Well, the first weekend is done, done, done, and what a success. We raised far more than we expected to, and had some awesome help in Rhys’ mom Lory, and Nikki. We were soooo busy, could not possibly have done it without those two, seriously. Stupid Estate Sale companies. Here are a few of their lies:
Lie: “We just won’t do it out here, you won’t get the traffic. You’ll get maybe 400 people over a 4-day sale. People don’t drive out to Broken Arrow – sales need to be mid-town.” Truth: We got over 700 people the first DAY.
Lie: “You have nothing worth selling. You’ll be lucky to get $200 apiece for that TV and that couch. Only antique-y things sell for any value.” Truth: Sold the couch for $850 and the TV for $700.
Anyway, we have one more weekend, and I’m jazzed – not just about the income, but about the stuff walking out the door. That’s one step closer to being able to rent our gorgeous home out, and thus not have to pay the mortgage ourselves. It’s also the point of no return for us – We can’t exactly back out now – we have nothing to live on! No mattress, no furniture, no utensils, etc etc etc. 🙂
Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe.
After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world.
Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. In 2018 he published his first book, Lost Restaurants of Tulsa.
Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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