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Posted 1/21/2013 by scorpiobaby in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 430,174
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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:21:15 AM
In the past I have been okay to purge. My unloved, unused items were donated guilt free to my son's school, my other son's daycare and even to my local 3H Girls Club.

But now as I go through another purge (which I do about twice a year); I have since become a CTMH consultant as a hobbist. I throughly enjoy thier products but do find myself at a standstill...

In the upcoming catalogue there are many products that are very simliar to my existing stash. So why am I feeling this way? It is because I want the stamps that are part of the kits featured in the catalogue. Is that a crazy thought?

So in the end, would you purge the existing items?

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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:25:10 AM
Are you saying you aren't sure if you should purge stamps you already have now so you can buy new ones that are similar?

Honestly, *I* would not choose to do that, because it seems wasteful. If I still liked the old ones, I'd keep them and use them. If I HAD to remove one set of stamps to make room for the other, I'd need to be really really sure I LOVED the new ones enough to justify the cost of replacing them.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:31:04 AM
I wouldn't purge just to replace like with like items. It really makes no sense from a finanical standpoint. You're acting on some sort of emotion, and it sounds wasteful and frivolous. And, hell no, I wouldn't do it.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:37:07 AM
If you use your exsisting stamps then I wouldn't buy new ones if yours are similar. Easier said than done.

I totally get where you are coming from. I am going through all my stamps. I am trying to sort them out. I have HUNDREDS. I do not need another stamp. However, there is going to be a Stampfest next month and I will probably go.

Well I guess I'm no help.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:45:04 AM
I "build" upon my supply stash, with tools, stamps & supplies that I use to make pages.

If I want to add new product, or a new tool, I wouldn't get rid of my supplies, that I have built upon, just to replace them. That seems like your just defeating the purpose of building up a good supply base.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:56:08 AM
Are you saying that the kits include stamps you want PLUS extras like paper or embellishments that are similar to what is in your stash? In that case can you sell the extras?

If the stamp are similar but have bits that are new to you, could you sell your existing stamps?

I understand both the lure of new stamps and the feeling of wanting to be current especially when you have access to all the design ideas that come with being a consultant. I would agree that just getting rid of or donating to rebuy the same thing doesn't seem like a good idea. Wouldn't you rather spend that money on something different and unique that you love?
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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:09:13 AM
I absolutely would not purge old stamps just to get new, similar ones. If I used the stamps I already have or will be using them, I'd keep them. If I wanted to add a few new sets from the new catalog to my collection, I'd choose my absolute favorites. I'd make sure they were either basics I'd use all the time, or different enough from my other stamps to justify buying them.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 2:13:34 PM
I am going to purge my stamping up stamps. I don't like the wood blocks. Then I may purchase something to replace them sometime in the future. But I wouldn't do it just for the sake of purging.

Now if you were an active consultant hosting parties and clubs then you need the newest. But not as a hobbiest.

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Posted: 1/22/2013 10:05:17 AM
I cannot say how elated I am to read such open, honest and kind POV on my dilemma. Believe me my logical self tells me not to purge just for a new stamp set or new embellishments in a kit when I have simliar papers in my stash.

You Peas are amazing! Thank-you so much for your sound advice.


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Posted: 1/22/2013 1:20:13 PM
I agree don't purge just to buy new if they are similar and you like the current ones. I am in love with the new catalog and love a lot of stamp sets this time around after telling myself I didn't need anymore. I am having a hard time deciding what I will actually buy. Like you said many are similar to some of the older sets. I am trying to be more discriminating with my stamp purchases this time around. The problem is I love most of the sets that come in the workshop on the go - darn them for putting together such cute and usable sets. I will probably end up with several kits - I am also a hobbist and for the most part my only customer.


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February 2003
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Posted: 1/22/2013 3:12:38 PM
I couldn't purge the old ones just to get the new ones. In fact, that scenario, the things coming back in style just as I was getting rid of old ones, would give me heebie-jeebies about purging. As it is, I just pulled several papers out of a donation bag I keep forgetting to take to the person who would use my castoffs - either because I know I can use them soon, or because it wasn't too long ago that I was looking for the papers and thought they were gone.

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