Thursday, February 11, 2016

Of Collectors and Hoaders and Slippery Slopes


By Betty Foxx from Sparkle Abbey’s Pampered Pets Mysteries

My eyes, my eyes! I can’t believe what I saw today. I’d never seen such a sight in my life, and believe me; I’ve seen plenty at my age.

Sorry, I forgot to introduce myself. It’s Betty Foxx. In case you don’t remember, I work at Melinda Langston’s Bow Wow Boutique where we sell luxury accessories for pampered pooches. Well, back to my story. We don’t normally make deliveries, but my boss lady—I like to call her Cookie—promised we could make an exception in this case.  See, one of our best customers fell off a step ladder a couple of weeks ago and broke her ankle. Poor thing has been confined to her house ever since. Before the unfortunate event, this customer, I’ll call her Isabella to protect her identity, had special ordered a weekend Louis Vuitton travel bag for her Yorkiepoo.

Cookie has a soft heart and asked if I would drop off the bag along with some dog treats to cheer up Isabella and her pup. It was a slow day at the shop so I agreed. And that’s when I saw it. The mess of all messes. I’ve never seen a true hoarder up close and personal…until today.

Now, Isabella (remember, that’s what we’re callin’ her) claims she just like to collect things. But I’m here to tell you there were floor to ceiling stacks of papers and overstuffed boxes of unopened merchandise. Christmas figurines, ball caps, bicycle seats, canned food, sealed mail shoved in pile around the front room. Seven televisions sets lined up against the back of the floral print couch, and they were all broken! Every single one. I don’t get why she doesn’t throw it all away. I was about to suggest I take a stack of her junk mail to the recycle bin, but by the anxious expression on her face, I quickly realized that was a bad idea.

I also realized something else—you could easily hide a body in a hoarder’s home. I’m just sayin. I left the carrier on the couch and kept my thoughts to myself, lest I say somethin’ to get me in trouble.

I’m not much of a collector of things, but some people are. Music boxes, tea cups, buttons, matchbooks, books.  All kinds of things. But today, it became pretty darn clear to me that there’s a big difference between collecting specific things and people who have a real problem – like Isabella. 


What about you? Do you collect anything? Have you ever edged near that slippery slope or know someone who has? 

Sparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of authors Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter. They love to hear from reader and can be found via: Facebook, Twitter, or via their website at: www.SparkleAbbey.com

10 comments:

  1. I do collect things. I like dragons and unicorns and of course books

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    1. Dragons and unicorns sound exciting. Do you collect them as figurines or as photos? Both? How long have you been a collector?

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  2. I collect books and certain magazines I get. I love old dishes, but I stop myself before I go too far buying them. I also collect rabbits but have gotten to the point, they have to be unique now, to buy them.

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    1. We're also book collectors. As a reader, you just can't help yourself. There are some beautiful dishes out there. Do you have a certain era you prefer to collect?

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  3. I've been collecting books again. I vowed to cut back on the books I keep when we last moved. But when they are a part of a fun series, I can't part with them! Oh, well...

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    1. It's hard to cut back on books! We agree, when it's a series you love, you have to have all of them! Is there a series you're reading right now that you're really enjoying? We're always looking for a few good books to read. :)

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  4. I am a collector too. Hard to stop myself sometimes, but I've become more aware of self-restraint as I mature.

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    1. Hi, Dee! Do you collect different types of items or are you a book collector too? As we get older and more self-aware, it becomes a little easier to stay on the right side of the slippery collector slope. :)

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  5. I collect books, so many books. Also I love purses and vintage Pyrex. ( I have a ton of both but I do use them all)

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    1. Oh, vintage Pyrex sounds interesting! How did you get involved with collecting that? Where do you find pieces?

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