I already have "Dead Lady Art" and now I might have to add "Things That Should Not Be Donated or Sold."
I've been working on my new business and while searching for inventory, have seen some items that made me say "Why? Why? Oh, why?"
Ceramic painted Bride & Groom, priced $6.50. Inscribed on bottom of bride's dress:
"Painted with love for Ken* & Barbie* on their wedding day. December 28, 1991. Aunt Polly*"
* Names changed to protect the innocent. Or guilty, however you want to look at it.
Donated vase, priced $2. Signed KK, with a 2. I assume that means 2nd grade?
Five hand painted ceramic Easter eggs, priced $1.99 each. Two with a girl's name and three with a boy's name. Each was signed on the bottom, "With love from Grandma." Unfortunately, I do not have a picture.
A 5x7 framed cross stitch piece of Precious Moments characters commemorating someone's baptism; with the baptism date. Priced $1. Again, no picture.
When our family visited last weekend, my story about these items sparked a conversation about why anyone would donate them.
- We all agree that the Bride & Groom donation could be due to divorce. That would be understandable.
- But why would you donate your child's art project? For goodness sake, I have my elementary school ceramic pieces. My mom kept them for years and then gave them to me. As an adult, I've enjoyed having them in my collection.
- Also, why would someone donate hand painted eggs by Grandma? If you don't want to display them (Easter, anyone?), put them away for the day when you may have children. These eggs would give your children a connection to their Great Grandma.
- And last, but not least, selling a cross stitched piece that commemorates your baptism? Really?
- Do you keep your family treasures?
- If you choose not to keep family treasures, do you donate them?
- Do you think donation is appropriate?
- Would it be better to destroy the item, if no family member wants to keep it?