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Posted 2/7/2013 by GwynnAsbury in General Scrappin'

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PeaNut 578,564
January 2013
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Posted: 2/7/2013 3:27:02 PM
I just signed up for a local stamp garage sale - where I can take my supplies to the store and they will sell them in a craft garage sale. Now, I am unsure of how to work through my stash and identify things to part with, and how to price them. for those of you ladies who are good with parting with items you will not use, how do you go about this process? I am feeling a little overwhelmed.....


PeaNut 294,285
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Posted: 2/7/2013 3:30:45 PM
No advice, I just wanted to say I like the word "destashing"!



PeaNut 345,491
October 2007
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Posted: 2/7/2013 3:39:37 PM
Good for you for doing a purge! I just finished a huge purge and it felt great. My only dilemma is what to do with all the purged stuff lol. How I went about my purge is I started with one grouping of items ie stamps and purged what I
a) hated
was tired of
c) bought and knew I would never use it again or bought and was like WTH did I buy it for lol.

I went through this process with everything in my room (flowers, bling, embellies, paper etc) ugh that was a chore. I found that while I was doing it there were items that I had doubts on purging so what I did was a few weeks later did another quick purge and it was funny but items that I had orginally stalled on purged now easily went in the purge pile! So although it was a bit of work I ended up purging 6 rubbermaid containers of stuff from my stash! I had never really done a purge before in all the years I have scrapbooked so it was well overdue! At times I was very brutal at what I purged and some stuff was hard to part with but I was running out of space for the stuff I really love and feeling overwhelmed with stuff I was hanging on to that was no longer my taste, was a impulse buy or was just not being used anymore.

Although it was a ton of work and my room was a bit messy for a while it was well worth it in the end. Now I just need to find a LSS that is having a garage sale or decide what I will try to sell privately in hopes of making money and donate the rest to a local school etc.

Good luck with your purge hope you will keep us updated on how it is going!


PeaNut 556,456
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Posted: 2/7/2013 3:57:05 PM
Group like things together. If we are talking stamps put all the floral sets together, all the seasonal sets together, etc. That way you can see that you have five hydrangeas and pick your favorite.

Then go through and say. "would I make a LO/card/etc with this today?" If your answer is no, purge it. If your answer is unenthusiastic ether purge or set it aside and see if you use it in the next month (or however long you give yourself).

I also think the touch it once rule is good when you sort. Have your storage figured out, have a trash can, have a purge box (or one To Sell and one To Donate) all ready. Touch each thing once, decide, don't look back.

I went through some things recently and made an "expiring soon" box. It is out where I can see it so I am more likely to use things in it. If I do, it gets to come out (packs of button or stamps or whatever. Obviously if you use paper it is gone). At the end of whatever time period you set, everything left in the box gets purged. Don't even touch those items again- the whole box goes.

Good luck!
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PeaNut 578,564
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Posted: 2/7/2013 4:31:50 PM
part of my anxiety is that I have purged previously and gotten rid of only to go back and look for those things I got rid of for a layout! The most dreaded part of purging, it always starts the creative juices....... Any advice on how to get over THAT part?


PeaNut 577,308
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Posted: 2/7/2013 5:48:25 PM
I just had to do this as I am downsizing my craft area and will have to do it again. My biggest thing was this: if it doesn't work with what I hope to do with my current projects & style OR I haven't used it since I bought it and I have had it for awhile its gone. It's hard, but I am trying so hard not to hoard my stash. I need to use it rather than keep adding to it. (I say this even though I have been buying PL stuff recently!)

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PeaNut 553,867
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Posted: 2/7/2013 5:50:36 PM
go through your supplies one section at a time and make sure to listen to your gut. It will tell you what is really worth keeping, and what is just filler.

I just went through this process too, and it is no fun, but you will LOVE your space once you are done.

good luck!

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PeaNut 578,564
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Posted: 2/7/2013 6:19:06 PM
thanks for all the great suggestions and I think more importantly the support. why is destashing so difficult? I'm beginning to think that my attachment to all things paper is a little unhealthy.....

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PeaNut 451,040
January 2010
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Posted: 2/7/2013 6:19:44 PM
Can you "destash" like you would your closet? If you haven't used it in 6 months or a year get rid of it.


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PeaNut 578,564
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Posted: 2/8/2013 12:05:44 AM
Haha, if I destashed like I did my closet, I'd still have scrapbook stuff from Junior High .... I still have papers that i purchased on my FIRST ever scrapbook purchase..... I think I have a problem.....


PeaNut 472,567
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Posted: 2/8/2013 7:10:33 AM
Start with the items that you don't mind parting with. It seems easier to sort of "break the ice" before going through things you liked, but no longer use.

I'm pretty ruthless when it comes to purging, but I don't buy a lot to begin with as I don't buy the latest trends nor an entire collection.

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PeaNut 273,062
August 2006
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Posted: 2/8/2013 7:55:03 PM
I feel your pain. Getting rid of stuff is always so difficult for me. On positive note I can say when I did go through the process I never missed any of the items I purged.


PeaNut 567,699
September 2012
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Posted: 2/8/2013 8:00:45 PM
I wish I had a LSS or a crafty garage sale by me! And to think I live in NJ not in the middle of nowhere you would think there would be a few LSS or something other then ms! Anyways.. I always have a hard time getting ride of items.. I would toss anything you haven't touched in a really long time.. Deep down you know your not ever gonna use it lol! As far as prices I'm not sure it really depends in what your selling, the conditions , etc. google & eBay are good places to get some ideas! Good luck!

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