Suspended – Too much stuff to write about

April 19

Today I’m giving away, a great many things…

Hi all, I have decided to move so I’m getting rid of too much stuff to post about.  I am afraid I won’t have time to take a picture of it all and post it over the next several months, I have to move too fast to be ready in time.  I’ve found some great recipients for my stuff though,

My family – of course…the sisters get first dibs on everything

My friends – I’ve reached out and although there aren’t that many who want my old junk, I’m trying to match supply with some specific demands there – I might get a few hits

My friends’ kids – I have a few offspring “new apartment” donations happening that I’m really happy about, I set up my first apartment at University with cast offs and vintage and loved that place as much as I’ve loved any home since

My cleaning lady’s church – they have a giant garage sale that funds a breakfast program for kids in their neighbourhood, pretty hard to do better than that

Goodwill – they help you unload your car and I like that they provide employment and are self funding

Garbage – I’ll try and limit the landfill but there is some stuff that no one wants, and I have some toxic waste (paint cans etc.)

I pledge that I will give away at least 256 more things.  That’s how many days there are left in the year.  I plan to give away at least that many things between now and next weekend.

I want to say thanks for all the encouragement, I’ve had such a great time hearing from some of you and plotting my weekly batch of stuff to get rid of.  It was partly this process that helped me finally reach a decision to move and I’m now really excited about it.  Ironically, I want to downsize and simplify on a bigger scale.  It was very interesting and satisfying to start getting rid of stuff and I’m impatient now to just get it all gone.

To that end, I’m looking for a condo with an excellent view, lots of natural light, low maintenance fees and good closets (I still like my shoes, what can I say!).  If you know of such a place, please contact me directly.

April 8 – Syrup dispenser

Apr 7


Today I’m giving away this Wedgewood syrup dispenser.  I got it at an antiques fair the year I bought the cottage and thought I would use it all the time, but we always just put the syrup on the table (heathens right?).  Maybe it would be different if we had a dishwasher.  Anyway, I have a friend who sets a beautiful table and has a great farmhouse where she feeds large groups of friends and family, I gave it to her as part of her birthday present.  I’m continuing my pledge to give something old, handmade, or an experience.

Happy Birthday Anne.

April 7 – Water Bottle

Apr 6

Today I’m giving away this water bottle.  I have several so this is definitely a spare.  Also it’s one of the early ones that was identified to have a liner that might contain Bisphenol A (BPA).  See yesterday’s post.  Like the plastic jug from Saturday, I will pitch this too.

Happy Sunday.

April 6 – Plastic jug

Apr 4


Today I’m giving away this plastic pitcher.  I think it was a hostess gift for an event at my place about 20 years ago.  I don’t use it, although I remember matching glasses that I don’t seem to have anymore.

I am pretty sure this is the kind of plastic that was made using Bisphenol A (BPA).  Wikipedia describes BPA plastic as clear and tough and used to make things like water bottles.  Canada was the first country to declare BPA a toxic substance (possibly the only environmental leadership the Harper government will show).  It has hormone mimicking properties so is particularly hazardous to fetuses and young children.

I’m going to throw it out.  If it goes to Goodwill, it could end up on some kids’ kitchen table full of Kool-aid.

Fun Fact – If you’re wondering if you have BPA plastics in your house note the following from wikipedia, “In general, plastics that are marked with Resin Identification Codes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 are very unlikely to contain BPA. Some, but not all, plastics that are marked with the Resin Identification Code 7 may be made with BPA.”


April 4 – Tea Pot

Apr 3

Today I’m giving away this excellent tea pot.  It has a built-in infuser, makes enough for a large mug and was a gift from a good friend who I am actually seeing tonight.  I’m giving it away because I keep re-breaking the lid every time I use it.  I repair it and then break it again.  It is kind of driving me crazy so I’m putting it in the Looney Tooney sale box for my nephew.  I now use a cheap little pot that I bought at T & T but it makes great tea.

I will explain all and ask for forgiveness when I see her tonight.


April 3 – thermal cup, no lid

Apr 2


Today I’m giving away this thermal cup.  It was from a promotion which makes it about 12 to 15 years old.  I used to use it because the narrow bottom meant it fit in the small cup holder in my old car.  I don’t know where the lid went, it’s pretty useless without it.  I know… why do I still have it?  Truth is, it was tucked in the corner of an upper kitchen cabinet and I don’t get up there all that often.  I should probably pitch it but I’m putting it in the Goodwill box because you never know.


April 2 – Collapsable water bottle

Apr 1


Today I’m giving away a foldable or collapsable water bottle.  As you can see, it’s still in the packaging and has never been used.  I don’t know why, but I have three.  One was a gift, one was swag and one I bought a long time ago for a trip to a third world country and never used it.  I think this one was the gift but I chose this one to give away so that it can be regifted to someone else.  It’s going in my nephew’s Looney, Tooney sale box.

It’s freezing here today.  Make it stop.

February 28 – Candle dish

Feb 28

Today I’m giving away this glass dish/plate for square candles.  I really liked this.  It held three square block candles and sat in a little window in my front hall for quite a long time.  The candles burned down long ago and I thought I’d be able to find new ones but haven’t and now I have something else in that spot.  It was a gift from my friend Anne who always finds nice things for your home.

It’s going in the Loonie/Toonie sale box.  I should say here that whenever someone comes to my house I give them a crack at anything they want in the Goodwill box or Loonie/Toonie sale box.  Amazingly about half of it goes out the door with a visiting friend or family member.  I’m happy about this.  It’s kind of like regifting but more transparent.


February 17 – Lunch Bag

Feb 17

Today I gave away this pretty lunch bag.  I really like it.  Partly because it was given to me by my most excellent sister in law and because it’s a good size and has a thermal lining that keeps food cold or warm.  Also, it’s canvas on the outside so you can clean it easily.  I used it a lot but I’m not taking my lunch any more and my sister had an extreme need.  Her lunch bag exploded or imploded with something nasty and became unusable.  It was a loss since she takes her lunch every day.  She was so grateful when I said I had one I wasn’t using, I had to give it to her.  A good lunch bag is a great thing, it will inspire you to fill it full of good healthy food.

If you don’t have one, go get one.  This one’s gone to a good home.


February 14 – Sake glasses

Feb 14


I thought, in honour of Valentine’s Day, that I should give away my heart but that wouldn’t help make space in my house so…

Today I’m giving away 5 sake cups.  They’re really pretty and very wee.  My sister gave them to me many years ago when she was cleaning out her kitchen.  I do a fair bit of entertaining so she thought I was more likely to use them than her.  I’ve never used them.  Well, actually, I used one as an egg cup when I needed one more than I had.  It did the trick.  I offered them back to the sister who gave them to me and she didn’t even remember ever having them… she said no.  I’m putting them in the Goodwill box.



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