Monday, October 4, 2010


What:  A couple DVDs, some Xbox and a PC Game.  Btw, I know they're not called "videos" anymore.  I wanted to type it like Hank Hill pronounced it.  Vidjeahs.  But that's pretty random.  Even for my own blog.

Why:  Jason got rid of them.  I sure wasn't chomping at the bit to play FarCry2 or Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 (whatever the hell that means).

Where:  Amazon.  I thought a bit about where to sell these.  Ebay was my first choice, but then I'd have to take a picture of each, upload it, wait a week to see if it sells, blah blah blah.  On Amazon all I have to do is enter the title, price the item lower than the currently listed low price, and wait.  Easy.  Peasy. 

Fun Fact:  The most valuable of the lot?  The Sims 3.  Never would have called that.  It's up in the $20-dollar range where the others are all in the $3-dollar world.

...and just like that!  Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 sold.  $8.50   Thankyouverymuch.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Oprah bib

[I have absolutely no idea why this stupid picture is on its side.  It is right-side up in my computer, but it uploads like this.  So bizarre. Don't hurt your neck.]

What:  Bib from the Oprah store

Why:  When you go to a taping of the Oprah show they push the store relentlessly.  So much so that after you're starved and crazy from waiting in line for 2 hours then sitting through at least 2 hours of taping devoid of any of your time-wasting possessions (no purses, empty pockets, nothing electronic, not even a book is allowed) it seems like the only place TO go.  So I did.  And this is what I bought.  Cause it's kinda clever.   But (thankfully) my girl outgrew her spit up phase almost immediately before I bought this, and we recently found out our next kid is a boy.  No pink bibs for him.

Where:  eBay.  I figured I'll take advantage of Oprah's last season and maybe get some nostalgia bids.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Come take this desk!

What:  My glass-and-metal desk

Why:  A couple reasons:  my kind and generous friend Karen gave me her old desk set with bookshelves and a side table and headboard and all sorts of bells and whistles for my new office; I need to clear out this room for my daughter so my new baby can live in the nursery.

Where:  You know you want this desk.  It's nice. It fits in anywhere, and the glass minimizes its look in any room.  You don't have to use the whole thing.  Set it up as two desks without the corner piece.  Practical *and* functional.  Perfection!  And look how small it is when you take it apart.  You can totally fit this in your car this weekend.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Danish Modern

For a while there, anything that was labeled "Danish Modern" or even "Mid Century Modern" I had to buy.  It got a bit out of hand.  Soooo, I'm lightening the load.


What:  A really cool 3-candle holder that had one of the aforementioned labels on it at a vintage store I used to frequent in Sydney.

Why:  I just never seemed to take it out of storage for display

Where:  eBay

Thursday, July 22, 2010


So last week I gave my sister two big bags of clothes.  At least 40 things that were not detailed on this blog before.  Ta-da!

I swear I'm still getting rid of stuff.  I promise to write more posts.  Promise. From me to you.

Stay tuned.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Belkin N Wireless Router F5D8236-4

What:  Wireless router I bought for Jason thinking I was the Best Gift Giver Ever

Why:  Apparently, what he really wanted was a router/modem combo, which we just had to buy because the crappy one AT&T gave us done broke. 

Where:  Sold on ebay!  Cool $40.

Friday, June 11, 2010


What: A ton (like 80) of trading cards (Baseball, Football, Basketball, Hockey and Comic Book)

Why:  I think these once belonged to my brother in law.  But I know we've had them forever.  No more.

WhereEbay baby!  I've spent both nap times today listing these things and I've only got 9 of them up.  It's a long road, but will hopefully be somewhat profitable.  My dad and I tried to sell them at a random comic shop we came across in the suburbs, but in their eternal words "that market's dead."  Let's hope not.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

I killed the pillow

What:  Pillow

Why:  I've washed pillows before with no adverse effects.  This one died.  Did a number on the inside of my washer too.  Mess.

Where:  Garbage.  Actually, I put it on top of the garbage in case a nice bum wanted a pillow for the night.  It was gone in a few hours.  Ahh, city living.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Random Plastic Flatware

What:  Plastic forks, spoons, etc.

Why:  You know what's great about moms?  They do shit for you that's above and beyond.  My mom was here the other day helping me with the baby, and when my kid was sleeping know what mom did?  She re-arranged an entire cabinet so that it was both functional *and* baby-proof (ooh! and she wiped clean the shelves when they were empty - Go Mom!).  In said cabinet, in the way way back, were all these old delivery utensils packets.  It's just one of those things I guess.  Hard to throw away when you have them, stupid to hold on to for any amount of time.

Where:  Plastic bits were recycled.  Napkins were used that day to wipe down counters and tables.  The rest went to trash city.


What:  Old bathmat

Why:  While it doesn't look so bad in the photo, trust me.  It was.  It was indeed old, had random bleach spots (?), frayed pieces, and the backing had seen much much better days.  Yet another cheap home good we shipped to and from Australia and the USA.  D'oh.

Where:  Garbage

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

HP Deskjet F380

What:  One perfectly good HP color printer purchased in Sydney in 2007

Why:  My friend gave me her old one which also has fax capabilities. 

Where:  My Dad was over today talking about needing a new printer. Serendipity!

BONUS:  Did I mention I have a thing for keeping boxes?  Yeah, I know.  So I remembered the box for this (yes, ok, I keep them in separate places.  I know it makes no sense) and my Dad (Mom) doesn't want it so out it goes in the recycling tonight. 

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Two in a row!

Continuing on a theme...

What:  Self tanner I bought in Australia.  In 2007.

Why:  Do I need to explain?

Where:  Garbage

Monday, May 31, 2010

April 27, 2010

That's the day my New Year's Resolution took a hiatus.  Anyway.

Hey all!  Remember me?  You know, excuses, excuses.  But I'm back.  And man, have I got some great Things To Get Rid Of.

Stick with me - it'll be good.

Let's start with one of my deep dark secrets:  makeup.  I don't wear it on any regular basis, so I almost never buy any.  And then I just keep it forever.  Of course, the Internets have schooled me on how disgusting this is, so I'm reluctantly cleaning shop.  So let's start with:

What:  Lip Gloss

Why:  See above (I honestly cannot even tell you when I purchased this.  I'm afraid to admit it may have been when I lived in NYC '99-'01.  Super gross, I know.)

Where:  Garbage.  Swear.

Added bonus:  there are two more in random purses somewhere.  You have my solemn vow that I will toss them as soon as they turn up. 

Thursday, May 6, 2010


Hi guys.  Remember when I had a daily blog?  Yeah, me too.  Kinda got away from me there.  But fear not faithful followers, I have been Getting Rid of Things all along.  And taking pictures too.  It's the pesky upload-photos-and-write-about-it bit that's slowed me down.  I'll get to it though.  Oh I will.  Here's a (picture-less) sneak peek:
  • Old bed sheets!
  • Bathmat from many years ago!
  • Kitchen utensils that I thought I would use but never do!
  • Glassware!
  • More clothes!
See?  The excitement never stops. But sometimes the blog posts do.  Stay tuned...

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


I'm catching up....

What:  Two old ass issues of Mad Magazine.  June '57 and April '58

Why:  We stopped by the in laws' house this weekend and they were given to us.  I'm not sure if they ever belonged to my husband or were always his father's or what, but regardless we walked out of there with them.

Where: eBay and eBay

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sunday Again

Time for me to update the blog!

What:  Folding Chair
Why:  I left this outside all winter under the deck.  It is cracked.  Do not sit.
Where:  Garbage.  But interestingly enough, the other day I was looking out our bedroom window and saw someone pull this same chair out of the neighbors' garbage.  So it's been claimed and discarded another time since I Got Rid of it. 

What:  Watering Can
Why:  While it looks cool, it sucks as a watering can.  It gets water everywhere when pouring and doesn't hold much capacity.
Where:  Garage sale.  Someone else take my crappy stuff!

What:  Old cell phone
Why:  A friend gave this to me when I was going overseas because... I don't remember.  But I do know the best feature of this phone is that the screen is a mirror when not in use.  Clever!
Where:  Garage sale?  My father in law also *loves* this type of shit.  I'll give it to him if it doesn't sell.

What:  Clothes
Why:  Because I have to get rid of them.
Where:  Donate

Sunday, April 11, 2010


What:  The book "Undateable: 311 Things Guys Do That Guarantee They Won't Be Dating Or Having Sex"

Why:  Today I attended the taping of a TV talk show.  One that films right here in Chicago.  Put on your thinking caps everyone.  What could it be?  Hint:  Springer and Jenny Jones have long been canceled.  At said talk show taping I had to sign a piece of paper that stated, in bold print, that I may NOT BLOG about my experience. So, in a completely unrelated matter, I unexpectedly acquired this book today.   It's clever, but I do not want.

Where:  Selling it on Amazon

Friday, April 9, 2010


What:  Timer for indoor lights

Why:  It does not work.  Lights will come on at will, and either stay on or go off immediately.  I try to override it but each time I do that I get a whole new schedule for the lights turning on and/or going off.  Some times I go to bed and they're off, and when I get up at 3am with the baby I see the lights are on downstairs.   It does not keep the current time, which I'm guessing is the main problem.  That or it's haunted.

Where:  Garbage.  And this is why I'm including this on the post:  I honestly thought more than twice about keeping it.  Or selling it at a garage sale.  A broken, haunted timer.  Purchased at Menards for under $5.  I really need this blog to keep me honest.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Baby Vase

What:  Baby-theme ceramic vase

Why:  I think I got this at my baby shower (most likely with flowers) and for some reason I felt sentimental enough about it to keep it this long.  Almost a year now.  And I really don't like it.  I mean, it's adorable.  And looks great with flowers.  But there was no reason for me to keep it this long.

Where:  Garage sale

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The BIG One

What:  Wow.  Our pool table.  The Gandy Big G

Why:  We were not going to ever get rid of this pool table.  Then we had a baby.  Then she got bigger.  Then her toys started getting bigger.  We need the space.

WhereCraigslistEbay.  I've got a call into a company who claims to buy pool tables.   Anyone? 

Note:  Apologies to Terry!  We loved this.  But it's time to go.

Monday, April 5, 2010


I've been sick.  Jason's been sick.  The baby's been sick.  Are you sure you're not sick?
Looks like I'll be doing a lot of these make-up posts.  Such is the blogging life.

What:  Heart-shaped wine bottle cap-thingy

Why:  What are these used for in real life?  Because it won't keep your wine good overnight.  And why would you close up a bottle of wine already opened and being enjoyed?  I don't get it.  What am I missing?

Where:  Garage sale

What: Random incense

Why:  Regardless of how fancy the incense is, it still smacks of hippy to me.

Where:  Garage sale?  Garbage?  I'll try selling it first I guess...

What:  This old pillow

Why:  Old pillows are gross.  This one used to be covered with my early attempts at knitting.  The outer bit got gross, I cut it off, and discovered the interior pillow to also be gross.  Gross gross gross.

Where: Garbage

What: Two Pillowcases (and yes, I'm counting these as 2 things)

Why:  These are the pillow cases we bought in Australia while waiting for our real things to arrive. Whatever they are made out of does not exist in nature.  Cotton does not grow in Oz, so natural fibers are expensive down unda.

Where:  Again, garage sale?  Will someone actually buy these things?

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Serving Stuff

What:  Large Tray and Olive Dish

Why:  I told you I like a serving dish.  First the tray:  it's a good looking piece, right?  Unfortunately, it just never worked.  It's not quite the right size (too small) and because of the handles on the side things can roll off it very easily.  Last week I went to Ikea for something totally unrelated, and walked away with two *new* trays.  Giggity.  I dare you to go to Ikea for one thing and walk out with that one thing only.  Anyway.  The new will replace the old.

The other is a little bowl for olives.  You're supposed to discard the seeds in the middle.  I don't eat olives.  Jason does.  So I thought this thing would be perfect.  We've never used it.  Ever.  And in reality, the thought of discarded pits gathered together in the center of a serving piece is just nasty. 

Where:  Garage sale

Monday, March 29, 2010

Itty Bitty Mouse

What: Teeny tiny widdle mouse

Why: Please note in the picture that I have ridiculously small hands.  It's a miracle I could ever play piano.  So we never use this mouse.  I found it in a drawer I made for Jason years ago marked "cords and computer equipment."  And yes, that means we moved this thing from Los Angeles to Sydney, Australia to Chicago.  Smart!

Where: Per usual, I'll try eBay first.  Then put it into the Garage Sale pile.

Saturday, March 27, 2010


What:  Jason's Wisdom Tooth

Why:  He had it removed today.

Where: Where do old teeth go?  Tooth fairy?  Oh, Jason just said they go to dental schools. 

*NOTE* it is that color because of antibiotics he was given as a child.  He's actually in a text book of some sort about it.  His remaining teeth are all white.  He's just like the rest of us now.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Aw Snap.

It happened again.  A week got away from me.  But fear not.  Here are seven Things I'm Getting Rid Of.

What: Reverend Horton Heat poster
Why: Same reason I'm getting rid of my other 90s rock posters
Where:  eBay (even though I'm not having much luck with the others...)

What: Two serving dishes

Why:  While I *love* a good serving dish (any sort of tray or bowl or anything - ever need to buy me a gift?  You can't go wrong with a serving something or other) these were left over in our house when we bought it.  At one point there must have been an open house here and those were used for snacks.  Which is kinda odd, because the house was completely empty, save for this tray and bowl.  They still have the Target stickers on the back.  Nothing wrong with Target of course, I shop there weekly.  Just commenting on their state of (un)cleanliness.

Where: Garage Sale

What: The Gravediggers
Why:  Here's a tip:  Don't go into Half Price Books tipsy.  You will definitely judge a book by its cover.  This cover is excellent.  This book is not.
Where:  From whence it came.

What: Stripperish Shoes
Why:  Honestly, these shoes look cute on.  And I hope everyone in the Chicagoland area knows of City Soles.  Yes, it's hit or miss.  But when it's hit it's amazing.  Not to even get into the buy-10-get-1-free (which you can combine with other people to amass 10) they have a sale section that's often something crazy like buy-1-get-1-for-five-cents.  Hence, five-cent shoes with plastic straps that make them look like stripper shoes when they're not on my feet.
Where:  My friend saw them and took them home with her.

What:  An old favorite
Why:  Jason loved this shirt.  I know I have a picture of him wearing it in our NYC apartment.  And before.  We had that apartment in 1999.
Where:  Garage Sale/Goodwill

What: Olive Green Max Studio Pants
Why:  I bought these pants for work but they were never dressy enough.  And without heels my legs didn't good.  And yes, I tried them with the above shoes.  No good.  I gave these pants one more try post-baby.  Nope.  They gots to go.
Where:  Garage Sale/Goodwill

Thursday, March 18, 2010


What:  Lime green sandals

Why:  I always really liked these shoes.   The heel is the perfect size for summer.  The color is great with shorts or jeans.  I want to describe them as "kicky" but I've never actually seen that term used outside of the sales lady in the Cathy comics.  Anyway, the god damned strap on these kicky shoes always gave me the worst blisters.  I tried everything.  Including an entire summer of wearing band aids across the tops of both feet.  Not the best plan. 

Where:  I'll try selling them this summer at the garage sale, but they will be donated if they don't sell.  Blisters for the poor!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


What:  Random pieces of jewelry including a choker from Urban Outfitters, a bead bracelet (which was a gift... oops), a necklace that was once fancy and special and a chunky bracelet whose makeup and origin I'm not quit sure of.

Why:  Don't wear them anymore, or never did.

Where:  Garage sale

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Spring Has Sprung!

What:  In honor of this beautiful Spring day (although I know in my heart of hearts that it will get cold again), I am getting rid of this headband-y thing I used to wear when I used jog outside in the freezing cold.

Why:  I last went jogging in the freezing cold in 1998.  Also I think I bought this thing to match the ski jacket I got for Christmas in the 8th grade.

Where:  Goodwill (unless my sister wants it - she does crazy things like jog in the cold)

Monday, March 15, 2010

More Electronics

What:  ??  Anyone?

Why:  Jason said I could get rid of it

Where:  I'm going to try eBay again because that old modem actually has someone "watching" it - which is one small step away from bidding.  I can practically feel that $1.50 (less eBay fees, less PayPal fees) in my pocket.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Jason's Favorite Sweater

What:  Dark Blue With Orange Piping Down The Sides Hugo Boss Sweater

Why:  There's a hole in the elbow, dear Liza, dear Liza.  It's been patched a few times too.  He must have really pointy elbows.

Where:  Donate

Saturday, March 13, 2010


What:  Honest, I don't really know what this is.  A modem?

Why:  Jason said I could get rid of it

Where:  Ebay?  Garage sale?  I'll try both.  In that order.  If it doesn't go at the garage sale I'll give it to my father in law.  He loves this kind of thing.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Beer Cozy

What:  Green Bay Packers Beer Jersey

Why:  Wine Wear.  One of our million dollar ideas we never did anything about.  When we were in China they were selling these little Chinese outfits that fit over a bottle of wine.  Very cute.  I bought like 4.  Great to bring to a party.  It was our big idea to make them here in the US but instead of Chinese outfits we were going to do things like a bridal gown, tuxedo, and so on.  The idea grew to football (for the higher class tailgater) and thus I bough this for research.  It's still a great idea.  I should totally get on that.  But I don't need this.

Where:  ebay baby

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Little Purse

What:  Little embroidered bag from our trip to India

Why:  My niece really loves little purses

Where:  Given to said niece during our trip to Florida

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Guide Me

What:  7 Luxe Guide Books

Why:  These are awesome guides.  If you are planning a trip to any major city in the world, check them out.  They are full of exactly where to shop, hang out, drink, party and sight-see cool shit.  But they go out of date quickly and I don't think I'll be traveling to Bangkok again any time soon.

Where:  I will attempt to sell them on eBay.  It's weird, this is the first time since I started this blog that I don't have anything for sale on eBay.  Time to remedy that.