Keep That Stash In Check

I know that many of you are like me: you’ve got a good sized stash that will most likely provide you with lots to do for the rest of your life… and probably well beyond. But, have you thought about what will happen to your oversized stash once you pass away?

One lady from Kansas in the United States needed a storage unit to store her fabric stash. Sadly, she has passed away and left her family over 15,000 yards of fabric to deal with. They’ve opened up a storefront in order to sell it all.

You can read the whole story on the KCTV5 website right here.

I know that I am totally guilty of having a big stash (but not this big!), and after seeing this story I’m going to be a lot more mindful about what I add to it. There is no point buying something if it is just going to sit in storage.

What do you think? Do you have a big stash or a small one? Does it bother you that you might leave behind far more projects and supplies than you couple ever possible use?

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11 Responses to Keep That Stash In Check

  1. Denita says:

    I do have a large stash, but not nearly like that lady. I don’t think I would ever let it get that bad. But still I do think I’m past SABLE. It does bother me because I truly love all the things I have and truly do want to stitch them all. Right now, even though I have a lot, I don’t think it is beyond what my family could handle. And I have a lot of stitching friends too, so things could simply be given out to all of them. It is hard to not collect stash. But I wouldn’t want so much that my family would have to open a store to get rid of it all.

  2. Kerry P says:

    I have far too many magazines, I’ve subbed to 2 for best part of 10 years and a third for about 3, so a rough count would be over 300 mags alone. I have loads of cover kits for them that probably won’t get stitched so I give them away periodically. I don’t have huge amounts of stuff, just small amounts of stuff for lots of different crafts. 15000 yards is a scary thought!

  3. Kim says:

    Oh.My.Gosh. I thought I had a lot. Not even close…..but I am trying to be more mindful of what I purchase…and try to use what I already have on hand. This story was amazing…..

  4. B. Lapp says:

    I have a fairly large stash (nowhere near this though) and I have been trying hard to be mindful of what I buy.

  5. Heather says:

    I don’t have a very large stash. Mostly it’s patterns but it all fits in two of those fabric bins and take up one shelf of space. Although my patterns are all digital so that could be why lol

  6. Joanne P says:

    Oh My Goodness!

    I have quite a lot of stash, mostly charts and magazine. I would like my children to contact a UK based stitchy friend to come and sort it out. Organise a big giveaway and sell the more valuable items on behalf of my children.

    Ideally I’d like enough notice to be able to do it myself!

  7. Catherine says:

    Thank-you for sharing this great story, she may have wanted it to end this way, knowing someone will put the fabric to good use.


  8. OMG…. that is unbelievable!
    I am guilty of having a reasonable amount of stash but nothing of that size and scale! I do know though that I have stuff in my stash I will never use/stitch but I don’t want to de-stash it either…. think I might be a hoarder!
    Hugs xx

  9. Erin says:

    Wowsers! No, I have nowhere near that much stash, but I DO foresee there being a big old box or 2 of “craft supplies” left at my estate auction someday. How could there not be?!?!? Definitely not enough to open a store, though. Although hopefully I have a few more decades to collect…. LOL
    My dad is an auction addict, and he sometimes brings me those kinds of boxes – fabric, patterns, kits, sewing threads. And just like that woman’s children, I see as an immortality of sorts. The original owner may have passed on, but the things they used and treasured will be put to use again (I think I’ve written a post or 2 about it, even!).

  10. Tracy says:

    Mine is contained (mainly) to a 4 drawer dresser, a couple bins & a bookcase for the magazines. I definitely don’t suffer from a craft hoarding of this magnitude :p.

  11. Wow! What a story, thanks for sharing.