Wednesday, November 17, 2010

When do you walk away?

So here's a question; When you see something and it makes your heart race a little and when you pick it up to inspect your heart drops because the piece is so badly damaged/broken/worn that you can't salvage it, At what point do you have to walk away and how hard is it for you to do?

I saw the above Pyrex bowls at my Value Village and they were so worn and marked up. I assume someone put them in the dishwasher. It was so sad to see them like that. I see a lot of Pyrex like this.

For me it's hard to say no to a good find, I love a challenge and finding ways to rehab a piece but sometimes they're just unsalvageable. Sometimes I need my husband there to be the voice of reason.


  1. Great post! I know exactly what you mean and I have a full basement to prove it. But I'm learning to listen to that little voice in my head that says "when will you have time for that?" Or "how much profit is in it compared to time spent on it". Bottom line - time is money. Thanks for the tweet that got me here :D

  2. I have the same issue although it's not nearly as bad as it used to be. I have spent so much time and effort on items that I should have walked away from. I think I'm now at a point where I can lament over how trashed something is then just walk away. Just watch a few more episodes or Hoarders and you'll be there! ;)

  3. Yes Hoarders definitely helps!

  4. yup, been there too.
    I am SO much better at walking away now.
    (as in, all those great Tensor lamps with the droopy heads... walk. away. you cannot fix a riveted joint).

  5. Worst feeling. I still hate walking away from stuff like that even when I know there's no hope. I'm getting a bit better at leaving it behind, but not much.

  6. I feel the pain of leaving behind a beautiful vintage item all of the time.

    1) I agree with vintage cabin and laurie- HOARDERS HELPS big time.

    2) I will think of all of the hundreds wasted on items I purchased but didn't truly need. (And ended up re-donated)

    3) I think of ALL OF THE STUFF I already own. Already more than enough!

    Lately I've been leaving behind beautiful vintage things people would kill for because I'm thrifting on a mission and I already have more than I can re-sell at the moment stored in my hallway closet!

  7. well...they still work, although they won't be resellable! still would be fun to use them to make cookies :)


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