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Great Depression still blamed for Depressing Amounts of Junk

May 23rd, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Raise your hand if your grandparents’ hoardish habits were excused by the fact that “They grew up during the Depression, honey. They had to save every piece of string and scrap of cloth.”

That was the reason given for why Grandma traveled with enough supplies to outfit a refugee camp, why she cleaned the plane out of all the plastic flatware and extra packs of salt and pepper and peanuts, harvested the soaps from hotel bathrooms, and for several decades rented a storage unit somewhere in far away New Mexico whose contents she reminisced about in dreamy tones.

Recently a friend and I were commiserating about having too much junk. Now this is a guy in his late thirties. But he actually said these words: “See, my grandparents lived through the Depression and as a result I have this tendency to hold on to things.”

Uh. No. I am so sorry. We may no longer blame the Great Depression for our packrat habits.

Maybe our parents could blame their parents, who could in turn blame the Depression. But even our parents don’t get to use that as an excuse for the junk they acquired themselves.

Fun Fact: The Great Depression of the 1930s is not the reason we have too much junk.

Let us look inward.

 

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