I dont know when it started, probably about 8 years ago, and it wasnt really a problem then, just an itch...since then my itch has grown into an uncontrollable, spreading rash...My name is Loretta, and I cant stop buying junk! I go to any and every thrift store I can find, sometimes a few times a week! My 'loves' have spread too! I used to love 'made in japan' cute statues and cookie jars (Pi), kitchenobilia, chenille bedspreads (oooh I really LOVE those!), and vintage anything. But I used to stop at that! I knew my limits. Then, I started buying vintage fabrics, notions and table clothes. Now I buy old wool blankets too. And I justify everything!! I NEED this for my next ________ project (insert quilting, sewing, crocheting, felting, etc...) - did I mention I dont know how to do any of those things? Okay, I just taught myself how to crochet, and I can mock sew (I call it the 'dont look too closely' sewing technique). The real problem with my addiction, is that like an alcoholic whose face doesnt hide the long term affects of the booze, my home can no longer hide the long term affect of all that junk! My basement is only yea big!! I'm sure its a fire hazzard!!! I've got to do a huge purging (but I dont want too, I whine)! I love all my crap (thats such a harsh word, isnt it?)!! Also, my stuff is loved, even if its dumped in my basement! I still see the value, humour, and potential in it!! I've got to start giving you a brief glimpse into my collections, because I'm sure you would NEVER judge me! I mean 'let he who is without sin cast the first stone' or words to that effect...Just last week I bought a bag of these beautiful babies (5 large, 2 small). I mean, who could resist!! My husband, and kids all thought they were creepy, but I've always loved clowns! Someone had to save these poor discarded clown heads, didnt they!!!! I painted an old shelf which I had saved a couple of years ago, just to display them! My husband just hasnt found it in his wee itty bitty heart to hang it for me!! He thinks doing income taxes is more important! Huh!