Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: My Christmas Present Cost Us Almost $300,000

My Christmas Present Cost Us Almost $300,000

My Husband's Thoughtful Gift Started a Home Search

New cookie sheets started the home searchI love telling this story because it is true and happened to me so I know something similar can happen to others. We never know what the catalyst might be that sends a buyer looking for a new home. In my case it was not having room in my kitchen cabinets for my new cookie sheets.

A few Christmases ago, I love to bake so I mentioned to my husband I really needed new cookie sheets. On Christmas Day I opened the package and found two of William Sonoma's finest cookie sheets and was delighted. Now I could throw away those crusty old warped cookie sheets I had had for so long.

When I was putting all my Christmas gifts away I noticed I didn't have room for my new cookie sheets, They were bigger than my last ones and wouldn't fit in the cabinet. Bummer. Then I tried teh pantry. That didn't work either. I was not going to return them. Encountering this frustration was like popping a pimple because all the dissatisfaction I had about the kitchen and the lack of storage space came spewing out.

My kitchen was packed with cooking gear and there was no room for more. In fact, it was a challenge to find enough kitchen space to prepare a meal for my large family. I lamented about how I wished I had a new kitchen and it didn't take long to move from talk about a new kitchen to talk about a whole new house.

Talk them progressed to selling our home and building the kitchen I wanted in a brand, new home. The home search started. Within a couple of weeks we had found a lot and started the process toward building a home. Our friends marveled that we could make such a big decision so fast. What they didn't understand is that I had been on the edge for years.

Here's the truth. When something is in the back of your mind it only takes a small catalyst to get the ball rolling. I had been annoyed for years by my small kitchen and the cookie sheets pushed me over the edge into spending close to $300,000. 


My Christmas Present Cost Us Almost $300,000

Have you thought in the past how you would like a new home with a special feature? Have you thought about selling your present home but haven't taken that first step to call an agent? What will be your set of cookie sheets to pop your pimple of frustration and get the ball rolling?

Find out what your Clarksville TN home is worth. Contact Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent Debbie Reynolds and let's get the ball rolling. 931-320-6730

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Comment balloon 30 commentsDebbie Reynolds • January 28 2017 05:56AM


What a great story Debbie. I remember you blogging about your move. Good for you.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) about 2 years ago

How exciting Debbie, who would have thought a new cookie sheet would get you a brand new home with the kitchen of your dreams!!!

Posted by Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results! (BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE) about 2 years ago

That is a story with a very happy ending for you.   My wife continually ask me if I have found her 'Honey-Do' list to which I express confusion.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 2 years ago

He hee...I love that story....I bet he is extra careful/cautious with gifts now LOL!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) about 2 years ago

Good morning Debbie Reynolds ,

I remember you building and moving and know I know what started the whole process! Love the story!! You are never know what triggers someone wanting a new house! LOL!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) about 2 years ago

Debbie- like the others, I remember your move.  Love that you shared with us the very thoughtful gift that started this whole transition.  The family who bought our home in VA moved 3 blocks because they wanted to be on our street.  You never know. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 2 years ago

The great thing is that you did something about it. Do you mail cookies to other AR members?

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) about 2 years ago

Debbie Reynolds ... a woman of action!  Great .. and very happy story ...

I agree with Harry F. D'Elia above ... about those cookies?????


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) about 2 years ago

That is usually the way it goes Debbie Reynolds things build up untoil they reach critical mass and then a small addition can start the explosion.

Many people have been wanting to buy (first timers and move uppers) and just a little more inventory will start the chain reaction.

Next summer should be good, and the summer after next will be fantastic.

Get ready.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) about 2 years ago

Hi Debbie - I can relate to that one.  Our last two home searches started in January after the Christmas Holidays primarily because we had run out of space.  Holidays can trigger that.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 2 years ago

When you were looking for that new home, did you take the cookie sheets with you to make sure they would fit in the cabinets?

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) about 2 years ago

Good morning Debbie. What a great story indeed. I can relate to this and now I want cookies.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 2 years ago

So funny and so true. It's sits there in the background and the smallest thing can bring it out and bring it out with a vengeance! Been there, done that!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 2 years ago

Debbie, you are so funny. I absolutely love your new kitchen. The whole house actually! Time to plan lunch my friend.

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) about 2 years ago

I loved reading your story I am sure a lot of home owner's start looking to purchase for some of the same reasons. Thanks for sharing I hope you have a great weekend.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) about 2 years ago


What a great story, and I have the same cookie sheets...they fit just fine in one of the cupboards, and they are marvelous.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 2 years ago

Ha!  What a funny and great story.  Your husband didn't know those cookie sheets would be so expensive! -Kasey

Posted by Kasey & John Boles, Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties (Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - about 2 years ago


 I love the story and it is a good one for sales professionals to know we need to ask the right questions to find that cataylst!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert about 2 years ago

Hi Debbie - Great story and a nice Christmas present. In our case two houses ago, it was just boredom that had us out looking at homes one Mother's Day, so Mary (and I) got a nice present too.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) about 2 years ago

Cute post and a nice read, AND I do get your point. This post should be featured. 

The next time you don't have room for new cookie sheets...send them my way. I'll gladly make room for them. LOL. I still have old stained ones. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) about 2 years ago

Debbie geeee now I do not feel so bad about going shopping for a new microwave oven and ending up with all new appliances for my kitchen :) :) :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 2 years ago

LOl love this story Debbie Reynolds !  Nothing like cookie sheets pointing you towards the kitchen of your dreams!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) about 2 years ago

This is the essence of neuro-science. 6/7ths of our day is unconscious and learned behavior. Something can set us off and bring an emotion to the front which causes an action and finally goes to the third layer of the brain.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) about 2 years ago

We bought our house back in 1986 because we loved the acre lot and the proximity to everything. After 11 years of just living with all the problems this old house showed, including the water in the toilets freezing in the winter; we decided to remodel. After discovering how much the remodel was going to cost we looked at what it would cost to scrap the old house and start new. The difference was a less than $20k.

This was our forever house until now and we are spiffing things up to down size. Half way there now!

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) about 2 years ago

Debbie - I had that very same problem with my new cookie sheets purchased a couple years ago.  I have no idea why they felt they had to lengthen the end flaps to make them larger!  And, I have that same problem with storing them!  However, I haven't bought a new home to accomodate them!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 2 years ago

What a great story Debbie. Thanks for sharing it with us. Nothing like that has happened to me, but I enjoyed your story.

Posted by Karen Hellier, Freelance Writer for Professionals, North Georgia (Freelance Writer) about 2 years ago

Good to know you now have room for those nice new cookie sheets Debbie, nice to have your dream home at last.

I will take that as a lesson to not buy any cookie sheets unless I know we have room for them.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) about 2 years ago

I enjoyed reading your post. Thank you for sharing the story.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 2 years ago

I love this story!  So often, the seemingly smallest of things can start the ball rolling for a home purchase.

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) about 2 years ago

Fabulous post Debbie Reynolds - I veered from your current post to check this one out! Very catchy title!  It is SO TRUE!  Have a great Sunday!

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 2 years ago