I received an email this week about a loft sale going on this Saturday that I think everyone should attend if they have the chance. This came to me via Briana from Unemployed Brooklyn. I feel this woman’s pain about the expenses of being in NY, losing ones job and trying to make ends meet. But to have to do it with a kid… well that just sucks even more. I’m sure if everyone just stopped by and bought a thing or two, it would help Melissa out and you’d get something you could likely use.

The point is that I applaud Melissa for being creative! She’s doing what she can to stay in the same place especially for her daughters sake who she’s told me loves her school.

Hello, All,

As many of you know, I’ve been out of work since being laid off from my job back in September. I’m working hard to find a new position (if any of you know of anything, please let me know!). I have a few promising possibilities on the horizon, but until something is set in stone and I have received a few months of salary, I’m afraid I’ll be floundering. Therefore, I’m trying my hardest to come up with creative ways to make a little cash. Many of you have already sent me job leads- a hearty thanks. Others have purchased some of my embroidered items- and a few of you have even purchased some of the canvases being shown at my solo art show currently on view at Spacecraft. Thanks!! Unfortunately, If my money-making skills prove futile, it may (very) soon be time for me to leave my apartment. Anevay is already leaving on Friday to stay with her grandparents for ten days, and may stay through August. If my situation proves too dire, my parents have offered to extend Anevay’s visit into something a little longer term while I figure things out here in NY, a thought which nearly kills me.

But it hasn’t come to this yet.

This Saturday I will be hosting a loft sale/party, and will be unloading as many of my things as I can. Those of you who have visited my place know that I have collections upon collections of… everything!

Some of the items:

Motherwell print (too many details for this particular email, but if interested, please ask): $650 or best offer
Futon sofa; sturdy, well-cushioned and in fantastic shape – not your average crappy futon: $250-300 or best offer
Amazing wood and cream pleather recliner (yes, PLEATHER)
Books, oh, so many of my beloved books (adult and kid))
Kitchen and cookware
Clothing, bags/purses, hats
Kids toys
Kids clothing
Kids Majar ‘Chick’ Chair
Art easel (wooden; for kids, with blackboard on opposite side)
Jewelry
CDs
TV
CD boombox

Oh, there are so many other things, a whole lifetime of stuff, really, ready to be passed on to you. I’ll also be selling some of my embroidered things. I may consider selling one of my favorite possessions – an amazing Emmi Whitehorse litho called Drift – it means a great deal to me, but I might be convinced. It was purchased for $1600. I already have one high bid on it from a dear friend…

Even if you’re not in a position to purchase anything, please come hang out for a bit. More than anything, I require the presence of your positive energy. In keeping with my poverty-stricken theme, this will be a BYOB party, and who knows, it may also turn into a bake sale (anyone wanting to contribute, let me know!). I’m thinking the start time will be 10, and will end around 7. If you’re interested in any particular item, please let me know and we’ll talk shop sooner than later.

Also, if you haven’t already, make sure to run over to Spacecraft (about a block away from my place, on Bedford Ave between S. 4 and S. 5th) to check out my art show, which is up for another little while. I can send you images/more info if you’re interested!

In the meanwhile, keep me in mind for jobs/opportunities. I’ve sent out an email appeal to close friends/family asking for micro-loans (to paid back in interest, with a contract!). If you’re currently in a situation to be able to do this, please let me know. Or, to my musician friends, perhaps you’d like to throw a benefit show? I’m sure there are many other great ideas I haven’t yet thought of.

Finally, thanks to all for your support. This is- hands down!!- the most difficult time in my life. Fortunately, I have amazing friends and family who have helped me keep it together well enough to show a brave face to my sweet Anevay! It helps, as well, to know that compared to some people who have been hit hard by the economy, that I’m actually one of the lucky ones…

Please spread the word!! More than anything, the flood of positive responses makes me HAPPY. Already, people are bringing cupcakes, and I plan on next Saturday being FUN!!!

Love,

-Melissa

The sale is on Saturday, August 8th, from 10 AM – 7 PM, and is located at 315 Berry Street, Apt 208. (btn S. 3rd and S. 4 Streets)

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