Join Date: May 2004
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Moving from a 2,400 square foot house (with a full finished basement and an outbuilding) to a 1,200 square foot condo had the unintended consequence of curing my mother and almost curing my mil of giving us tons of stuff. I didn't want to organize the moving sale, so I called a local charity that will run the sale and split the proceeds. We had so much that they marketed it as an 'Estate Sale'. Dh and I were 26 years old at the time! The only furniture that we had purchased (antiqued) and had to sell were a dining set and a vanity.
Our parents had 'saved' so much from our own childhoods (toys, furniture, etc.), that the moment we bought a house, they dumped it all on us (rented a Uhaul!). It all went in that sale, along with a LOT of the toys dd1 had been given that we would no longer have space for.
Once the family realized we meant it... that we would not keep things that wouldn't fit in our space, they started seriously asking what we wanted the children to have for gifts. They didn't want to waste their money on things my kids couldn't keep.
The extended family doesn't understand, though. They've never seen our home, and don't know how we live. We fly back for holidays and are given a truckload of cheap plastic crap by aunts and great-grandparents. When we were packing to leave, I had a huge box of stuff that wouldn't fit in our luggage. I asked Mom to keep in her house if she wanted, or take it to Toys for Tots or Goodwill (most was still in package). Leaving that box spoke volumes.
So that's a long way of saying that I second the pp. Bless someone else with it. Load it in your car and take it to your local Salvation Army or battered women's shelter. And if your mother asks where it went, tell her the truth. Do NOT take this stuff to the consignment shop... you want to be very clear as to your reasons, and making a buck for yourself would not help your case... even if you could use the buck!