Determined to free our lives of clutter, we turn to flea markets as a solution. Join us for a 7-part mini-series on selling your stress on flea markets. Today Part 2: Hoarders anonymous
My name is Kenny and I’m a hoarder…
All of my life, I’ve been a hoarder. From the first Panini sticker albums (Masters of the Universe) over comic book collections (Jommeke, Thorgal, Astérix) to classic PC games… Collections had to be complete. Contradictory as it may seem, I am a hoarder AND at the same time allergic to a messy house. My CD’s are organized by a rigorous system (per decade and then per genre) and my old iTunes music collection had over 15k songs, each manually rated with 1 to 5 stars and tagged per genre. Even though I switched to Spotify’s streaming service six years ago, I’m still sending them angry letters on their lack of organizing options.
I plead guilty: I love structure. Hey, I even do it for a living. I streamline company processes to better inventorize IT-material and keep track of maintenance contracts.
Above picture was taken 11 years ago and says it all.
And then there are the movies… In my early twenties one of my life goals was owning the definitive movie library. I didn’t have a lot of money so I became a pro at looking for DVD’s (and afterwards Blu-rays) at discount prices. I knew all the prices by heart and would happily wait for years for a movie to reach a specific price. At one point I owned about 500 dvd’s. Wanted to see a movie? I was the go-to guy for recommendations AND the movies! I had seen 1500 of them. In short: I was KMDB, Kenny Movie DataBase 😉
Why buy? Just download, right?
When people first started downloading movies I was not impressed. I am a quality geek and prefer to own the original copy. Even today I prefer a physical Blu-ray disc over downloads, which usually have their video and / or audio compressed. The same goes for music by the way. To all non-believers: yes, I took a blind test once. Telling the difference between an MP3 (bitrate of 192kbps) and CD quality (1024kbps) on a decent sound system was easy for me.
Obviously, when Blu-ray came out, I purchased my favorite movies all over again… Sometimes even three times over: the packaging of that latest release looked so much better! Years later a lot of those purchases are still wrapped in plastic. Looking back that just seems like a waste of time and money.
Don’t get me wrong: I will definitely keep movies (and cartoons) that are precious to me! However, the majority is packed and ready for the flea markets.
Games and other stuff…
The same goes for games of the early 2000’s that I still “needed” to play. Will I spend more hours of my life actually playing them? Of course not! Spare laminate floorboards, in case we ever damage one. Spare floortiles from the old bathroom that we are planning to replace. Books (and more books and even more books), comics, old dinner plates, cups, souvenirs, ugly picture frames, old backpacks, weird kitchen appliances we never used, family gifts, Sofie’s shoes that she never wore, countless old electronic devices and several drawers filled with cables and old Nokia cellphone chargers. And what about that state-of-the-art 128 MB USB MP3 player? Let’s kick it all out!
On top of that, I have no ever expanding waistline that tells me it’s time to buy new clothes. So I tend to keep clothes for far too long. Usually up to the point the fashion police (Sofie’s sister and fashion consultant from Silk & Cedar) tells me to get rid of something. Why would one need 25 T-shirts? Besides, I finally took my measurements on a clothing website. Apparently I have been buying all my clothes a size too large for my entire life. (make that 2 or 3 sizes during the nineties, but let’s not bring up nineties “fashion” shall we).
Flea markets here we come
So we got organized! We bought plastic boxes. Apparently you need to buy more stuff in order to get rid of stuff! We labeled them: “kitchen stuff”, “books”, “dvd’s”, “shoes and handbags”, “Home deco”, “Electronic stuff”, “teddy bears”. Go figure, we have no kids but we do have a collection of stuffed animals. Did I really pay over 40 euros for one of those just because it says “Disney, made in China” on the label? The boxes filled up very quickly and we were ready to go.
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What about you? Do you have a lot of stuff just sitting there? Too many DVD’s, books, CD’s or even old toys that just take up living space? Is your wardrobe bursting at the seams and you still don’t find anything to wear? Why not sell some stuff on eBay, Kapaza or Tweedehands? Facebook also has groups where you can post stuff to trade or sell in your neighborhood. Look for groups called “For sale in (your city / village)”. Or if flea markets seem like your thing, take a peek at a local flea market calendar.