The big giveaway that I announced in the Inventory post completely failed. I got rid of only a handful of stuff. Maybe, just maybe, people aren’t as moved by spreadsheets as I thought. Who would have guessed? Well, if at first you don’t succeed, throw a party!
I spent the morning arranging the things that I was giving away, displaying them with little post-it notes saying things like ‘Take me!’ or ‘Rummage through me (I like it)’. Then I waited for the guests to arrive and do the rest.
This turned out to be one of the most fun parties I’ve had in a long time! I loved seeing my friends faces light up when they found something they really wanted. They are of course all raised to an impeccable standard of civil courtesy and grace, so at first they reeled themselves in and only took one or two things.
I had to convince them that helping themselves also helped me. If that didn’t work, then the old bazaar technique of putting the sale object in the hands of the ‘sucker’ did!
Slowly but surely, the stacks of claimed stuff grew. I was going to be left with very little at the end of the night, and it made me feel light as a feather. I’ve been walking around with the heavy burden of having to deal with all that stuff before I leave London, and in one blow, most of that problem simply went away.
I always have a good time partying with my friends – because they rock! – but having a theme and a purpose to the party made it a bit different from what we normally do. If you need to get rid of your stuff, then I would ignore the suggestions I made in the Inventory post and instead throw a giveaway party. It’s much more effective and fun.