Thursday, May 15, 2014

DC Area: Want some patterns? Or, please take my stuff

Replace all these rooms with "Sewing Room"

Sorry for the long silence, which will continue a bit longer because...I just got back from my closing and I'm moving!  Next week!  Just 5 blocks, but it takes the same amount of work as moving 1200 miles (as I did when I moved from Texas to DC).  I have been in my condo 10 years.  Ten.years. worth of accumulation.  Before that I had moved every year or 1.5 years after moving out of the house for college.  So I was somewhat lean--but even only somewhat lean then.  In the intervening 10 years my worldly possessions have grown to become what could politely be described as "portly."

Obviously, the sewing room, along with everything else, is going through a serious culling.  I always thought my sewing room in my condo was small.  Well, I didn't know from small compared to the sewing room in the new place.  But at least there is a sewing room.

There is so much more to come, but I need to start moving things out of my place to make room for packed boxes.  I am going to list a huge number of things on Freecycle, but I figured I'd give you all first crack.

If you want any of the below items, let me know by leaving a comment telling me what you want with your email address so I can get in touch and we can set up a pickup time.   I've set the comments on this post to be screened, so your email address won't be published.

Also, because I need to move this stuff out, if you want something you have to take the whole set of whatever it is (all the patterns, all the picture frames, etc.).  What you do with the stuff you don't want I am willfully blind to.

So far I have:
-Kitchen garbage bag full of patterns
-A small box of random craft supplies and stationery,
-mosaic supplies (grout, a million glass jewels, mirrors to mosaic onto, and grout sponges),
-many many gorgeous costumes I've sewn,
-half my coat closet,
-a lot of size 6-6 1/2 shoes and boots,
-a big box of picture frames from small snapshot size to very large wall frames (about a dozen large and a dozen small),
-two Ikea floating shelves (white),
-a long, low white Ikea shelf like this one,
-two sets of plastic drawers,
-a 4 drawer lightweight wooden dresser about 4 feet tall (must be anchored to wall if used around children)
-Random kitchenware, mostly decorative (e.g., plates and platters)
-Grocery bag of jewelry
-a LOT of makeup, including a million eyeshadow colors (great for a girls' dress up party) and other grooming products

I am also hoping to sell a few things:
-Full size mattress and box spring along with utilitarian frame.  Mattress is firm and very comfortable, and I am sad to give it up.  If you'd like, I will throw in a "wrought iron" look canopyless bed frame (something like this) and matching floor mirror. 
-Beige microfiber sofa somewhat similar to this but only two cushions wide.  Very comfortable and nice for a small space. 

I haven't started the fabric packing, but obviously there will be some of that too eventually, and clothes, and probably more kitchenware.

I'll be at home Friday evening and Saturday during the day, and some time Sunday for pickup in the Shaw area--unfortunately, I can't deliver or meet you anywhere.  


Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

Trena - I don't want anything I just want to say good luck! I recently did that (cleaned out the last of my old apt because my girls all moved) and gave copious amounts of things to good will! But I can tell you from experience move as much of the fabric as will be surprised what you will remember/think you have later!

Cennetta said...

Same here. I don't want anything. I hope you get settled into your new place soon. Congratulations!

cidell said...

I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!! #thatisall

Karen said...

good luck in your new home ! so exciting. I passed your blog name on to my nephew who just moved into a new apt in DC so maybe he can take some stuff off your hands Hope everything works out and you will be back to posting your sewing projects!

Leigh Wheeler said...

A new home! How fun! I'd totally be all over the mosaic stuff, but I live in Portland OR, so I'm not exactly nearby.

Anonymous said...

I don't want anything either (duh, Australia, that's got to be the further-est away from DC, eva!). But good luck with the move


Anonymous said...

I wish I lived closer--especially when you start culling fabric!!--but I'm halfway across the country from you. :-( However, I feel you on the moving situation. We'll be moving to a temporary home very soon too, and I'm terrified of the thought of packing up my sewing room. So much commiseration and a big CONGRATS on the new place!! :-)

Mary said...

Oh Trena, congratulations. That is exciting-I am taking a break from packing right now. I have the computer all packed so have to drive diwn tonthe coffee place and use their "e". Good luck getting rid of stuff.

aleah said...

Congrats on the new place! But boy, moving is the. worst. I had a very similar story - moved every year or two, keeping the junk down, but then last summer we moved out of the place we were in for 8 years and my hoarding tendencies were horribly revealed. For weeks I could be heard calling across the house from inside our various closets "oh why did I keep this?!"
Although I loathe them, I actually had a garage sale to unload some things, and I was amazed at all the things people gave me money for. It paid for most of our movers!
Sorry I can't take your stuff (I'm on the other side of the country), but good luck and happy sewing in your new space!

meli88a said...

Moving is as un-fun as it gets. Best of luck with this move!

Lynn Barnes said...

Oh, moving is not that bad. It's a lot of hard work for a short time period, and then it's over. Plus, you can think of it as a great adventure. Moving so close means that you don't have to find a new grocery store or hairdresser or drugstore. Also, you can already navigate the city. And the populace speaks the same language and you won't have to change currency. Have as much fun as possible.

Seraphinalina said...

The moving part is exciting, but I hear you on the packing side of it. I'm cleaning 10 years worth of crap out of our house and the sewing room is definitely the last part to get the clean out.

Good luck!

June said...

OMG, I moved twice in 8 months (2012 and 2013), and moving my stash was the most depressing part of it.

Good luck with your move!!! Sending you warm vibes and good packing/moving juju.

Linda said...

Congrats on getting a new home! I don't need/want anything, just wanted to comment.

I really need to get rid of some things myself though I am not moving yet. Doesn't matter I have come to the realization that my sewing room has way more "stuff" than I will ever do anything with.

McVal said...

I hope things are settling nicely in your new pad!!! Thinking of you.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Thank you everyone for your interest--I have successfully moved and everything is gone.