And stories unfolded that they’ll be telling each other over the next 20 years, like the time they filled the driveway with goods to be donated only to have the donation truck miss the pick up. “Everyone rallied and grabbed a bag or two and took them to thrift stores. We just couldn’t leave it all out there. She needed the space,” said Studder.
In a more bittersweet moment, Driscoll donated her dining room set to a young couple starting out, reminding her of her own early beginnings with her late husband. “They were so appreciative,” said Studder.
In early April, Driscoll held a yard sale with the help of friend Caity DeMaio that netted close to $1,400 in sales. It was the last push before Driscoll put the house on the market, listing it with neighbor Jackie Hillgrube. “She’s a dynamo,” said Driscoll.
“I will say Jackie has been amazing with Kristen, really gentle through the whole process. She’s been wonderful,” said Studder.
“I have lived here for 27 years and was the first deposit. I have seen this village change, but always the same quality of homeowners come and settle in our Camelot!” , says Jackie. The house went on the market three days ago and already there are offers.
“The market is crazy. My guess is Kristen’s house is going to sell pretty quickly,” said Studder.
Driscoll said she intends to throw a big bash once she has a deal in place. Then, once the closing is over, she’s going to take a year and travel, visiting her children and mother out West.
“It’s been such a whirlwind,” she said. “I need to do some healing and take some time. But I am going to miss everyone here.” For others who are faced with downsizing, Driscoll advises to accept help when it’s offered.