I know some of you know all about getting bit by the junkin' bug. The thing is, my house is literally overflowing with my mother's stuff.
My new obsession came about while unpacking things, researching value, hitting the yard sales and thrift stores just to learn a bit about pricing, and then visiting vintage, junkin', treasure loving blogs - oops, I got hooked along the way. I've gone from a minimalist in the making to an overnight hoarder!
Figures, I've fallen in love with a lot of the things my mother treasured. I know she is up there somewhere smiling and saying "I told you so" knowing that I finally have a love and appreciation for some of those things she saved for so long. That makes me feel good, and so glad I didn't just send everything off to Goodwill. I'm even kicking myself for all the things I did just mindlessly donate or put out for the garbage. There was just so much. Unfortunately I just didn't have a choice.
Here's a little peek into the storage room as I've been unpacking the remaining boxes...
This all adds up to the difference between collecting and hoarding. My mom couldn't enjoy her much loved treasures because they were all packed away, there was just way too much of it.
Once this is all done and over with I vow to never be in that position. Collecting can be a fun hobby, but other than holiday stuff or seasonal decorations if it doesn't come out of the boxes at least once a year it's time to say goodbye and let someone who appreciates it even more enjoy it.
I've always been a believer in keeping only things you really love, use, and enjoy. It doesn't matter if it's decorative things, clothes, whatever. If it doesn't fit one of those categories why save it?
I'm having fun going though the old boxes finding treasures even though I'm now out of space to continue unpacking. I do have plans to open my own vintage store in the works or at least renting a dealer space if I can't pull together the funds to get my own store up and running. Keep your fingers crossed for me. It would be a nice part of my dream if I can make it happen!