When It’s Time for A Moving or Estate Sale

Hosting moving & estate sales is one of the services we have provided for years here at Grumbles House.  Grown from the need of our customers, we feel we’ve been helpful to families over the years in liquidating lifetimes of accumulation in the many houses we’ve been honored to do. My impetus in writing this blog is to give a few pointers, should you ever find yourself in this situation or to advise a neighbor or friend.  Each situation is different but several commonalities stand out that I think knowing ahead of time, could save some work & emotional grief for the person in charge of the estate AND make for a better sale. Many times, by the time we are contacted to conduct an Estate Sale, the family has combed through much of the house, garage & outbuildings and taken many bags & boxes of stuff to the dump, thrift shop, their church or favorite charity.  Or they think they are being helpful by pulling everything out of the cabinets & closets and packing it in boxes in the garage.  Not only is this a lot of work for them but it makes more work for us & reduces the proceeds from the sale. We advise families to keep the things they want, gift the things that are designated to other family members, care takers or neighbors before calling us.  Then, remove personal papers including medical records, banking, retirement, insurance, genealogy, awards, scrap books & photo albums.  Boom!  You’re done and ready to call us. When folks downsize and move to an assisted living, a smaller home or in with family, they may take their bedroom set,  favorite chair, a few dishes and a few linens but leave the majority of household furnishings, we call that a Moving Sale.  When someone dies and or just leaves the house fully furnished and appointed, we consider that an Estate Sale.  Each one is different.  We could write a book about all the different situations we’ve worked in and we will be happy to try to help in your situation. While we are working to organize, display & price items for sale, should we find personal papers, photos or things we feel are of special value to the family, we photograph it & text picture to them or give a call to let them know what we found.  Sometimes family was here for a short time and aren’t able to get through the aforementioned.  If that’s the case, we compile it for them and mail it or store it until they can return.  Otherwise, we work to ready for, normally a 2 day sale although some require 3 days and even rarely 2 weekends to liquidate the contents. When time allows and content merits, we list things on Ebay to sell or sell through Grumbles House to get a better return.  Also, after the sale, if nicer things remain, we take to the store to sell on consignment and pay recipient monthly as items move.  We utilize our growing email list to advertise the sale with photos of many of the special items & descriptions of others a week or two prior to the sale. If family is out of town or state, we can help by cleaning out unsold items so home is left empty (except for appliances & window treatments).  We don’t physically clean the oven, cabinets, baseboards, etc. but leave it empty & “broom clean” ready to be painted, cleaned or just put on the market. MOVING SALES  –  We prefer to host moving sales AFTER the resident has moved but sometimes it doesn’t work out that way.  As long as the homeowner is happy to work around us, we can be flexible and work around them as they pack, prepare to move or wait for a closing date but it can make things  a little more stressful.   I say that because we set up tables to display merchandise and may get in the way (although we try not to) of your normal daily routine and walkways through the home. In both cases, estate sales & moving sales, we are happy to donate remaining items after the sale, to a favorite charity of the family.   We work to get books to Friends of the Library, and pretty well know which local thrift shops prefer furniture, clothing, household goods, etc.  We can arrange consignment with an area furniture consignor if it’s not something we feel we have a market for at Grumbles.  We try to find good homes for all leftovers so there’s not more work for family.  Rarely, family wants to handle this portion and that’s fine with us too.   Once the home is empty, we hand off our key to the realtor or family member or neighbor in charge and get a check to designee. I have lots of references from homeowners & families we have worked for that I’d be happy to share with those who are considering using our service.  Whether in our area, or across the nation or world, I hope this info is helpful. Years ago, a customer who saw how well we helped their friend through a sale when a husband had died and the wife was moving north with the children, suggested a funny thing.  She wanted me to have business cards made that I would hand out to our customers that they would put with their will that say “When I die, call Nancy”.   Although that probably would be effective and efficient, I would feel uncomfortable handing those out.  But, it’s something to think about & plan for so keep us in mind or find someone in your area you trust to liquidate your treasures when you no longer need them.
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Gardens Greening Up After the Rain

“And after it rains there’s a rainbow”…. saw one this evening as we were driving in from the farm.  Things are really greening up so nicely after these recent rains.  Happy to be bringing in more & more pretty, healthy product from our little farm.  These Storm Cloud Agapanthus (the dark purple) are one such things as well as the grasses, Crepe Myrtles and more.  Look for the yellow stickers on pots that say “gsf” and you’ll know those are some we grew.
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Unqiue Jewelry Keeps Finding It’s Way to Our Boutique

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New Chocolate Nibbles in Time for Valentine’s Day

Two of our favorite pastimes at Grumbles House are laughing and grazing.  And one of our favorite things to graze on besides a healthy meal is CHOCOLATE!  While at market recently I looked for a dark chocolate I could get excited about.  And I believe I’ve found it in Seattle Chocolate Company.  Besides their interesting and wonderful flavors of dark & milk chocolate, I like that they are a socially responsible company from the way they treat their employees, to the farming practices their farmers employ and the environmental protection they practice.   Read More
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Bees Wrap – New Alternative to Plastic Wrap

THE NATURAL ALTERNATIVE TO PLASTIC WRAP FOR FOOD STORAGE — BECAUSE GOOD FOOD DESERVES GOOD CARE

Wrap cheese, half a lemon, a crusty loaf of bread, and fruits and vegetables. Cover a bowl, or pack a snack for your next adventure. Made with organic cotton, beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. Bee’s Wrap is washable, reusable and compostable. We’ve all seen the images — of cast-off plastic bags suspended in the oceans, of beaches strewn with plastic debris. Plastic waste is one of the most important environmental crises of our time. An estimated 8 million metric tons of plastics enter the ocean each year — adding to the estimated 150 million metric tons already circulating there. Plastic already outweighs plankton in our seas, and if we don’t shift course, plastic could outweigh fish in the ocean in 30 years. It’s our duty to choose change — choosing to reuse, to conserve, to protect. We created the staggering problem of plastic pollution in the oceans. But we, too, can stem the plastic tide.  If we don’t act now, the waters that surround us may never recover.  So every time you go to reach for a baggie or some plastic wrap, think twice and reach instead for some Bees Wrap.
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Books to inspire, educate & empower!

We always have a few good books hanging around here.  From antique books to gardening books and my favorite, children’s books.  As often as we can feed good information into the sponge-like brains of little people,  the better chance we have of helping them become eager learners, good students and eventually kind, capable adults with the tools to make positive contributions to the world. These new books from Papersalt align with that goal.  They address different people and phases of life so they make good gifts for adolescents & teens, newleyweds, new parents and really anyone who wants to feed their brain & heart (Mr. Rogers) with good stuff.   Read More
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Music on the Porch

WHY? Having a musician in the family and loving live music in an intimate setting, led me to birth Music on the Porch in January 2018 to give local singers and songwriters a place in Dunnellon to perform where people sit and listen.  The artist isn’t back ground music nor so loud your ears ring for a day but the focus of between 85 to 110 minutes of their talent and heart sharing their own music as well as some favorite covers you may recognize and enjoy.  Storytelling is encouraged as we enjoy getting to know these folks and how their life has evolved. WHEN? This is your invitation to join us the 2nd Saturday or 4th Friday evening of each month to take in a little local color and enjoy yourself!  Like them a lot?   Invite them to do a house concert in your home or buy a CD or follow them on social media.    Sometime during the evening, we’ll “pass the hat” and hope the musician will go home with a nice show of appreciation in a monetary form for sharing their craft.  This is a donation based event.  Please come prepared to make a donation to the artist. Read More
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Caroles Candles

New to Grumbles House in September 2018 are the beautiful pillar candles that are “Caroles Candles”. Packed with scent and topped with a little glitter for a slight sparkle, we have them in 4 sizes.  Carole makes the candles for a cause.  Here’s her story.

Carole’s Candles is more than just your typical candle company. We are a story of survival.

Our company began in 1996, when our founder, Carole was diagnosed with breast cancer. Looking for a way to relax from the mental and physical effects of chemotherapy and radiation, Carole bought a slab of wax, a mold, and a small vile of scent, and created her first candle. The love she had for crafting her own candles soon ignited a passion which would help her along the journey from being a breast cancer patient to becoming a breast cancer survivor. Carole’s Candles is committed as a brand to help people overcome the effects cancer has on their daily life. Our philosophy, bring a smile to the face of cancer patient, and watch them foster their inner ability to heal by finding balance within, an inner sense of joy, relaxation, and knowing that they are cared for. That is why we are a proud sponsor of the American Cancer Society, and other cancer related charities that support the mission to Help Find the Cure. This was the commitment our founder made to herself, and the same commitment we make to others.

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Miss Ellie’s NYC Jewelry

Handcrafted by this talented lady, Miss Ellie, of New York City, this unique & beautiful jewelry is something we are proud to offer at Cedar St. Boutique. Her mission is to make remarkably romantic jewels that weather the test of time – in NYC using USA made parts & raw materials: composed of brass filigree, baroque pearls, silver birds, vintage vines & etched lockets, all pre-tarnished and aged to perfection. Combining rare old stock with top quality materials allows Ellie to make unique limited editions. Dane & I enjoyed meeting Ellie and her mother.  They are a hoot!  Quite a team.  Proud moms are the best! Can you relate?
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30A Comfy Beach Tees made from Recycled Plastic Water Bottles

At Cedar Street Boutique we sell colorful, comfy clothing and this line is no exception.  “30A” is the name of the company that make the clothing pictured here.  Named after highway 30A in the panhandle of Florida, the owners of this company believe in “reduce, reuse and recycle” so their “Dumpster Diver” shirts are made from recycled plastic bottles that could otherwise end up in our oceans.   Every shirt is made from eight 16-ounce plastic bottles collected from landfills. They’re blended with cotton so they’re unbelievably soft.  Their recycled yarn is made in the U.S.A. and they print the shirts in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.   Read More
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