wondering how all this stuff fit in this house without taking away from the beauty was my final thought. Estate Sales Can Create a Luxurious Lifestyle –Lavishly live this tale of shopping for deals out loud.
Estate Sales Can Create a Luxurious Lifestyle
The more I wandered around the house, the more clear the picture became, the house was over-loaded with junk, items that meant nothing and now they were just all being sold off. All the posessions, all the shopping, nothing meant anything without a life to use it. One of the bathrooms had 15 or so 1/2 -used bottles of shampoo. First of all, who has that much shampoo opened at once and secondly, WOW. Along side all of this was oodles of nail polish bottles, files, perfumes, and unopened make-ups by Clinique, Estee Lauder, etc. I just have never seen so much stuff, either being wasted, unopened, stored, collected and so on. For the items that were unopened, in perfect shape, and in mass quantity, I just kept saying, “goodness, have they never heard of Vietnam Vets, garage sales, Craig’s List, EBay Classified or St. Vincent’s?” It was just so much stuff in one place, unused, packed-in and creating a mess. Retail therapy had clearly created a nightmare in this home, it was a beautiful place but there is no way you could see the floors or walls.
I know you are probably saying, “the house was set up for the sale.” No, not the case, the people doing the estate sale were telling people the house was so hard to set up that it took days to go through and tag what they could because stuff was just piled up to the ceiling and then they told us they had already donated half of what they had in the home. Insane right? I asked if this person was a buyer or worked for a retail store, and the answer was, “NO”. They estate crew stated they have never seen so much stuff in a single location, that this was just beyond anything they had worked with before and they had been doing estate sales for years. I was pretty impressed that this home challenged them as much as it was mind-boggling me. People were buying stuff by the bag and everyone was talking about how much STUFF there was. It was joyous shopping for some and for me, I just could not get over it, as retail therapy had clearly swung way too far on the pendulum!
The best of this story is yet to come. There was a closet full of J. Crew, Vera Bradley, Vera Wang, Coach, Dooney and Bourke purses. They were going for $5 – $15, a basic steal for the condition they were in. The closets in all of the room were filled to the gills and overflowing with clothing from Nordstrom’s, Macy’s, etc and so much of it had the tags on it, had never been worn and it was in mass amounts. It was like going to a department store and shopping. Women were fighting with each other over who should have what and grabbing as much as they could, as if it were free, but why bother? Insanity had definitely hit its limit in that room and I left to the next. There was Nautica bedding in bags and Lauren bags all over the room, lockers all over the wall, it was just odd. People were grabbing, pulling and arguing, and I simply had to vacate the scene.
I steppped outside to the pool area where again, it was inundated with stuff. There were at least 6 sets of outside dining plates, a bar, with all the alcohol gone, but all the bar-ware stocked inside the bar cabana with three boxes of excess glasses next to it. The pool had so much stuff the cabana was exploding at the gills, lighting, palm trees, pool toys, lounge chairs and more. Everything was in duplicate, triplicate, I don’t know I just lost count. I moved to the shed area, lawnmowers, edgers, shovels, wheelbarrows, so much stuff the shed needed to be three times the size that it was to conquer it. Grown men were upset with each other as they were grabbing as much as they could, but seriously with a lawnmower in one hand and a shovel in another is it really possible to grab anymore? My mind drifted for a bit and I walked away.
I began thinking about my own little hot mess at home, my walk-in, and the unused items, the graveyard of makeup I open and don’t finish and then… like a ton of bricks smacking me upside my head, I got it, I suddenly understood How Estate Sales Can Create a Luxurious Lifestyle? The lesson I learned that day was to stop keeping items that I don’t use, don’t buy things unless I am sure I am going to use them. Clean out, weed out the small stuff, the items that are never used, and don’t just keep things because they are ‘cute’. Snap a photo,scan a document, whatever I have to do, just clean up, clean out and don’t look back.
Can Estate Sales Can Create a Luxurious Lifestyle? That’s easy. I came home and began cleaning out my own items, looking at everything differently. I have always been a Vietnam Vet girl at heart, I donate anything I can to help, and I believe heavily in consignment as well. I have sold my share of items on EBay classified and Craig’s List and I will continue to do so. I believe there is a place for everything and everything should be in place. I gathered a bunch of purses that have not seen sunlight in ages, clothes that just looked stupid on me, appliances that I have no use for and shoes that are so out of date no one would want them. If something looks tight, it is out of my closet, if something is not used, it is out of our home, if something is too cumbersome for placement, it may not belong here as well. Things I have chosen to keep must be functional, fit my everyday life and may not clutter my life. The wake up call was provided by a simple shop at a massively disorganized estate sale and the challenge to clean out had begun. My attitude going forward: You get one shot in life, to live each day to the fullest and with that thought, why clutter it up? Clean up, Clean out; energize your home and your life. Believe me, it feels GREAT and that is how Estate sales can create a luxurious lifestyle.