How many times have I heard myself say it’s a collectible? Might it be worth something someday? So a few weeks ago, I decided to have a big family yard sale. It was time to say goodbye to a few things that my children did not seem interested in.
Of course, I know when you sell things at a yard sale, you are talking CHEAP! So my prices started at FREE and went up. But there were a few things that I just knew that people would want to add to their collections. Longaberger baskets for one! Then there was my Princess House glassware. I took such good care of them. Meaning I never used them. But they were collectible, right? So I decided I did not want to fool with eBay and have something break, so they went out in the front yard. I sold the few Longaberger baskets I put out. $10 each, but they went to good homes. I sold one large Princess House Pitcher for $2 (I think it was a hostess gift) but no interest in the rest.
I had a lot, if not all, of the VHS Disney tapes. They went for FREE to a good home. I hope they did not think they would get thousands of dollars for the Black Diamond Tapes I had. I checked. They never sell on eBay. I did gather up all the old home videos I took of my children and sent them off to a place that promises to put all of our memories on a flash drive. This will cost me, but you can’t put a price on memories.
Then there were the dolls: my mom’s vintage dolls plus all of mine. My grandparents Albert and Rose Behnke would give me beautiful novelty dolls when they traveled all over America and Europe. Years before, my cousin Jeanne Behnke Byrnes sent my daughter all of her dolls (many the same as mine). She had some beautiful dolls her father Roland Behnke gave her when he was in the Vietnam War and was stationed in Japan. NO INTEREST at all. Are you kidding me? They are old! They are beautiful! They were collectibles! Some were well-loved (played with), but most were in good condition. The sad truth is they are a dime a dozen. So after putting them all back into their boxes, I decided to see what they might bring on eBay and other collectible sites. Not worth fooling with.
My daughter was never interested in any of these dolls as a little girl and did not want them for her daughter. My heart hurts at the thought of tossing them out. So they will go back to our basement, and one day, my children can figure out what to do with them along with all the other ‘collectibles’ their father and I bought these last 42 years.
I still need to say goodbye to a lot of “stuff” I have in my house. It got even worse when Behnke Nurseries closed as I could not toss out anything that was part of the history of the nursery. So now I spend time each month going through stacks of paperwork, putting it into different piles, and then putting it all back in the box for another person in my family to deal with. The thousands of photographs my grandmother took of past employees I posted on a private Facebook Behnke Alumni site and sent to anyone who wants the originals. The rest I have been throwing away.
I figured it took me a lifetime to collect all these things, and I can take a few years to give them away. Does anyone want any dolls?