It was a very productive day. Have you ever noticed when you get rolling you forget about the necessities of life – like eating? That is how my second day of “letting go” was like. By the time I realized I was hungry it was almost 4 pm! The souvlaki pita which was my first eats of the day could not have tasted better!
Day 2 of my challenge started with two hours of cleaning and purging. I felt like a minimalist bulemic as I went through items which had me saying on many occasions “I had no idea I still had that”.
After piling up my forgotten and neglected treasures (see some shots below of what was on the chopping block) it was off to Once Upon a Child to drop off a rarely used doll house. The $30 I received seemed a little low but my haggling dna was on the backburner pushed aside by the purging mode of my new minimalist attidude. The dough came in handy to pay for the aforementioned pita.
Next up was a trip to Deja Vu Disc to sell off some dvds. No dice! Some little old lady had just dropped off eight (yes, eight!) garbage bags of dvds before me and the staff said they could not process anymore today. Crap!
After that minor setback I was off to Long & McQuade to sell a guitar which probably was used less by me than the just sold dollhouse had been used by my daughter in the past year. Pay dirt this time! I walked out with $105 in my pocket (well, actually deposited directly into my account via interac).
At this point I had worked myself from midtown to the east end of Scarborough in my three stops. However because of my “Heisman” (an inside joke with some old friends at Gord’s Place) at the dvd place I still had a box of unused old movies. Wait! Maybe there was another store outside of Toronto where I could unload these classics. A quick google search and a call to say I was coming with a box of hollywood treasures and I was on my way to Deja Vu Discs in Ajax. After the sales guy played his version of “got ’em – need ’em” with my dvds he cashed me out to the tune of $38.50. Wow! This minimalism thing was proving profitable!
OK, time to unload about 50 books and the rest of those dvds (after a quick stop for that chicken souvlaki pita of course!). Next stop – close to my hood – Queen Street East in The Beach for a visit to Re-Read, a used bookstore. After finding out that they have a “preferred list of authors” and will not buy books from authors not on the list I am not surprised. It is The Beach after all, an area of Toronto which not long ago debated whether it should be called “The Beach” or “The Beaches” (for the record I fell on the “who cares” side of the debate). The store will however take my books as a “donation”. Maybe some of the unwashed masses who follow sports will recognize authors like Mitch Albom, Ron Maclean or Don Cherry whose books are part of my “donation”. Maybe I will go back next week to see how much my “donated” books are fetching.
But I digress.It is 5 pm and I still have some board games and those unwanted dvds to unload from my van. Last stop Value Village. No pretense. No “we don’t take those.” The employee at the back happily takes the last of my bounty and even helps me bring them in to the loading area
Two hours of cleaning and purging at home followed by six stops over four hours to unburden myself of items some of which had been collecting dust for years and I am back home. Tired but satisfied that I achieved a small step in my challenge.
Now, I will say that I did not go all ninja minimalist and gas everything. I saved several books including two of my favourites, both for different reasons, below.
On to Day 3!