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Post by observer on Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:47 pm

I've been "spring" housecleaning. Came across some figurines that my mother had had - that I don't even like - but kept for the fact they'd been my mother's. They are marked "Made in Occupied Japan". On EBay a similar pair are being offered for $80.

$80 will neither make me nor break me. I don't particularly get inspired by the figurines - and can't decide whether I should put them on EBay for a similar $80 - and then go through all the process of getting a PayPal account - and boxing and shipping (if they sell) and figuring out the costs of doing that - which are normally charged to the buyer, I think.

Or should I just put them back on the shelf where I've been keeping them - and let the kids worry about what to do with them when I die?
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Post by kishgo on Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:58 pm

Observer, how would your mother feel? Put yourself in her shoes. Personally I would opt for keeping them. Perhaps you could freshen them, print out the story behind them, even the fact that they belonged to your mother and pass them on to one of your children??? Unique Christmas present!
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Post by observer on Thu Jun 07, 2012 5:32 pm

Well, I DO have several other things of hers - some Indian brass candlesticks; a pair of brass Dutch man & woman with water buckets over thier shoulders; a glass "basket" where, at one time, she kept her fruit - as I do now. These were things I "resurrected" after all the grandkids had had the opportunity to pick & choose what they wanted - and I just couldn't seem to let them go - even tho' they didn't appeal to me a great deal either.

I also have her silver - I chose the same pattern - so now can seat a horde! - and a few pieces of her crystal that her granddaughter-in-law didn't want out of the collection.

So I DO have plenty of things of hers, including other little odds and ends that I couldn't part with - even though they're not my "style"

I also have a pair of "Lefton china" figurines - left to me by a childless aunt - about 10" tall, seated - which are also not my style - but I've kept for all the same sentimental reasons.

And - since all the kids had their chance to take - I don't think any of the nieces, nephews or my kids would be enthralled with the "gift". They all have from her, already, what they've chosen as remembrances.
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Post by Ruby Tuesday on Thu Jun 07, 2012 7:30 pm

I am not a keeper of old things. It has to have sentimental value to you o bother keepng it....so I would sell them to purge.
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Post by observer on Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:52 pm

Am thinking that way on this item, ruby - just don't know if I want to go through the EBay hassle!
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Post by Rustee on Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:03 am



Give Kijiji a try. No cost and it covers a lot of people. Also no boxing or shipping ... just cash in your pocket. Smile
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Post by growler on Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:53 am

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thats what i'd try,if no luck then go to e-bay.ca !
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Post by Ruby Tuesday on Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:21 pm

Yes, I always use kijiji.
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Post by blueeyedgirl on Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:12 am

You could take the items over to the antique market in waterford and try and sell them on consignment there.

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Post by kishgo on Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:40 pm

Excellent idea blueeyedgirl.
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Post by observer on Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:02 pm

Thanks for all the suggestions. So far, I've just put them back on the shelf where they were!!! LOL
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Post by kishgo on Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:11 pm

That tells me that you are not ready to part with them...yet.
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Post by observer on Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:03 pm

People in this house (and there are only 2 of us) part with things with GREAT difficulty!. LOL
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Post by kishgo on Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:45 pm

My hubby cannot part with anything easily. BUT when we were going through his shirts, one stood out. He purchased it in 1970 on his honeymoon with his first wife. Hee hee, it's g-o-n-e!!!
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