There’s nothing so multifaceted in value as something old and sentimental. A great grandmother’s ring may hold financial value as well as the memories of her when she passes to the granddaughter, who never saw her relative’s youth.
There’s a question in the back of my mind when I stare down at the dusty items at a flea market.
Did they ever think that their silverware or cooling fans would ever be fought over by angry collectors?
Simple items of function are sometimes the highest bids at auction and bring collectors from miles around. So what do people think when the trinket that held no value at all to them sells for a hundred dollars?
Think back to that grandmother’s ring… if it’s mere costume jewelry or a real sapphire, the granddaughter would still keep it. However, what compelled the grandmother to share this one item with her relative is the true mystery. When by happenstance or purpose, it’s so curious to me that people think to hold onto certain items. In an economy and society that is now emphasizing minimalism and efficiency, we may not be able to afford to keep trinkets and treasures much longer.
So we need to think ahead to what we own now and what we should keep.
My saying is “Buy it once and buy it right.” In the past, people didn’t have fifteen rings in their jewelry box unless they had wealth. Those of average income had one or two gowns, not a whole closet full. This is probably the reason they never had to think about keeping things for the future. Those few items were the only things they had. Why would they ever imagine getting rid of them?
People go to Wal-mart multiple times per week, buying things they don’t need. I’m guilty as well. If we just educate ourselves with one thing from the golden generation, we should take with it that one phrase. “Buy it once and buy it right.” Keep only the things that are the most valuable to you, financially and sentimentally. Eliminate the garbage and purge your belongings. Simplicity and minimalism are the best concepts to collect by.