More Heavy Lifting

In this modern age when strangers meet through the internet to set up merchandise-money exchanges, you can’t be too sure what you’re gonna get. For months we had been scouting the internet for flat files so that we can properly store paper and finished art, etc. Everything required local pick up and Santa Fe is just too far to drive. This past weekend, a 5’7″ tall 36 drawer gem was discovered in Columbus and jumpstarted a spur-of-the-moment roadtrip.

Our vehicle: a Mazda MPV with everything cleared out save the two front seats.
Our task: strategically pack a huge set of drawers into one vehicle.
Our secret weapon: penultimate packrat skills (second only to the master: Poppa Baldi).

The two fellows acting as the sellers were very helpful and started dismantling the cabinet while we were en route. Before finding a home with them, it lived in the OSU bookstore.

We paid careful attention to how it came apart with the hope that we would somehow remember how to put it back together. A lofty hope indeed.

The two main sides with all the drawer tracks were both “as heavy as a refrigerator.” Thank goodness the two guys were able to maneuver the low hanging ceiling on the stairwell.

Once we got the big pieces situated, we deduced the best way to get as many drawers as possible into the minivan bay. Leaning them vertically seemed to be the best bet, so we started loading them one by one.

In the end, we even had a few inches to spare! After airing up the tires, we headed back East.

The next day, we had some muscle on our hands, and miraculously they agreed to help unload the van. We had a “milk run” going from the car along the garden, up the stairs, and inside.

Once inside, the puzzle pieces started coming together. There was a fair amount of man-handling involved, but after a while the sheet metal squeaks were hardly noticeable.

The last fun part was cleaning all the drawers (which I still maintain was the right choice) and sliding them all in.

We’ve already started loading it with chipboard and other supplies!


About mitchcollective

MITCH Collective is a community-driven catalyst promoting creativity in the Ohio Valley. MITCH Collective enriches Martins Ferry, Ohio and nearby towns by: -inviting artists, writers, and musicians to experience the beauty and creative potential of the area while creating new work and interacting with local residents through the residency program. -inspiring a historically economically depressed area by teaching new skills and ideas that will help foster new problem solving approaches for challenges that face the community. -collaborating with nonprofit and municipal organizations in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania to bring innovative, interdisciplinary projects to life. Facilities include printmaking, screen printing, sewing, quilting, and bookbinding. Visit for more information.
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