Attic Craft Room The Victorian House

Getting Rid of Things

Guys, what do I do with this metal cabinet? It’s really not in good shape. The doors don’t close properly and the area below the sink is super gross. I’m inclined to put it in the alley in hopes that a scrapper will take it (which is likely).

Metal Sink Cabinet

I’m working away on the rest of the space, coming up with a plan, turning it into a bigger project than I originally intended. You know. As one does. And I’m making progress with all of the stuff, though I didn’t get as far as I’d hoped.

I should list some of it on eBay, but I’m hesitant. I’m thinking specifically of my Gocco machine with screens, bulbs, and tons of ink. Or the three button-making machines and assorted button and magnet supplies. I sold or gave away a ton of paper, envelopes, and cello sleeves when we moved, but I kept a lot of the equipment. In part, it’s because I remember how expensive it all was (who’s going to buy this thing?), and in part because my shop was a huge part of my life. So I hold on to them.

Craft Shelves

But those shelves? Those can go once they’re cleared off. Eff those things.

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20 Comments

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    Lacey
    July 5, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    I would be interested in any button makers that you are selling!

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    Nicole
    July 5, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    I’m normally pretty ruthless about getting rid of things… but there is something about craft supplies that makes them hard to part with.

    I’m holding on to my old Gocco too… I have no idea why, but I loved that machine and made so many fun projects, I just can’t seem to give it up. Even though I have limited supplies and am inexplicably hoarding the ones I have. Sigh. :)

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    Courtney
    July 5, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Oh man! I’m a children’s librarian and would love/kill for a button maker. If you don’t end up selling it but want to make sure it goes to a good home, check your local library and see if they are interested in it!

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      Becky
      July 5, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      Yes! I second this! My husband is a library director, and the button maker is exactly the kind of thing they can make good use of, but often can’t find room for in the budget. If you are inclined to donate ANY of your craft supplies, you might want to check with your neighborhood library:)

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    Karla
    July 5, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Looks like the cabinets could be a geneva or st charles kitchen – see here for more: http://retrorenovation.com/metal-kitchen-cabinets-history-design-faq/

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    jenni o
    July 5, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    I’d love to take the gocco screens, bulbs, and ink off your hands!

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    AshleyM
    July 5, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    I see your point, but imagine the “Eleanor for Class President” buttons you could make in a few years!!! And matching ephemera with the Gocco machine!

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    Tina
    July 5, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Hey, I’d take your gocco screens and bulbs. I’m local, so I can even meet you in Oak Park to pick them up. tinalwright@gmail.com

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    Richelle
    July 5, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    I finally sold my gocco and accoutrements as we were packing up to move into our house. It was painful at the time, but I am so happy now that it went to someone who was so geeked to have it that I think every sentence of her message ended with an exclamation point. Plus, I figured if I ever got the itch to print, I could always learn screen printing. :)

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    Lindsey
    July 5, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    We had 7 upper steel Youngstown cabinets in horrible shape gathering dust. We refinished and use the lowers in our kitchen. I finally decided to list them on CL and made sure to list them for more than the scrap metal price. A gentleman drove from 4hr away to get them. Someone will want that cabinet. List it and let someone else give it a new life.

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    Nick Mayers
    July 6, 2016 at 5:41 am

    You could use that cabinet doors, they look OK, just cut them diagonally, and apply edging tape, buy some shelf brackets, and you have nice angle shelf.

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    Kristen Wax
    July 6, 2016 at 7:47 am

    What are those groups on facebook called -swip swap? something like that… find the one for your area and you can trade the cabinet for something else you need! This might be a southern thing (I’m in Florida) but its worth a look. Its like a free craigslist, and usually has less creepy stalker people on there :)

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    Noel Kopriva
    July 6, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    I’m with those saying you could make some money off of the steel cabinets as is–there’s definitely a market for them! Good luck with your adventures in clearing things out of your house and life. Love your blog!

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    Kirsten
    July 6, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    List the cabinets on Craigslist either for sale or as a giveaway. I’ve gotten rid of so many things (trampoline, dog crate, rugs, furniture, treadmill, etc.) by listing them as “free to a good home”. Most of them were on their way to their new home within a day. It feels so good to get rid of stuff. Good luck!

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    karen
    July 6, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    yep craigslist that sink. You might get lucky and actually have the pleasure of having someone haul it away and take it down 3 flights.

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    Rebecca
    July 6, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    I’m with you on the Gocco dilemma. We bought ours 8 years ago to make wedding invites and loved it. Since then we’ve moved at least 4 times, and each time I put it in the get rid of pile. Then I secretly keep it, because I can’t bear the idea of throwing it out. It didn’t occur to me anyone would buy it, I thought you couldn’t get supplies anymore.

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    Lauren
    July 6, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    I recently started closing down my own stationery business and have felt the same pains trying to decide what to keep and what to get rid of! It’s so hard! I’d be pretty tempted if you were going to sell a button maker though! I think my kids would get a big kick out of it!

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    Sophie
    July 7, 2016 at 5:06 am

    I read you should give away your stuff that you do not use anymore to your friends since it can help them out and they may be able to return the favour.

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    Evan Spirk
    July 7, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Personally I think that old metal cabinet is at the end of life. All energy from it is sucked of. It deserved to go in junk. Don[t forget to remove pipe they still have value.

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