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ronnie1950

@Bernie: There will be someone who will love them for their beauty or their history, even if it is not theirs. I have bought things over the years that have had no connection to me, except that they sparked something in my heart or soul that said, "Buy me!" Our child wants nothing of our heritage and family history right now, and maybe she never will. But I think of what I have loved and bought, and it allows me to let go of things that had meaning to me, but otherwise would never see the light of day, just storage. Let them go and trust that someone worthy will find them and cherish them.


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Leeza

Bernie,

I hear you. When my mother-in-law died (FIFTEEN YEARS AGO), the executor my BIL took what he wanted and left the clutter and collections to be taken care of by us, as we lived across the parking lot from her. We found homes for the furniture (none of which was antique enough to be valuable) with a distant sister (at our expense!), various charities and finally, Freecycle.

Two years ago we moved and brought the MANY boxes of old family photos, scrapbooks, slides, and VHS tapes (haphazardously transferred from the original reel-movies) -- like 8-10 boxes the size of cases of fruit! My gram, before she passed, went through ALL the old photos, labelling and sending to the appropriate heirs. My MIL did not do this!!!

We are now trying to get fully settled in our new house, which although larger does not have the storage space, unless we are to keep parking one car outside, and paying for a storage unit besides! I have e-mailed all the family members I have addresses for and asked them if they want to take over as family historians. No answers yet!!! After fifteen years, it's obvious we are not going to look through scads of photos of people we mostly don't know who are! Another week and they are going to the landfill.

Eventually you just have to move on with your own life.

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Luke
If the last photo is one person’s closet, then he might want to do more donating and less shopping.. The man’s literally got 10 of everything!!
   

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