Stashzilla


Some time ago, I registered stashforcash.com (because I thought it was cute–nothing to see there now, don’t bother clicking), pointed it to a subdirectory on my site, and used it for destashing purposes. After the first time, the site just sat there, dormant, so I had the idea of setting up a website so that other people could use it for destashing, too. eBay’s handy, but there are the listing fees and all that; there are mailing lists for swapping and selling stash, but they don’t include pictures; aside from that, you need to be reading the right blog at the right time to catch a sweet deal on somebody else’s yarn.

I didn’t do anything about that idea, although I did do another round of destashing about a year ago. But now that I’m planning another destashing event for myself (if you want to see why, it’s under the cut), I’m thinking about a multi-user destashing site again. I suppose I’d have to come up with ground rules and lots of disclaimers. It’d be free to use (registration as a user, and the amount of disk space available for pictures, would have to be controlled), and funded by ads.

Yes, because there aren’t enough hours in the day already, it’s fun to add to the “to do” pile. We’ll see if I actually get around to it, but I did take another step towards implementation. Today, I registered stashzilla.net as another domain name (again, because I thought it was cute).

But I could only registered the .net TLD because the .com was taken — by coincidence, only a couple of days earlier. And because, like me, the registrant of the .com had paid for privacy, I have no idea who did it, or whether their interest is craft- or drug-related.

Now, what horrors lie behind the scary door?



Unfortunately I don’t have a wide-angle lens.

My storage locker is just over a metre wide, and the view you see here is about 2 metres deep. There’s roughly another square metre of space, but half of that is standing room because the door to the locker opens inwards. Those Rubbermaid 68.1L storage totes are about 60 cm long, 40 cm wide, and 40 cm high, so I can cram in two rows of totes. The row on the left is four totes deep; the row on the right, which is set back, is only two totes deep, but they’re aligned the long way. You can’t see all the cardboard boxes because some of them are hidden behind totes.

And almost all of those boxes and totes hold yarn, UFOs of both the knitting and sewing variety, and various knitting experiments. The part of the storage locker that wasn’t photographed contains a few boxes of knitting odds and ends, plus my collection of vintage sewing patterns (most of them from the 50s and 60s; there are patterns from the 90s and 00s there too, but they’re not really vintage).

Now, some of those totes are only half full, and there’s one or two totes’ worth of fabric in there. One cardboard box (hidden from view) holds non-crafty things, plus my Maxwell Smart and Agent 99 action figures. The cardboard box that’s just barely visible in the foreground to the right holds an empty cooler and a few Star Trek collector’s plates (I did not buy them, just the Get Smart figures).

The reason I’ve decided it’s time for another destashing? I was trying to get to the fabric. Some of it is buried in the very back corner and there’s no way I can shift everything around without nearly emptying the locker.

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6 Responses to Stashzilla

  1. martin m says:

    my my now i suppose all the dnd stuff is at yer parents place?

  2. Steph says:

    I wouldn’t go into that locker alone. Don’t let any of those boxes fall on you.

  3. Shannon says:

    You and Jillian with the amazing stashes…sheesh, mine doesn’t even compare. I have some brilliant destashing ideas for you, btw — mail me & we’ll talk! :)

  4. Robin says:

    I wish I could convince my mother of that kind of motivation. It is now necessary to sidle into her sewing room because of boxes of fabrics stacked up to the ceiling. Some well-hidden box apparently contains the Aran she made around 1981 which I’d now really like to see, but there was no way I could get to its likely location.

    (Side note: she stopped knitting for about 15 years after that. Why? Because she made a matching sweater for me and the mother of a friend of mine tossed it in the washing machine…discouraging.)

    I’ll look forward to seeing what you put on the market.

  5. lori z says:

    I look forward to your destashing…and I think we should all destash more often!

  6. Chris says:

    Wow. The destashing site sounds intriguing!