Friday, December 9, 2011

My three jobs!

In this economy you got to be a multitasker to survive! 

My three jobs: senior care manager, estate sale company employee, and Etsyian blend seamlessly. 

I've learned a lot taking care of the elderly. I learned to listen carefully, talk slowly, follow directions impeccably and how to flip an egg without breaking the yolk. My objective is to help to keep these folks in their home for as long as possible. I often see piles (and piles) of papers or boxes of their mother's china in the middle of the living space rendering the home inefficient or even inoperable. Organizing has become one of my primary tasks. My first step is to build a relationship of trust. One client had a bad habit of stashing anything and everything into what she called, "Black Beard's Chamber." She hired me to clean this room but we spent the first few days chatting, collecting boxes, and having tea. Once I was inside we worked together carefully separating the hoard. Organizing this women's collection took commitment and special attention. We worked in that room for a week straight. Each item had a story and nothing was discarded. It's a slow process but that's what I call job security!

A bracelet that I got at an Estate sale. I'm starting to rock the grandma jewelry, the ladies are rubbing off on me!

I'd rather help a senior process their personal effects before they pass but that is, most likely, not the case. The truth is that the surviving family members can't handle such a large task so an estate sale company is hired, items are donated or somethings end up in the trash. An estate sale company organizes the items, lugs them out of the attic and basement and hosts a sale. My first experience at an estate sale was odd because I really felt like I was digging through some dead persons things. I normally buy from thrift stores and flea markets where the items have lost that connection to their previous owners. I was quickly desensitized when I stumbled upon treasure after treasure. I felt like the early bird getting the worm: whatever's leftover from the estate sale ends up at the Good Will. The next estate sale I went to I asked for a job. My DREAM JOB. Each week I root and sort a life long collection of items. Some of which end up in my Etsy shop.

Now that I've given the background I hope to every week share with you what I got at the estate sale. If you live in the Boston area, look for me at Above and Beyond's sales. You can find an estate sale in your area by using 

This past weekend there were two sales. 

Wellesley. A real nice neighborhood. The house was a maze. They had a collection of vintage trains (still in the box), signed hockey sticks, and vintage toys...

My favorite thing I unearthed  - A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle bed sheet. Sold! for 3 bucks!!

What I brought home...

Two for you (Both skirts above will be available at Humpastuff Vintage ASAP).
 One for me. This cute striped blouse is mine! 

The second sale was in Medfield. It was the home of a firefighter. His father was also a firefighter. The home was donated to the fire department, they planned to use the home for a smoke training exercise, and after that the home would be raised and a new home built on the lot. 

By the end of the sale on Sunday I had out my screw driver and was taking these awesome metal eagle light switch plates off the walls. Love it or leave it! 

Vintage utensils, my new light switch plates, an antique hitching post and the generator. There was no electricity so we had that thing buzzing all day.  

Tomorrow a new sale begins. 
183 Indian Lane, Canton, MA 02021.

T H E   B A D   T W I N 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting Maggie! What a great way for me to keep up with my beautiful, talented and energetic daughter. I love the way your three jobs intertwine and work together. You are a Master! I am so proud, and I love you with all my heart.