Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Why I Sell on Etsy~ It's all about De-stash!

This is my second reason for selling on Etsy.

I had never heard the term Destash until I started selling on Etsy.

Destash refers to the process of liquidating your stashes.

A detox for hoarders.

What I have are lots of stashes.

Things I bought, mostly at Estate Sales, thinking that I might make something with them
thought they were interesting/intriguing/fun/different/appealing.

More than 150 old I Ching Coins

My tastes run in two directions.  First, simple, ordinary things AND, second
things I've never seen before.

90 or so old Package Handles

But, whatever it is I always buy in volume, if possible.

A hundred old Pin Nibs

All that adds up to many stashes now being destashed on Etsy.

Around 50 Bulldog Clips

These are photos of things I have destashed in my first 6 months on Etsy.

Two dozen old Souvenir Spoons

Maybe over time all of these things could/would have sold at shows, but think of the packing, unpacking, 
hauling, displaying, and hoping for the right person to stop by my booth to buy them.

Hundreds of Matching Empty Sewing Spools

Now,  all of these things, some of which I had hundreds of, are gone and happily
living all around the world.

Hundreds more Matching Sewing Spools with Thread 

I like to say that they are again "Seeing the Light of Day" instead of hanging
around my basement languishing.

Gobs and Gobs and Gobs of Keys

As these collections are destashed... other collections are peaking out of their
previously hidden locations.

Come by anythinggoeshere.etsy and see what I am destashing today.


  1. I think it would be fun to have an etsy business...of course it would also be work. I keep toying with the idea, but it would take me a while to get a stash of things to sell!

  2. Helloooo Joan...
    YOU are the "most organized hoarder" I've ever seen!!! Well done...
    Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

  3. What is one person's destash is another's stash...I'm off to check out your shop right now!

  4. Love the word destash. It really describes what some of us are trying to do. My problem is that as I destash one thing I turn around and restash something else :>)

  5. I just received my flower "frogs". They are wonderful and just what I was looking for! Love your de-stashing ways...

  6. You have a great eye. This blog is a great inspiration.

  7. Well Joan, I guess we're in the same boat. I've not understood 'Destash' either....thanks for clearing that up! I check your Etsy regularly....love your style of hoarding! I'm just at the point where I really don't need much! I also love "lots" of the same thing!
    Take care,

  8. I love your things; you have great taste.


  9. GAAAAHHH!! I am supposed to be saving money right now. I love the word destash...

  10. As a newbie etsy seller, I agree! I need to just de-stash and purge away! Your photos are beautiful. XOX


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