What I Shed Today

lightening up a little at a time

video game stand-cum-end table

on May 24, 2014

Years ago, when we still had a warehouse club membership, I had a fling with a some-assembly-required kit for a video game stand. Every few months when I drove to the store to buy the 40-lbs bags of clay absorbent we used for cat litter, I’d take a detour down the furniture aisle to visit it. I didn’t look at the sample and see a game stand, which we didn’t need, but a mission-style end table, which I’d convinced myself the neglected sofa in the nearly-unused living room did. (What really needed to happen was to get out of that too-big house, shedding the sofa and a lot else we tried to fill it with … but I stray beyond the subject of today’s post.) Eventually I bought the kit and brought it home.

Put together, it looked nice. But it didn’t lure us onto the sofa any more often. It didn’t even collect clutter, since we were so seldom in that “living” room, so-called. We’ve called two other houses our home since, neither with the sofa (which went out to the road one day with a big “FREE!” sign on it, and when we next looked, it was gone). I’ve insisted that we keep the end table because I’ve been invested in it, but it’s never found its proper place nor use.

Finally I’ve reached calm, peace, and acceptance about letting it go. I will try to sell it (cheaply) on craigslist. But if it doesn’t move soon, I just might set it out by the street.

shedding style: resell
destination: craigslist

Comments welcome … have you ever had to give up on something because its usefulness never materialized?


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