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Old 10-30-2007, 06:43 AM
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"Packratitis"

I'm taking the "cure", it's time to reclaim my garage, there is no point in keeping crap you "might need someday" if you can't find it when you finally need it, it takes two days to dig it out or you come across it and can't remember that you had it or what the heck it is. I've been making the rounds of my friends offering them parts I think they might have an interest in if they just come get them, if nobody wants it they go for scrap. It had gotten so bad that Saturday I rented a 15 X 30 storage unit to move the Studebaker and other stuff I know I'm keeping into so I can spread crap out in the garage and sort it for "redistribution". Sad part is some of what I plan on keeping I already know I should just get rid of because I know deep down I won't ever get to it. Like they say, the first step is admitting you have a problem but that was the easy one.........

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Old 10-30-2007, 06:46 AM
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So, what, now I've got to book a trip to Iowa??


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Old 10-30-2007, 07:04 AM
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Sounds like a great GARAGE SALE coming up.

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I have been going through the same stuff.

You are 100% correct about it taking 2 days to find something. I do that too and then realize it is a $5 common part. Save the rare stuff or things that are somewhat hard to find, now that the wrecking yards have crushed the oldies.

or build a huge shop
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Old 10-30-2007, 08:09 AM
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Just did all that...........was moving, and didn't want to take too much crap with me......................Now that I have 1.4 acres..I get to start all over again.
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Old 10-30-2007, 08:37 AM
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It has been said that a person destined to be wealthy will make and lose several fortunes throughout their lifetime.
And I guess you could apply the same saying to a guy who saves junk..he builds up his junk empire, then pitches it, knowing that he can always get more, better junk.


It's just so hard to let go, even though you know you can replace everything in those storage sheds with what 2 or 3 months rent costs.

(not the stude, the other little stuff)

My solution is to get taller shelving units. more tarps, and let me tell you, motor homes make a good storage facility.


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Old 10-30-2007, 06:16 PM
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...and let me tell you, motor homes make a good storage facility.
Later, mikey

Ah... But won't my wife get lonely???



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Old 11-01-2007, 11:00 AM
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I'm taking the "cure", it's time to reclaim my garage, there is no point in keeping crap you "might need someday" if you can't find it when you finally need it,
I started doing that a long time ago. If I haven't used it in a year, either toss it, sell it, or give it to someone that can. After awhile it is easier to get rid of stuff.

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I hate it when i dig for 30 minutes & give up. Go to the parts store & get the widget i need. Return home, only to put my hand directly on the piece i was looking for in the first place. Sad to say, this happens more often than i care to admit
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Old 11-01-2007, 12:38 PM
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I feel your pain ...... I've still got 5 hubcaps that go to a 72 buick skylark ( piles of other shizz to .. ).... they just sit in the shed , waiting to find an owner that needs them .
I've thought of making windchimes or something out of them but........
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Old 11-01-2007, 01:13 PM
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Packing it in for the long haul

I have a shop that I've been in for 10 years now, and I have stuff that I've hauled from Colorado to Michigan, and kept around for over 25 years. The funny thing is, I'm finally using a lot of it...though the war against squirrels, mice, rust, water, dust and the groundhog is a bit disheartening. Anyway, car parts make great art -see my website for some, like the OverHeads.
After all, who said Packratism was a bad thing?
I've got a picture around here somewhere of my son-in-law (a true packrat) in front of a rusty trailer with a sign on it saying "Packrat" ...if I could just find it....will get back later Oh! Wait here it is.. now just put yourself in the picture, and there ya go!
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Old 11-01-2007, 04:09 PM
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We just did the garage and the model airplane shop. I tossed out at least 5 radios that were perfectly good but are out of date. I wouldn't put them in a $3000 airplane so out they went. Likewise a pile of "really good" wood scraps. Use them some day. Hahah 10 years worth and I don't think I;ve ever opened the box since it was packed. Auto parts, 350 trans I could use someday...when?? out the door, 350 block needs re-bore and rebuild...gone, probably 200 feet of moly tubing scraps...gone, brackets and tabs by the bag full....really should keep them...for what?? gone. Funny thing is we kept probably 200 pounds of nuts and bolts. Don't ask why.

Sometimes ya just have to let go.
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Old 11-01-2007, 07:52 PM
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Yeah, I come from a long line of Pack Rats on both sides of the family, we weren't "poor" when I was a kid but we weren't exactly rich either and if something was still good you kept it. That's a tough one to break.

My wife on the other hand has NO problem pitching stuff, I drive her absolutely NUTS!!!
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Old 11-01-2007, 09:01 PM
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Speaking of packratitus...I just looked at my saved e-mail.
640 saved messages, some well over 2 years old. Looks like tomorrow's project. hahah
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Old 11-01-2007, 09:11 PM
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I have 4 boxes of MB 240D parts. 4 hubcaps, 2 extra tires/ rims, tail lamps, headlights/ headlight surrounds, grill, dash, center console ect... I don't have a MB 240D, I junked it 4 years ago. My dad has 1, but it's mint and unless he gets in an accident, he won't need any of the parts. probably $1k worth of parts, that I'v never bothered selling..

I HAD the hubcaps on my '94 Tempo, but took them off lol
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