I used to make and sell jewellery, so I have shitloads of beads and jewellery findings that I haven’t touched in years. It was painful to consider giving them up (I’m a bit of a hoarder and there’s some nice stuff in there) but I finally had to admit to myself that I’m probably never gonna use this shit again. High School Friend dabbles in jewellery-making and we hung out this evening for a bit, so I gave her all my cast-offs – two grocery bags full of stuff. Some of it is shitty little plastic seed beads that you’d probably only use for a kids’ craft project, but there were some Swarovski crystals and semi-precious stones in there, too, and lots of pretty glass beads of various shapes and sizes.
Could I have sold this stuff instead of giving it away? Probably. But the selling process would’ve been a gigantic pain in the ass, and HSF is generous with me (offering to drive me to and from my craft fairs, buying me dinner tonight) so I should be generous with her, too.
And now that the stuff is out of my house, I feel really good to be rid of it. It’s stupid to keep piles and piles of stuff around on the off chance that I might need it someday, because I probably won’t – and even if I do suddenly think of a use for some of the items I just gave away, I can go out and buy more. The stuff I gave HSF was nice, but none of it was one-of-a-kind.
In future, I’ll think of a jewellery idea first and then purchase the materials to make it happen. I won’t buy pretty shiny beads with no particular ideas in mind, figuring I might get inspired later. THAT WAY LIES MADNESS.