April 19, 2011

Destashing!!


I've been on this kick as of late to "destash"! You know...use it or lose it! It seems that in every nook and cranny of our house there are THINGS that nobody seems to remember when we got IT. Bins of ephemera, cans of paints, clothes bought for a special occasion, special somethings picked up on a vacation...enjoyed for awhile...then put away. Boxes and boxes of STUFF!!! So....I've been going through everything I'm allowed to go through....my wife's and daughters's stashes are off-limits...and moving it on!













A bunch of stuff has gone to Goodwill, lots taken out to  the curb for the neighborhood "pickers" or the garbage guys...whoever comes first. Boxes of books to Half Price Books...although they always seem to pay less than half.... We also been very successful selling a number of "collectables" and "vintage" items on Ebay and Etsy. As of late I have been listing philatelic pieces from my stamp collection....I was a long time collector and "inherited" stock from my grandfather, father, and father-in-law...on my Etsy site, Clearer Reflections. I don't ask much for the stamps I show which has helped sell them for some extra cash. And...these items have been going to collectors and dealers so it is like keeping it all in the family. Doing this has also introduced me to some new online friends in South Carolina, Denver, New York, and Canada! Today I found out that my latest listing for four booklets of Windmill booklet stamps is featured in an Etsy treasury! Fun stuff!! My thanks to RubiesAreForever for including these in her new treasury, "Vending Classics". Check this out if you like vintage vending machines...and the things that come out of them!

And you know what? I'm also "discovering" treasures I forgotten I had...which is all the more fun! So off I go...to destash some more! Who knows what I will find!!!




5 comments:

NANCY LEFKO said...

Looks like you have a lot of cool stuff.....and sometimes it feels great to de-stash...spring cleaning and all :) Thanks for visiting my blog!

Dave said...

@ Nancy ~ It's been fun finding lost treasures...and making a little cash on the side...and getting rid of STUFF! Such good karma...

jen said...

it is truly amazing the stuff we 'collect' without even realizing it!! i am impressed by your 'take action' mode...i don't seem to have that! :)

Happy Little Trees Studio said...

I think you've inspired me to do some of my own cleaning out! This is a good time of year to take do it too!

Dave said...

@ jen ~ it took me time to get used to parting with my stuff...but once I started it got easier. It helps that I've been able to sell a lot of it...so I can buy more!!
@ Kim ~ just think...once you have empty spaces...you can fill them up again with new stuff!!