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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 5th Jul 18, 5:09 PM
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    Are you SABLE?
    • #1
    • 5th Jul 18, 5:09 PM
    Are you SABLE? 5th Jul 18 at 5:09 PM
    Whilst whiling away a sleepless night, it occured to me that this might be an amusing idea for a thread. Hopefully, some others will agree and we can have some fun and share some ideas.

    S.A.B.L.E - meaning Stash Acquired Beyond Lifetime Expectancy.

    I think this term was coined over craft materials, but it could apply to lots of different things, I guess.

    I confess to being SABLE for the following;

    1. Sewing threads.
    2. Socks.
    3. Certain kinds of clothes.
    4. Towels.
    5. Bedsheets.

    And borderline SABLE for:

    1. Soap.
    2. Photo albums.
    3. Haberdashery.

    OK, who else wants to join in.................?
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

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    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 6th Jul 18, 7:18 PM
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    When it comes to toiletries I'm pretty good, but if I find something that really suits my delicate skin, (the only delicate part of me if you discount my sensibilities,) then I tend to hoard it before they discontinue it or change the formula. Just now it's B**t's baby soap. Even the shower gels that are supposed to be specially formulated for tricky skin bring me out in an itchy rash.

    As for 40 glasses, I did have a coach party descend on me once. When they discovered that they were near where I lived they came over for a loo break. I managed mugs of tea and coffee for everyone but ran out of biscuits.
    And before you ask, no, I did not run out of loo paper. I bought it 48 rolls at a time from the cash and carry.

    I forgot to mention parcel tape. Reels of the stuff.
    I believe that friends are quiet angels
    Who lift us to our feet when our wings
    Have trouble remembering how to fly.
    • studyingitalian
    • By studyingitalian 6th Jul 18, 7:37 PM
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    Great thread. For me -
    Dinner services
    Glasses - sets for red wine, white wine, champagne, sherry etc etc!
    Reusable Padded envelopes
    New photo albums
    Tea towels
    Cardigans, especially cardigans!
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 6th Jul 18, 8:22 PM
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    Ties - which is especially ridiculous as I hate the things and only every wear them for weddings, funerals and job interviews.
    Originally posted by NaughtiusMaximus
    You reminded me: scarves! I have a huge drawer full of them (and bought another for myself just today). I wear the winter ones without fail, but the lighter dress scarves don't really get an outing.

    In truth I have enough clothes for the rest of my life too.

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...I love chaz-ing!
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 6th Jul 18, 10:03 PM
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    Good lord GQ, if cleanliness is next to Godliness, you may a bit too close to the pearly gates for comfort!
    Originally posted by Slinky
    The crazy thing is that it is several years since I've bought any soap at all. Or toothpaste, I'm probably good for another couple of years of toothpaste.

    All the soaps fit in a modestly-sized hessian bag for life on the floor of the airing cupboard, so it's not like they're in my way.

    The sock stash is 90% cast-offs from the mothership and I'm concentrating wear on only a few pairs at a time to use them up and get them out to the rag bag once they develop religious sensibilities.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • grunnie
    • By grunnie 6th Jul 18, 10:18 PM
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    Scarves many in lots of colours all carefully rolled a la Marie Kondo and an excess of cushions. Might offer a few or 10 to the local charity shop.
    • Spider In The Bath
    • By Spider In The Bath 6th Jul 18, 10:53 PM
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    Spider In The Bath
    I can just imagine all the KonMarie practitioners reading this thread and passing out in horror. The countryside is now probably littered with the bodies of appalled dedicated de-clutterers.
    Originally posted by monnagran

    As a minimalist I have been hyperventilating a bit

    I might have to lie down (I own just two sets of bed linen if anyone is interested).
    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 6th Jul 18, 11:19 PM
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    As for the glasses,if 40 people dropped in they could have 2 or 3 glasses each!I WILL get rid of some next week,or try to.Charity shops seem to be SABLE for glasses too.

    I also have 3 young adult children who I could kit out easily.only one has properly flown the nest as yet.

    I must also confess to being sable for furniture.You know stuff that would be handy if .... just got their own place.I have 6 chairs in the kitchen with 10 in the loft!

    Oh the shame,and I thought I didn't hoard.
    • wondercollie
    • By wondercollie 6th Jul 18, 11:38 PM
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    I struggle with the idea of SABLE Books - I mean, it's like really good friends - Can you have too many? (Spare me the the lifealtering accident that reveals the right answer, there!)

    Um, reusable shopping and tote bags. Yes. Too many. But the Bags for Life are so charming & affordable & frankly of all acquisitive vices I could be trying to maintain that's downright beneficial. Surely.


    Letter writing materials - I have quite a few card and envelope sets that help chivvy the sons through thankyou letters, a boxfile of postcards acquired because I liked the picture, let alone the reminders of where we've been, or of the Interesting Things... Then when the supermarket cleared its Basildon Bond airmail stationery I picked up a platoon-load for pennies & then forgot to find a platoon to write to. I've even got the onionskin pad I wrote to my boyfriend of before university to, and some envelopes left. .
    Originally posted by DigForVictory
    If the onion skin paper is blue, green, or orange, I'll happily take it off your hands, lol

    Shopping bags. Er, the spousal unit says we have too many. But I buy them as souvenirs on holiday and take them home to use. Nothing brightens up a long dark winter day better than a Mercadona shopping bag.

    So, when we're in Scotland in the autumn, I'll be picking up shopping bags and hunting for onion skin paper.
    • Softstuff
    • By Softstuff 7th Jul 18, 1:59 AM
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    I've been chuckling so hard at this thread that hubby asked what I was reading.

    I look at some of your lists thinking, ooh I don't have any of that or enough of this, and they look like shopping lists to me! I am however a bit of a minimalist and still sort of stocking our first house (which has so far taken 4 years!).

    The only thing I'm sable in is crockery, whilst a few of you could provide drinks for that unexpected coach party, I could serve them a 3 course meal. I do have my excuses reasons though. When we were in our previous place we bought 2 boxes of crockery, enough for 8 place settings. I then proceeded over 6 years to break most of it. When I found our present crockery, a nice Jamie Oliver range, plain and simple, reduced to about a quid a piece I bought up big. I had the thought that at least then if I broke it, we'd have a few years before we ran out! The thing is, this stuff bounces. Even off concrete I've dropped plates, smashed mugs together, whacked bowls on shelves and not a crack. The only thing broken on 4 years is 1 bowl, by hubby in the garage. If we continue at that rate, I'm sable for crockery.
    Softstuff- Officially better than 007
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    As a minimalist I have been hyperventilating a bit

    I might have to lie down (I own just two sets of bed linen if anyone is interested).
    Originally posted by Spider In The Bath
    Only 1. .
    • Floss
    • By Floss 7th Jul 18, 9:16 AM
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    Crockery, cutlery & glasses + chairs & table-space to feed & water 24 for dinner...excuse being we have a spread-out family of 23 bodies and we live most centrally

    Bags for life - DH insists on buying at least 1 on every visit to Booths

    Clothes (both of us ) DH travels with work & has regularly been away for 2-3 weeks of business attire ...despite only doing shorter trips now he still has 9+ weeks worth of socks & boxers.

    Screws/nails/nuts & bolts - I acquired my ex-h collection on divorce, plus my dad's collection that had some of his dad's + DHs own collection

    Embroidery silks - grandma's, my mum's, MiL, plus my own. I have at least 3 of virtually every permutation in all of the Anchor branding!
    • whiteguineapig
    • By whiteguineapig 7th Jul 18, 12:08 PM
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    Only 1. .
    Originally posted by Judi
    and me, just one set, its a pain in winter as I don't have a tumble dryer but I seem to get by (minimalist wannabe!)
    • sal1960
    • By sal1960 7th Jul 18, 12:16 PM
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    Great thread!
    Shower gel - which I don!!!8217;t really like but can!!!8217;t justify buying any nice stuff till it!!!8217;s gone, if ever
    Plastic plant pots Mr S hoards them
    Chick peas- can!!!8217;t stop buying a tin every time I shop (chick pea amnesia!)
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    and me, just one set, its a pain in winter as I don't have a tumble dryer but I seem to get by (minimalist wannabe!)
    Originally posted by whiteguineapig
    I did have two but only like the one set as its 100% cotton. I figured if I was desperate for extra bedding we could use the sleeping bags. So the polycotton set got liberated.

    I don't like polycotton.
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 7th Jul 18, 2:20 PM
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    I realise I have a SABLE situation in many areas.
    • Facial moisturiser. I send off for every free sample going, but rarely actually use the stuff (in mitigation, I NEVER buy it).
    • Embroidery/cross stitch thread. Every kit comes with about twice as much thread as is required.... need I say more?
    • Note pads. Made up from junk mail/flyers etc that are blank on the back, or the bottom halves of addressed junk mail (obviously I shred the bit with my name and address on). I simply cannot throw it when it can be used for shopping lists, Scrabble scores and such like - only now, it's taking over the house!
    • Ball-point pens. I swear, they breed!!
    • Laccy bands - also seem to breed, plus we seem to always find "postman-droppings" on the front porch.
    • Paper clips - from my 10 years' service as Regional Co-ordinator for the Pagan Federation; I'd get at least half-a-dozen paper clips in with my work every week!
    • Postage stamps. Honestly - I have more 1st class stamps than I'm ever likely to need, specially as my preferred method of communication is email - Large-letter ones, too!
    • Tea cloths. My go-to souvenir to bring back from holidays. It's unbreakable, light-weight, and it has a use.
    • Tennis balls. Some of them found by my canine house-guests while out on their walks; plus I've found several in the middle of the back lawn at different times, and not a scooby where they came from.
    There's probably other stuff as well, but I think that'll do to be going on with.
    If your dog thinks you're the best, don't seek a second opinion.
    • Hard Up Hester
    • By Hard Up Hester 7th Jul 18, 2:21 PM
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    Hard Up Hester
    Only yarn, everything else, and there was lots of stuff was disposed of when we moved on to our 57ft narrowboat.
    Chin up, Titus out.
    • Knit Witch
    • By Knit Witch 7th Jul 18, 4:12 PM
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    Knit Witch
    Yarn and books (oh and cross stitch!) I really need to crack on and use some of the crafty stuff up!
    Must use my stash up!
    • kittie
    • By kittie 7th Jul 18, 5:07 PM
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    Fabrics, mostly linens, japanese, indie etc. Piles must have reached 8` but are now comressed into vac bags

    Fabric patterns and haberdashery

    Spinning wheels, I have 5

    Spinning spindles, I have umpteen but they are superbly hand made, so I stroke them. They are so well crafted

    Fibres for spinning, all beautiful blends like cashmere/silk, I couldn`t resist but now vac packed and away from moths

    Knitting yarns

    Different woods for carving, 5` high x 6` wide pile plus boxes of useful bits

    Stamps, I bought rolls of them in 2006 and have given many away but not made a dent

    diy stuff, like saws and sanders, screwdrivers and clamps

    le creuset pans and casserole
    Last edited by kittie; 07-07-2018 at 5:20 PM.
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 7th Jul 18, 6:01 PM
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    Hmmm, I look forward to the day when I have only 1-2 sets of bedlinen and am purposefully wearing my stuff out. I've never ever in my whole life (early fifties now) bought bedlinen or towels new.

    I have bought pillows and duvets new successively over the years but have one duvet and two pillows to my name. And the duvet was an unused hand-me-down from my late Nan's household, which came in handy as I needed to replace my worn-out one at the time.

    The goal, with most things I own, is to concentrate wear & tear on one or two examples of each category, use them up unto rags and then not replace them. Move onto the next thing, ditto that, not replace. Eventually, the categories become scantier and less SABLE-ish.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • Oldangrumpy
    • By Oldangrumpy 7th Jul 18, 6:08 PM
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    Did I need some-one to prod me?
    Fabric,threads, yarns, paper, card paints, pencils, old zips, old buttons, the list goes on and on.
    Fortunately my husband is no better with nails, screws, tools, wood, metal, the 'it will come in handy one day' and sometimes he's right it does. Just think of the legacy you're leaving your children to get rid of!
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