Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Hoarding - Are we all guilty?

As someone who has collected vintage stuff for so long I have come to the conclusion I am definately a hoarder. I say stuff because it's everything, clothes, shoes, jewellery - all of which I wear, but I don't wear ALL of it! Then of course there is homewares, books, clothes patterns, knitting patterns, material, magazines, oh lord you name it we have it! I am constantly finding stuff I forgot I even have.

So with a heavy heart I have started to get rid of some stuff, I find this so hard, especially as I think, but what if I need it, what if I never find anything like this again? Then I remember that this is classic hoarder mentality! How do you get rid of it? Especially when the stuff your hoarding isn't just rubbish as in classic hoarder case but great stuff! Again though, is this hoarder mentality!

I know I'm not the only one, I know this is so common amongst us vintage lovers, but really when does it end.

I'm sat at my desk and in my office (home office may I add!) I'm surrounded by things I should use or get rid!

Here are some examples!

This is a fabulous light shade that I should just get on and put up, why haven't I, I don't know, but here it is sat in my office, not usually on the carpet I may add!! In fact I may put this up in my office, how fabulous would that be!

Yes another pink glass light shade, I know! I'm not even going to tell you how long I've had this and not done anything with it, it's shameful, but partly it's cos I don't quite understand how to put up those lights with the hanging chain, I will though, I promise I will!

Ok this is a classic Fiona stupidity, I had 3 of these and they were for a 50's ceiling light fitting I had and yep you guessed it, I broke one, stupid! So now I'm thinking once I get our bedroom sorted these could be light fittings over the bed. But yep you've guessed it, these have been laying around forever!

And a huge box full of knitting patterns! Now don't get me wrong, my mum knits and so I do use these but I don't need the originals, they are just sat in a box, I could easily scan the ones I like and save them that way! I'm very seriously considering doing this as soon as!

Then there are all these knitting books, honestly I don't think I've looked in them for about 15 years, they gotta go! Oh and that's just a fraction of the knitting books, yep I really am a hoarder!

Then the next 2 pictures I didn't even know I had these things, I can't even remember getting them, that's a really bad sign isn't it?!!!!

First up, some fabulous 1940's pattern magazines, I haven't checked the patterns are all there yet but these are definately going up for sale, the style is too early for me and I didn't even know I had them, that's a gal with a problem!

And the last one, I have NO idea where I got these, why I have them, and what the hell? So they are going, if anyone even cares to have them! To be fair in that box is a lot of other good stuff but the newspapers on the top, who knew I had copies of New York Daily News from 1954,  I am officially a hoarder!

I know, why do I have these?

So people let me know I'm not the only one who has things they didn't even know they had, PLEASE!!


Dee La Beau said...

At least you have interesting things!

I have to admit I have loads of patterns and fabric and I can't even use a sewing machine, I intend to learn but never make time for it.

I love the pink light shades! :D

Straight Talking Mama! said...

ah yes but these interesting things take up space.

Don't even talk to me about patterns, I have sooo many, another thing I need to sort out some of them I do use and will use, at least I sew, but some I will never use!

punk in writing said...

I've started to sell a few of those items that have been laying around since forever.

Once you start, it actually feels good to send things off to a new home. :) Plus, you get a litte extra cash to spend on yourself.

Straight Talking Mama! said...

yep that's what I'm thinking, as a friend said the other day and we wonder why we have no money!!

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Anonymous said...

I love the lamp shades! Oh and I have piles of vintage knitting books and patterns. You should scan the booklets and then sell the originals on ebay. i'd buy some of them! And you should see how much some of them go for on Ebay

Straight Talking Mama! said...

don't worry I'm going to Sara, it's just using up space for no reason! I'll let you know when I do!

Helen Highwater said...

I found all kinds of things when we moved house. I even found a dress which I was convinced I'd sold on Ebay!!! It's lovely though - black silk 1950s circle dress from a boutique on Bond St. So glad I didn't chuck it out after all.... oh no, don't say that! And yes, it doesn't fit, but....

Straight Talking Mama! said...

oooh sounds nice, and that's another thing I have clothes that don't fit me and yet I keep them I see another blog post coming ha ha!

BakeliteBebe said...

Oh Lord, that first shade made my heart skip a beat!!! You really should get rid of it - send it my way!!!! it would look awesome in my kitchen! ;)

Straight Talking Mama! said...

ha ha, no sorry that one is definately staying with me!

BakeliteBebe said...

Fine, You hoarder!!

(see if bullying works)

Straight Talking Mama! said...

nice try ;o)

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