Island Senior: Bring Your Neglected Treasures to The Mullis Center’s Parking Lot Sale
Island Senior is a regular column on the SJ Update written by Peggy Sue McRae…
With a move in my future it is good timing for me to have the Mullis Center’s Parking Lot Sale on August 24 as further inspiration to selectively pare down my belongings. I often think about culling my clutter but sometimes it takes something dramatic, like an impending move, to actually make it happen.
It can be challenging, even daunting, to edit your possessions. As archeologists tell us, our material culture, our artifacts, tell our story. So, what is your story? I was cleaning out a storage unit once when I realized that as I chose what to keep and what to let go of I was also deciding, in many cases, what I was going to do or not do. There is a reckoning to be faced when you admit to yourself that you are never going be a knitter, wear those tap shoes, or play those bongo drums.
The hardest things to let go of are those items with sentimental value. I had some of my Dad’s winemaking equipment. It was hard to let go of because my Dad is no longer with us and his wine represented happy family memories. But, I no longer drink wine and am surely not going to be making any. I gave the equipment to friends who do make wine and I am happy remembering my Dad in other ways.
Another time, I had to move in a hurry. I may not have gotten rid of that large trunk full of sewing projects had I had more time. What a gigantic relief that turned out to be! I honestly felt like I’d lost 10 pounds having that weight lifted off of my life. Weeding out your belongings can breathe some fresh air into your world.
If you get the urge to purge and have some treasures you’d like to sell at the Mullis Center’s Parking Lot Sale, give Anna a call at the Mullis Center at 360-370-7520, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the office to reserve your space.