Monday, March 25, 2013

HUGE Rummage sale to raise money for the move

Months in the planning, and the day is fast arriving! The mother rummage sale of them all will occur on Saturday, March 30th from 7am to 3pm. I have listed our rummage sale on several sites.
Here are 2 of my favorites sites, featuring our add.  

Thanks to our friends Trish, Jen and Sheri for rising to the occasion and helping a couple of Disney fans out! Those are true friends.

and another favorite site is Here is our listing.

7am to 3pm.

We have so much stuff for sale that it took four people two weeks to price it all. 

  • Disney items sprinkled throughout most categories
  • Small home décor items
  • Small picture frames
  • 2 (non-matching) bar stools
  • More board games and puzzles than you can shake a stick at! (all are complete, most in very-good to mint condition.
  • 1970’s or 1980’s French Provincial style princess phone (push button keys).
  • 2 pairs of vintage 1950’s metal roller skates, $25 a pair
  • 3 non-matching wooden crates, perfect for home décor, $20 each
  • Carved wood Asian table (very ornate, vintage) $300
  • Tiffany style (Art Deco) reproduction table top lamp
  • Enough books to stock a small library, priced to move.
  • Battery operated, working megaphone
  • 2 matching Metal CD stands
  • Small stereo, great for garage or back porch listening (plays CDs and cassettes, includes speakers)
  • Tons of CDs
  • Christmas
  • Halloween
  • Stuffed animals
  • Entire library of Disney VHS animated films (and other animated films)
  • 40-50 DVDs ranging from B movies to horror. Some are still shrink wrapped from the factory - $1 each
  • Unused 50 qt. Igloo cooler (sky blue), $30
  • Accordion (circa 1970s or 80s?) that works but has no shoulder strap
  • James Dean collectible/limited edition pewter belt buckle
  • Vacuum cleaner that just needs a good cleaning to optimize
  • Sequined cowgirl hats (pink and powder blue)
  • Portable wood burning fire pit (showing age, but has several years of use left)
  • Propane portable BBQ (showing age, but has several years of use left)
  • Soooooo much more that I’m running out of room to list them. Things like planters, a color printer, drinking glasses, several Disney children’s bed sheets, glass punch bowl, rhinestone tiara, unused feather pillow, gently used clothing, lots of men’s ties…….. holy cow my fingers are tired from typing it all! 

If you are in the Phoenix Area, Mouseketeers, make sure you drop by!

Ken and Mark

Saturday, March 9, 2013

…and Now the Spending Begins… °o° *•._.•* ‘ *•._.•* °o°

It seems like money is just flying out the window right now, and everything is costing $200 or more! 

The kitchen sink suddenly backed up last week with no warning and no home remedy would work = $280 bucks. 

The truck’s front breaks suddenly start grinding LOUDLY = $225

At least we have a planned expense coming up, that will help with increasing the value of our home; a full replacement of our Central Air Conditioning unit = $3000!

Below are the before and after pictures of the job they did. It’s nice to know that we will have a final summer in the desert with a fully functioning, energy efficient A/C unit that we can brag is BRAND new the year we are selling the home.
(This is the BEFORE. You can see that we stopped painting the exterior of the house just where the evap coolor started because we knew we would be replacing it. The evap cooler stopped working back in 2001. The A/C unit is the bigger one on the right.)
(This is the AFTER shot and the new A/C unit which is about the same size but has a larger capacity for the size of the house.  It also comes with a smart looking digital thermostat and a ten year warranty).

Unless there are further unforeseen expenses, The A/C will be the biggest out-of-pocket expense that we have to plan for. From here on out, I am expecting routine purchases like paint, spackle, or gas for the lawn mower. I have a short laundry list of small projects to get done around the house, but they are all easily manageable (knock on wood).

Comments are welcome. Positive feedback encouraged!

Mouseketeer Ken

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

BLOG milestone - 2000 views today.

Congratulations "Living a Disney Life'. With only 3 actual subscribers, we still hit 2000 pageviews today.

The next milestone in my mind will be 5000 and 10 subscribers!

Thanks to all of you "hit and readers" out there. Keep coming back, we appreciate it. Don't forget, we are still hoping to find Florida locals to Dis-Friend!

Mouseketeer Ken and Mouseketeer Mark.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Sometimes You Need a Hand °o° *•._.•* ‘ *•._.•* °o°

Every weekend we have been working on the rummage sale.  This is the BIG one, folks. There is so much stuff on the back porch and in the two car garage, that it is just overwhelming. This is years of hoarding, items that were once for sale in my Ebay store, and just things I had collected that I thought I would use at one time. I have been fairly ruthless about moving things out so that we won't have to move quite so much on moving week.

I have been hounding Mark to help me with it nearly every weekend, but there always seems to be something else that has to be done instead. With Spring quickly approaching, that means summer is only a few short weeks away and rummage sales in summer in Arizona are just not a good idea. We are quickly losing our window of opportunity to hold the sale.

The biggest problem is that we have to wipe everything down, before it can be priced. Arizona is a desert, and dust gathers very quickly. This is going to be quite a large yard sale, so I am counting on bringing in several hundred dollars and that just won't happen with filthy, dirty, dusty items for sale. After spending another two hours on Sunday afternoon with Mark, I finally had a mini-mental breakdown. There is FAR TOO MUCH for only two people to handle.

Let me illustrate with pictures.  This photo is everything that we have cleaned, priced, and organized:

 (click to view it larger)

Nice and neat, ready to be carried out to tables in the front yard, right?

Oh.. except for this:

Yeah. that's at least TWICE as much still to be cleaned up and priced.
So it was finally time to call in reinforcements... Now we have yet another Saturday afternoon planned, this time with friends coming over ready to dig in deep and get the project off it's feet. This has been such an ordeal that I feel like progress is being held up simply because of the mountain of junk (treasure) that has been in the way. 
More updates coming soon. Phase One begins on Saturday at 2pm. Then I'm hoping the sale can occur on the 16th or the 23rd of March.

MouseketeerKen and MouseketeerMark

Comments are welcome. Positive feedback encouraged!