The good news, the bad news, and the worst insurance nightmare.

22 Oct

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This is real life, not just a blog highlighting the ebbs and flows of a project house. So much has gone on in the last few months since my last blog entry, I don’t even know where to begin. In a nutshell, we found our dream home property, moved out of Hudson, dove headfirst into the “busy season” for our business, and then tragedy struck just a few weeks ago.

I wasn’t sure at the time if the incident at Goodwill put the nail in coffin of my dream [...]

The weight loss clean out special! Part 2: Weight Gain & Refusal from Goodwill

4 Jul

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How do you have a weight loss of 440 .lbs and gain it back in 60 minutes?
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Try donating to Goodwill and having them turn their backs on company policy!  After all my hard work and research throughout multiple website and companies, I was under the impression that Goodwill had a policy that made use of 99% clothes.  Here’s what I thought was going to happen [...]

Second floor 50% clean, let there be light

28 Jun

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The saturday before Father’s Day, I spent the entire time to clean the second floor bedrooms and just listened to Podcasts.  There wasn’t a whole lot of unique finds.  Mostly the material is made up of clothes and old toys from the 80’s & 90’s.  Aparently all the really old stuff ended up in the store.  It’s almost like reverse packing.  The easiest access point filled up first and as time went on and the place got more filled, the owners had to go farther and farther back.  I will bet the newest stuff is in the room I’m currently cleaning, the far back of the second floor… [...]

You can actually see the second floor’s floor!

25 Jun

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Dividing the time between actually doing the work of cleaning the place up and documenting it for this blog feels like a job.  That’s no fun.  After the last post’s weight loss, there has been plenty of room to work and lot’s has been going on.  The main room on the second floor has been completely cleared out, really showing off the square footage! [...]

What is it? #3

23 Jun

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Good things come to those who wait.  Now I’m unveiling the third of an unlimited series of mystery objects. So here’s the question; What is it? [...]

The weight loss clean out special! Recycling trumps garbage. Goodwill wins.

13 Jun

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I feel about 800 lbs lighter today! Loosing weight feels great and this is probably not the weight loss you’re used to seeing. I know it’s been quite some time since the last update, but that’s just life. After all, isn’t it better to be out living life and doing things than stuck at a computer writing? Now that I’ve got some down time, I’ll fill you in on what’s been happening at 49 Columbia and everything else on my mind.

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of craziness. [...]

Kitchen and WC clean up completed, plus a couple finds

22 May

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Cleaning and organizing the kitchen and water closet went buy relatively quickly.  I’m not sure if it was because I spent longer blocks of time here with less distractions or if it’s because the space is only half the size of the store.  Either way it’s done and over with and I’m ready to move upstairs. This whole clean up thing is really starting to get old.

Kitchen at 3/4 clean
Kitchen at 3/4 clean
Clean kitchen
Clean kitchen

Before tackling this area, I went head and removed all [...]

The almighty Bathroom / Pharmacy

17 May

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With the Store about 99% done, I’m moving on to the next area which is the “Kitchen” and Water Closet. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen.  As if the people who lived here just up and left.

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Water Closet Selfie

 

There are a couple shelves above the toilet containing a plethora of prescriptions, hygiene, and beauty products all dating from 1950’s-60’s.  It’s amazing. [...]

One room, one week, four bags of garbage, ultimate finds!

14 May

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I have to admit, at first glance and going back to my original walk thru video, I thought there would have been more trash thrown out.  I swear I’m being more vigilant here than even at my own home where not every bit of recyclable material makes it to the bin.  My first two bags were just a bit of everything because I couldn’t even find a place to keep sorted materials.  Eventually I found [...]

Peeling paint textures and the sort

10 May

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If you’re just visiting this blog for the first time or you’re not from my small town where everyone knows everybody and their dog’s name, you may not be able to tell from my mediocre iPhone photos throughout the blog, that I’m actually a professional photographer.  I’m also not a professional journalist if you can tell from that huge run on sentence.

I was really dying to get some texture into this blog and 49 Columbia is loaded with textures, toxic lead paint and all!  My previous background was just a free stock pic that had nothing to do with the property, but alas, I spent about 30 minutes walking around the interior of the house documenting the textures along the way with my 100mm macro lens on my Canon 5DmkII (I have a couple Mark III’s but didn’t want to bring them into the depths of hell)

So if you’ve stopped by here a few times in the last couple days, you might have noticed the changing background.  Thanks to my brother-in-law, Shawn, for setting up this theme and doing all the nit-picky stuff I think of.  Just like having a custom code to randomize the 40+ photos I took for the background.

Below is a gallery of the 42 high resolution versions for all the artists and creatives out there.
Free downloads, may they be put to good use!

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