Friday, July 6, 2007

One Man's Trash...

I've been going through my apartment and trying to decide what to keep and what to sell. It's given me a chance to organize things even more than they already were in preparation for my move. My sale pile already takes up a third of my living room. While I've been going through all my stuff, I've come to realize something....I have a lot of stuff that I don't really need. Don't get me wrong, I'm not much of a pack rat. I don't hold on to useless things, I'm not a collector of frogs of any other items. Ok...I take that back. I do collect pitchers. Yes, pitchers. I have them on the top of my kitchen cabinets, I use them to hold my kitchen utensils and I also keep fresh flowers in one on my kitchen bar area. I started with just a couple from my grandmother and then I'd find an interesting one at an antique store ar an art fair and purchase it. The more unique or antique they are the better. That is my one and only collection and they won't go near the sale pile. I have however went through many items and thought..."Do I really need this?" or "When was the last time I used this?" If I can't remember, it goes in the sale pile. I must say I have some nice stuff. Of course it could be considered junk to other people. I have a lot of nice clothes that are too big for me now....which is a great thing. But as I was washing and folding it all, I realized I missed a lot of those cute clothes! Then I started to think of the last places I wore those outfits. What I was doing, who I was doing it with. As I went through all of the things for my sale, I did the same thing. Garage sales are more about memories than making money or purging unwanted items from your home. I think that's why it is so hard for people to decide what to get rid of. Each item has a special memory associated with it. Some good....some bad. But, they are all memories. It's fun to take that stroll down memory lane, but the real fun is in knowing that even when I sell my junk, it will be someone elses treasure and it will create new memories for those people.


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