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Old 02-10-2018, 09:36 PM
 
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My Grandmother had early 1950 Hummels sent from friends in Germany...

When she passed they were quite a hot item... I said not a problem... hard for me to get excited over figurines...

I got a maple bedroom set that is still in use... nice simple quality... and her Lane Ceder Chest she got as a wedding present in 1927 and it does make for good storage...
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Old 02-10-2018, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in America
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My MIL would like us to take her Hummels, Precious Moments figurines, etc. Haha. No thanks, but if she ever wants to unload that Seeburg jukebox, I'm in!
I call those figurines dust collectors!
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Old 02-10-2018, 09:48 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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My MIL would like us to take her Hummels, Precious Moments figurines, etc. Haha. No thanks, but if she ever wants to unload that Seeburg jukebox, I'm in!
Oh, I have Hummels buried somewhere. They're only worth something if they have that special Bee mark. I was never into Hummels--got them when someone died, I think.

But those Seeburgs! Another thing would be something like an old Coca Cola machine. Not my thing but they go for pretty good money.
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Old 02-10-2018, 10:02 PM
 
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Hard to say... one generations treasure is another's junk but since generations are always in flux so is demand.

A lot of the old farmers cleaned up and burned a lot of stuff after WWII... at least around my Grandparents farm... things like butter churns, spinning wheels, etc...

Now there are sought after... not talking big money but they sell...

I collect cars... have 50 assorted vehicles... they have been all over the place price wise... up and down and as tastes or the economy ebbs and flows so do the prices.

Doubt anyone in my family would want any of it... Bank CD sure... not even sure about the Real Estate... wanted to set up my nieces and nephews and the parents were dead set against it... saying the last thing a teen needs to know is they have a house because it will rob them of the opportunity/satisfaction of earning it themselves.
Now that is different. Don't involve the parents and let the kids get your junk houses. They will love it for sure. A house -- ready for demolition or renovation -- will still be sought after by kids, or in this case, nieces and nephews.
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Old 02-10-2018, 10:30 PM
 
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Nobody wants that stuff anymore.....


Recently, a few young people were cleaning out their father's house. They came across their father's stamp collection. No one showed any interest and were ecstatic to get $300 and sold them to a neighbor.

Three of the stamps were sold at auction for over $25,000.

It was clear that someone wanted them.
It's the fault of the father. Not knowing his own hobby.
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Old 02-10-2018, 11:40 PM
 
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Now that is different. Don't involve the parents and let the kids get your junk houses. They will love it for sure. A house -- ready for demolition or renovation -- will still be sought after by kids, or in this case, nieces and nephews.
Not junk... modest craftsman bungalows would be an apt description circa 1920's.
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Old 02-11-2018, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I can't figure out why people don't want pianos anymore. My friend had a nice piano and I put it on CL for her. Not a peep. Finally she gave it to her cleaning lady. A music school did inquire about it but decided they didn't have room for it after all.

I think one of the problems could have been the cost of moving a piano but people used to buy pianos all the time.

I've finally decided to ditch just about everything (not really). I'm getting rid of crystal goblets and most sterling silver pieces. I've even gotten rid of my mother's 1940s spatula and slotted spoon on ebay. Turned out they were a certain desirable brand so I didn't just donate them.

People want the stuff from the 1950s, the stuff I grew up with and now detest. I just hope some things from our era survive long enough to become desirable again. Some things were very well made and of quality design. Hope it doesn't all get thrown out!
Yes, pianos don't sell. People don't play as much as they did. It can be hard to get rid of a spinet piano. And, if the insides are shot, it can cost quite a bit of money to get it fixed. But the older pianos do have better soundboards, I am told. And of course, some really older pianos have ivory keys, if they haven't already been plundered.
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Old 02-11-2018, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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There is a huge market for colonial pieces... it would be a shame to toss after hundreds of years
I imagine the stuff that was dumped were 1950s copies of Early American furniture. That stuff is totally unwanted now. I am 71, and I never wanted it! Some Shaker pieces and some traditional pieces have good lines. But the standard mid century Early American stuff is simply unloveable. I am sure some Ethan Allen pieces are still wanted, but a lot of the other stuff is not authentic in any way.

If indeed the thrown out stuff was truly antique, then, yes, that is a total waste and shock. But I imagine the grown kids knew what their parents' furniture was. They probably hated it.
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Old 02-11-2018, 02:14 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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I imagine the stuff that was dumped were 1950s copies of Early American furniture. That stuff is totally unwanted now. I am 71, and I never wanted it! Some Shaker pieces and some traditional pieces have good lines. But the standard mid century Early American stuff is simply unloveable. I am sure some Ethan Allen pieces are still wanted, but a lot of the other stuff is not authentic in any way.

If indeed the thrown out stuff was truly antique, then, yes, that is a total waste and shock. But I imagine the grown kids knew what their parents' furniture was. They probably hated it.
That's what my parents bought in the 1950s when they couldn't wait to get rid of the hand-me-down furniture they started out with. I never liked it either (I'm almost your age). They kept it when they moved to their retirement community. A cousin took the living room set when they moved to assisted living. The bedroom set went to assisted living with them. After my dad died, mom's dresser came to my house when she came to live with me. I sold it on CraigsList after she was gone (over 10 years ago). It sure was ugly, although it was real wood.
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Old 02-11-2018, 03:47 PM
 
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I imagine the stuff that was dumped were 1950s copies of Early American furniture. That stuff is totally unwanted now. I am 71, and I never wanted it! Some Shaker pieces and some traditional pieces have good lines. But the standard mid century Early American stuff is simply unloveable. I am sure some Ethan Allen pieces are still wanted, but a lot of the other stuff is not authentic in any way.

If indeed the thrown out stuff was truly antique, then, yes, that is a total waste and shock. But I imagine the grown kids knew what their parents' furniture was. They probably hated it.
Mission Style, Amish or Prairie Style... the kind of stuff Frank Loyd Write used is very popular here...

Walk into a two million dollar home in the Oakland Hills and I see a lot of the 1910 to 1940 mostly dark solid furnishings... simple and sturdy... my friend that did his house with it calls it Honest Furniture.

Below is a link to a local family owned business that does quite well... I have no connection with the store but it is popular for those in the East Bay...


Fenton MacLaren Home Furnishings - Home | Fenton MacLaren Home Furnishings
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