Lighten up… It feels good

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I’m a semi-collector. I don’t have tons of different collections, but those few themes that I do collect – well let’s just say overflow is an understatement. Also, being a highly-organized, expert vertical storer can sometimes be a liability in a small apartment.

But I’m working on those issues. For instance, I never buy souvenirs from my travels any more. Since most of my travels involve outdoor activities, I find a variety rock or stone that feels organic to the place I’m visiting and take one home.

Paper and printed material are another story. Parting with that collection is a challenge. But I’m finding ways to put all of that material to good use. I’m doing a lot of bookbinding with the stock, and using the printed materials for the covers. Paper is not really moving out of my place in bulk, but rather being re-formed into a potential gift or alternate use. I accept that this collection will be slow moving.

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My Etsy shop, tcgVINTAGEetc, has also been a great outlet for decluttering. Many of the toys and games that were taking up so much space – and that I hadn’t looked at in decades – are a large part of my inventory. Most are in excellent condition and some have found wonderful homes with others.

And the best part is, after you start to let the “stuff” go, you don’t miss it or even think about it anymore. At least that’s what I found. (OK, in full disclosure, sending off one book left me slightly heartbroken, but in time, I’m sure that I’ll get over it.)

The gains are tremendous:

  • I make a few extra dollars
  • A percentage of the profits goes to a favorite charity
  • I exchange emails with appreciative people who are very generous with their stories and reviews
  • Through research, I’ve learned extensively about a slice of the vintage toys, games and antique books markets
  • MORE SPACE / LESS CLUTTER

Learning and letting go – what could be better!

The photos here are listings currently in my shop. Feel free to wander over – to browse – or to be inspired to lighten up too.

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Photos: ©  2015 Janet Giampietro / tcgVINTAGEetc

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