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Thread: My Great Find on Craigslist - NOT................

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    Super Member KathyAire's Avatar
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    My friend/neighbor and I had lunch together today since it was her day off. After lunch we answered an ad on Craigslist for FABRIC. Oh Man, I do not understand how anyone would possibly invite another into their home when it was in the shape of that house. The producers from 'The Hoarders' would have a field day there. I'm not kidding. The woman said it was her sister's estate. A better description would be her sister's 'garbage/junk'. You could not walk through the house. You had to walk over, around and dodge things - then she pointed to an area that had boxes piled all over with a tiny space between the piles of boxes. She had no idea what was in the boxes other than fabric. If we were overweight, we would not have fit in the little aisle to the boxes. I didn't even want to be there but didn't know what to say. I just wanted to get out of there. Finally, I told her that there was so much that I was overwhelmed and it would take more time to go through the boxes than we could devote to it. She said after the holidays she would be available and we could come back. She thought we were overwhelmed with goodness instead of disgust. It wasn't just the area of her sister's stuff it was the whole house. I think I will stop looking on Craigslist.

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    That is so sad. I know it's an illness, but still it's sad.

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    please remember hoarding can be a symptom of mental illness quite often due to being deprived as children---it takes allsorts to make up a community

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    I am so claustraphobic I don't think I'd have been able to go in! You do have to feel sorry for people like that. I also worry about all my fabric when I go to that great LQS in the sky--will my DIL toss it out or try to sell it?

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    As long as the home did not smell I would have gone thru each box. I used to clean for our local housing authority when some would move or pass away so I'm not phased by a whole lot. I have seen some pretty bad stuff.

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    I know what you mean. I sometimes have the same problem at thrift stores. Hopefully someone will be able to rescue all that fabric.

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    Sometimes people have to overlook how other people live (or have lived)...hoarding is a sickness. The person is probably trying to make some headway into the mess and she thought giving away the fabric would be a start. If you could stand it, I'd call her after Christmas and go get it. You could then give away what you didn't want to others... :D

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    I know hoarders have an illness and I think they belong in a controlled supervised environment but no one wants to pay for that.

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    I suggest you give her a call after the holidays & see if she will meet you at the local McDonald's parking lot or other public place with her boxes. That way you won't have to 'see' how she lives & in turn you will be helping her begin to weed out.

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    Sad -- but man, I wish I lived there!! I'd LOVE to go thru a place like that... :) :)

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    After meeting her somplace the first stop might be the laundromat. It might be fine but I would hesitate to bring it in my home unless it was newly cleaned.

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    Don't give up on Craigslist. I found a HUGE amount of fabric last week for $25.00. It is clean and the lady was a real sweetheart. The fabric was her mother's and nobody in her family sews, so she decided to finally part with it.

    This is what I got! (It filled two large rubbermaid containers, just with the cottton fabric. (Ths is JUST the pile of cotton... not counting the second pile with as much non-cotton!)
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    Oh, no, I couldn't meet her somewhere with the boxes. I have a big Ford pick up truck and all the boxes would not fit in my truck. There are too many. It would take several days to go through them. I said something to that effect about taking days and she said 'I'll provide the coffee'. I would not drink a cup of coffee there. I truly have not seen anything so nasty.

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    Very Sad, but it is a sickness......

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    1-800-got-junk.

    Despite the reuse/recycle mantra so common today, there is a place for garbage. It's not giving it away piecemeal.

    Anyone living in that situation, or inheriting it, needs to pay for haul away. If the city finds out it's being pieced out, the city will come after the person. Get it done quickly and move on.

    Cold turkey is the way to go in just about every unhealthy situation.

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    I"m headed to Fort Worth in Feb.... I'm not phased by that sort of thing... I'd happily dive in!!! I used to work for a guy that his entire house was like that too...

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    Yep, everything seems to be a 'sickness' these days.
    Used to be folks were just eccentric, strange or wierd but not 'sick'.
    I'd get that fabric just as quick as I could if it was me. Just move it outside in the sunshine & pick out the good stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ljsunflower
    Yep, everything seems to be a 'sickness' these days.
    Used to be folks were just eccentric, strange or wierd but not 'sick'.
    I'd get that fabric just as quick as I could if it was me. Just move it outside in the sunshine & pick out the good stuff.
    Not only is it a mess. She never would say how she was going to sell it - by the yardage, by the lot, etc. I fear that she is going to want a lot more than I would want to pay. Before I ever went there, I talked to her on the phone and asked several times about a price and she didn't tell me.
    To me, it would take more of an effort than it would be worth.

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    I would be afraid of bugs or rodents, not worth it, no matter how good of a bargin roaches are hard to get out of a house.

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    When did lazy become a sickness?

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    As I want to say I agree with the 'cold turkey' concept, I believe that works with things like alcoholism and compulsive eating but in this situation it possibly could be mental illness and that is a whole other issue.

    Pray for the gal. She seems to need help.

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    I check Craiglist from time to time for fabric. There is a person who lists fabric frequently, but her ad is so "snippy," that I won't even contact her! If she comes across that way in an email, imagine what dealing with her in person would be like!

    Too bad, because it appears she's down-sizing a BIG stash! But her attitude has cost her my business.

    Jory

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    I used to be a visiting nurse and have seen a few homes like that----it is an illness but overwhelming to those of us who could never live that way.

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    Hoarding, alcoholism, attention deficit disorder, depression, and a host of other conditions have ALWAYS been a "sickness" -- we just didn't know much about brain physiology then. And I think we are trying to understand and help people who are sick manage their illness these days. In other words, the "good old days" weren't all that good!

    Jory

    Quote Originally Posted by ljsunflower
    Yep, everything seems to be a 'sickness' these days.
    Used to be folks were just eccentric, strange or wierd but not 'sick'.
    I'd get that fabric just as quick as I could if it was me. Just move it outside in the sunshine & pick out the good stuff.

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    "The gal" is the sister who died, right? No praying will help her now.
    It sounds like she needs to get the family over there & they just clean it all out & haul it to the dump.

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