Yesterday, our community subdivision had a garage sale. For the first time I participated, and that is only because my friend Rachelle wanted me to bring stuff to her house so she would have a decent showing. During the preparations and before the sale, my husband’s voice was going through my head, “How much is your time worth?” I was hoping it was going to be worth a lot even though I knew better.
If I haven’t mentioned it all ready, I have a confession; I have a kitchen tool addiction. We ran (I should say I ran) out of cupboard space, so I bought a standing 5 shelves rack to go against a kitchen wall. I also have tools in closets, under the bed, and hiding in my dining room cabinet. However, I have to add it’s been a while since I bought a new tool since I resigned from my position at a women’s shelter. I’m not a hoarder, by any means. It sounds like I have more than I really do, but it’s still a lot.
The garage sale gave me an excuse to purge. I gathered up my old tools and small appliances and brought them down to my friend’s house. I placed them on the shelves she allotted me and put my prices on them. I had pans, knives, emulsion blenders, mini choppers, etc.
I was amazed. I know some say that people don’t want to cook, or don’t have enough time to cook. I didn’t see that yesterday. If someone didn’t know what a tool was, they asked. They would also ask how to use a specific tool. I had some great conversations on the best way to prepare a dish or why I would use, say, the emulsion blender.
It got me to thinking. Maybe the reason why some people don’t cook is because they don’t know how to. It could be they don’t have the right tools or don’t know how to use them properly. Affordability is also a big reason. Food prices and the tools needed to cook the food can be high.
And, don’t get me started on the cost of culinary school. That is a whole other post. I would love to be a professional chef, but the cost far outweighs what I would be making when I finally graduated. I give props to all those chefs who were able to go through the process. Seriously, hats off.
This is all to say I sold almost my entire kitchen tool collection, which I donated after the garage sale to the Medina Children’s Home. My kitchen seems bare, and there is nothing in the dining room cabinet or the closets. Hmm, wonder what I should do with my new found wealth…
Until next time, happy creating.