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Old 02-03-2018, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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This brought to mind an article about how millenials don't want their parents' "stuff." They don't want their brown furniture, either LOL.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/...=.eab05fe6dc0f
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Old 02-03-2018, 06:26 PM
 
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Recently, beanie babies are getting snapped up fast at garage sales here in the Midwest.
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Old 02-03-2018, 06:38 PM
 
Location: northern New England
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When we moved from a 2200sf 2 story home with basement to a 1700sf single story home w/o basement we sent about 1/2 of what we owned to auction.

We got a kick out of the auctioneers. They came and looked at what we sending to them and told us they would bring the "big truck". They did. And they filled it. And they brought the "smaller truck" the next day. We ended up bringing our barbecue grill with us because it wouldn't fit.

This after I made numerous trips to the landfill.
When my dad passed and we had to clean out his apt., my sister arranged with a local (to her) auction company to come and get his furniture (nothing special). They sent 3 men and a truck from around Worcester MA to almost Boston MA, loaded up and drove back. When we finally got the auction proceeds, we each got about $100. Figuring the auction company kept about 10%, I would say that was a losing proposition for them.
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Old 02-03-2018, 08:13 PM
 
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It never even crossed my mind to make decisions on my possessions based on whether someone in the family would want them.

I'd say if they're useful items, or useful with nostalgia, other family members might want them. Or very valuable.

But if they're not used in today's society, sell them and get what you can. Otherwise, they're just clutter.

Things I got from my mother that I chose to take and keep include some antique oil lamps, an antique grandmother clock, some ceramic bowls that are useful, artwork that she painted, etc.

Things I got that are boxed up and I need to get rid of include copper items (salt & pepper shakers, fondue thing, pitcher, etc.), doodads. Useless to me and just take up space.
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Old 02-03-2018, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Location: Happy Place
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Should I outlive my husband, I will contact an estate sale company and sell 90% of our possessions. They are burdensome to me, even now. He likes a homey feel to the house. I plan to get rid of all this junk. I may live in our house for a while, but look to move to a small condo or apartment. I do not have the skills or desire to keep up a 1900 sq foot home.

If I dont survive him, well I guess it will be his problem.
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Old 02-03-2018, 10:21 PM
 
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I guess that when we are both dead, it wont matter to us anymore.
At that point, it will not only not matter to you, you will know nothing about it. (your 3 sets of silver tableware, silver Navajo antique jewelry, and european jewelry)

So philosophically, the older one becomes in old age, the less possessions should probably matter because one will know nothing about them shortly.

I would probably bequeath the above items to someone who might enjoy them or sell them when you are quite elderly.
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Old 02-03-2018, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Location: Happy Place
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At that point, it will not only not matter to you, you will know nothing about it. (your 3 sets of silver tableware and silver jewelry)

So philosophically, the older one becomes in old age, the less possessions should probably matter because one will know nothing about them shortly.
...we spend the first half of our life acquiring stuff; the second half getting rid of the stuff...

God made the world round so we couldn't seen too far down the road...
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Old 02-03-2018, 10:40 PM
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Location: Noth Caccalacca
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Dishes and jewelry seem to be much more popular than my "stunning" 5 &1/4 inch floppy drive collection!
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Old 02-03-2018, 11:42 PM
 
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I just get rid of stuff. Sell give away donate trash . In that order.

Some things Iíll keep but most things I get rid of. Iíve been selling all my old tools as I no longer do the field work I used to.
I get tired of clutter. I last year a relative died. There was a big house FULL of stuff. Hoarder stuff. They kept everything. We started selling and throwing stuff out. You name it it was there. 14 loads on a 16x8 trailer stacked three feet high. Old magazines, books, boxes of anything from old drapes, hundreds of VCR tapes. Hundreds.
Old folding chairs, plastic storage bins that were so brittle they shattered when you picked them up.
I took the toolboxes with the tools. Still had to go through them.

What I decided was Iím gonna go home and start cleaning up. And Iím slowly but surely doing it. Itís a sold give away donate trash. Other than a few things itís a if I havent used it in 12 months its going away. Because itís not needed.

Most of the ďcollectiblesĒ people have are not really worth much.
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Old 02-03-2018, 11:56 PM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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At that point, it will not only not matter to you, you will know nothing about it. (your 3 sets of silver tableware, silver Navajo antique jewelry, and european jewelry)

So philosophically, the older one becomes in old age, the less possessions should probably matter because one will know nothing about them shortly.

I would probably bequeath the above items to someone who might enjoy them or sell them when you are quite elderly.
The jewelry at least would be wanted by someone. Why not put it up for sale after getting its worth, and know it went to someone who really wanted it.
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