Then the estate sale weekend finally came. The first weekend we sold almost all our furniture and about 40% of our other household decor. The goal was to finish the sale and get rid of everything in one weekend. We advertised in all the Facebook yard sale groups for the area, Craigslist, and hung signs all over the housing areas. However, we still needed another day for the sale. The following Saturday we opened for 4 more hours and managed to get rid of all the furniture except for our bedroom suite. About 70% of our other things were gone, but it still wasn't everything. We still had several boxes of books, records, candles, vases and all the little things that you accumulate over 20 years. Some items went to 2nd and Charles (used media and book store) for a mere pittance. We donated an entire 12' enclosed trailer of clothes, and other odds and ends to Goodwill. We still have about half of a 12' trailer to be stored in Ohio along with three tuff boxes that we'll take to Florida. The tuff boxes are filled with things we want to have on Unwritten Timeline, but won't fit on Starjewel. Our good friends Brad and Britney live close to where we'll be going to school for our Captain's license when we're living in Florida next year. We'll be based out of Stuart, Florida for the start of our circumnavigation so it works out perfect to keep a couple things at their place until we're ready to take off.
Overall the estate sale went as well as it could have. We didn't clear enough to completely fund our down payment, but it's a good start. Some of the items that we donated to Goodwill could and hopefully will be put to good use in the community. It also gives us a healthy tax deduction and that's ALWAYS a good thing. Another positive is we now have less stuff. There were so many things around the house we had forgotten about until we were displaying it all for the estate sale. All of our remaining belongings, to include the items going to Ohio for long term storage and the stuff we're taking to Florida, fit in the bed of our truck and in the 12' trailer. Not too shabby considering we started with a 4 bedroom house full of stuff.
Our current apartment is less than 700 sq. ft. and we have plenty of floor space available. When we finally move aboard Starjewel, in about 9 months, we should be able to sell or donate the few possessions we have left and get aboard. This apartment is a way for us to get a good feel for our retirement boat. We have less than 700' now and Unwritten Timeline will be a little less than that. This move brings us one step closer to being full time liveaboards.
Be sure to check out our video on our sale