Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Haven - Day 6 topic of the 30M2D Writing Challenge

Haven - the 30M2D writing challenge topic.  This is a re-post from the Best of Craigslist 2009.  Still trying to sort out how someone could turn "haven" into a horrific mental image.  Link to the other participants and their chosen havens.

Originally Posted: Sun, 23 Aug 00:03 PDT










hoarders haven






Hello, I am seeking a nice room mate to share my 2 bedroom home.

You won't have to pay utilities or do any chores so it's perfect for a young person or a student.

But I cannot have anybody touching or moving my stuff because it would set off a chain reaction of emotions and feelings towards you and towards my things. Hoarding is not a mental illness, it is something environmentally responsible because I don't like to throw anything away. But the San Francisco Department of public health said my living conditions were unsafe and came in and forcibly removed my things I have been collecting for over 40 years. It traumatized me and I have been rebuilding my collection ever since.

If you are a hoarded this would be a great place because someday, it would be so full of things that we would have to sleep outside. My friend did that in LA but here it might be too cold and the city is very punitive against hoarders and homeless people. Isn't that ironic? They don't like homeless people, but they don't like people with homes either.

Please contact me by email as I am unable to get to the phone right now. I have a phone but it only rings. Once in a while I can get to it but it's so far away and very hard to get to. If you had a cell phone that would be better.

  • it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
Posting ID: 1337575728


With as much thrift shopping that I do, I could tip over into Hoarding Hell, but I donate bags and bags of stuff throughout the year.  Sometimes I give away too much, I'll wonder what I did with a certain piece of clothing, and I'll be damned, I will have given it away.  

My latest thrift shop finds have been concentrated in the clothing and book realm.  I so love hardcover books with color plate illustrations.  I'll enjoy those like picture books and if they aren't art or poetry related, I will recycle them back to the great Thrift Shop Beyond.

This past weekend's finds ~ countrified kitsch is the straw cowboy hat ($1.25), plaid lap quilt ($2.99), and Southwest Expressions book ($1.50).



And a cashmere (sings the word ...) neon green Soft Surroundings sweater along with the Liz Claiborne print skirt - the two for just $4!  More Friday's Frock fodder ~

19 comments:

  1. I really need to start going to thrift stores, I'm way behind on my hoarding.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I'm just the opposite of a hoarder. I give/throw everything away. I even give my husband's stuff away. (He has a huge amount of techie junk that I give to people who like that sort of stuff. I swear he doesn't even notice!) In other words, I"m not calling that craig's list person, or emailing her either unless my husband reads this comment and divorces my ass because I gave away all his "stuff". Then I might need a place to live.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Oh my God. When's your episode on Hoarders coming up? I'll be sure to watch. I can't watch that show on a regular basis. I've got something loose in my head from shaking it so much.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I never fail to be amazed by how many very, very strange people there are in the world.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Whoa! I don't even know what to say...:-)

    Hello fellow A to Zer. I wanted to stop by, say hi, and start following. I look forward to reading more from you.

    Sylvia
    http://www.writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello A to Z'er! I'm looking forward to the April challenge.

      Delete
  6. That Craig's List post is hysterical. And I love thrift store bargains. Occasionally, I even find stuff that I've given away and then believe it wants to come home again. ;)

    ReplyDelete
  7. I don't hoard so much as I just don't throw things away. But when it comes time, things get thrown and I never realize they are missing.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hey Tami! Yes, a very worrying image. You're lucky Paula's not been over here; she's a *ahem* collector, too. Indigo

    ReplyDelete
  9. I don't think you qualify as a hoarder unless there is a dead cat under a pile of stuff in your bedroom.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I was once watching the show American Pickers and a commercial came on for the show Hoarders. It took me a good minute and a half to realize it was a commercial and not still American Pickers. That's when I realized the difference between "collectors" and "hoarders" is the number of dead cats you find.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hilarious Craig's List post. Thanks for sharing it. I love thrift store shopping. Unfortunately, I'm to the point of getting rid of stuff instead of adding stuff. Sigh.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I love stuff. My stuff defines me. It's my stuff. A lot of the stuff my mother gave me. I'd rather keep my stuff than get a few dollars for it - this always amazes me on those shows where people sell their stuff...like Britain's "Cash in the Attic". They'd show these remarkable old things that were handed down from one generation to the next and they're selling it for $10.00 so they can go on some trip to the coast to see water. I don't get it. I'd rather keep my thing...and hand it down to my family.

    One of the things which always amazes me - are family Bibles. I have a really old one I picked up for a buck, yes a buck, many years ago. The whole family history is in there and someone probably died and their family didn't care enough to keep it. I don't get it. All to get that $2000.00 - they just sell everything. I'm much more sentimental than that.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. There is a sad element to thrift shopping - you know when someone's family has loaded up the truck and dropped it all off for donation. Just as you say, family bibles, prized needlework, you name it ~ at least there are those that recognize the value, even if sentimental, and bring the object(s) home for safekeeping.

      Delete
  13. I love that Craigslist post. I have to assume it's some form of satire, which actually makes it all the more impressive. Somebody put a lot of time and care into writing up something so ludicrous, and then posted it on one of the most disposable places you could think of online: a Craigslist ad page. Or maybe I'm totally wrong, and this person is completely nuts. Either way, the readers win.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, its a tough call and my twisted take on the "haven" topic.

      Delete
  14. I'm not insane... I'm just environmentally responsible. Thanks, Tami... now I can explain the Crap Shack!

    ReplyDelete