October 18, 2010

Categorizing junk

I’ve started going through all my junk, trying to sort out what to take with me to California, what to leave here and what to throw away. Just as I’d imagined, I don’t want to throw any of it away! My goodness! I have tons of things I really can’t take with me, but it’s so hard to leave them behind. Every little trinket, picture or even wrapping paper brings back so many memories. I do know, though, that I will have to go through a more thoroughly categorization process, because it’s not fair to my sister to leave things I’ll probably never use.

The first stage of this process involved the easiest (or so I thought) stuff: the things that I collect compulsively without any purpose. Here’s a look of some of the few little somethings that I’ve found.

Clothing tags
I've been keeping all the tags ever since I started buying my own clothes. I believe I'll be able to use them for decorative purposes, but I don't know ...

They come in different shapes.

Different languages.

Some bring extra things, such as buttons, wool, potpurri and even instructions on how to put on the piece of clothing.

And these are my favorite independent designers'.

Free magazines and fanzines
If you were a teenager in the 90s and happened to live in Buenos Aires, you probably heard about what, in my opinion, was the best and most ground breaking free magazine in the country: Superlab. I don't have all of them, but managed to get quite a few. They're awesome in terms of contents, graphic design, photography and packaging. When I look at publications such as Lula Mag today, I can't help thinking this is what Superlab used to do over ten years ago. Too bad their site is no longer available!

Another free magazine that I usually grab whenever I see it is Wipe. It's also fun to look at and it keeps you up to date with all the art exhibits and music shows in the city.

Free postcards
Whenever I'm in a clothing store, pub or art exhibit and see the free postcards stand, I can't help approaching it and taking the ones I like.
I occasionally use them to decorate my bedroom and as actual cards. I have a lot of them.

And when I say "a lot", I mean it.

I have postcards about films, film festivals and TV programs.

Postcards about music.

Some connected with art.

Others about my favorite pub.

Some more about bad habits.

And about clothing stores.

Concert tickets
I have lots more stuck on my bedroom walls and journals. I'll definitely take these. They're small and light weight, the perfect souvenirs.

I should probably get rid of all these with my eyes closed, but how could I? =/
Am I a complete idiot for wanting to keep so much useless paper?
Do you collect useless stuff, too?


Anonymous said...

Oh, Miki! I've been trying to do this for months before moving in with Brien. I STILL have some boxes of things in my closet. What I've done is taken all the things I have duplicates of and either gotten rid of those, or given them to someone else, or made them into something for someone (a card or a letter.) That has still left me with a lot of things collected, so I'm trying to file them into folders with categories labeled on them. It's taking a while!

Anonymous said...

You should make albums for them! I collect bits of ribbon. People always give me ribbon and I just collect it in the hope that I will find a use for it one day! I have tons of little bits here and there! I can't bear to throw any out, even those skinny little bits that come on clothes tags! x

Marie said...

I'd keep 10% of the clothes tags and postcards but all of the magazines.

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Thera Joyce said...

I collect things like that too. I'm constantly keeping pieces of paper or tags thinking I'll use them in some cool card or something. I think when you're crafty minded you just never know. I've thrown stuff away and years later been like, "oh man, I wish I still had that would look great on this." California is worth getting rid of a few things though. I'm jealous! :) I love it there.

angelina la dawn said...

i LOVE all your clothing tags! i only keep interesting ones and since i never buy clothes and i never buy cool indie clothes i don't have a large collection.

danniekate said...

LOL check my new post do i collect useless stuff! when my sister went to uni last month i was able to scrapbook metro tickets from paris, clothes tags, party invites, photos, sugar packets....

Naila Moon of the Grey Wolf said...

Can't you do something creative with them...a collage perhaps to take with you. Donate the rest to designers or someone here that does craft stuff.

Ashley said...

Yay I'm not the only hoarder! Your collection is awesome I wouldn't be able to part with it either.

Chrissy said...

Great collection! I also collect postcards! Awesome how many you've got! And those concert tickets (I kept all of mine, too)! Bjoerk Y.A.Y.!! Love her!!

Lillí said...

Mandamelas a casa, les doy utilidad. Yo tengo miles de cosas... ¡y han sobrevivido tres mudanzas!

Rachele from The Nearsighted Owl said...

I can't believe I threw all these things away all these years when I could have had a wonderful collection like yours!

Eden said...

cute blog and what a collection u have! its too much for me haha:)))
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daisymay aka Chantele said...

Wow you have lots of fun stuff. Why not turn the tags into a piece of art to take with you, to remind you of home. Start using the post cards, send them to everybody!! I love absolute vodka ads and I spied a few in there, we have a few of them in the flat too.

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choco.pop said...

In the 90's I was a teenager in Buenos Aires, and got my hands on some Wipe fanzines xD but I have no idea where they are now.

And i know how you feel, I'm a compulsive collector of useles stuff that I can't just throw too ;_;

You lived in Bs.As.? The underground art scene is pretty interesting.

I see that Cemento ticket, it says 3 pesos... xD There's no way you can enter Cemento with 3 pesos now LOL

Anyway, love your blog~

Chrissy said...

Miki - here I am tagging you with the Happy 101 Blog Award! You can copy & paste the image from my current post! Hope you have fun with it!

zuzi said...

oh yes, I collect everything useless :D I just don't have the heart to throw it away! because all those things represent memories!

Clare said...

uhuh I keep all my concert tickets to. I have a really bad memory so i like to keep my concert tickets in a photo album along with a picture of the artist. Call me a loser or just super organized.

Oh, My Darling said...

I totally understand collecting concert tickets! Great for scrapbooks!