Tuesday, October 26, 2010

In "PURGE" Mode!!!

This past week I have been in a real PURGE mode!! I  have no earthly idea how I ever crammed so much stuff into the closet and drawers I have been cleaning out! So far I have filled a dozen garbage bags with two of those being the BIG black ones!! I STILL have a ton of clothes! Louis Dean was VERY impressed with me getting rid of so much! He was more than happy to haul it all out to the truck.....it was too much for the trunk of my little Ford Fusion!

WHY do I have so MUCH?? I often say I go through life carrying a lot of baggage! Well, I have a little LESS of that now! Most of what I have was either given to me or picked up at garage sales and thrift stores. The NEW things I buy are almost always on sale from the upscale department stores.....though I seldom really need to buy any NEW stuff!
So WHY do I like to shop so much at the thrift stores? Louis Dean and I were talking yesterday and I was telling him about my childhood. Lots of people come from humble beginnings and as a child I knew we were poor. We ALWAYS had food and plenty of it....even if that 'plenty' ran to bologna and oatmeal and tomato soup. What we did NOT always have was clothes. Or at least not ENOUGH clothes. One of the delights of my childhood was when Mother would bring in a box of things 'someone' had given us. I do not know WHERE these boxes came from but it was always a thrill to go through them and find 'treasures!' Once I pulled out a burgundy velvet coat.....and I felt positively RICH!! I never knew WHAT I might find in one of these boxes!! So even as I reached adulthood and could afford to buy anything I needed at any department store I wanted.....I continued to enjoy the 'thrill of the hunt' at the thrift stores! I have often thought about how God has blessed me many times over with 'Abundance'......He has truly given me the desires of my heart!

Reflect upon your blessings, of which every man has plenty, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
Charles Dickens


Blondie's Journal said...

I have been cleaning like it's spring. FInally decided I had to make room if I wanted to continue to shop.

I know exactly where you are coming from, sweet lady. I was there, too.


Texas Tales said...

I can attest- purge mode is real in the Chapman home!! :)

Mummers said...

We are doing pretty much the same thing - PURGING! It is amazing how much stuff we hang on to and that has to change. You are right about the "thrill of the hunt" - we do love that and finding the right item for the perfect spot. Lately, my thrill has been finding baby clothes for little Abigail. Brings me much joy!

Nicole Bianchini said...

I have so much too and every single season,I give a little part of me,But is good,there are people who needs a little of our blesses.Why don't share,right?
By the way,sales are always appearing.At least,here(Brazil.) :)

Dawn said...

Goodness - that looks like when I moved out of our house into the first apartment - bags and bags! Fortunately, my friend Ariela has an aunt who could use my fat lady clothes - so they went to a good home and got put to good use. I don't do dresses, hose or heels anymore. :-D

Vee said...

That does explain a lot, doesn't it! I'm not sure why I have all that I have, though. A friend of mine has a pantry filled with boxes of cereal...when she was a kid there wasn't enough food and it makes her happy to see all that food there. We humans are an interesting bunch that's for sure.