I love the idea of people selling handmade wares and reaping the benefits of their creativity and hard work, but invariably what happens is that I’ll see something I absolutely love and then say to myself, “I could make that for five bucks!”
I call this Craft Show Delusion Disorder, or CSDD.
Does that ring a bell?
The fact is, I will never make those hand-knitted ear muffs or the tablecloth made from my children’s old onesies, but for a moment, I allow myself to become deluded into thinking that I will, and thus, pass up an opportunity to just buy the darn thing and be done with it!
Yesterday I had a delightful lunch with Dory Harrington, founder of Mombies bags. I was so impressed with her complete Mombies emergency backpack that I bought it on the spot.
As we spoke, she told me that numerous women visit her table at various expos and events and comment, “Oh, I could make one of those for just a few dollars. Why, I could use my coupons to buy soap, toothpaste, hand sanitizer…” blah, blah, blah.
Yes, anyone can pack their own emergency kit, but will they? Will you?
We get all starry eyed with these big plans and then go home, just to be swallowed up by making dinner, helping the kids with homework, squeezing in a hot shower before bedtime, and then collapsing.
Craft show tchotchkes aside, there are some pretty important things we really should do, in order to be prepared for the curve balls life throws.
If you’ve been planning on making your own emergency kit, evacuation plans, or getting ready for hurricane or blizzard season, you have to conquer CSDD. That is, telling yourself that you will make your own first aid kit, vehicle emergency kit, etc., but then never actually doing it.
First, evaluate the materials you’ll need to be prepared for whatever event(s) that is likely to come your way. Do you need a complete emergency kit? A medical bag/first aid kit? Do you need to gather supplies for your pets, in case of an evacuation or fill a bin with items necessary during a power outage?
If you truly lack the time to do all of these yourself, then identify what you can purchase. I highly recommend the medical kits sold by Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy on their Doom and Bloom website. Dory’s Mombies bags, in all their different varieties, can’t be beat.
From my personal experience, I assure you that money spent on high quality emergency supplies is money well spent. The very last thing you need in a crisis is to discover that the cheap “survival backpack” you purchased has a lousy zipper that comes undone or that the plastic whistle has a crack in it. So if you do make a purchase, be careful about the quality you’re buying.
Make a list of what you need and start saving money toward these purchases and then start “saving” time.
Is there an hour during your week in which you could scour the house or make a run to Walmart or a thrift store to find items you need for your emergency supplies? Is there an hour somewhere in your week for tracking down insurance policies, car titles, immunization records and other documents for your Grab and Go Binder?
It’s amazing how much can be accomplished in a single hour when we write that hour on our schedule and have an assigned task.
Set a goal to have your basic emergency kit finished within a deadline of 30 or 60 days. Then, set another goal to have your Lights Out Emergency Kit taken care of within another 30 days. If need be, leave a comment here following this article, telling us what your goal is and your deadline.
No one has to suffer from a lifetime of Craft Show Delusion Disorder. When it’s just a matter of a handmade snow globe, well, no one really suffers when it never becomes a reality. However, CSDD can become a real problem when the safety and well-being of your family is affected.