Live Each Day Like It Was the Last in this House

I’m getting serious about the mess and chaos that are my possessions. Although I’ve culled twice from cross-country moves in the last 4 years, there is still way more I could and should do. Not only am I throwing crap out, I’ve decided to sell off and/or give away some of my toy collection. I had them all displayed in Portland, but when we moved to the smaller house in Atlanta, they got boxed up and stayed boxed for 3 years. I really didn’t miss them, so other than the momentary ache of losing them I won’t notice their absence.

Out of curiousity, I decided to look on Ebay to scout out what this junk goes for. The very first thing I looked up was the 14″ Galactus that says things like “I Hunger!” when you press a button. There are two active auctions for it right now, the loose one is going for $20 and the unopened one has a starting price of $45 but no bids. Mine has never been opened, so we’ll see. I’ll probably start it at $5 and see where it goes. I paid something like $3 or $4 in a Kaybee Toys clearance bin, so it’s all bonus above that. I might even try for a strategy of selling off the lower value stuff first, to bolster my seller feedback. I’ve never sold anything, and only bought a few things so I don’t have a high number. I’ve noticed a big discrepancy in the prices the auctions bring between zero feedback or low feedback sellers and high feedback ones. I guess the certainty in the seller gets priced into the auction.

One way or another, I just like the idea of getting this stuff out. As much as I’m a toy hoarding acquisitive dork, I must climb out from under the servitude of my possessions. If or when we ever settle down into a house we plan on owning until the mortgage is paid off, then I’ll go nuts. Knowing that we have at least one more move ahead of us in the next year or two means I want the mass balance of my possessions to trend downwards.

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Dave Slusher is a blogger, podcaster, computer programmer, author, science fiction fan and father.