Regular readers know how I fight tooth and nail with my beloved craft stash affectionately known as Horror Monster. He has managed over the last few years to creep his way into nooks and crannies throughout the house.
I began an all-out campaign to corral him last October, but to be truthful I just crammed everything into bins.
This year I am serious.
Horror Monster will become a gentle beast.
Here are a few of the treasures I found hiding behind doors and under beds and deep in the attic.
A large fresh fish tin filled with Octagon laundry soap labels. At a distant time in the past you could redeem these for household items. There must be a hundred of them. I vaguely remember them, but never used them in the laundry closet like I dreamed. I am keeping the cool tin, but the labels are going to the booth.
Once I had a hall of other people's relatives, but these have been living behind the bedroom door for years. They need new homes. Off they go.
I have a thing about numbers and game pieces, but does one person need hundreds of them?
The correct answer is "NO!"
I gathered up hundreds of French flash cards, vintage school supplies, game boards, and boxes of dominoes.
Out the door!
Wait - I kept the Sucrets tin.
A wreath made from a rolled up clothes line with old clothes pins clipped to it. I took this from my neighbor years ago before she put it in the trash. It hung in my laundry closet.
Yes, she did think I was crazy.
I never changed a thing about it - it is exactly the same as when she rolled it up - pins and all.
How in this rusty, crusty world did I forget about this wonderful tin box!?!
I am keeping this beauty. He will be washed and waxed and go to work in the new room.
Even a hoarder like me would be so ashamed to show how many vintage sewing boxes and bags I have found.
Here are two filled with goodies.
Scat, sewing notions before I have a notion to keep you!
Who doesn't love a button jar?
I needed to muster some strong tough love and weed out those I really did not have room to display.
Even an obsessive collector like me did not go through each and every button.
Though now I am wishing I had.
No, better to cut the apron strings cleanly and quickly.
Off they go.
These cranberry crate labels with a Christmas theme went back and forth between keep and sell several times.
Now that I have them scanned I will let them go.
No, I will.
This week I will be digging for more treasures and will post about what I find. I guess I am lucky. I have not found any dead critters among the bags and boxes.
Got to go buy another large box of trash bags.
I promise I am not throwing anything away that has any life left in it.
Contrary to the neighbor's belief.
I am not crazy.
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