Today was Fabric War, a local SCA event. Yesterday I talked a bit about needing to de-clutter my studio. Here is my tutorial on how to...sort of...thin out the stash.
First, forget about the event until the night before. Then stay up till all hours, combing through your stash for things you can part with. Get up too early the next day to finish the job. Pack it up into at least 3 totes, drag it to the event, and set up your display. Bring along your daughter to mind the store while you're out having fun.
Now, spend the next couple of hours taking turns with your daughter, and wander up and down the gym making interesting trades with all the other people who brought out their stash. You MUST trade for something smaller than what you are giving away. Unless it is silk. Or that cute scarf. Or the buttons. Or...
Ok, you're running out of time. Figure out what you absolutely don't want to take home with you. Try to give that to unsuspecting victims. Get it out of your house! Wait. That didn't get rid of it all? Ok. Everyone take what you don't want, and pile it in the middle of the gym floor.
Listen to the nice man tell you the rules of engagement. If you've got live steel, take it off. If you have necklaces, take them off. Ladies, be careful of your skirts. If fabric makes it out of the circle, it is out of play. Do not rip fabric off of someone else's body. Other than that, if you can get your hands on it, it is yours!
On your marks....get set.....
Anything left in the pile at the end of the day gets bagged up and donated to a local charity.
Now...pack up your remaining treasures. Are you leaving with less than you came with? You win! Oh...you didn't. Well, maybe next year. At least you got some cool stuff!!