The true cost of “collecting.”

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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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My grandmother raised 7 children during the depression.  The tales of her hoarding are endless.  I could and may post my own blogs on them.  A lot of it is based on Fear and for other greed.  Grandma would give away stuff if people needed it. But she could not stand waste.  

May 22, 2012 08:10 PM
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and it seems that every day we here a story about people that hoard....they should read your blog post!!

May 23, 2012 02:18 AM
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Hi Richard, so true and there usually is a bit of a packrat in all of us!

May 23, 2012 02:57 AM
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Excellent post.  It is a good time to get rid of all of the stuff around the house.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

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I you have a chance, read George Carlin's routine called "Stuff". It will make you look at things a bit differently.

Margaret

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