3. DE-CLUTTERFY YOURSELF
A DeStash Market for a wide range of accumulated and surplus craft materials and supplies takes place in the Fitzherbert Ave Freemasons Hall on Saturday.
It turns out you can have too much of a good thing. Palmerston North knitter Debra Francis has a great line in yarn - more than she will ever be able to use.
‘‘If you do any amount of handcraft for more than two minutes you accumulate stuff. And then you find yourself asking ‘Why did I buy that? What on Earth was I thinking?’,’’ Francis said.
Her yarn accumulations go back 30 years.
‘‘You buy five balls of wool for something and you only use two. Then you take your eye off the ‘ball’ and before you know it you’ve gone from one small container to a wardrobe, and then two wardrobes, and then to a small room. Then to a larger room or a garage.’’
There was a name for her ‘‘condition’’ she said.
‘‘It’s called STABLE - Stash Total Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy.’’
As part of her own declutter campaign, Francis decided to get a market together where fellow crafties could downsize and unload their surplus materials to loving homes.
Her DeStash Market is on Saturday in the Fitzherbert Ave Freemasons Hall.
‘‘I’ve donated stuff until I’m blue in the face, but most charity shops are overrun with craft books and materials. And there’s some stuff you don’t want to donate - it’s worth something, and you’d like it to go to someone who appreciates it for what it is, and
‘‘It's called STABLE - Stash Total Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy.’’ Debra Francis
perhaps recoup some of its value.’’
Francis has a collection of expensive UK and Australian cross-stitch and patchwork books and magazines.
‘‘It’s hard parting with things, but what’s the point of keeping them when you know in your heart of hearts you are never going to use them again.’’
She said there had been a good response from fellow craftspeople wanting to ‘‘de-STABLE-ise’’ themselves, and Saturday’s market is open to the full spectrum of handcraft activity from painting and scrapbooking to sewing and jewellery making.
If successful, Francis said she could organise the market on a more regular basis.
‘‘So let’s get this started and see what happens.’’
Tables are $25 for stallholders with entry to the hall free. For more information contact Francis at PalmyCraftMarkets@clear.net.nz.
Debra Francis and a small sample of her 30 years of craft accumulation.