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November 05, 2021

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DrumMajor

Whew! You survived an interesting date. My impression is that the home's owner is a little "off" with such a bizarre assortment of stuff. And it's good that John didn't buy any "weird" stuff. Be glad you didn't date the home's owner.... Yep, vinyl records have returned in popularity, but our old ones aren't worth that much more. Linda in Kansas

sillygirl

Bet you are glad you have separate homes!!!

Joyce

Be very glad you live separately, My SO does storage units and I am amazed at the crap people buy, let alone pay more money to store.

I cannot imagine some of the stuff in your photos being in a home...glad it isn't mine LOL

Doug M

Well, what's the saying? One man's trash is another man's treasure I suppose... but I don't see any treasures here! Still was a curious look, thanks for sharing Margaret. Um, I can't believe someone took the time to hang & display that woman's torso on a blouse, I want to see the woman who wore it :^(

Musings

A very, very long time ago Art and I used to LOVE going to estate sales and bought a lot of our furniture that way. However, these days we're trying NOT to accumulate things. It's bad enough now that our kids are not going to love having to dispose of our things.

Tonya

I'm sitting here giggling. Oh yes, the image of what this household WAS! And the people who inhabited it! Bwahahahaha! Nope, not my thing, that's for sure!

AC

I just don't get it, but you seem to have peace with the fact.

Zazzy

I would rather have the big blue fish than the porcupine. But only if neither is not an option.

I just saw that humidifier in the plow and hearth catalog.

Zazzy

Oh, by the way, television makes it look like you are going to stumble across some extremely valuable item at a salvage lot or storage shed, your attic or I guess someone else's attic. Those exciting finds are few and far between.

Karen

Not a big fan of the estate sales. I have so much of my own "stuff" that I should be getting rid of that it would defeat the purpose to then fill my house back up with stuff. You're a good soul for going along.

Wendy

Oh my gosh, that Pig on the wall killed me! Can't imagine that or any of those critters or fish in my house.
I have been getting rid of "stuff" and had a bunch of vinyl records so I gave first choice to my Ex and then my
son took the rest to a co-worker who collects CRAP..haha! Still would be fun to walk through and see what is there

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