Nov 4, 2007, 10:21 AM
Post #10 of 44
Like Georgia and Jennifer we brought it all.
We used a self-pack service where they dropped off the trailer, we loaded it over 4 days, and it was in Mexico before we were, but delivered two weeks after we arrived. Cost for the 28 foot tailer, Cleveland to Ajijic was around $10K. We brought all the tools, the 3 bunk scaffolding and rooms of furniture, that are spread up and down the Lake Chapala northshore on loan to those without a comfy couch, bed, etc.....I don't need it all or want it all in this house and loaning it out is better than storing it, it would be ruined in a storage locker for long. You can bring too much but we expected to have a second place as a rental by now, and be building eventually. Although those thoughts have changed.
I am pretty sure Georgia had a full service move which packed it and unpacked it about 4 years before us.
Why bring it all, because we like it all, its us, we are used to it, most of its been in the family since forever....if not mine then my husbands, the camelback couches, there are 3, have been recovered so many times I couldn't leave them behind on this great adventure. I can't wait to find the right room for them and dress them up in a vibrant fabric and maybe paint the legs...god forbid. I am also going to paint the interior of a 30s Baker china cabinet with bubble glass doors....probably bright tourquoise. These things remind me of my people, raising my girls, and being a young wife, a middle wife and a retired wife. They remind me of how excited my mother would have been to do this, and most of all I brought myself with me in the form of things that provide continuity in my thoughts and memories. As a young retiree at 50, I have literally decades ahead, and I want the new person I grow to be and the person I have been to coexist among the comfort we have been able to provide for ourselves. We are also mindful that as we age we wanted our past around us, we didn't want to acquire all new that no one else in our world had experienced living with but the two of us. When I am old and ailing I want to be looking at the dresser front I have seen thru all my life and have it trigger many lost thoughts and memories.
Does the stuff fit in here, well, yes and no, its me that has trouble figuring out what to do and colors because the quality of light is so different and I want my environment to be different but its so new its hard to choose. Of course I've looked at the same things all my life, so that impedes changing too much, but when it inspiration comes I will really know it and embrace it. That will be fun! Of the frou-frou things, china, crystal, etc... I brought it all, and just about everyone I know who sold all that type of stuff wishes they had kept it. Not that anything is fancy, but the realization is that now you might actually use it, just because you have it and you finally have the time to fuss with tablesetting and hand washing and polishing. Its one of those things that if you had it and enjoyed it, you will miss it, if you didn't it won't matter to you.
Just in 4 years there are many, many options in this area for furniture. Couches, chairs etc... are more comfortable and readily available, Sears even carries Pier One wicker stuff - at a premium, but still its here - even Ethan Allan can be ordered thru their DF store...in fact you can order it from your US home and it gets delivered to DF and then onto you....they figure it all out. So the limitations of a decade ago are no longer.
Also the limitation of a one time deal on your FM3 is also showing some flexibility......but if you decide not to bring stuff,make sure only one of you gets the initial FM3, so the person holding the FMT can bring in a households worth at a later date when getting their own FM3.