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Posted 4/22/2013 by snmoore in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 65,372
January 2003
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Posted: 4/22/2013 2:15:35 PM
I am finally, really, honestly, going to clean out my craft supplies. I don't want to go totally digital, so i want to keep only the most important items. what can you not live without? what have you regretted getting rid of?

I have an entire box (paper ream box) of punches, 2 full boxes of ribbons, 2+ boxes of rubber stamps and an additional box of acrylic stamps. We won't even discuss how much paper I own...I have the original Cricut, the Imagine (used twice - most expensive purchase ever, ugh!), a large format printer (used twice), tons of dies, embossing folders, the entire SU stamp pad line, Distress inks...and that's just the tip of the ice berg. Obviously I need help - if only I had the money instead of the supplies now. Lesson learned.

It's got to go, I'm not using it (due to lack of time) and if I do make something I would probably use less than 5% of my current stash. I know I'm not the first to do this, so Pea Wisdom is greatly appreciated!

Thanks everyone!!!


PeaNut 124,443
January 2004
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Posted: 4/22/2013 2:45:34 PM
I'd start with the items that interest you the least. Things you bought thinking you'd like them, but then found you don't. If it feels like to much hassle to use your stamps, then maybe those should go. However, if you enjoy some of them and don't cringe at the thought of using them, then hold onto at least some of them.

Also, you don't have to get rid of everything in a group. If you use certain ink colors all the time & others not at all, then just keep your faves and pass the rest on. Same with ribbons, embossing folders, stamps, etc.


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PeaNut 109,681
October 2003
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Posted: 4/22/2013 3:19:04 PM
if i had to go bare bones, i can't work without:
-paper trimmer
-fine tip scissors
-scotch quick dry adhesive
-my paper

if i had to purge, the following items could go and i wouldn't shed a tear:
-all my clear stamps
-my leftover alphabets (chipboard, sticker, thickers, charms, etc)
-packs and packs of martha steward paper packs still in the package (DH bought them for me thinking he was doing me a favor. silly man, little did he know)
-textured papers
-most of my ribbons
-my tiny prima flowers (i'm actually RAKing to someone later)

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August 2004
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Posted: 4/22/2013 3:49:01 PM
Paper trimmer
Kraft, white and black CS
Old books
Old ledgers
Pretty pattern paper
Diamond glaze
Waxed linen thread
Small circle punch
Exacto knife
Craft mat

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PeaNut 8,421
December 2000
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Posted: 4/22/2013 5:53:56 PM
I would most want to keep patterned paper and alphabet stickers.

I could let go of my stamps and ribbon supply. I have never been a big stamper and I try to only be stamps that I really will use, but I could live without them.

You could probably sell your stamp collection and get some money back.


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September 2009
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Posted: 4/22/2013 6:58:11 PM
You might try getting rid of the things that sell well on E-bay. That way you can have some of that money back. I've found Creative Memories punches and Stampin' Up! stamps sell really well. I've never tried to sell any of the ink pads but with so many colors discontinued someone might like to have them.

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PeaNut 226,382
October 2005
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Loc: New England

Posted: 4/22/2013 7:30:02 PM
I agree - stamps and punches usually sell very well $$$$


PeaNut 65,372
January 2003
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Posted: 4/22/2013 8:45:25 PM
When you sell on ebay do you sell items in lots, or singles? Shipping is so high, I never know how to figure out what to charge unless I do flat rate. Is that what most people do?

These are all very helpful suggestions - and yes, I think I really need to go bare bones with my supplies, but I will keep the more expensive like my Cricut (maybe, or I might get rid of both and get a silhouette), and the most basic like my paper trimmer and tape runner.

Thank you all, keep suggestions coming it's encouraging


PeaNut 570,639
October 2012
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Posted: 4/23/2013 12:05:27 AM
If I were to start from scratch, I'd keep
-ATG gun
-Xyron X machine
-Binders with themed embellishments (but there's a lot I can take out)
-Cameo with SCAL
-paper trimmer

I can easily give up
-alpha stamps
-other misc. embellishments

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PeaNut 477,798
August 2010
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Posted: 4/23/2013 5:40:32 AM
I have the hardest time getting rid of patterned paper. I take out the paper that I may be getting rid of, put it on an empty shelf in the closet for a few months and go there FIRST when I make a layout to see if there's anything I can use. I do this with other supplies as well. It's surprising what you can 'make work' when you put your mind to it. After a few months if I haven't used it, out it goes!


PeaNut 65,372
January 2003
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Loc: southeast US

Posted: 4/23/2013 8:01:29 AM
@alone_inacrowdedroom GREAT IDEA! I had not thought about using my paper in that way, but for those collections I can't part with it would be a good way to see if I am really going to use it. Thanks
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