Road Trip! – The Big Move (4)

Left New Jersey the minute the movers took the last box out the front door. Yeah, there were still lots of boxes on the front lawn, but we were outta there! Locked the doors behind us and hit the road!
Had really hoped to get on the road earlier, but it took longer than expected to empty the house. Even with five movers. We have an awful lot of stuff. Mostly book boxes. Yea, I have a lot of books. Get over it DH!
If you’re not the lead dog, the view never changes…
Got lucky with the weather, as it was dry and sunny. You’d never know a major hurricane was on it’s way! Made really good time. Luckily, DH and I both agree that the less stops on a road trip, the better. Stopped for lunch at McDonalds, our go-to stop for road trips. We go in, use the bathroom, and get lunch to go. Their burgers are the best to eat with one hand as you’re driving!
Our goal on Day One was Lexington, VA. Only made a few stops after lunch, to use the bathroom and walk around some. Was tough as we’re used to switching off, and it’s been years since we’ve taken two cars anywhere. 
Was pleasantly surprised that my knee didn’t hurt. Was really bad the first hour, but I kept shifting my seat until I found a good position and it didn’t hurt the rest of the trip. Who knew a bent knee hurt less than a straight one while driving? 

Lost track of the number of utility truck convoys we passed. Tons of trucks heading towards the East Coast to help out with Sandy. Even saw a convoy of four Lifeguard vans! Hope they were heading out to help, not to catch some waves! *L*

Followed DH most of the way, as it doesn’t bother me to follow and he seems to like being the “lead dog”. 
We actually made our goal of Lexington! Probably should have stopped earlier, but I wanted to push it as was worried about Monday’s weather. The news reports weren’t good, but it’s harder to drive when it’s dark out and you’re tired. 
Found the exit okay, but drove right by my hotel of choice. Hey, wasn’t my fault! It was up on a hill and there were no signs! And I was really, really tired…. Anyway, found the hotel (after going into the wrong one first, but they were too expensive so we left), checked in, ordered pizza, then slept like the dead.
Got an early start on Day Two, but our good luck with the weather had run out. Most of the day was either drizzle or snow. Yes, snow! Luckily, it never got worse than rain or snow showers. Not a fun drive, but could have been worse.
Because of the weather, didn’t make great time. Still did okay until we got to South Carolina, then DH did it again. Last time we drove cross country, he took a wrong turn and headed toward Memphis for some reason. I had to overtake him in order to get us back on the right road, as he never realized he was going the wrong way. This time, he pulled into the left lane to pass a slow car. Right at the split, where we were supposed to bear right. He was in the left lane. *shakes head*
We pulled off the road to regroup and decide on a new route, as we didn’t want to backtrack. Agreed on a new route. Then he drove right by the agreed upon route. I tried calling him, but he had turned off his cell phone for some reason. Lucky man practically tripped over route 301, which would get us to Myrtle Beach. Of course, he later acted like he knew what he was doing, but I think this will go into the family lexicon!
Hit town at rush hour. Rush hour in Myrtle Beach is nothing like rush hour in New Jersey, but still not a whole lotta fun.
DH pulled off into a parking lot because he wasn’t sure where our rental unit was and he thought he might have already passed the complex. The entrance was only a few hundred yards down the road. Love it! 
I took over the lead, found our rental with no problem, and we gratefully collapsed on the couch!
Yeah, we brought the dog. He loves the new place!

We made it! Now to unpack…

Leaving Town – The Big Move (3)

We scheduled our move on Sunday, Oct 28th, as our movers were fully booked during the week and I simply could not face still being in New Jersey in November. The closing was scheduled for Tuesday. Same day that Hurricane Sandy was scheduled to hit the East Coast. Naturally. We put the house on the market in March and had so many things go wrong, but I couldn’t stay in town any longer. Yea, leaving town before Hurricane Sandy hit was probably silly, but I had to get out…
We were up at the crack of dawn so we could pack the bedding and last minute items. Movers called to say they were on their way at 7:40. Looked like it was finally going to happen!
The movers were great! We’ve used them before for our previous move and my MIL’s moves. For anyone in Northern New Jersey, Marshall’s Movers are the best! We had boxed up most of our stuff, but they handled everything else. 
Who knew saran wrap was such a vital part of packing?

 

We didn’t have a whole lot to do while the movers worked, so hung out in the kitchen. Took them about 5 hours to empty the house. Hate to think how long it would take if they had to pack everything. 
After they moved out the washer and dryer, DH swept out the laundry room. Can’t believe he didn’t notice the dead mouse amongst the dust bunnies! Gross! 😮
Had to make sure to close all the windows the guys had opened, and found an empty can of vienna sausage on a closet shelf. What the heck? I can understand the movers wanting a snack, but to leave the empty can on a shelf? Ick!

They brought the big truck!
The minute they were done taking everything out of the house, we were outta there! 
South Carolina, here we come!

The Movers Think We’re Weird – The Big Move (2)

The movers think we’re weird.
Don’t know why…. 🙂
entrance to the kitchen

above the door to the laundry room

 It’s not easy packing gargoyles…they keep trying to get out of the box!
finally found my tiara! Barnsie had it!

this is what my house looks like now…I’m buried in boxes!

The Big Move

 
Well, we survived the garage sale and are now slowly emptying the garage and packing things up. It’s amazing how much stuff we’ve accumulated over the years. I think that part of the problem is that over the last 19 years, all of our moves have been local. If you’re able to make multiple car trips back and forth, there’s no real reason to cull your possessions. We are now culling.
 
We were spoiled with our previous moves. Our first house sold in two weeks. Our second house sold the first day. We sold the in-law’s house the first day. This house has been on the market since March, and our first deal fell through. It has not been fun.
 
The buyers have not been easy to work with. Their realtor doesn’t return calls, and they are very demanding. We went above and beyond and took care of 7 out of 11 items from the home inspection. They came back wanting us to take care of the remaining items. We said no, as our contractor said the items didn’t need to be fixed. So they countered asking for a reasonable credit. Excuse me? I was ready to walk away at that point, but DH was on the verge of a breakdown so we agreed to a small credit. They came back asking for a $9500 credit! Excuse me? Our lawyer finally grew a pair and told them they were in danger of losing the house, so they reluctantly accepted the small credit. *smh*
 
They keep dragging their feet every step of the way, so I feel like we’re in limbo. Don’t have a firm closing date, so we can’t schedule movers or rent a place. We found a great condo to rent until we find a place to buy, but I’m afraid she’ll rent it to someone else if we can’t lock in a date.
 
This is the worst move ever.

The Great Garage Sale Adventure

 
We had a garage sale last Saturday.
 
I discovered that I prefer attending garage sales, not giving them.
 
DH wanted to start setting things out at 7am, because he was convinced it would take hours and hours. In our town, garage sales start at 9am. Have to pick my battles with him, so we started setting things out at 7am. Took us less than an hour. *sigh*
 
Despite the early hour, people started showing up as I was still pricing things. Made almost $50 before the “official” start at nine! As anything not sold was going to Goodwill, I priced to sell. I’ll never understand people. If something is priced at $2, why would you try to bargain it down to $1? Especially cleaning supplies that go for 3x my price at the grocery store. Sheesh!
 
The stuff that we thought would sell, didn’t. And the last-minute additions that we threw out there instead of throwing in the garbage, did. Go figure.
 
Busy with my last week of work, I forgot to place an ad in the paper or post it at the grocery store. Heard that two of the neighboring towns were having town-wide garage sales, so didn’t expect much traffic. Was pleasantly surprised how many people stopped by! There was another garage sale up the street, so maybe they advertised?
 
People seemed to come in waves. During one wave, a man asked how much for some tools. Tools were supposed to be DH’s area, but he was nowhere to be found. I asked the man to wait a moment, then went looking for him. Not in the backyard. Not in the house. Finally found him next door, talking to the neighbor. He decides to be social for the first time in forever in the middle of our garage sale? Big chicken, trying to hide…
 
Friend of ours stopped by and brought her brother and his family. Was nice seeing Annie, and she cleaned me out of baskets! Her brother bought about $60 worth of stuff. Gave them the friends and family discount. 🙂
 
Sitting in the garage during a lull, DH saw an old adding machine on the shelf and brought it over. It was his dads and we weren’t exactly sure how it worked, but it was kind of cool looking so I didn’t want to throw it away. I cleaned it off and set it out just for fun. The very next people to show up bought it! A teenage girl who thought it looked cool.  Must have been her first garage sale because when I told her a couple of dollars as a price, she offered five. Uh, okay. Bargain me up? I’m all for it!
 
She wasn’t the only one who bargained up either! I put a note on the table that all vases were $1, so I wouldn’t have to price each one (I had a lot of vases). A man brought two over to me and, without asking the price, offered me $2 per vase. Um, okay. Sad to say that they were the only two, as everyone else either paid the marked price or tried to bargain down from $2 to $1. Was a little weird as no one tried to bargain for the things marked $3 or $5, but only the $2 items.
 
We were planning on staying open until 3pm, but the lady at the permit office messed up and put 6pm as our end time. By 2, traffic had really slowed down. The sky was starting to get dark, so we began packing up in case of rain. A few people stopped by as we were bringing things back inside, but didn’t buy anything.
 
All in all, it was a productive day. Made about $400 in 7 hours. And I got to experience what a gas station attendant feels like, with a big wad of cash in my pocket that I could pull out to make change. What was even cooler is that about an hour after we closed up, a lady rang the doorbell to see if the bedroom set was still available. It was, so she offered to buy it for her son. They were heavy and too nice to throw away, so very happy to see her! Score!
 
DH considers the sale a failure because we had a lot of stuff left over. I consider it a success because we’re $400+ richer! Now I just have to haul the rest of it to Goodwill…