Is it Treasure? Is it Trash?

“We’ve already started throwing stuff away.”

Six words guaranteed to make a senior move manager wince because chances are pretty good that some treasures went into that trash. The world of antiques and vintage goods is quirky. Even experts have a hard time keeping up with what’s hot and what’s not.

Items commonly perceived as having high resale value, perhaps because they had the highest original purchase price, aren’t always the items that command the highest resale prices. Humble Pyrex, for example, can be more valuable than fine china. A bureau from the right era can be worth more than an entire dining room set. One vintage cookbook can be worth more than a dozen current best sellers.

While senior move managers are not appraisers, we have a general knowledge of the stuff of everyday life, and know what has good sale potential. We’ll work with clients to take their no longer needed items and find the best venues to achieve the best return. And we also know when it’s time to call in an appraiser for items of high value.

It’s not uncommon for elders to become clients after they’ve started trying to downsize on their own and been overwhelmed by the process. As glad as we are to step in then, we can provide the best support and value if we’re there before those first trash bags get filled.  Many clients find that the income generated by selling unwanted items covers all or part of the cost of our services.

Beyond assisting clients with selling items of value, senior move managers can also arrange for items that don’t have resale value but are still serviceable to be donated to appropriate charities. And every home has items that can’t be donated or sold, items that do need to be disposed of.  Senior move managers can insure that those items are disposed of responsibly.

Make it do, use it up…

Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. Is it my imagination, or did it take a lot longer to wear something out twenty years ago than it does now?

A post on the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) struck a chord with me. It’s been a long time since you could buy anything without the expection that it would need to be replaced sooner rather than later. Technology gets superceded by bigger, faster, newer in the blink of an eye. Clothing is doesn’t last because it’s constructed to meet an artificially low price point.  Within a couple of years, furniture sags from normal use.

One of the nicest aspects of being a senior move manager is that we are often able to assist clients by sending no longer needed items of quality on to new owners, who will be able to use and appreciate them for years.   Whether through a resale shop or a donation, it’s always a pleasure to know that quality has lasting value.

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