Saturday, March 05, 2011
When there is a Garage Sale on the Horizon....
When there is a crafters garage sale on the horizon, you know I will be participating! Our local scrapbook store is hosting one this coming weekend. I love this! First it is a marvelous reason to be decluttering my studio. I try to do this at least once a year anyway and a garage sale is a nice way to recoup some of my investment on the 'duds' in my stash. They aren't REALLY duds but they are no longer to my taste and style.
I have gathered up and priced a whole large laundry basket so far just today. I plan to do more tomorrow. It really is eye opening to go through each basket, bin and shelf! There are a few things here I swear I got rid of already and others I am surprised I have not used up! What a pleasure it is to get rid of a container, bag or tub and empty it to either the SALE pile or to it's rightful place of honor in the stash that is being kept. I have more room in my studio than I thought I did! And joy of joys, I found some nice white cardstock and matching envelopes that I will need very soon for a wedding project. That SAVED me about $150 right there.
I also decided to let go of two albums--one Disney and one for recipes. If I don't have a project for them this year or next--out they go. Why hang on to them "just in case"? I don't have any Disney photos to do. And my heirloom recipes are already archived into cookbook albums that I gave my two kids a few years ago. I have such a backlog of other albums and genealogy to do that I think another cookbook album can wait a few years. Just because someone gives you a supply, it doesn't mean you have to use it. Truly. Let it go.
You know, with each thing that I get rid of, I can feel a tangible weight lifting off me. I think my TO DO pile was getting to be too heavy a burden. Subconsciously I am sure my mind was flinching every time I walked by all those incomplete "potential" projects. I am sure I asked myself a thousand times "When am I going to find the time?" Prioritizing --and decluttering-- may certainly bring me some profit from the sale. Even better, I think it will bring back some freedom and a bit of focus to my current and future crafting.
I have lots more to look through this coming week. I hope to feel about 100 stash pounds lighter in 7 days! ....And can someone tell me why the darn cats think every fabric tote bag is a cat bed? I have gone through a whole lint brush already! little stinkers.....