Category: Art + Design

Word to my mother

Word to my mother. See? I’m not crazy for selling those old books on Amazon; but I am for wanting new chinaware…

Sorry, Nobody Wants Your Parents’ Stuff
Advice for boomers desperate to unload family heirlooms


Many boomers and Gen X’ers charged with disposing of heirlooms of family members who have passed away are unprepared for the burden — or unwilling to face it. (From Next Avenue)

“Young couples starting out don’t want the same things people used to have,” says Susan Devaney, president of NASMM and owner of The Mavins Group, a senior move manager in Westfield, N.J. “They’re not picking out formal china patterns anymore. I have three sons. They don’t want anything of mine. I totally get it.”

The Ikea Generation
Buysse agrees. “This is an Ikea and Target generation. They live minimally, much more so than the boomers. They don’t have the emotional connection to things that earlier generations did,” she notes. “And they’re more mobile. So they don’t want a lot of heavy stuff dragging down a move across country for a new opportunity.”

And you can pretty much forget about interesting your grown kids in the books that lined their grandparents’ shelves for decades. If you’re lucky, you might find buyers for some books by throwing a garage sale or you could offer to donate them to your public library — if the books are in good condition.

Sorry, Nobody Wants Your Parents’ Stuff

After my father died at 94 in September, leaving my sister and me to empty his one-bedroom, independent living New Jersey apartment, we learned the hard truth that others in their 50s and 60s need to know: Nobody wants the prized possessions of your parents – not even you or your kids.

How do you recommend storing your dinnerware sets? Fav china cabinet practices? I’m secretly an old lady…or not so secretly a newlywed!