For the past two months I have been giving myself a month long project. I spent August entering on line sweepstakes and September losing weight. So what should I do for October? I thought about it for a while and then I decided to do a photo project. But what would it be about, and then I figured it out.

Many years ago my uncle’s sister died, uncle by marriage by the way, she was a widow and had no children. Her relatives went through her house and took what they wanted, family heirlooms and stuff that mean something to them. What was left behind was hauled on the lawn and sold to strangers.

I got volunteered to help with the yard sale and as I set out the odds and ends I had to wonder, why did she buy this stuff, why did she keep it? Was it just something she picked up at the store or did it have a special meaning to her? I started thinking about my own stuff, would anyone care about it or would they sell it to a stranger for fifty cents. I decided that for the month I would take a photograph of an object a day and talk about why it’s special to me. Hopefully it isn’t too dull, or weird.

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Comment by Zanelle on October 3, 2015 at 6:13am

I think it is a good project.  When you start to look at the stuff around you it can seem to define you.  When you start to trace where it came from and how you are involved with it you learn so much.  Even an old pizza box can be interesting.  I get how people become hoarders.  Stuff in intense.

Comment by Phyllis on October 3, 2015 at 8:09am

I like the idea, too. It will bring back some memories and may help you to pare things down. I should try it but I'm going to declutter first.

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