Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Should it Stay or Should it Go

Does anyone other than me find it hard to not love and keep everything they find?  This is becoming not so much an issue for me, but something that is a growing concern in the dark cracks of my brain.  What if as I thrift and junk, it becomes harder and harder to put an item in the booth for resale?  I can't become a hoarder because I don't particularly care for clutter (pretty sure my husband is going to laugh at that), but I also come across some really neat stuff that I just am not sure I want to part with.  And who am I kidding, if I'm not careful, I am totally capable of becoming a hoarder!  o_O
Take this purse for example:


It is a darling little vintage Berne of California handbag that I picked up for $3 at the thrift shop a few weeks ago.  It has a great kissing clasp in the center and pockets on both sides of it.  It's a sweet little bag that makes you feel all girly and sophisticated (I currently carry a bag pack with both mine and the Little Dudes stuff if that helps you to understand my thought process there), but it isn't really very practical for me right now.  It is small compared to what I normally use, and the handles are short, meaning that it has to be carried because it is kind of uncomfortable on your shoulder.  So, all of these things would tell a reasonable person to sell it, but what does my brain think?  "No no no, it's great, keep it!"  Shut up brain!  That doesn't help me!!!  Geez!

So what tips do you seasoned pros have for this newbie?  How do you decide what stays and what goes?  I can't be the only one who faces this issue!  
And now I'm going to go party at It's a Very Cherry World because today is REDnesday!!!  Woohoo!!!

8 comments:

  1. If you like something and have a use for it, keep it. If you have not used it in years, let it go. I am not a keeper anymore. The older you get the less you need.

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    1. You are right LV! Some things are more important than, well things!

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  2. Oh I love that purse! I have no advice for ya, because I'd be in the same boat! I suppose if you really can't use it, or won't use it, then I'd sell it to someone who can. But it can be so hard to give up beautiful things like this!!

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    1. Right?! It's fabulous! But I think you are right, if I don't use it again soon it will go to someone who can. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Hi, Melissa! I've been collecting vintage items for a few years now and I'm just starting to tire of some of them. I'm hoping ot open an antique booth at the mall next summer and I think I'll finally be able to let go of some things to put in it! I've also been buying vintage things that I don't like but someone else might. ♥

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    1. I hope you get to open your booth next summer! I'm working on mine opening on October 1st. I think I will be able to let some stuff go because I know it is going to someone who probably appreciates it and loves it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Oh....How your bright red purse reminds me of one my Mom carried decades ago. I, too, am a lover of Red. When I walk in the door of any thrift shop I immediately fire up my radar for this cheerful color!
    Thanks for sharing and Happy Rednesday!
    Carolynn

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    1. Sounds like your Mom was a stylish lady! : )

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