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Hattie

I was looking at a ceramic piece that a friend gave my mother in law and finally was able to throw away the hideous thing.

Becs

I only had to go through that at my grandfather's house, which turned out to be both shocking and entertaining. My stepfather was still living in the house where my mom died, so all I got to do was pick through her jewelry.

It must be hard.

~~Silk

You can give away things through http://www.freecycle.org/. People might want a VCR to transfer favorite old tapes to DVD. Picture frames are always wanted. Ditto old Nat'l Geographics. Nursery school teachers and art students love them because they're colorful for collages.

Things with some value might surprise you - check out www.MajorMattMason.net. Collectors' groups and auction sites are worth a try. At least there you KNOW the item will be appreciated.

magpie

That thing belongs in a museum.

Also? My mother would have liked your mother.

Amy_in_Stl

I can't even imagine doing this. My parents have tried so hard to pare things down but I know that no-one wants the weird 1950's era end tables that they have or the broken down leather recliner. But memories make things seeeeem valuable.

~~Silk

Furniture, no matter the condition or style, is fairly easy to recycle at the beginning of the college year. Put it at the end of the driveway and post a notice either at a college bulletin board, or in the "free" section of Craigslist.

TheQueen

Hattie - Did you check to be sure it wasn't valuable?
Becs - I'd forgotten ... I was with Mom when she picked through her mom's stuff. I have one thing she picked out hanging in my bedroom.
~~Silk - Actually, Major Matt may still be appreciated, the dealer was coming to look through stuff today.
Magpie - Maybe a polio museum.
Amy_in_StL - Mom pared down a lot herself. I am happy Dave took the Parsons tables and funky desk with him, it was nice to visit moms furniture. It's crap like the broken box she tried to refinish and fix. I know it's broken, just since mom never threw it away ...
~~Silk - I think what furniture there is (three small tables, three rolling carts, two storage units, and a few lamps) will be sold. Matresses are illegal to sell (smallpox? I guess?)

Becs

There's a museum at Warm Springs.

Hattie

That ceramic piece was the opposite of valuable. Better it had not ever been created.

TheQueen

Becs - You know, I heard a rumor recently that some doctors think FDR didn't have polio, but some other problem. Scandal.
Hattie - Then you have done the world a favor.

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