Judging by the massive amounts of stuff (I need to purge) in our house I’d say I’m a big collector. But I don’t *think* I collect a lot of stuff. I just like stuff. Stuff is fun. Cozy. Stuff is therapeutic.
Luckily for my husband shoes is not something on my list of collections. Neither is chotchkies and doodads on shelving.
Things I do seem to buy a lot of:
I love purses and bags. The whole minimalist philosophy of “Do I have something that already serves this purpose? If so I don’t need it” absolutely does not apply. I particularly love colorful bags (Like Vera Bradley) or just plain black. I usually prefer them to have two longer straps or handles. I am not a fan of hipsters personally. I also like backpacks and gym backs and totes. Oh and recycled shopping bags, preferably with bright colors and fun, cute designs.
Lotion & Perfumes & Body Scrubby Concoctions
This is sort of a weird collection. I go all sorts of crazy buying different lotions and stuff from Body Works (ahh Sugar Scrubs!), Bath & Body Works (Pearberry come back to me please!) and Target (Jergens, Tanning Lotions, Calendula creams, whatever smells good at the moment (but NEVER raspberry scents which give me massive headaches)…) And then I use them a lot… and then they sit for a while because I get sick of them. But I like to have them. It’s weird. I know.
I was just talking to one of my BFFs tonight about how I am feeling the need to take everything out of my craft bins and inventory it all. I forget what I have and these bins are like 15 years in the making. But seriously? When you get email coupons to JoAnns, Michaels and Hobby Lobby that you can print and use at any of these stores because they all accept competitors coupons, and then you stack them on a sale? It’s magic. Complete with glue and glitter and feathers and jagged edged scissors. It’s true. Try it.
I’m gonna say this is partially Hubs’ collection (problem) too. We’re geeks. Just to get an idea of the EXTRA stuff we have (aside from the everyday laptops, smartphones, game consoles, HDTVs, storage server schtuff… we have two old computers sitting around waiting for me to jackhammer the harddrives and trash the rest. And we have old PDAs, stereos, speakers, cables (OMG we might need that old conversion cable that worked only on this piece of obsolete equipment from 1997 for a time capsule someday), cell phones, wires, keyboards, mice, yadda yadda, etc. I think we even have an extra VCR, still functional, to go with the one that’s hooked up but never used. Sigh. The problem is this – I can not bring myself to dump all this in to a landfill. But I really don’t care to take the time to sell it in a yard sale because it’s probably not worth my time. I don’t know. So Electronics. We are early adopters of most cool things (you’re welcome for those lower prices later) and that means we lots of old electronics too.
I realize I sound like a hoarder. I am NOT!
What do you collect? Why do you collect them? Are you an impulse buyer or a carefully planned shopper?
Come on! We know you girls are out there reading – so participate and have some fun!
p.s. If at all possible, please head on over to Friends of Maddie today to make a donation for Maddie’s 3rd birthday. That money will help collect a lot of stuff to help families babies in the NICU. And I think that’s a really great thing.