7:30am: It’s garbage day so Harper is going nuts! She hates the garbage trucks and I have tried everything to help calm her down. I have found that the only thing that helps is if I keep her in the bathroom with me while I get ready for work, between my hair dryer and the bathroom fan she can’t hear the squeak of the trucks.
8:30am: Today I have a 4 man crew working at an estate with me, 2 of the guys who work with me regularly (Unga and Esa) meet at my house and we load up the truck. Today I need to bring tables for the sale we are prepping for and a cooler filled with water and Gatorade. Chris and I bought a truck in the fall and it has really paid off with my business, it is so much easier to haul stuff around and deliver furniture that I sell online.
9am: Arrive at my client’s house. Today I am working at an estate in Los Altos. I started working here back in March of 2011 and now that the house has sold I have a few weeks to prep for an estate sale before my client needs to move out. I LOVE estate sales! This sale is going to be huge, lots of great antiques and furniture. We start the day by emptying out the large 6 car garage so we can start with a blank slate for the sale. Here is what the garage looked like when we started…
10:30am: The garage has been emptied, we swept it out, set up tables, and start to bring antiques back in and organize them into “like” categories.
11:00am: We have moved a ton of stuff inside the garage but still have lots of boxes and furniture to go through…
11:30am: Aren’t these vintage reindeer holiday decorations neat? It is 4 pieces, a sleigh, toys, and 2 reindeer. I have never seen anything like it!
12pm: There is a barn filled with antiques attached to the garage, you can’t tell from this picture but there were several antique telephones, antique tools, trunks, furniture, vintage gardening supplies, trunks, and antique sleighs…
1pm: I had pizza delivered to the job site, I ordered 2 larges, one cheese, one supreme, and some bread sticks and man did they hit the spot. I never take a lunch break but my assistant Devin helped me realize that people that work for me need to eat! The guys devoured the pizza and then we got back to work.
1:15: The 5 of us start to unload the loft in the barn. Esa and I handed down 7 large trunks, 4 horse drawn sleighs, antique plows and fruit crates to Jim, Lance, and Unga. Unga and Esa are from Tonga and I don’t think they had ever seen a sleigh before, I guess it is pretty rare occurrence in California too since we don’t get much snow! Poor Esa was stuck in the rafters with me for 2 hours, he was laughing at me because I was convinced that I was going to find a dead rat (luckily I did not).
3:30pm, the last sleigh gets moved down from the rafters! It was much heavier than it looks and I will remember this project for the rest of my life! I am so thankful that every day is fun and exciting!
We watched our favorite show “Castle” and then hit the sack. This week is going to be another busy week, I have 2 organizing sessions back to back tomorrow and then I will be back at the Estate on Wednesday and Thursday, Friday I have another long organizing session in Los Gatos and then Saturday I am working in San Jose.
I hope you enjoyed my day, please come back again soon and say hi!