Now that my kids are mostly grown, and I have what I remember as free time on my hands, I have gotten into estate sales. This is the somewhat bittersweet phenomenon of getting others people’s goodies that contain a lifetime of their memories at a discounted price. And with me, that also includes selling them to someone else for a profit.
When I first started to go into someone’s bedrooms and find their saved baby booties from 1943, I was taken aback. The sadness of finding these discarded mementos from that past joy in some other mom’s life, was overwhelming. Talk about a melancholy inducer.
Entering more and more homes, I have gotten slightly immune to it. (Not like those crusty ladies that get there first and push you over to get at that Nippon plate before you do. Thankfully.) However, I still have a problem with the urine smell. Many of these homes were places that elderly folks spent their last years in, or at least the last years before going into a nursing home somewhere.
I am looking for treasures I can sell online for a profit. Yes, it has all come down to recycling.
Like this amazing set of historic matchbox holders I found in someone’s basement from the late 1800s. I kept one for use near our wood burning stove, but the other is up for grabs.
And I am not greedy. I found it listed on ebay by someone for $269, but I am asking a mere $39 plus shipping. They are special, but not $269 worth of special.