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The true cost of “collecting.”

This reminds me that it is time to do a Free Flea. That is what I call it when I invite my friends and peeps over with boxes and bags in hand. Then I walk through the house with them, open closets, and point to things I have not used lately. Free Flea reminder time for me!

The true cost of “collecting.”One of the hottest TV trends these days are the rags to riches shows about ordinary people who discover hidden treasures at auctions, or estate sales, or by picking through piles of junk in storage units or barns.

Many people do not see any harm in saving as much “stuff” as possible in the hopes that one day it will become valuable enough to sell at a profit.

But like so many other things, myth and reality are often separated by a wide chasm. In most cases, the stored treasure becomes more of a nuisance than a cache.

And while a few items may have some monetary value, there is a definite and real cost of clean-up after the “collector’s” days are over.

The cost of dumpsters, laborers, and cleaners can often exceed any actual monetary value by ten, twenty, or even FIFTY times over.

And the accumulation of one lifetime can become just another final expense that has to be dealt with by the survivors.

It is heartbreaking to see one individual’s concept of treasure being relegated to trash.

Don’t let this happen to your kids. If you don’t need it or can’t sell it, get rid of it!

Because at some point someone else will have to do it.

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Comment balloon 2 commentsCheryl Ritchie • June 15 2012 02:47AM


Good choice for a re-blog.  This is a good time to get rid of all of the stuff around the house.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 8 years ago
Great blog and great job. Keep up the good work and good luck to you this year. Thanks
Posted by JOSH EVANS *JoshEvansHomes 516-655-5000 (Village Properties of Mineola, LLC) almost 8 years ago