Thursday, January 24, 2013

Cleaning out the house...

It's time to get cracking and get two bedrooms cleared out and rearranged.

After four years, my grandson is coming home to roost, but since he left, the back bedroom has been switched to a computer/storage/sundries room.  His mom is in my second bedroom and I refuse to move out of my master bedroom. 

So now I must decide what stays...and what must go.  I have been a collector...some might call it a hoarder...but in truth, I never throw away anything that might come in handy someday.  Sigh.   But today, I have been going through the computer/storage/sundries room and have been mercilessly dumping stuff that will never in a blue moon be used.  Now watch...as soon as it is in the trash, a use will appear.  But at least the three bedroom house that I have lived in since I was a kid will be in full use once again.

I have hundreds of vinyl albums...that I do not have a turntable to play.  Many of them are SO classic, they are antiques. Stevie Wonder at age 11.  Jackson Five when Michael was about 8. I have a huge stash of old RCA Videodiscs...and the two disc players that I bought back in the 70's.  I never play them since all those wonderful movies are now available on DVD.  Much simpler that inserting the disc, then having to turn it over halfway through and reinserting. But there are true collectors who might pay me something for the memorabilia value.

I also have dozens of laser discs...and a couple of old fashioned laser disc players. I have a huge collection of vintage and antique toys...50, 60 and 70 years old. I have a wonderful set of 1970's fine Noritake China (out of production since 1986) that should go into the Art Nouveau 1910 china cabinet in the living room...that is filled to the brim with those old vinyl records and albums. I have been using a mixed set of old Albertson's stoneware that I picked up in the 70's and 80's as premiums when I would buy so many dollars worth of groceries...remember those things?

I have many fine pieces of sterling flatware that were a 25th wedding anniversary gift to my mom and dad back when I was about 13. I have linen and lace tablecloths, hand-made lace hankies from the 1800's and early 1900's, and you name it!

I have a marvelous black silk, hand-embroidered grand piano drape with hand-tied fringe that dates back to the 1890's...and no piano to cover with it.  I could probably open up an antique shop, but you know how it goes...people love antiques, but want to buy them at thrift shop prices.

So, rather than dump them at a garage sale, I will keep them carefully packed away just in case one of my kids or grandkids ever wants something wonderful, special, and so on.

I am quickly talking myself out of tossing stuff.  I guess I will simply store it all in the garage in water proof containers.  When I croak, my kids can sort it out and toss it.  

What would you do?

Fran

4 comments:

  1. I'd do the same thing, Fran. In fact, I AM doing it, and wondering why I can't find any spare space in a 7-room house. I still own the very first 45rpm record I ever bought: Turn Me Loose by Fabian. Now that's an oldie!

    Now if I had a garage to store everything in....

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    1. Um...I have Frankie Avalon's Venus...Annette's Tan Shoe and Pink Shoelaces....LOL!

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  2. Yep. Going through the same thing. But I'm packing up stuff and mailing it off to my kids, one box at a time after I check with them to see if they want the stuff. That's the best I can do.

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    1. I just found photos of my family from when I was a toddler...found tons of old pictures of dead relatives. I just found an 1918 graduation class photo from Rowland Hall-St. Mark's School in SLC. My grandmother was 18. And I found a box of hand-tatted doilies that my great grandmother made. Sigh.

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