I stand here at a cross roads.. I am a collector in search of a simple life.
For me the part of my life that isn't all that simple right now.. are my collections. Over the years, little by little I've gathered bits and pieces, created my very own little vintage museum. I've fossicked, foraged, thrifted and searched, for treasures that speak to me from days gone by. And it was all very well when I had a whole room to keep my treasures in (as well as all around the house). These days though, space is more limited and while I still love fossicking and foraging, it's taken a back seat right now for cuddles and story telling. And while Ben and I sit and chat about our next step and wonder where we will roam to next, I can't help but feel like I'm being weighed down by the things I've collected along the way.
So, as this is my year to live simply and love greatly, over the weekend I made the first step.. I opened boxes, unwrapped beloved finds and began slowly to let treasures go that no longer spoke to me. And you know what, I am beginning to feel liberated, free from the tea cup walls I was beginning to build around me. But I know now, this is just the beginning. For there are still many treasures that are too precious to find new homes just yet and there is still to much 'stuff'' and too little space. I don't feel life is simple enough yet, not quite at least. I mean really, do I need ten tea pots? Exactly how many people are ever going to join me and the Mad Hatter for afternoon tea?
There is perhaps no easy solution to my collector's dilemma, other than to slowly but surely, piece by piece, let go. And then what happens when I spot the most wonderful Staffordshire tea set or my dream pink Royal typewriter? Well I'll have to cross that bridge when I come to it. In the mean time, if I've forgotten I ever owned it, it's going to a new home. If I wouldn't buy it today, see you later. If it doesn't make my heart skip a beat, it doesn't make the cut. Yes indeed, I'm being ruthless, but in the long run, I know that my simple life is waiting for my little collecting soul to take a nice long vacation... somewhere without any thrift shops.
I'll keep you posted with my progress and vintage withdrawals..
PS. Are you a fellow collector? How do you 'control' your treasures?