I have vast reservoirs of sentimentality. Vast. Particularly since the deaths of several close family members. The things I own that were once theirs have become undeniably “precious.” But over the years I slowly realized some of these bits weren’t that important to me. How important could they be if they’re stored in a box in a closet and never used, displayed or appreciated?
Time to let them go.
So over the last few years I’ve been been selling off more of these bits. Last week I sold my mom’s Girl Scout pin. Circa 1948, it originally cost 15 cents! She let me wear it when I was Girl Scout (a zillion years ago).
And today I sold a lot of baby cards. After my mother’s death I helped my dad sort through her stuff and I found a pile of baby cards they had received when I was born. My dad was only too happy to let me have them. So they went from her dresser drawer in Florida to my dresser drawer in California where they’ve sat for the last 13 years. I pulled them out a few months ago and decided it was time to let them go. I listed them in my Etsy store and they just sold for $12. (My husband thought I was hard core selling these, but honestly what was I going to do with them?!)
Here’s my favorite one. The rose unfolds to reveal a baby. I have no idea who Aunt Frieda and Uncle Charlie were!!
And last month my 1973 Toronto “Godspell” playbill featuring Gilda Radner, Eugene Levy and Martin Short sold to a college student who loves Gilda Radner. I have to admit I felt a tad sad selling this one but glad it has a new, appreciative home.
I have a few more sentimental things in my store. Some earrings I inherited from an aunt. A nice Sarah Coventry jewelry set of my mom’s. One of my uncle’s hats. School letters from junior high when I was a smarty-pants on the honor roll.
It feels good…to let them go. And, of course, doubly fun to make a little money at the same time!
How about you? Anything you’ve let go of recently??