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dawnat 09-23-2008 03:10 PM

**I have a question ladies...**
 
How many stamp sets are too many??? I keep buying and buying but never hardly use them. I am a compulsive stamp buyer and love them to pieces but the problem is I am running out of storage space. Is there some type of 50 step program for this addiction? I just can't bare the thought of getting rid of any because one day I just may need that stamp set that I got rid of and may never be able to find it again.

What to do????

Thanks
Dawna

judybrombach 09-23-2008 03:13 PM

Can you have too many stamps? I have hundreds of stamp sets (don't tell my hubby!), and it will never be enough!!!

dawnat 09-23-2008 03:14 PM

That is how I feel! I love them all, it would be like getting rid of one of my kids!

SCEmily 09-23-2008 03:15 PM

You can never have too many! But if you really are running out of storage, you could always store as many as you like at my house ;) :mrgreen:.

judybrombach 09-23-2008 03:21 PM

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Originally Posted by SCEmily (Post 11422069)
You can never have too many! But if you really are running out of storage, you could always store as many as you like at my house ;) :mrgreen:.

That's good!!!! My house is open, too!:-D

ILdyson76 09-23-2008 03:23 PM

I was buying a LOT of stamps that I wasn't using, so now, I'm just more careful about my choices when I buy. My 2 questions are "will I use it," and "can I use it for a variety of things." That has helped me reduce my spending, and my impulsiveness. I will leave new ones out on my table too, as a reminder to make something with them. I've learned that just because it's cute doesn't mean I will use it. My mom buys a lot too, so I can always borrow from her if there's a one time thing I need.
Having a lot on hand is good too so if you do need that one time/one of a kind thing, it is there for you at your convenience.

GreenDragonLady 09-23-2008 03:28 PM

Just make a rule that before you buy a new set you have to make a card or something with one of your uninked sets. Check out some of the challenges here on the board.

dawnat 09-23-2008 03:28 PM

Wow, that is so kind of you ladies to offer storage space! I get that alot from my neighbor!

mtgchic 09-23-2008 03:34 PM

I keep having an addiction to stamps that *I* love...but then I don't have any stamps to make cards for my hubby, or dad, or someone who doesn't like dogs and/or flowers.

And then I always need more!

cjbapp 09-23-2008 03:55 PM

I agree...never too many stamps!!

But...when I consider selling off some sets, I decide if I LOVE it or not. If not, when it comes to making a card I probably wouldn't pick that set anyhow...so I let it go. If I have a set or two worth more than average, and I only love it for one or two images in it, I stamp the image a dozen times and sell the set. That way I have it to use, as well as money to spend on new stuff! :)

NYstamper 09-23-2008 04:01 PM

My thought is never enough stamps, which has me now unmounting my retired sets that I will not sell and any non SU that I buy now is unmounted if at all possible. I guess I have this rainy day mentality(or snowy day since we are heading into winter). I figure if I get snowed in I will have a great selection to choose from.

SophieLaFontaine 09-23-2008 04:08 PM

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Originally Posted by mtgchic (Post 11422239)
I keep having an addiction to stamps that *I* love...but then I don't have any stamps to make cards for my hubby, or dad, or someone who doesn't like dogs and/or flowers.

And then I always need more!

Yeah, this is my "problem" too!!

stamphappy1650 09-23-2008 04:43 PM

Too Many - pulease.... I have close to 4,000 stamps and I still see ones that I want. Like others, I am much more selective about what I buy and I'm not real crazy about selling some. I don't think I'll ever have too many

Cathy H 09-23-2008 04:46 PM

Sometimes I think my real hobby isn't stamping - but collecting! It is an addiction.

dawnat 09-23-2008 04:56 PM

Yep I consider myself a collector. I have about 700 SU sets and then my other non SU stamps. I have my order coming for my new sets so that number will increase, again.

kphorse 09-23-2008 05:01 PM

Well, another buyer not user here too! I don't think you can really have too many stamps, but I do try to use most of them sometime. Maybe not this year, but maybe next year? Sometimes whe have good intentions and they go out of style before we can use them?

I am trying to be more selective in what I buy now and really thinking about if I will relly use it or is it just *cute*. This really applies when I go through the SU catalog!

Then add all the other wonderful stamp companies out there and WOW - overload, you want them all and it is so hard to have any control!

scrapshappen 09-23-2008 05:05 PM

You asked for a 50 step program, I don't have one of those. I have heard of a 12 step program however: Never be more than 12 steps from your stamping supplies.

Metalcharm 09-23-2008 05:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Cathy H (Post 11423222)
Sometimes I think my real hobby isn't stamping - but collecting! It is an addiction.

not stamps but slightly related: I bought some round Heidi Swapp chipboard letter last week and it actually says on the "circles are totally it. These yummy colours and versitile font make them fun to use and collect."

jackie1 09-23-2008 05:16 PM

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Originally Posted by dawnat (Post 11422066)
That is how I feel! I love them all, it would be like getting rid of one of my kids!

There are times I would rather get rid of one of my kids instead of a stamp set LOL

I started being a stamp collector, then realized when I moved recently that I needed to start using the stamps that I have and only get sets that I will really use, especially sets to make cards for the males in my life. I do keep telling DH that the amount of stamps sets could be more, I have only 75 SU sets compared to some here who have thousands of set, I can only dream of having that many.

MamaSchwich 09-23-2008 07:07 PM

I think our addiction can get out of hand, and sometimes I wonder if we make ourselves feel better by enabling others.
Not that I don't spend too much on this, because I do, but I don't see it ever ending... KWIM? Will I ever have enough? So, then, should I really have any?
Just two cents (two very unpopular cents, really...)

troopersma 09-23-2008 07:10 PM

I don't generally buy sets any more. I buy singles here and there to fill in any "gaps" of types of stamps I don't have. I try to buy unmounteds because they are cheaper and take up less space.

Jane

ladybugstamper2 09-24-2008 05:28 AM

Hi!
I was a collector for a very long time and I do have a huge collection of stamps (over 6,000 individual images). I had to unmount all my stamps because I had run out of storage room. I made the choice to stop purchasing and start using. That worked out really well stamp wise, then I realized I was short on paper. Solved that problem too, LOL!!! I've hit a balance and I shop less (which does help with the finances) and stamp more, which means I'm having more fun. I really do enjoy using what I have now so all those years collecting has paid off.

Find a balance that works for you and enjoy stamping. That's more important than how much you have or don't have. If you're having fun, being creative and sharing, nothing else matters.

sprtchick 09-24-2008 09:50 AM

I agree with Cathy H. I am a collector...I have over 600 SU sets..plus a few HUNDRED sets of TAC...that doesnt include the single stamps and PaperTrey plus a few other sets of Hero arts...I dont want to part with a single one..and NO I do not have enough stamps...lol
Blessings.

MSBetsyZ 09-24-2008 11:34 AM

"Too many sets" is a non-sequiter, lol. "Too many" and "sets" just don't make sense when used together...

GreenDragonLady 09-24-2008 11:43 AM

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Originally Posted by MSBetsyZ (Post 11432698)
"Too many sets" is a non-sequiter, lol. "Too many" and "sets" just don't make sense when used together...


Kinda like "fat free"...I like the words "fat" and "free", but not together! :-D

bh_dallas 09-24-2008 12:01 PM

Ooh! You Ladies Rock. It is amazing. I am not alone!!!! I have been collecting too and it is very compulsive. So, I am trying to come up with new techniques using my existing stamp sets and supply, but the compulsion to buy is too strong. Now with SU's online ordering, I keep browsing adding items to the cart and then not buying it. lol.

frugalfeline 09-24-2008 12:20 PM

If space is the only issue, then just unmount all your sets! You'll have 3x the space and you can buy MORE! LOL! :mrgreen:

Thankyou to the ladies who posted they have 600-700 SU SETS, my DH will now leave me alone for a very long time because I have less than 25 sets! He's gonna fall down when I tell him! :eek:

dawnat 09-24-2008 12:35 PM

Well I have to agree with bh_dallas, the compulsion to buy is just TOO STRONG especially when you go to Hobby Lobby today and they have their stamps 50% off and you buy like 8 of them!!! I guess my DH will just have to listen to me for once and do what I say, buy me a bigger house!!!!! That is the only solution cause the stamps aint goin!!!!

dawnat 09-24-2008 12:36 PM

Oh by the way, bh_dallas you are right down the road from me!!! I am in The Colony. HI NEIGHBOR!!

GreenDragonLady 09-24-2008 01:05 PM

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Originally Posted by frugalfeline (Post 11433246)
I have less than 25 sets! He's gonna fall down when I tell him! :eek:

I think you have some serious catching up to do! :mrgreen:

dawnat 09-24-2008 01:48 PM

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Originally Posted by frugalfeline (Post 11433246)
If space is the only issue, then just unmount all your sets! You'll have 3x the space and you can buy MORE! LOL! :mrgreen:

Thankyou to the ladies who posted they have 600-700 SU SETS, my DH will now leave me alone for a very long time because I have less than 25 sets! He's gonna fall down when I tell him! :eek:

Well what are you doing on here chatting!!! You have some major shopping to do!!!

greatgrammy 09-24-2008 04:20 PM

I guess if you run out of money you can figure you have too many (snicker).

Seriously, I have more sets than I ever thought I would when I got into this hobby. In fact, I resisted learning to stamp for the simple reason that I know I go way overboard with my hobbies. And, of course, I did go overboard.

That said, I have a loving husband who lets me buy all the sets I can hide in my stamp room.:mrgreen:

Roxystamper 09-24-2008 04:37 PM

Well, I'm not alone then. I am so happy there is a lady that has 4000 stamps. WOW! I thought I had a problem with my close to 350 SU! sets plus all kinds of other companies out there. WOW! 4000 I'm still in shock. So I have to say, what really got me out of collecting and really using my stamps is the daily challenges here. I do it daily and I feel good that at least I make a card everyday and use my stamps. WOW! 4000 Can I come play?

MiamiKel4 09-24-2008 05:12 PM

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Originally Posted by dawnat (Post 11423419)
Yep I consider myself a collector. I have about 700 SU sets and then my other non SU stamps. I have my order coming for my new sets so that number will increase, again.

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy smokes, where do you ladies store all of these? Wow! I guess you have craft rooms or stamp rooms, right - lucky ducks! Thassalotta stamps! Playdates? Can we come over! :mrgreen:

edie3 09-24-2008 05:44 PM

If you have to ask, then you are not there yet! LOL!

dawnat 09-24-2008 05:56 PM

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Originally Posted by MiamiKel4 (Post 11436552)
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy smokes, where do you ladies store all of these? Wow! I guess you have craft rooms or stamp rooms, right - lucky ducks! Thassalotta stamps! Playdates? Can we come over! :mrgreen:

I do have a stamp room but that is the problem, I am running out of room!!! Oh well, looks like I will have to clean out a closet! Sure come on over, I would stamp more if I had company!

Vee 09-24-2008 06:06 PM

I have an antique, french, armiore that is about the preak due to the sets in it. I would hate to lose the armiore, but I NEED Rubbah!

LizSwickley 09-24-2008 06:37 PM

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Originally Posted by MamaSchwich (Post 11425263)
I think our addiction can get out of hand, and sometimes I wonder if we make ourselves feel better by enabling others.
Not that I don't spend too much on this, because I do, but I don't see it ever ending... KWIM? Will I ever have enough? So, then, should I really have any?
Just two cents (two very unpopular cents, really...)

http://www.millan.net/minimations/sm...rovedsmile.gif

I think there's some sense in your two cents!

I had to laugh about the "50 Step" program. Yes, for regular addictions - 12 steps. For papercrafting, it takes fifty!

dawnat 09-24-2008 07:41 PM

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Originally Posted by LizSwickley (Post 11438016)
http://www.millan.net/minimations/sm...rovedsmile.gif

I think there's some sense in your two cents!

I had to laugh about the "50 Step" program. Yes, for regular addictions - 12 steps. For papercrafting, it takes fifty!

Sadly, that's what I figured. It would have to have at least 50! But I don't think I would join. They would just want me to part with my beloved stamps and I won't do it!!! (stomping my feet on the floor)

Cathy H 09-25-2008 08:21 AM

WOW. I thought I had a lot (about 100 SU sets) but now I see
I HAVE SOME SERIOUS CATCHING UP TO DO!!!

My "collection" is pretty puny compared to you guys.

Think my demo can help me out??????????


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