Helen officially declares her recent JUNK FUNK ended. The last couple of weeks I've had some really fun finds and with Yard Sale and Flea Market season now upon us I thought I better take a break from solving everyone's problems to confess one of my own.
|Helen is the original 50 foot woman? Helen's head is so 'large' it eclipses her body? What/ What?|
Here it is: I have too much stuff. And I keep buying more.
|Yard sale haul from the World's Longest Yard Sale 2 years ago.|
And I live in a WORLD of enablers - all those people out there who are getting rid of just the kinds of things I want to have for myself! (from this point on these are all my April and May of this year finds, btw)
|No, I don't smoke. But I am from Enid, Ok, home of Vance Air Force Base. My dad retired there - so it's the base I most associate with. When THIS turned up in a junk shop in Jeffersontown KY last week - how could I NOT buy it?|
Every now and then I do have the sense that I have enough.
|Enough of THESE? NEVER!|
But then the weekend comes, I've made a trip to Goodwill to clear out some things and... how could one more of these hurt?
It's not that my house is overrun. I pack things away and rotate them seasonally. Or I MEAN to. Right now I've never redone the shelves left empy after I took down Christmas! Sometimes that makes me feel like I'm not really enjoying my finds the way I'd like. You ever feel that way?
|I fear bobby pin basket girl is judging me for not putting her on display. You can see the disappointment in her face.|
Why do we keep buying? I believe with all my heart that in order for us to decide to invest our time, money, emotions or space in something it MUST have a STORY. Sometimes it's the story that comes attached to the object:
|This very nice man was sitting by the side of the road carving stuff and selling it cheap. He needed the $ and I had some that day so this 'little' guy (okay he's the size of a 2 year old) had to come home with me.|
Sometimes it's the story we tell ourselves
|Some day I am going to have a super neat-o coolio retro rec-room bar and this 1990 martini light will be perfect to light the way.|
|I am not crazy about the image on this TV tray BUT the colors are perfect to turn it into a table to sit beside our hammock. Yes, I am telling myself I will MAKE something with this. One day. If I ever get out of the hammock.|
Sometimes it's the history we see (real or imagined) in an object from another era.
Sometimes it's just the thrill of the hunt and the chance to retell the tale of how I bagged what other's called unbaggable!
|Impromptu entertainment at the Flea Off Market downtown Louisville, prime hunting grounds once a month.|
Sigh. I feel better now that I've unburdened my dirty little secret. I Have too much stuff, I often worry that I am not displaying and using it as I should. And yet, next weekend I will go look for some more.
I know YOU know what I'm talking about.