Wednesday, July 6, 2011

How Do Those Boomers Do-It?

:"De-Stash"  well what is it all about? Google would have us believe to de-stash would be to sell or trade your existing crafting or "stash",  to allow a crafter to buy different, often newer mateials. While many Etsians De-Stash in this manner. TheBaby Boomers have taken de-stashing to new heights. With a little help from the team Patty Harrington a Team Leader with the Baby Boomers, chiseled out this De-Stash definition and when the powder settled she revealed this "DE-STASH CHALLENGE".

De-Stashing, for a Baby Boomer is how we clean our  supplies, and guess what? We actually use them. We use them. We use them to create new things for our s hops. After  all, we did once purchase all these supplies with the plan to make something . But something went awry,  time passed. Our new purchases became our old purchases, they got pushed to the bottom or to the back, and they were forgotten.

The challenge is to get into those drawers or old boxes where our once prized possessions have migrated. The challenge acts as a great motivator for us to do some well earned cleaningl.  We clean and polish our work areas, possibly seeing  the top for the first time in years  Clean and polished ,that work area, calls out to us and it's like arts and crafts flow through our veins we can't stay away.

De-Stashing can't take place without an inventory, an inventory of what one has on hand. The next part depends on just how OCD you are, Some will take a complete inventory writing down everything or maybe another person might carry it all in in their head.but whether they have  a written inventory or not they know what;s important is the "cost of inventory". what will be it's worth  when you get it all done and have it ready for sale?

The fun part of the challenge comes next, the double D's Designing and Doing. Organizing having all the supplies, and being excited about getting going , nothing could stand in the way. Time , we all have the same amount. Yet, occasionally, we are overcome with the lack of it..

How do we overcome this terrible debilitating shortage. In a word, Priortize.  By prioritizing and creating a schedule, and then you must keep to it.

If you are wondering what the De-Stash Challenge really is, it is an effort we make to be a successful artist crafter. You are requiring of yourself that you must reach deeply into your heart and soul and bring out every ounce of creativity you have while you take that stash and let those hand move as your brain guides guides you to success

Look forward to Patty;s update about the "De-Stash" Challenge" and be here to hear who the winner will be.


  1. Another great article by the Boomer Captain, Marilyn

  2. Great article full of useful information.