Thursday, August 26, 2010


As you all know our Etsy Team lost a very dear member in March. She had no family here. Kathleen was a dear soul full of talent. She had so many ideas but due to her weakened health over the years never got to do much with them. She would see craft sales or shop online for craft supplies having some wonderful idea of what to do with them and she would buy. She bought, and she bought, and she bought, putting these items aside until they overcame her home.

Our team was her family and Nadine (second from the left) was closest to her. She was made the executor of her estate. The Etsy Team was her family and so we were left to go through all of her belongings and sort and decided what to do with all of it.

We started about 4 months ago. There was a garage suffed full of unpacked boxes of craft items and Christmas decorations.She had 2 rooms inside her home full of unpacked craft items. Things like beads, trim, ric rac, lace, fabric, patterns, all the items you could ever need to make flower arrangements and all of these were not just in single boxes but numerous boxes. We took turns working when we could and we opened boxes one by one and sorted through each one. We took a lot to Hospice and then we decided to have a garage sale. We sorted and priced and categorized every item in the house. It was tedious but we did it !

We covered the table with tarps due to the moisture in the air during the night.

We had the sale last Friday and Saturday. It was huge so in order for people to be able to tell who worked there we wore bright orange T shirts.

It worked, we had pretty much a steady stream of people all day both days. We actually had 12 tables full of items and boxes of items on the ground. Alot of it was new, alot of it was unopened but it was all good stuff. We sold just about all of it. Our total after the sale was $760.00. Oh and we got a buyer for her car which that money will go to the bank to pay off the balance she owed on it.

This money was divided in half and one half was split among those of us that worked to make this sale happen. The other half is going into a fund in memory of Kathleen Bush. This fund will be for our Etsy Team to support whatever our team needs it for.

Kathleen would be very proud of the job we did. It was sad to see people going through all of her things but we know that all of the items will be used in a good way and in a way that Kathleen would approve of.

We printed up an article about Kathleen and gave each person that purchased at the sale a copy so that they would know the person that lived there and what a good soul she had.

We also had this picture of her which I made a collage of, hanging right up front for all to see. She looks as if she is saying thank you ! :)

Needless to say we were pretty pooped. Today was our weekly coffee meeting and we enjoyed relaxing.
Here are our some of our Etsy Angels ....looks like we are glowing !
Patti, Brenda, Tirzah, Jan, Susan, Sue. Nadine took the picture.

Tune in tomorrow...I AM HAVING AN ATC SWAP


slommler said...

What a wonderful idea and I am so glad it went well. She would be thrilled and honored by all the hard work! Surely a real blessing to those who purchased her treasures.
Hugging you

Judi said...

Oh Patti....what a heart warming story....what a wonderful group of friends you all have become and isn't that something all the work you put into having this sale for your special friend. You must miss her dearly.

All your hard work paid off and you did so well. It must have been hard going through her things...

God Bless...*hugs*
have a wonderful weekend..

p.s. I love the idea of green beans, new potatoes, onions and bacon...mmmmmmmm yum!

Anonymous said...

Patty, how wonderful all of you could do that. It's so nice that would were able to benefit people and I'm sure she would have loved that!

mya said...

You all have honored her in a wonderful way.
You are blest to have a cirlce of friends such as this, with which to play and work.