Tuesday, June 5, 2012

TTFN Brooklyn

Hi guys!
Oh my gosh! Well that was seriously an insane few days. I am in slow motion, mega tired, body aches, and I feel like I spent a week on West Coast time and now I'm adjusting to East Coast. But truth be told, my trip was only up the turnpike and over the bridge to Brooklyn. 

As I mentioned on Friday, I had to help my sis pack up her entire apt. in Brooklyn. Ok, to say that she is a collector is an understatement. It's totally bordering on hoarder. Maybe there aren't any gangs of cats running the place, or thousands of empty cans, or diapers reaching the heavens (jeez, sorry for that visual...but gosh did you see that episode?...or those several episodes?...what a terrible recurring theme!)  

Her hoarding is a cleaner, gentler version. More like somebody's idea of a dream thrift shop! Missy and I have very different styles...and color palettes. Where I go with pink, and aqua and sweets and bunnies...She goes for orange, and yellow, and turquoise, with Mexican folk art, religious iconography, cowboy boots, sugar skulls. She has sooo many great things. We've collected side by side over the years. Lots of fun going to flea markets and favorite junk shops. 

But after 3 or 4 moves she is totally paring down. Now that she's moving in with us, it's a matter of squeezing everything into one room...her bedroom. So it will be interesting and fun to see her choice in direction. It took us about 24 hrs if you add it up, to completely pack the place up. Me, Missy, and our brother Jason. No tv, or internet...so in the downtime we were pretty much staring at the walls. We found a 1980s 25,000 Pyramid board game! Dick Clark looking eternally young on the box. We played that for a little while and a bit of Scategories.  

Lots and lots and lots of packing. And organizing. Knowing that 85% would be in storage for now, we spent time sorting out the things that she could use here at the house, and some to sell at a yardsale or even on etsy. 

I swear it felt like a week, not 3 days! The movers came 10:30 Monday morning. I think I slept about 3 or 4 hrs all weekend. Not kidding. When the movers arrived we only stuck around for a little while, knowing we had to get back to Jersey to make "room" here at the house. Oh and did I mention that it was a rainy day? And my sis drives a 54 Ford! With no windshield wipers. We were going to rent a car...but the truck itself was gonna be tons of $$$. So we just dodged raindrops. 

I'm so so glad to be home! The back porch is seriously filled to the ceiling with Missy's stuff...and will take a few days to go through and organize and move. 

I know it was hard for Missy to leave Brooklyn. But it's just for now. A great reset button. Time to save some money, work like crazy...and enjoy the shore! I know it'll all make sense!

Ok guys...thanks so much for popping in! I'll be back to my regular blogging tomorrow! :)

Love ya!
xo Jenny


  1. Oh my...I can totally relate! My husband, two kids and I are currently living with family and most of our stuff is in storage! We had to sell our '49 chevy when he was laid off in the height of the recession :(
    Now we find ourselves not able to move because I'm caring for the elderly family member we moved in with back then. All of my vintage radio's, sewing machines,...just everything are in storage. And my bedroom is overtaken by hubby's skateboards!!! At least your sister is moving into an adorable place with you where she can feel at home :)Good luck to both of you!!


  2. Hi Louise! Thanks bunches for popping in and for sharing a bit of your story. Life is a rollercoaster..always ups, downs and loops. This is just for now. Everything works out. :) You'll be displaying your vintage treasures again in no time. :)

    Thanks for the sweet words!

  3. Omigosh! Your sister and I would get along well, I think! It must have been fun to hang out in bk for a few days, eh? I haven't been to the city in ages. I was supposed to last week but I was stuck in a super boring meeting when my fiends left! Ugh. If she has any trouble getting rid of anything, send it my way 😉

  4. @Robert Yeahhh she's got some reeeally fabulous stuff! And I know she wil be going through it all over the next few months! Check back ..I'll be sure to link up any etsy or ebay listings...and if you are looking for anything in particular..let me know! She's a generous sort! :)

    Yeah BK is a blast! But nothing beats Asbury Park in the summer!! Holla! :)


  5. I can totally relate. I have had to move my daughter and I in with my mother. It has been great to see my daughter and mother bond. I never got that with any of my grandparents. It has been hard for me to not have my own space though. I know it will be temporary but I am itching to get back on my feet. I am even looking to move to NJ so I can still be close to my mom in PA. How do you like Asbury Park? I love the whole vintage history of it but have heard it is really scary? Ps I adore your blog.


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