You knew this day was coming. The day where I finally faced the cold, hard reality, that I truly, unequivocally, have an addiction to “junque”. There is no 12 step program for this. I guess I could look into some group for people who can’t stop shopping, but I just don’t think I quite fit in with that crowd. It is the “thrill” of the hunt, the idea that I might discover some hidden treasure out there. And most times I look, I do! The problem is, I am not able to “redoux” it fast enough. The “junque” then languishes in the pile of “I will get to that someday”……and sometimes, “someday” doesn’t come. But the Junque keeps coming. A few months ago, we had it down to a manageable amount. A goodly amount was given back to the land (the dump), and my garage was able to accommodate the front half of my van.
Here we are in October. The pile in the back isn’t much better. The garage is like an accordion. It fills up, then half of it empties. Currently it is full. Granted, half of it is other client’s furniture. I finally realized, I can’t live like this any longer. This is the current state of affairs. I wish I could actually have a comic monster come and just eat a bunch of this stuff.
There is so much stuff everywhere, that my creative “Karma” is totally blocked!
This is the 2nd time I have shared with you my side yard.
I know it is not quite as bad as it was last time, but I feel like this:
So dear readers. I am taking a forced break from looking in and around dumpsters, driving in sketchy parts of town for free furniture. Last week I took the long way from home from Costco so I could drive through the crummiest part of a nearby city. I KNEW there would be something on the curb along my way. I saw the coolest looking dresser, but it was a little big, and would take me more than a minute to get it in my car. I actually dithered about this for several minutes as I drove around. Finally deciding it was not a wise idea to stop here, I turned the corner. Three police cars, lights blaring, large crowd of people gathered around a very sketchy looking apartment complex….STILL! I wondered if I should run back and grab it before someone else did.
It wasn’t quite this bad, but seriously! What they what???? Police cars, and STILL, I am wondering if I should grab that dresser……
This is when I knew, I had crossed the line to junque addict, and if I didn’t stop myself, then either the neighbors would call “hoarders” on me, or a terrible accident was about to befall me the next time I tried to cram one more thing into my garage.
Last Saturday, I didn’t go to ONE SINGLE DUMPSTER, NOT ONE SINGLE GARAGE SALE. And guess what, it was liberating.
What about Trashy Tuesday you ask????? Well, that will continue. But I will do my best to show a “Junque” makeover each week. I will also be regularly be showing the progress on my garage and side yard.
I love Trashy Tuesday, it is almost as much fun to share with you my “finds” as it is to “find” them in the first place. I will go back to it again when my stock gets thin, but until then. I hope you will continue to follow on with this series and be happy for me that I didn’t finally get stuck in the bottom of a dumpster somewhere and have to yell, “Help, I have fallen, and can’t get out” .
Happy junqueing to all of you.