Yes, I know I did a clearout last year, but I've still managed to accumulate lots of stuff. After some thought, I think I've sussed the various reasons how it happened and why there is so much stuff to go on Sunday:
#1: I can't resist a bargain
It's my mother's fault - when it comes to spending money, she makes frugality look like an extravagance and I think she's passed the frugality gene down to me. However I think I also inherited the moderation gene from my father so I'm not a total Scrooge, but enough about my genetic makeup. I've always made a bee-line straight for any bargain or clearance section in a shop and I try to be good and only buy what I need but sometimes there will be something that is too good a bargain to miss. Just in case.And you never know, I might be able to use it...
#2: I can't resist a good bundle
This trait developed with make-up sets in my youth. You'd buy a beautifully-packaged palette of 4 eyeshadows but only use 2 colours so after you've finished those you're stuck with a useless palette with 2 eyeshadows that look awful on you and end up getting rid of it. It's not so different in crafting - when I first ventured into stamping last year, I bought a big tub of 30 mini ink pads and I've only opened about 10 of them. Luckily, they're all separately sealed so into the sale pile they go...
#3: I only needed to spend another £1 to get free postage
In this age of Internet shopping, many websites offer free shipping if you spend over a certain amount. If I'm only a couple of quid off the limit, I'd much rather buy another product than spend £3 or over on postage. Sometimes it's something I'll use, but more often it's been the only thing available that would knock me over the threshold. And then doesn't get used (because in the case of the 4mm crochet hooks, I already have 3 that I use in a regular basis and am perfectly content with).
#4: I upgraded
This is probably the most natural (and forgiveable) reason for a destash. Sometimes the entry-level tool just isn't up to scratch anymore and you have to get a bigger/more modern model.
#5: Let's face it - I'm never going to get round to using it
For years I have had an entire drawer full of needle-felting gear that I've only attempted a few times. I thought it would be therapeutic, stabbing away at a pile of wool like Norman Bates, until I also stabbed my fingers a few times. And now & then I am reminded about the joys of needlefelting and I think "yes, I will try that soon" and it never happens! So that's it - I've decided to add the contents of the needlefelting drawer to the sale pile. I need the drawer space, and when I need to let off steam, I have a swordfighting game on the Wii which also provides a great workout when you get going.
So, if you're in Glasgow City Centre this coming Sunday and want to see what will be on the table, pop along to Sloan's Tearoom at the Argyle Arcade between 12-4pm and say hello!