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Posted: 2/18/2013 9:41:28 PM
I have been thinking, of clearing out some of my stamps. THINKING only, no action yet. I love my stamps mainly because they are not consumable by my love of paper. however, my stash has been growing insane, and i hardly use many of my stamps. This brought on the thought of possibly purging some of them....... If you have purged, how do you do it? Got any tips?


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Posted: 2/19/2013 12:16:20 AM
I too have thought about it... Even boxed up a few sets... Then decided to keep them so I'm no help

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Posted: 2/19/2013 12:37:33 AM
I did. I got rid of a bunch of alphabet stamps I never used anymore, as well as lots of imagery stamps.

I went through and thought about how I might use the stamp, when the last time I used it was, and weighed whether or not it was worth keeping. I keep a bunch of my smaller alphabets that I used all the time, some versatile backgrounds, sayings, journalling lines, etc. Basically, I wanted to keep what I knew I'd use. Some of it I use all the time, some I don't (like Christmas stamps) but they are things I would use over the course of the year. Basically, I looked for versatility.

I don't do a lot of card making (the odd birthday card plus Christmas cards), so most of these stamps are being used on layouts exclusively.

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Posted: 2/19/2013 2:50:37 AM
I purged some of the less expensive clear stamps I have that I know I won't be using like those $1 bin clear and wood block stamps. I havent parted with my stamping up sets because they were pricey and I am still hopeful about them.


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Posted: 2/19/2013 3:17:08 AM
I just did this, I gave some to my sister, some to my bff and the rest to my nieces. Made room for all of my new stamps! If I didn't stamp it within the last year, out it went! (with a few exceptions LOL)

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Posted: 2/19/2013 4:38:52 AM
No....I love my stamps and can't part with them! I may consider purging the dollar stamps from Michael's though. I never use them and they take up space. lol.

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Posted: 2/19/2013 4:51:16 AM
Well, since I have way over 1,000 stamps--yes, I did and need to again. I got rid of ALL clear stamps. Can't stand clear stamps. Then I got rid of the ones that just are not my style anymore. I got rid of tons of Unity stamps but still have a ton too. Need to get working on this again as I need more room. LOL!

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Posted: 2/19/2013 5:13:34 AM
I will give a good home to all the unwanted stamps I will even adopt them legally. I will fill out any paperwork that is necessary including a background check and my checking balance $00.

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Posted: 2/19/2013 6:19:51 AM
I have been stamping since 1996 so I have purged some stamps in my day. I am regretting parting with some PSX botanicals. They go for big bucks on eBay!!

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Posted: 2/19/2013 6:24:43 AM
I don't normally purge stamps, they are something I will come back to. Unless they were overly cute Stampin Up sets (which I did purge when we moved), I love all my stamps otherwise. I've got rubbermaid containers with litterally thousands of wood mounted PSX stamps from the early 90's that I love & could never get rid of & hope to display once again soon.

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Posted: 2/19/2013 6:28:41 AM
I have not ever purged stamps. I have more unused than used and hold onto them for the "someday".



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Posted: 2/19/2013 6:29:51 AM
I have thought about it but I can't do it. I love my stamps and I just know that as soon as I purge, the perfect opportunity will come up that I need them! I am also actively looking for ways to use them on my layouts.
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Posted: 2/19/2013 7:33:17 AM
I have purged some but I still have alot to go through. I want to get rid of all the M's dollar stamps that I just don't use.


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Posted: 2/19/2013 7:37:44 AM
Funny you posted this. I just said on the other thread I should get rid of all my stamps. The ones I use occasionally are mini alpha stamps.


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Posted: 2/19/2013 7:44:08 AM
I had (and still have) too many. My thought process was if I hadn't used it in years it was ok to purge. Any were never used. Sold many at the LSS garage sale. Tastes and preferences change over time. I had lots of artsy stamps, but now I mainly use ones for scrapbooking.


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Posted: 2/19/2013 7:52:03 AM
Since stamps can be used to make my own background paper and embellishments, I will never purge them, even though we do plan to move eventually, and I have a huge stamp collection. I chose instead to unmount my wood mounted stamps and just organize them all in old CIS PSB zippered binders. It has worked well, and I store my clear & cling stamps the same way. It got them out of drawers, cut down on weight, and actually makes it so much easier to see what I have so I can find and use what I want quickly. I can look through literally a couple thousand stamps in just a few minutes. Yes, my collection is at least that big, but I started my stamp collection back in 1986, ten years before I started scrapping. I am a lot pickier about what stamps I buy now, but I don't have to worry about the storage and ability to find/use them anymore, so I still buy stamps if I see ones that I really like and think I can use in my scrapping. Although the PSB is no longer available, other zippered binders can be used, such as the ones sold just before school starts. They won't hold as many stamps, but not too many folks have as big a collection as I do, either. There are multiple photos showing my storage in this link:

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Posted: 2/19/2013 8:04:01 AM
Rarely. I've donated a few of the inexpensive cutesy stamps that our child used/outgrew over the years. Since I'm not an impulse buyer, each individual stamp & set was purchased with versatility & actual usefulness in mind...

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Posted: 2/19/2013 8:06:32 AM
It's a sin to purge stamps! Did you know that?

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Posted: 2/19/2013 8:13:48 AM
I have a few times and I plan to again soon. Most of what I purge are "What was I thinking???" buys and impulse purchases mostly after seeing what someone else was able to do with a set. I can never quite seem to make it looks as good, lol.

I most purge wood mounted stamp sets. They take up sooo much room to store and I don't like that I can't see through them for placement. In fact, I seem to purge and avoid red rubber stamps these days. High quality clear stamps (photopolymer) stamp just as well as red rubber and have the advantage of allowing for more precise placement without using a stampamajig. But I also purge cheap clear stamps bought before I knew better that don't stamp well.

I was just looking at my 2 shelves of Stampin Up wood mounted sets last night thinking how most of them need to find new homes.


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Posted: 2/19/2013 8:18:24 AM
Never...I'd have a really hard time with that. Of course, I don't have/buy that many to start with.


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Posted: 2/19/2013 9:04:37 AM
I've gotten rid of maybe five stamps, ever, and those all went to good homes. Most of those were cutsey ones that I won as a door prize that I gave to my niece, she enjoys card making and some scrapping. I did look through them recently to see if I wanted to sell any at a garage sale, and I decided I like and use what I have, so no reason they need to go.

My stamps sat unused for over a year (except for a few sentiment ones for cards) so I've been challenging myself to use at least one stamp on each lo. The more I do it, the easier it gets. I'm finding its a good way for me to add texture, depth and layers! I love my stamps!

However, I do think because I've got a good variety, I'm much less likely to buy new stamps, unless I can think of many uses for them.


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Posted: 2/19/2013 9:22:02 AM
Yes I just did a purge when I did another stamp reorganization. Sold most although I still have a box that needs to go. I realized I had duplicate-like stamps. Lots of them.

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Posted: 2/19/2013 9:23:25 AM
Yes, I sold some sets in a scrap garage sale. I was surprised how many sets I had to have yet never used.

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Posted: 2/19/2013 11:50:16 AM
I got rid of most of my club scrap (the very early days) stamps. I didn't need them, never used them, didn't like the style, so departed with them about 3 months ago.

BUT if anyone doesn't want any clear or art style stamps (clear or wood mounted), I'm also willing to give a nice new home to them.

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Posted: 2/19/2013 11:58:33 AM
I consider Stamps to be a tool and therefore would not purge.. but then I never go hog wild and purchase things I don't think are versitle... I have alot of stamps but they are contained in a small area.. so by some of your standards I guess I have a smaller collection.

I also love pulling out some of my lesser loved stamps for kids to play with when they visit us..

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Posted: 2/19/2013 12:07:28 PM
You ladies rock! I suddenly feel less pressure to purge my stamps! I had been considering it as there is a LSS Garage Sale coming up and I am going through my stash. My husband recently commented on my stamp collection and hinted that if I purge I could purchase more..... not to say that the size of my collection does not grow weekly to begin with......


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Posted: 2/19/2013 12:17:32 PM
I did, recently. I started out making stamped cards so most of my 'oldest' stamps were 'scenery' sort of stamps that would need to be colored in... or other stamps that were purchased more for using to make cards. I don't make cards any more (only an occasional one here and there), so I got rid of most of my most 'card-friendly' stamp designs.

Now I figure if I want to make a card, I have plenty of patterned paper and / or punches, etc. to still make a card out of, without having to keep such elaborate stamps for images.

(I'm selling them later this spring at my LSS's garage sale- if they don't sell there, I'll probably just donate them.)

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Posted: 2/19/2013 12:21:03 PM

You ladies rock! I suddenly feel less pressure to purge my stamps! I had been considering it as there is a LSS Garage Sale coming up and I am going through my stash. My husband recently commented on my stamp collection and hinted that if I purge I could purchase more..... not to say that the size of my collection does not grow weekly to begin with......

When you feel that you'd rather have the space (or money) than the stamps then you'll know it's time to purge. That's where I am now.


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Posted: 2/19/2013 12:21:45 PM
I somehow ended up with a bunch of stamps that I don't remember buying - I'm pretty sure I did a stamp swap about 12 years ago (such a long time ago!) and just don't recall. Anyway, I recently purged a bunch of them, in addition to many if my own. Right now, I have them all packed up and ready to take to DS's school. He has an amazing teacher, who is willing to take all my crafty purchases that didn't make the cut. For me, it became a case of too many stamps and not enough room
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Posted: 2/19/2013 12:59:47 PM
I have done this multiple times. Going to do it again soon.


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Posted: 2/19/2013 1:28:00 PM
Yes I just did last night.I also purge paper and other goodies I no longer want or use. I thought about when I would use them. I really only use certain types of things and want space to keep them.

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Posted: 2/19/2013 1:50:58 PM
Oh yes....all the time. I don't have enough room to keep a bunch of stamps around that I never use any longer. I have a for sale tab on my blog where I list everything, and update it every time I purge. That works well for me!!


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Posted: 2/19/2013 1:54:44 PM
I've just gone through and separated them out. Giving my dd the clear ones, but have a ton of never used wood mounted stampin up ones that my MIL gave me. I don't think I'll ever use them, do you know if there's any demand for the retired sets? And where's a good place to list them?

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Posted: 2/19/2013 2:45:47 PM
I have donated quite a few over the years.

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Posted: 2/19/2013 5:47:15 PM
I just purged today. A whole box. Now hopefully I can sell some to buy some more.

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Posted: 2/19/2013 5:52:52 PM
No, never. I liked them when I bought them, and I still do. I have been following the 2P's stamping board and the challenges have been great for getting me to take a look at and use my stamps. Most of what I've bought is pretty classic/basic rather than trendy or "cutsie" so I don't feel that many of my stamps looked "dated".



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Posted: 2/19/2013 5:56:46 PM
I need to purge some of my unloved stamps. I have thousands and I just don't have room for all of them and would rather have room for some I would use and love. I like the idea of starting with the cheap $ stamps.

I need to figure out how to sell some of my old SU! ones that I haven't looked at in at least 10 years. Same with some old Hero Arts stamps. I use clear stamps now and have some mini alphas I will keep - heck I will keep most of my stamp sets but would like to get rid of some that I know I will never use - I don't do the cutsie anything so I need to go through and purge those first.



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Posted: 2/19/2013 5:57:20 PM
I can't imagine parting with any of my stamps. They are a non-consumable and if I liked them enough to buy them I will use them all... eventually.

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Posted: 2/19/2013 6:44:13 PM
Yes! I'm in the middle of a ruthless scraproom purge right now and there are already LOTS of Woodblock stamps that are on the chopping block. Acrylics will have their day too!


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Posted: 2/19/2013 6:50:25 PM
I must admit (blushing) that I am a scrapbooking supply hoarder. I need to start an SSA group. Anyway, if I have a stamp, it's probably because I REALLY like it or think I will for sure use it at some point, and I would rather make room for it and keep it than kick myself later for having sold it!


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Posted: 2/19/2013 10:39:39 PM
You may want to check out a free class being offered at It's called Using Every Stamp 2013. There are some instructional lessons on use/nonuse and organizing stamps plus loads of things others are doing to make better use of stamps and storing them. You have to sign up for their newsletter to access the class.

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Posted: 2/20/2013 5:53:26 AM
I've purged stamps before. Didn't have a problem getting rid of the ones I bought early on before I had any sense of what my personal style was. Now a days I'm pretty picky about which stamps I actually buy.

I think it's ok to part with stamps you honestly don't really like anymore.


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Posted: 2/21/2013 4:01:04 AM
I only purge what is not my style any more.


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Posted: 2/21/2013 6:41:20 AM
Check out I have had really good luck selling retired SU sets there.
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Posted: 2/21/2013 3:00:05 PM
I did last spring for the LSS garage sale. I'm going to do it again when I have spring break in March from college. I have 4 upper kitchen cupboards full. There are some that I will never ever purge, but others are good to go to new homes.


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Posted: 2/21/2013 5:48:50 PM
Yes. I initially sold some SU sets on EBay. Learned the hard way that you make NO money when you sell a bulk grouping of stamps. Thus, when I did my huge stamp purge last year, I simply gave them away. An acquaintance I know loves stamping, so I delivered two grocery sacks, jam-packed full, of stamps to her door. That was much more pleasant for me than practically giving them away to complete strangers on eBay. The recipient loved them! And personally, I felt a huge sense of relief that I had made space in my craft room! Win/win!

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Posted: 2/21/2013 6:14:39 PM
I've kept the vast majority. The only ones I've gotten rid of are some holiday sets that I sold on E-bay. Stampin' Up! sells really well on E-bay - actually a lot of rubber stamps do. I also resold a couple of sets I bought of E-bay before I really learned what I liked.

I try not to buy clear stamps unless I really love them or they are very cheap as I haven't been able to resell those.

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Posted: 2/21/2013 8:15:31 PM
I do! If I haven't used a set in 1-2 years, I give it away or trade with someone.

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