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Old 02-11-2008, 09:02 PM
 
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If you are not using it dump it. It costs a lot of money to move items that you don't use. You have garage sales, craigslist, ebay, and down south I Wanna available to rid the unwanted items. If it is electronic and more than two years old it is obsolete. You will never get back into those pants you wore ten years ago. The best place for a great memory is in your mind and heart and not your attic.
Don
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Old 02-15-2008, 07:23 PM
 
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Oh can I relate to the OP! I have hit a point, close to retirement , where I want to get rid of just about everything! It was fun collecting all our "treasures" but I want to streamline and my spouse is just not ready yet. I guess I have to be patient. But I don't want to spend my retirement cleaning!

So, I'm consigning lots of stuff to a live auction, selling the Ebay stuff online, and giving away anything I can.



Please note! If you want extra $$ for your retirement , don't throw anything away...have a live auction...those old magazines you've been saving for a rainy day might be "GEMS" to some collector....also old catalogs, sewing items like patterns, old buttons, chenille bedspreads, that box of old keys, heck your junk drawer stuff will sell! Those old toys and dolls your grandkids played with ...there's a collector for everything and anything...don't order the dumpster until AFTER the auction.
Yes, you pay a commission to the auction company but they do the work.

Just a thought.
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Old 02-15-2008, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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And to get a real perspective on what all your prized "collectibles" are worth, go to an estate auction or two. It can be a real eye-opener.
But you'll also see that some things you think of as "junk" have become retro, chic and "mid-century modern" to a new generation. Educate yourself! Besides, auctions are great fun.
You can find live auctions in your area in the classifieds of the local newspaper or through auctionzip.com
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Old 02-16-2008, 06:40 AM
 
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[quote=knoxgarden;2842997]And to get a real perspective on what all your prized "collectibles" are worth, go to an estate auction or two. It can be a real eye-opener.
But you'll also see that some things you think of as "junk" have become retro, chic and "mid-century modern" to a new generation. Educate yourself! Besides, auctions are great fun.
You can find live auctions in your area in the classifieds of the local newspaper or through auctionzip.com[/quote



Just don't be bidding or you'll come home with more STUFF!!
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Old 02-16-2008, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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After decades of buying fixer-uppers and moving into them every couple of years I had accumulated a lot of stuff that I don't need. I would keep everything because I might find a place for it in the next house. Then, as my son got older I kept things because he might be able to use it when he gets his own place. I have rationalized my way into filling a basement full of furniture that I don't need.
Last year my son moved to an apt off base and I brought a bunch of things up to where he was stationed. A few months later I lost him, and I just couldn't go up there and deal with his apt. The Air Force, and probably other branches of the service, has something called the Airman's Attic. They accept donations of furniture, appliances, etc. that these young guys and gals can have to help them out when they move off base. they were phenomenal. They came and took everything for me. It was such a help at a very difficult time, and I was glad to know that it was all going to a worthy cause. These young people in the military don't make a whole lot of money, so every little bit helps.
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Old 02-16-2008, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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So sorry to hear about your loss.
There are always people in need of your "excess" stuff, whether it's victims of natural disasters, like the hurricanes that just ripped through parts of the South, or folks who are trying to get back on their feet after a house fire.
Habitat for Humanity has stores in many areas that accept donations. Churches can usually point you toward families in need. You can also post on freecycle.org
If it's hard to throw something out, try giving it to someone who needs it.
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Old 02-16-2008, 02:01 PM
 
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I am very sorry about the loss of your son. I'm sure he would approve having his furniture and other items helping other young men and women in the Force.

I honor his service to our country.

Charley
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Old 02-16-2008, 03:32 PM
 
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So sorry for your loss. Please accept my thank you for your son's service to this nation and the American people.
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Old 02-16-2008, 03:36 PM
 
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We have been in the process of cleaning out for a year. We have donated furniture, chachies, extra kitchen supplies, large appliances and clothes. Major clothes overhaul! Certainly don't need those dress for work outfits, so gave them to people that can use them. Finally got rid of those VHS tapes and RPM records that are just collecting dust. Now my tools, well, that's a different issue.
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Old 02-16-2008, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Lovelock, NV - Anchorage, AK
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Tools are always something that you will need just ask my husband, lol. He's a mechanic by trade for 20+ years before being promoted to management, but he never parted with his tools. He are relocating this summer and the first load down to our property will be his tools the second will be household items. Go figure.

Even when we bought our property the first thing up was the shop.
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