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.

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