Monday, April 15, 2013

Taming the Stash Monster - Step 1: Books

Well, if bookaholic isn't a real word... it should be!  I have very eclectic reading tastes which lean mainly towards non-fiction... any kind of non-fiction.  Sometimes this words to my advantage.  I took a course recently on an obscure type of lace - Carrickmacross Lace to be exact - and when I looked at home after, lo and behold, I actually had a book on it!  Mostly, though, my inability to leave any stitching, craft, or fibre art book on the shelf in a store when it could be in my home is not a good thing, or maybe it is just too much of a good thing.
So, step one in taming the stash monster is to get my book collection under control.  The first step was donating three boxes of books to the local youth embroidery chapter.  There are three boxes sitting on the porch right now waiting to go to the thrift store.  Seven or eight boxes have already gone there.
And still, this is what it looks like at my house...
This is a bookshelf by my computer table... There are two more of these white bookshelves in my sewing room full of books.

This bookshelf is down in the living room and it has all my Inspirations magazines, Piecework, A Needle Pulling Thread as well as more books!
I gave lots of books away last summer to the local public library and they gave me a tax receipt for $1000.00+ so you would think that would have lessened the number left here.

There are a total of five of these bookshelves in the library in my house.  Yes, that is actually what we call that room!

I have always liked the look of bookshelves that are half empty and have room for little knick knacks.  Instead I have full bookcases with piles of book on top!
 Still the books are piled on chairs...
 ...and on the floor....
 ...and on pieces of furniture where books don't belong!
 Not just one chair either!  I hope confession really is good for the soul - it would mean my soul is in really good shape after sharing these photos.
There are three more bookshelves in the pantry with just cookbooks on them and still they are piled on the tables.
So, what am I doing?  Giving books to the library, giving books to the youth embroiderers' group, taking them to guild meetings and giving them away!  And I don't think I have made a dent yet!

So, now I am listing them for sale on Amazon.  So far I have 475 listed!


Connie Eyberg Originals said...

I just had to laugh when I read this because I can certainly relate!

Quayceetatter said...

WOW!!!!And I just purchased 3 more books to my stash.LOL Linda in NM

Jen said...

you should put a link up to your store!

shawkl said...

Wow! That's a lot of books!
Clearing out is a good thing. But, I'd have a hard time letting go of a lot of craft books...but the library could have most all of those non-fiction and any fiction ones! Ha!

Last year I put books on my Etsy an "Attic Sale". They all sold in a pretty short time frame...for pennies on the dollar!


Cathy K said...

OMG, my book collection, even our library (yes, we have one too) PALES in comparison to yours (thank goodness!). But I am rather tempted to go check out Amazon and see what might be there, LOL. Hugs, Cat

Marilyn said...

There is nothing like the feel of a book in your hands. Over the last several years I have been gradually purging my books as my interests change. I don't think my collection was ever quite as large as yours - probably only because I didn't have the room to store them. But it amazing how much better I feel when I no longer keep things in my stash that only make me feel guilty because I'm not using them - I've pretty much eliminated all my clothing sewing fabric and books and I've just kept stuff for sane and crazy quilting. Very freeing at times.

Suztats said...

Wow! Now, that's a lot of books. Now I don't feel so bad- I only have 1 bookshelf filled with my art and craft books, and I donated all my old magazines........hmmm, maybe I have room for some more....ack!