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)



  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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