Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Collected Cabbage

I have to admit I sometimes feel defensive when I see people post memes on social media that say something like, "Buy Experiences, Not Stuff" or "Collect Moments, Not Things".

While I see the wisdom of these maxims in general, personally I find them limiting.  I'm blessed enough to be able to afford both meaningful experiences and beautiful objects and don't see these options as mutually exclusive.

Besides, I don't just collect things.  I collect stories.

For example, last week I went on a bit of a flea market shopping spree.  It had been awhile since I had done this and it seemed like everything was catching my eye.  However, I didn't allow myself to purchase anything unless it also caught my imagination (and fit my budget).

Last Week's Flea Market Finds

Everything I bought spoke to me, telling me a tale not just of its past but also of its future possibilities.  By the time I was done shopping, I knew exactly where and how almost all of these seemingly random treasures would fit into and enhance my home.

A beaded purse provides sparkle and glamour while a lone maraca adds
color, pattern and playfulness to my home.

Stuff for my stuff! Trays, serving dishes and trinket boxes are useful and decorative.

I love giving old things a new purpose. I repurposed this
lovely bronze candle holder into an accessory organizer.

So yeah, I guess you could say my home is full of stuff or things but I'm proud of my "Collected Cabbage" and all the experiences and moments I have here.

A collected home can provide many soulful moments.

Do you have a collected home or a great flea market find to share?  Leave a comment or connect with me on Instagram or Facebook.

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