Everything must go!

We were visited by a rep from the moving company on Monday. We gave her a walk-through of the house and let her know what we were taking with us (on the plane) and what we wanted shipped up. In the end she was surprised at how little we had to actually bring (despite the mountains of clutter she bore witness to). We’re allotted something like 6000 lbs (that includes packing materials) but we fell way under that at barely a guesstimated 1400lbs. We were also astonished at how much they’d actually pack themselves. She suggested that we let them do it because then our stuff will be covered under their insurance as opposed to if we packed it up ourselves. We’d only be covered if there was visible damage to the boxes themselves (and even then it would be a minimum) so that was kind of a no-brainer.

With the load of having to do heavy duty packing off our shoulders we were forced to deal with an old but persistent problem – the crap we’re supposed to get rid of. I spent the past couple of weeks boxing, bagging and tagging a good portion of the stuff we’ll be putting into storage. That was the easy part. Seven bags of garbage and four mega loads of recycling later we still have tons of crap to get rid of. Our ultimate plan was to either pitch a good portion of it or bring it down to the local goodwill & second hand stores.

But then I had an idea… albeit a bit late…

Virtual Online Garage Sale

Why give things away or dump them when you can make a buck off them? It’s the North American way. Sure charity and goodwill are good for the soul but it won’t pay the bills or keep us warm up there. There is an online classifieds site I use often to get rid of things locally. It’s called Kijiji. It’s similar to Craigslist in a lot of ways. Since we have so many things to offload and I didn’t feel like making individual ads for each thing I decided to employ my web design know-how to make a bare bones web page with all the  for sale items on and and use Kijiji as our starting referral point. There was a small fee involved with posting a link from there to our site but it was a worthwhile investment. Hopefully we’ll get some bites and get some of this stuff offloaded during Hell Week.

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10 thoughts on “Everything must go!

  1. Are you going to be in Iqaluit or somewhere else?

    Also, I’d like it if you pretended you didn’t know I found Iqaluit on wikipedia and we just went on as if I knew that as a matter of general knowledge.

  2. I am happy to have read that things are working out. Your almost finish! I don’t blame you one bit for selling, heck I did too and what did not sell went to charity:)

    You mention putting thing in storage? Is Nunavut on temporary like expats work for a few years than go back home after the contract is over?

    • Well, we’re not sure how long we’re going to be there for. The position is indeterminate – so if things work out, we could always get the items from storage sent up if we plan on staying for long. Seeing that it’s cheaper really to store the items at a friend or family member’s house than it would be to ship the items, we figured storage for some items would be the way to go.

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