Money To Live

May 6, 2009

Downsizing my life

Filed under: Uncategorized — by moneytolive @ 5:00 am

3/4 of my furniture – gone
3/4 of my square feet – gone (960 -> 225!!)
2/3 of my shoes – gone
1/2 of my clothes – gone
1/20 of my books – gone

I relied heavily on Craigslist to sell my furniture and brought in  enough money to cover my moving expenses. I took a lot of small items to the day laborers in Falls Church (they hang out in front of Staples, across from the UHaul store). My straight-out-of-college colleagues took most of my extra kitchen item.

The sweetest woman in the state of Virginia is named Virginia. Virginia came by to buy one of my bookcases. When I told her that I had been laid off and was selling all my furniture to move to Texas, she emptied her purse and gave me all of her money. I started crying and gave her a hug. She told me to stop crying and toughen up. A few days later, Virginia emailed to say that she wanted to buy two more bookshelves from me, and she offered to pay more than I was asking for. When Virginia came to buy the bookshelves, she said, “Well, I don’t have the correct change to pay you, so you’ll just have to accept what I give you.” (it was more than she had originally promised to pay)

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3 Comments »

  1. I’m going to cry! People in Virginia are super nice in general, and to be the sweetest woman in Virginia is saying a lot.

    Comment by Shannon — May 6, 2009 @ 10:33 am |Reply

  2. wow, that story really touches me.

    Comment by Anita — May 7, 2009 @ 11:21 am |Reply

  3. I like this.

    Comment by katherine — May 17, 2009 @ 2:36 pm |Reply


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