Selling my Shadow Boxes

@JudyEv (115606)
Bunbury, Australia
July 15, 2016 7:30am CST
We have recently had our lounge and kitchen painted. We had to take down pictures, photos, a clock , a calendar and various other odds and ends including some printers' drawers which I used as shadow boxes for my smallest ornaments and treasures. But I don't really want to put holes in the walls to put the boxes back up and I don't have enough tiny things to fill the shelves. So, as part of our decluttering efforts, we're selling the drawers on a local website. Someone is coming to look at them tomorrow. Do you grow out of collections from time to time? And sorry it's such an awful photo.
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@Lucky15 (33450)
• Philippines
15 Jul 16
Hope the potential buy the lovely drawers
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jul 16
Yes, I hope so too. Anything you put in them has to be really small.
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@Shavkat (54093)
• Philippines
15 Jul 16
It is bad that you will get rid off them. You had collected the ornaments. Is it fine to put in the storage?
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jul 16
We are trying to get rid of some of our belongings as one day we will need to downsize and it will be easier to do that if we get rid of some things we don't need now.
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@BellaDoc (761)
• San Diego, California
16 Jul 16
@JudyEv I am attempting to lead a minimal life these days...but we still have too much stuff and our six year old is a hoarder lol
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Jul 16
@BellaDoc Kids can be terrible hoarders. Every week or two I'd remove 5 or 6 sheets of paper from the bottom of a drawer one kept his bits and pieces in. I didn't throw out anything that looked remotely precious but I was able to keep it down a little bit this way.
• United States
15 Jul 16
Years ago I had a few of those - I 'outgrew' them since they don't really fit the decor of this house. I had many different collections over the years - when we had a differnt style home I was into cow and chicken decor. I kept a few cow cookie jars, but the rest went the way I got them - yard sales
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jul 16
That's about how I feel - like I've outgrown them. Hopefully they'll find a new home with someone who will love having them.
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• United States
15 Jul 16
@JudyEv everything old is new again - in a different home!
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Jul 16
@AbbyGreenhill This was the first new home I ever lived in and, although it is now 13 years old, painting the verandah woodwork and the two inside rooms has made it seem almost new again. With only two adults in the house, there isn't a lot of wall damage etc so it seems like brand new again - with nicer colours.
@valmnz (12236)
• New Zealand
16 Jul 16
I hold on to things for far too long, until they're past appealing to anyone!
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@BellaDoc (761)
• San Diego, California
16 Jul 16
I grew up in a situation like this. Now, I am ruthless. Hope all is well Val!!
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Jul 16
I had in mind to sell some of my ornaments but postage is now about five times what it was so I'm a bit put off about selling.
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• Eugene, Oregon
15 Jul 16
Anne has been listing things left and right on ETSY and has sold a few too.
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Jul 16
I'm not sure if we have Etsy over here. We seem to have everything else so I suppose we do. I must look into it.
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@BellaDoc (761)
• San Diego, California
16 Jul 16
That's great! "Vintage" items I presume..
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@koopharper (6291)
• Canada
15 Jul 16
We haven't got room for many extras in our current home. We've had to let a lot of things go.
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jul 16
We have plenty of room really but I'm not very good at dusting. And when we go it will be less for the boys to dispose of. It will be nightmare for them however much we get rid of. Of course, by then we could be down to a suitcase each in a nursing home. Now I'm getting depressed!
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• Canada
15 Jul 16
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@teamfreak16 (39897)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
15 Jul 16
A few years back I pretty much sold everything I owned. I'm very minimal these days.
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jul 16
That's a good way to be. While we have the concerts etc there is a certain amount of stuff we need to keep but there is still a lot that can go.
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@BellaDoc (761)
• San Diego, California
16 Jul 16
@teamfreak16 Great going - I am envious!
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@Katlynn (377)
• United States
15 Jul 16
I am a big fan of shadow boxes. I love the one pictured. I have outgrown my cassette music collection lol and given a lot of them to my sister.
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jul 16
I think many of us grow out of some hobbies and collections from time to time.
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@aarifa (1212)
• India
15 Jul 16
Wish you for good sales..
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jul 16
Thank you for your kind thoughts. Someone is coming to look at the drawers tomorrow so hopefully she will like them.
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• Preston, England
15 Jul 16
it's a fine photo - hope the sale goes smoothly for you
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jul 16
We have a better photo that we put up as the 'for sale' photo but this one shows a few of the bits and pieces.
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@skysnap (17652)
15 Jul 16
I am guessing ebay or craigs list can be option to sell it ..
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jul 16
Someone local is coming to look at it tomorrow. I will be putting some larger ornaments on Ebay, probably on Sunday.
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@dianadee (1732)
• South Africa
21 Jul 16
Love the little horses depicted in your printers tray!
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Jul 16
Thanks. I have quite a few little horses but some are just that bit too big for these shelves.
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@dianadee (1732)
• South Africa
22 Jul 16
@JudyEv We collect so many things over the years and sometimes it is good to give them a new home!
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Jul 16
@dianadee Our tastes change I guess. And if a collection is packed away there is not much point in having it.
@simone10 (21696)
• Louisville, Kentucky
16 Jul 16
When I was younger, I used to collect unicorns and then clowns. I outgrew them many years ago.
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Jul 16
What did you do with your collections? Were you able to sell them? Or did you give them away?
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@simone10 (21696)
• Louisville, Kentucky
17 Jul 16
@JudyEv Some of them I sold and some I gave away to my younger sister.
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Jul 16
@simone10 I think I'll end up having to give a lot away too.
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@just4him (106671)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
16 Jul 16
I don't think it's awful. I think it's a good representation of what you're selling and I hope the person coming to look at it, likes it. I do. I haven't grown out of my collections yet. Though I have stopped buying anything new. I have four boxes already of knick-knacks and I'm not done packing them, and I have 17 oil lamps. I hope I'll have enough room for all my oil lamps in the new apartment.
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@just4him (106671)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
16 Jul 16
@JudyEv I have the majority of my knick-knacks on my window seat which I've layered by placing a coffee table on top of it, which works very well. Then I have the rest scattered here and there in the living room and bedroom dressers. I know where I'm going to put the window seat in the apartment, so all my knick-knacks will be right where they currently are. However, the lamps might pose another problem and might not. We'll see. I have some with the knick-knacks.
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Jul 16
@just4him It will be fun deciding where things are to go.
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@just4him (106671)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
16 Jul 16
@JudyEv I've been placing them in my mind already, so it will be fun to see it they will actually fit in that location. I also did some shopping at Wal-Mart today and looked at some things I'll be needing when I move in. For some reason I can't find all my towels. They seem to have just vanished. So I priced bath towels today. I haven't bought towels in a long time. They're expensive.
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@Gina145 (4006)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
15 Jul 16
I don't collect as much as I used to, but I'm really bad at letting go of things. I had one of those hanging on my wall for years until one night the wire snapped and the whole thing came crashing down onto a bookcase in front of it. Most of the contents survived, but they'll been sitting in a box ever since. One day I'll have to sort through them and find a new way to display my favourites.
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Jul 16
I thought about having a narrow shelf right along the wall but we get quite a bit of dust here and in the end it seemed a bad idea. You were lucky that not everything broke.
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@Gina145 (4006)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
16 Jul 16
@JudyEv I've always been nervous about breakables, so I lot of what I collect is made of metal. I'd also stuck a lot of the stuff down, so that helped too. I know what you mean about dust being a problem though. That's part of the reason so much of my stuff is in boxes.
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Jul 16
@Gina145 And you said the wire snapped during the night. Do you find these sorts of accidents always happen at night? I wonder if it is changes in temperature that cause wires to break at night rather than during the day.
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• United States
15 Jul 16
aw, i'd love to have 'em! i wish the hubs'd downsize, lol. i've wee collections, gifts from folks o'er the years. the hubs's massive collections. we ne'er outgrow 'em, his jest continue to grow :)
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Jul 16
I think your husband's have taken over all your sheds and outdoor space haven't they? Vince collected mint rolls for a while but has sold most of them now.
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• United States
16 Jul 16
@JudyEv heavens yes! he tries to sneak more into the house, but i keep'n 'xtra close eye'n such. i've more'n plenty to dust 'n chase spiders outta, lol.
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Jul 16
@crazyhorseladycx I can see your husband trying to sneak things in and you fending him off!
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@Jessicalynnt (47798)
• Centralia, Missouri
16 Jul 16
only because of space, why I started with post cards, I can have many many more that way lol
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Jul 16
Collecting small items are good - like post cards. Fridge magnets aren't bad either.
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• Centralia, Missouri
17 Jul 16
@JudyEv that's one I am going to start, I rather like the idea, and I have a couple doors that magnets stick to too
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Jul 16
@Jessicalynnt That's handy. We really only have the fridge. I sometimes buy magnets when I'm overseas rather than bigger mementoes that eventually get stuck away in boxes.
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@epiffanie (9044)
• Australia
15 Jul 16
I have collected dolls .. I had more that 300 of them but I have given them away one by one ..
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Jul 16
I knew a lady who had a roomful of dolls. I don't know what she did with hers.
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@epiffanie (9044)
• Australia
16 Jul 16
@JudyEv I also know someone who had a room full of dolls because she used to make tham and sold them .. But not many people are interested in collecting them anymore.. She lost her livelihood ..
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Jul 16
@epiffanie That's a shame. These fashions and fads come and go don't they?
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@Marcyaz (35793)
• United States
15 Jul 16
When I sold my last home I sold my collection of angels to a couple who came and looked at them and wanted them all. Yes I grow out of collections from time to time.
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Jul 16
It is much easier to get rid of/sell stuff if you can find someone who really wants them.
@Marcyaz (35793)
• United States
16 Jul 16
@JudyEv That is true but you never know what someone will use them for.
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@Teep11 (6891)
• United States
17 Jul 16
Once those holes are in the wall. They'll leave their mark. That's great that you'll be making some sells. That will help generate more space. Take care.
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Jul 16
Thanks. We just sold a backpack a while ago so that is something else out of the cupboard.