We had a whirlwind weekend with my last minute garage sale, which turned out to be a pretty good success. I would have loved to have sold more, but with almost entirely small items I made $150, which I figured came out to maybe $10/hr for the time I put in. Not bad. It’s $150 I wouldn’t have seen if I’d just donated it, so that’s something! I had hoped to donate the “necessities” that were left to a nearby community that lost half their town due to tornadoes that swept through the area recently, but the donation truck was apparently full. Most of the leftovers, then, went to Goodwill, and what I missed will be going to our area Right to Life garage sale. A few of the more valuable things I kept back to try and sell on CraigsList or Facebook. It felt good to do more purging!
Brad started removing paneling in the only finished room in our basement in preparation for some basement repairs that we’ll be having done in a couple months. I had organized that room a week ago while looking for more items to get rid of, but had a few piles to take care of. Now it looks like a disaster so I have more work to do!
When I painted the room between the living room and kitchen…the room referred to as the “middle room”, the “play room”, a “sitting room” and before painting, the “green room”…I really wanted to do a fun color or wallpaper on the back of the built-in bookshelves. But with such a variety of colored and patterned accessories, it just seemed like too much. I decided recently to tone things down by making all the books uniform with book covers, and I’m so glad I did!
Once they were covered I needed some sort of label so I knew what was what, but I didn’t want a stark label standing out like a sore thumb. I liked the subtle look of the books in the brown kraft gift wrap that I found at Target, and didn’t want to distract from that. I decided to use a gold Sharpie to just write the book titles on the binding of the covers. They don’t show up a lot, but since I didn’t take too much time to aim for stellar handwriting, that’s probably a good thing. (Handwriting looked even worse when I saw the pics!)