Friday, June 8, 2012

Sell or Keep?

Changes at work (and the software that we use) mean that I need to be hardwired into the internet when I'm working at home, and can't rely on wireless.  That meant that I needed to move an armoire out of the niche in the room, and I don't really have any place to put it.

My dad and I emptied it of all contents, shelves and drawers, and managed to drag it to the top of the stairs.  I was going to move it down to the basement for now, but my dad and I quickly realized that it is too heavy for us to get down the stairs, even with a dolly.  We managed to lift it onto the dolly, but it was a struggle just to get it to the stairs, and taking it down is something of a commitment... if we got down three steps and realized it was too hard, we wouldn't exactly have the option of lifting it back up to the main floor.

We talked about maybe me selling it.  I don't really use it much.  It's has mostly stored stuff that I don't need since I moved to this house.  But, it's a solid wood piece of furniture that's fairly nice, in my opinion, and if I sold it now, it'd cost me a lot more to replace it down the road than it cost me back in the day.  So, I decided to call and inquire about hiring movers.

To get two guys to come and carry this armoire 20 feet down 10 steps would cost $280.  That's a good chunk of the value of the piece!

So, my options are:  pay the big chunk to have it moved professionally.  Find and hire some guys under the table, and take the chance that nothing goes wrong (fat chance, with my luck lately).     Move it back to the spare room, and find someplace else to work.  Or, I could sell it.  I don't know what to do.

Winter kind of likes it where it is, but it's blocking the hall.


  1. OMG, where you dropped on your head? Sell it, goofball!

  2. I was dropped on my head because I can't spell WERE.

  3. Nooooooooooooooooooooo! You can't get rid of it!!!! Winter has always loved the height of that cozy top of the armoire.

  4. I have a rule at our house, if it is not used, it must go. If you sell it, you can use the money for Italy. If you movie it to the basement (cringe) you'll be out $280 for a piece of furniture you don't use. Even if it is a nice piece of furniture.

  5. P.S. on your Craigslist ad, specify that it is a heavy piece of furniture and that you will not help move it. Bring strong people and a big truck. Trust me.

  6. Italy...
    I forgot about Italy.
    What Dawn said. Yep.

  7. I'm trying to find a way to keep it. Each time I read a suggestion to sell it, but reaction was a big "Nooooooo!"... which is good, because I didn't know what I wanted to do before. It may not be realistic - I'm not spending $280 to have it moved - but I suspect I'd be lucky to get $250 for it. If I wanted to replace it, it'd probably cost about $2000. So, I'm mulling it over for now. For example, it occurs to me that it'd be a heck of a lot easier to carry the bed down to the basement, which would provide me with the room that I need for the armoire.