Acquired: 1995 ish
Old tee-shirts I can at least shove in a bin and store in the closet using the old “One of these days I’m going to make a tee-shirt quilt!” justification, but I have no idea how I’ve rationalized hanging on to my old library cards. I left Yorktown in 1997 and Durham in 2000, and while there’s a slim chance I might check out and forget to return a book while visiting Durham, the odds of my ever being in Yorktown for longer than a day at the battlefield are slim to none.
Thrown out: 2011. Throwing out bits of plastic seemed like a waste of dinosaur bones, so I googled “what to do with old library cards” and discovered that both the Durham and York County libraries have huge eBook & digital media collections I can access using my old barcode numbers, which I’ve saved in an email to myself.
I also discovered that there’s a kid who collects library cards. If I hear back from him (her?) in the next week or so, I’m donating my cards to the collection, already 3000 strong, where at least they’ll be part of what I’m pretty sure is a world record.
Hoarded for: about 16 years.
Pain at loss: I was a big reader as a kid, so it looked like tossing these was going to be irrationally painful until I found out about the eBooks and the kid who collects library cards.