Or will it all be relegated to garage sales, or even worse, perused and picked over by clever eyes of intake people at thrift stores?
And the collections! What was it about our era that got us into collecting? Some may have monetary value, like hundreds of wheat pennies and silver coins, but those state and presidential quarters are probably only good to get a gumball or a cart at Aldi’s. A few items may actually have antique value, like great-great grandmother’s bentwood rocker. But who would want 150 old miniature perfume bottles, 100 old Tom Clark gnomes, or 800 Disney-duck comic books? What were we thinking?
Bottom line: If you’re approaching 80 and have a house, it might be good time to make a careful (and small) list of things-to-please-not-give-or-throw-away and note the reasons. Monetary value may be hard to convert; antique value can be explained; emotional value is even harder to transfer.
It also might be a good time to re-assess those collections of matchbooks, seashells, teacups, salt-and-pepper shakers, “collector” plates, etc. Let’s revisit each of them, enjoy again the story that each one tells, and then discuss their fate with our heirs that will some day actually have to do something with them.