Wednesday, February 24, 2010

If it walks like a duck........ A tale of a Junking Intervention

There is an old expression that I would share with my corporate clients back in the day at the law firm. In trying to explain how to act like a corporation for legal/tax protection purposes, that in all manners of their business, they had to conduct themselves in a certain way. In other words " If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, it is a duck." The other day, I was reminded of this phrase when I was trying to tell my friend that I did not have a problem. That I wasn't a hoarder, perhaps a packrat but there is a difference. I also was arguing that I could go into a Michael's store and spend less than $20 dollars .......... if I wanted to ..... I could, I'm sure. And last but not least, I could drive by a roadside pile of interesting looking junk marked free, without stopping (of course only if I was just the passenger and had no control over the vehicle, but that counts, right?) She just looked at me, shook her head and said, call it what you want, but you are a duck.

So to prove my friend wrong, that I don't need a junking intervention, I have prepared a list of questions for you to share your thoughts on and eagerly await your responses. We will call this a social behavior survey. Let's begin.

1. Do you have boxes/shelves chocked full of fabric that you enjoy just looking at and are waiting for just that perfect sewing project before getting out your scissors?

2. Do you save empty mayonnaise jars to possibly fill with sand and candles for luminaries, or fill with seashells, or to use as a place to showcase a little handcrafted fairy or bird's nest under glass? For that matter, do you save any interesting shaped bottle for some future craft project?

3. Do you own boxes and boxes of plates, all mismatched of course, but still delightfully coordinated, each being a gem culled from a lawnsale trip or from Goodwill? I am talking about enough plates to set a table for 100 guests from dinner to dessert.

4. Do you have trouble sleeping the night before an enormous flea market trip or neighborhood lawn sale extravaganza, eagerly anticipating what treasures await you, just like a child on Christmas morning, up before the crack of dawn to be the first in line?

5. Do you save any scrap of fabric that is at least 6 inches across? (Hey I use them for making my yo-yo quilts, doll clothes, quilted pieces, pockets on aprons .... you get the idea.)

6. Do you pick up a vintage tablecloth covered in holes and stains, (for free or for just pennies) because the 25% of its usable surface is just too fabulous to waste? Or what about that children's book from the early 1900's that is torn, tattered and yellowed, but the few pages that are salvageable and scannable put you in paper heaven?

7. Even though you own 100's of cookbooks, do you still buy that cookbook at the lawnsale with the jacket cover so perfectly matching your collection of Jadite dishes and showcasing recipes from the 1950's of how to cook squirrel, woodchuck and turtle? Those pages will come in handy some day, right? I mean as part of a collage and not on my dinner table.

8. Do you have stacks and stacks of decorating magazines, that you read and re-read? When asked why you don't just get the on-line subscriptions, you argue that you can't curl up in bed with a cup of tea and a laptop. It just isn't the same.

9. While friends find the allure of the mall so appealing, is a perfect day of shopping for you a road trip to all the Goodwill stores within a 25 mile radius of your house? (For me that would be 10 stores). Anybody interested in a road trip with me?

10. Are you a spray paint and glitter addict? Like that's a bad thing?

And for the Bonus Question: Would you climb through a dumpster if spotting a FFFF (fabulous find for free) while wearing a dress and heels? Be honest.

Oh bother ...... It's true. I guess I AM A DUCK!!!!


Marla said...

This is so funny, I recognize myself in all of it. Where do you live that you have 10 GW stores within a 25 mile radius? I want to come. I am dangerous with 2 in my town. Guess I'm a duck too and I don't want to rehab yet. Marla

sissie said...

I am definitely a DUCK! I said yes to all of the above. But I would rather be a duck than a duck puddle!! That made no sense. Oh well,
I think it's fun, I mean isn't it normal????
I thought everyone else was just weird!


Mimi said...

Ahh...why this post now...are you a mind reader? We were just discussing the amount of space I have dishes in...I also have tons of cookbooks, several bookcases full...I will let my sweetie know that I am a duck! Thanks for this enlightening post...but I doubt I will do anything about it at the present, it is my duty to keep the poor economy going!

Yvonne Quarles said...

LOL, I guess I'm a duck! But all of these things are being frugal arent they!? The three R's remember!!! Cute post! I like ducks btw!

Theresa @ 612Riverside said...

1.yes 2.yes 3.o.k. maybe not 100 but I 'rescue' as many as I can 4.yes 5.yes 6.yes got me there, my mom collected cookbooks-not me 8.yes 9.YES! 10 that's a BAD thing? Bonus. most likely! I AM A DUCK!!!!!! Theresa

Ms. Fiddlesticks said...

Sometimes I wish I was not a duck. Ha Ha.
I really like the mall versus goodwill store, for me thrift store anytime or better yet a good old yard sale.

Kelly Ballard said...

I am guilty of all of the above.

Second Hand Chicks

stefanie said...

Yes!!! to all, and lovin' it!!!
thanks for the sweet comment, if you want any of the pics, help yourself.

Kate @ The Gaines Gang said...

My name is Kate, and I think I'm a duck!

Thanks for stopping by. I LOVE to get old children's books at Goodwill. And my kids love the old illustrations. That Mike Mulligan book is signed from the auther and dated 1963. Could not let it go.

Yes, I love Goodwill too, where they know me by name. It took a long time for my kids to not hide in shame {smile}. They are at that age.

Marla said...

Oh Sherrie, I wish I could visit Maine, I have never been. But now I understand the name of your blog and your obsession. Mine is an obsession too and if I had that many to choose from I would indeed be in trouble. Smiles, Marla

Gina said...

I think I must be one too!

Anonymous said...

Oh Sherrie,
Are we long lost sisters? I answered yes to everything! Especially #'s 3,4,8,and 9. When I know I'm going to the flea market I can't sleep the week before. I drive my husband insane talking of nothing else all week. I have tons of back issues of Country Living, and Country Home. I love making a cup of tea and flipping through my magazines. It inspires me. And I have tons of mismatched plates from many years of collecting. When you see one you love, how can you pass it up? If your a horder, than so am I. {That's okay, we have fabulous stuff!}
I just wanted to let you know I'm having my first giveaway on my blog and it ends on March 7th. Stop by my blog and sign up for your chance to win. You are always so wonderful and supportive with your comments and I just want you to know how much it means to me! You are such and angel!!

Vintagesquirrel said...

OMG! I am so glad I stumbled onto your blog. I think I've finally found someone who gets me. I shop at my local Sally's (Salvation Army Thrift Store) at least 3 times a week. I am adding you to my favorite blogs as I type this.