How to pack 5,000 vintage Russian light fixtures in Russia🤔You can pay a company thousands of dollars to do it, or you can suck it up & DIY💪🏼Here’s how we did it:
We pull up to a market somewhere outside Moscow in an industrial park. We pay the guard dressed in Camo, holding an AK-47 $20 to let us in. Dead limp lambs are being carted around, chickens trying to flee from getting their heads cut off, people arguing and negotiating in languages I don’t understand😳This wasn’t just any market, as I contemplated the guards with guns. It was a black market🤫Our Russian driver told us this would be the best place to find cheap prices. “Glad he’s looking out for us,” I said to myself. Nate and our driver tell me to wait in the car & lock the doors. “How comforting😟” I thought.
The boys were on a mission to find 50 crates. They see 2 young guys loading up crates filled with imported ornate Turkish bath tile. Our driver speaks to them and they agree to show their underground warehouse. They all take an elevator 100ft underground with only a flickering lightbulb to guide the way. Nate turns to our driver and says, “Is this where you kill me?🤨” He translates to the young guys and they all laugh😂. Very settling, I’m sure. They get to the bottom to find hundreds of crates with hand-painted bath tile fit for a queen. For a fair price, they agree to spend the night emptying the crates for us to take.
We arrive back at the warehouse and start rounding up anyone we can off the street to work. I begin loading lights into the truck. Before I know it, the gypsies are all yelling at eachother, then looking at Nate, then pointing at me🤬. “What the hell is going on?!” I say. Next thing I know, I’m being sent home because this kind of “work” is no job for a “lady”. Right, whatever😒. I’m mad but I’m not about to argue with 3 gypsy Kings and their entire male work crew.
The next 2 weeks were spent loading a 40ft shipping container, light by light. When the doors finally sealed & closed, we all celebrated and said our good-byes. Nate and I spent our last days in Russia soaking it all in and finally doing normal ‘couple’ things💏🤳🏼. Swipe to see the the story unfold.