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Preparing for Dad's Estate Auction

Because my brother Ernie is a diesel mechanic and knows tools, we agreed that it would be best if he came out here for a weekend, to help sort through Dad's tools in his workshops and the shed, in preparation for the estate auction to happen at a later date.

I was busy helping me, and trying to keep up with his pace, so I didn't snatch up the camera as early as I should have. But I did get some pictures and will give you a bit of a photo review of that weekend, and what I've accomplished since then towards that same goal.

We pulled everything out of Dad's cabinets and off the walls in the basement workshop on the Saturday.

On Sunday afternoon we went to get Tom, and then all three sorted stuff from the wood-workshop behind the garage. And we conducted our Family Auction by email and phone.

Ernie pulling things out of the shed to sort
Monday morning Ernie and Tom went to go through everything in the shed at the back of the garden.

Tom was supervising from the back gate
Tom was supervising and making notes from the back gate

Watching Ernie secure his loads Monday afternoon
Watching Ernie secure his loads Monday afternoon before he headed back to Winnipeg, a 10 hour drive when without a load!

Finally, after undoing his tarp and loading the sewing machines he'd forgotten, he was off and away with his stuff
Finally, after undoing his tarp and loading the sewing machines he'd forgotten, Ernie was off and away with his stuff.

That's when we loaded Tom's stuff in my car -as much as we could, and I took him back to the city.

In the weeks prior to even the sale of this house I had sorted and packed the things in the bedrooms and main rooms of the house. In waiting for the auctioneer to come estimate the size and value of this estate sale, I'd pulled things out in the open and stacked them where they could be seen. Here's a few peeks into the bedrooms.

The single bed guest room - packed
The single bed guest room - packed and ready to move (most of it going to "my place.")

from door of double-bed guestroom - packed
from door of double-bed guestroom - packed.

Double-bed guest room - packed
The Double-bed guest room - packed - second view.

Dad's bedroom - packed
Dad's bedroom - packed. Note that I've left boxes open so they could be inspected.

In the last three weeks I have sorted through most of Dad's workshop stuff and arranged it in the garage, on display for the auctioneers who were to come assess the general value, and to make it easy and ready for the auction sale.

I haven't carried it all upstairs yet. I'll deputize the first strong muscle men that happen to come visit me! But there's about another table's worth of stuff to come up, and also about 100 canning jars from the cold storage room. :)

We did have an auctioneer visit, and we've now got a date settled too. You're all invited for July 6th, when it will start at 10 a.m. right in front of this house!

Auction sale spread in garage - view 1
Auction sale spread in garage - view 1 from house door at top of ramp.

Auction sale spread in garage - view 2
Auction sale spread in garage - view 2

Auction sale spread in garage - view 3
Auction sale spread in garage - view 3

Auction sale spread in garage - view 4
Auction sale spread in garage - view 4 from the front door.

Auction sale spread in garage - view 5
Auction sale spread in garage - view 5 from the back of the garage.

The spread of power tools in the wood-workshop
The spread of power tools in the wood-workshop

The other work counter, with some tools from downstairs.
The other work counter, with some tools from downstairs


There's more, of course, but you're overwhelmed and I've got other things to do. :) Maybe I'll do another photo story when we're really ready for the auction.

Or perhaps the transformation of my new little house!?

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