“One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”
So what do you do with all that junk? I ask myself that question often as H has inherited the save-everything gene from his parents. Now granted, some of that junk is pretty good stuff, but some of it needs to go and go now!
- Family photographs and birth, death, and marriage certificates from both sides of his family dating back to the late 1800’s
- The original plans and mortgage papers from the family home we inherited. (Built in 1956)
- Family silver (from silverware to ice buckets to serving trays) – though I have no idea when we will ever use these items.
- Crystal glassware – doesn’t quite match our Fiesta Ware, but it’s nice to have handy for a glass of wine.
- The Family Bible and a few other various special books from the family. Are we supposed to keep that updated?
- Nice family antique furniture pieces from grandmother’s house in Philadelphia – hence, the Philadelphia room. (And a lot of just old stuff I’d love to chalk paint, but H quivers when I mention that)
JUNK BAD STUFF
- Too many tools in that
junk roomworkroom. (Dad’s room) How many screwdrivers, hammers, drill bits, extra screws, and tools you don’t even know what they are used for does one family need?
- Paperwork for TV’s, and all things electrical that have log since been gone. Though I don’t know how they actually managed to discard anything. We only have the proof it once was because of the paperwork and H’s memory. Do we really need the warranty on a toaster I’ve never met?
- A re-loader for shotgun shells – and all the paraphilia used with it. Also, boxes and boxes of old shells that were reloaded many years ago. No we aren’t trying to squander ammunition for a far-fetched raid or shoot-out. H, Dad, and his brothers were big hunters back in the day. We have a stuffed crow to prove it. As Andrew said, “Get rid of those old shells, Dad. They aren’t even any good anymore. That’s why I kept missing those doves. You will have to buy some good ones if you want me to go hunting with you.”
- Old ceiling fan’s in new boxes, and old carburetors in the replacement’s boxes for cars long gone. For that matter, anything old in a new box.