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Something Exciting Is Happening – Two New “Projects!”


(The other day, I revealed my past life as a project manager of multi-million-dollar IT projects.)

I love projects, no matter what they are.  EVERYTHING MUST BE A PROJECT!

I used to volunteer for an organization in town and took their main fundraiser from barely breaking even, to bringing in $35,000 annually – and it was just a “beer in the park” event.  All of that money was donated to local charities – ALL OF IT.  I headed up a 5K fundraiser for a friend with cancer several years ago to raise money to pay their medical bills – and that is probably still my favorite project to date.  We raised $12.000 for the family, and they needed it, and it made us all feel good.  I wish all projects could benefit someone in some way like that.  It’s so much more fun when you’re raising money for someone or something rather than reporting to CIO’s and CFO’s on projects gone awry because of reduced funding, staffing, and time but ever-expanding scope.  UGH.  (This is why I don’t write about my past life – oh the frustration!)


Hottie’s parents are moving – downsizing from a massive, beautiful property backing to a forest… to a townhouse.  Yeah, it’s bittersweet for them, and for us.  They’re doing it, “because it’s the right thing to do,” not because they really want to.  Their property is an 8-hour a day job because of my MIL’s insane gardening skills (she’s amazing!) and just the sheer size of the land.  For a moment I thought it would be fun to buy it for the land/lot, but then I remembered how much work it would be.

They are getting rid of lots of things.  That’s the whole purpose of the move.  Hottie’s grandma passed away almost 2 years ago and the work put on my MIL to get the house ready for sale was incredible.  She swore then that she would not do that to any of her kids (thank you, MIL!), and she is standing firm on that.  This means there are lots of things that they want to take to Goo.dwill or S.alva.tion


You can imagine what came out of my mouth when they told me that they’re donating everything.

“I will sell it.  Show it to me.”

Holy SHIT.

Their garage was FULL of vintage stuff – like truly vintage, highly desirable stuff.  Their house is stocked with vintage things too, but they’re leaving them there for the time being for staging the house to sell.  The big gem… well the 4 big gems… vintage “tanker” steel office credenzas/shelves.  And not in grey, not in army green.  But in TEAL.

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I’m no antique enthusiast, but from what I’ve seen on the FB swaps in the 10 months I’ve been active on them, is that this stuff goes FAST and not cheap.  I told my FIL that I would take care of posting these, collecting the money, and all he has to do is set them out for people to pick up at a certain time.  He agreed but said he wouldn’t take the money, but Hottie and I already know how to force that on them – I refuse to profit from their items.  I am just glad to have them in my “claim” so that they’re not given away for free to someone who would sell them for a HUGE profit.

I started researching this and refinished pieces sell for $800-$1500.  In this condition, I think I could sell them for $150-$400 a piece (that last one is a highly, highly sought after piece).  I am so excited, but of course, I need to find the buyers!  Even if I have to sell them for $100 a piece (which is 100% doable), that’s $300 for my in-laws!  Add that to the table and chair set I’ll sell of theirs for $100-$150, the retro office swivel chairs for $30-$50 a piece, etc. ad nauseam and we will have a pretty awesome gift card for them when this is all said and done.  I am so excited!


So in the excitement of all of this, I decided that my favorite piece is NOT going up for sale… it’s going in Bryson’s big kid “things that go” room.  The room will have teal, so this will fit in great!  Hottie’s lucky I’m not abandoning the nursery furniture all together and filling it up with the cabinets above.  HA!  This is the piece we’re keeping:


When I saw it in the garage, I gasped out loud and immediately wanted to keep it.  Now I get to  🙂  I can’t get it home soon enough!


I will spend this coming weekend measuring, taking better photos, inventorying more things, etc. and I cannot wait!  There will be a spreadsheet involved outside of my normal “Items for sale” tracking sheet I’ve been using for my own stuff (I’m about to cross $6,200 in sales since mid-January!).  I have a lot more research to do before I post anything, but all of it’s fun!  I am in no hurry since I know it will sell fast, and then my project will be done.  I am always sad to complete a fun project.


But WAIT!  I said I have two new projects on my hands!

Part of my in-laws’ downsizing is getting rid of exercise equipment that is in terrific shape.  They asked if we want it, and we said YES.  A dream is coming true for us… we will have a COMPLETE HOME GYM!  Of course, now we need to move the sofa sleeper out of the guest room that I worked so hard to find the perfect drapes for, but … WE’RE GETTING A COMPLETE HOME GYM!  Our guests can sleep in the theater room – screw ’em.  HA!  (As Hottie pointed out, the kids will love having the sofa sleeper in there for sleepovers, and we have overnight guests so rarely, that it’s not an issue.)

We already have the treadmill (from my Grandpa – and that thing still purrs like a kitten!), but we’re getting a Life X3 elliptical cross trainer (retailing for $2,000 today) and a HOIST Prime 8 weight machine ($1,000 retail, it appears).  Our entire home gym will have only cost us $80 for the mats that are under the treadmill (FIL has the mats for the new stuff).  Hottie wants to put mirrors up and hooks to hold our resistance bands, etc.  I have race photos framed that I haven’t put up yet, so I’m excited to do that.  It’s going to be a bona fide workout room!  The only downside is that there will not be room for the kickboxing bag or space to do workout videos.  But… that’s OK.  (Jos, I’m still thinking on PiYo… a friend offered to sell me her DVDs…)

This is going to be a lot of work.  Moving that sofa sleeper out will be hard – getting it in there was awful and we said we’d sell it with the house.  HA HA – guess not!  Making this all fit will be tricky but it’s do-able.  Getting the mirrors up will be a chore, but fun.  Hanging the old race photos and memorabilia will truly be a mini-dream come true for me!  I just cannot believe it!

I can’t wait!

Author: Courtney

Hi, there, I’m Courtney. I never planned to stay home with my kids, but I got sucked into motherhood when my first baby came into our lives after years of infertility and multiple rounds of IVF. His brother followed closely behind, something we didn’t plan on after having such a rough road with achieving parenthood the first time around. My boys are IVF cycle twins, conceived on the same day but born two years and one day apart (they were both transferred on the same day in October, but with two years between them). My boys are the best of friends and my husband is a terrific husband, father, and most importantly… friend. He fully supported my desire to stay home (“I just wanted it to be your idea and not mine, I totally want you to stay home and raise our kids!”) and encourages me in everything I do. I am a lover of projects, spreadsheets, fitness, healthy cooking and eating, crafts, selling my stuff on FB (HA!), and the outdoors. If I’m active, I’m pretty darn happy!

9 thoughts on “Something Exciting Is Happening – Two New “Projects!”

  1. I am so happy for you!!! Seeing your home gym come together for less then $100 is awesome!! And to be able to help your in-laws out with sorting through all the stuff and selling it, that’s just awesome too! Have fun with your new projects, they seem like they are right up your alley! 🙂

  2. I love your enthusiasm 🙂 I have just started selling stuff online and I don’t have the same get up and go as you and I hate cruising the buy sell sites (my sister is amazing at this as well) So far I have made $400 and plan on selling the pram / cot soon which should big in some good coin. Struggling with the baby clothes though. They aren’t moving so I am giving them to D my sister and she is going to move them for me.

  3. Wow! Super fun! I’m so jealous of a complete home gym! How amazing!

    Also, you have a theater room?!

  4. What a great find! Go you guys! It’s so nice you can do that and also that the boys get something with a bit of history. I love old stuff… We are all about industrial vintage chic! 🙂

    • I want to keep all for of them. Hottie says no. He’s not wanting the elliptical either but I think it will happen. It IS huge, so I understand his concern.

      Oh those metal cabinets…. They’re screaming my name!

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  5. I love your energy. It’s incredibly impressive and I’m sure you were a star at your old job! And I love how you organized such great charity projects!

    I had no idea those old shelves were worth so much. Are they like the basic metal shelves schools always had? If so, my mom has like… 10. O_O They look just like that very first picture, although I think they’re all green. I’ll have to tell her not to just dump them at the curb!!

    • I was only a “star” because I could do *hard* things the guys couldn’t do (the guys at my company, that is) like plan, budget, and make complicated spreadsheets (complicated to them)! Hottie and I home all the time that they paid me very well to do very little hard stuff. Ha! I truly worry that the week after I left, and they had to do those things, that they realized I want that great.

      YES, those shelves exactly! She may be able to find a refinisher in her area that would but them all. I’m going to have to sell each individually. It’s killing me to sell the most valuable one simply because I LOVE it (the one with the rubber top). Oh yeah, I didn’t know their value when I posted this! A refinisher in CA helped me out and valued them at $75-$100 for the small shelf, $125+ for the one with the marble swirl top, $200 for the one with the overhang to, and $150 for three one I’m keeping. He was super helpful! Had I been in CA, he’d be picking them up today. 😉

      Do not let her ditch those shelves!!!!

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