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Heaps [Aug. 13th, 2014|08:40 am]
Tony Grist
Yesterday I was mainly putting things in bags. There's a heap of bags that'll go back to Kent with us, a heap of bags full of things to take to the charity shop and a heap of bags full of rubbish.

We had lunch at the big Tesco's in Failsworth. I'm not doing any more cooking this week than I absolutely have to.

From: artkouros
2014-08-13 12:16 pm (UTC)
Do they do estate and moving sales over there?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-08-13 01:52 pm (UTC)
I don't think they do. And the proof of this- or at least evidence in its favour- is that I'd never heard the term before.
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From: artkouros
2014-08-14 12:18 pm (UTC)
Over here we have garage sales, moving sales and estate sales.

A garage sale happens when someone want to clean out the garage full of stuff they've accumulated. They set up tables in their garage or driveway and sell off things they don't use anymore or clothes they can't fit. In a large metropolitan area there might be 100 of these each weekend.

A moving sale is like a garage sale but bigger, with better stuff.

An estate sale happens when someone dies and the kids don't want the stuff left behind. These are held in the house, selling furniture, kitchen stuff, clothes, books, the things the people spent a lifetime collecting, all sold in situ. In a large metropolitan area there might be 10 of these each weekend.

There's also a living estate sale when the people aren't quite dead yet but are moving either to an assisted living facility, or in with one of the kids, or occasionally buying an RV to retire to Arizona as a camper.

Sales are typically on Fridays and Saturdays, and sometimes Sundays with prices getting cheaper each day.

You can see what's happening in our neighborhood here -


We cleared about $5000 when we had a living estate sale for our mom. And still had three truckloads of stuff to donate to a charity store.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2014-08-13 03:17 pm (UTC)
Even when I only clean out one closet in our house, I am always amazed at the number of bags of rubbish that go out. I can't imagine doing a whole house!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-08-13 04:40 pm (UTC)
We've shifted a car load of stuff and really the house looks much the same.
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[User Picture]From: charliemc
2014-08-13 10:38 pm (UTC)
Don't blame you one bit about the cooking!

When Mom passed, we had to quickly empty the house for sale. It was a nightmare for those next several months. Pouring through everything and letting go of things and trying not to fight about what to do with things.


Do hang in there!!!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-08-14 06:58 am (UTC)
I've been cooking at my mothers for over a year now and she expects meat and two veg at every meal and I'm sick of it.
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