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Friday, January 14, 2011

Junk not Junque

I love this commercial for Geico...you know the one that does a parody on Antique Roadshow.  The woman brings in a ceramic hand which is holding a brightly colored bird.  After some discussion the "evaluator" tells her the piece is definitely worth two in the bush.  Pretty funny stuff the way it's done.  In case you haven't had the pleasure, here's a link.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdfeW2h8Qo4

So I thought with all the junque I have around here, I must have something that's worth "two in the bush."  I have some German ceramic dogs, lovely old glass vases,  an antique sugar bowl (that belonged to my grandmother),

I can still remember seeing this on my grandmother's table.
...and a set of salt and pepper shakers that I salvaged from her vast collection.

I love this set.  My grandmother had TONS of salt and pepper shakers in her house.
 My latest thought was that I have several stacks of old 45rpm and 78rpm vinyl records.  Surely some of this stuff must be worth SOMETHING.  Even my old Roy Rogers record is not worth anything - and I LOVED that record (sniff, sniff). 

Not in very good shape - it was played a LOT!

And so I have been prowling E-Bay and other online sources to see what I could find.  You know those stories you hear about someone picking up a priceless painting at a garage sale for $10?  Well, it ain't happen' here!!  Seems like every baby boomer in America has the exact same items I do and they are worth about 99¢ each!  Well, okay, some might actually be worth a couple of dollars but that's about as good as it gets.  I suppose I could have a garage sale and try to find someone who is actually interested in these items, but I don't think it would be worth the work involved.  I think the best bet is to just tell my children these items are very special to me and I want them to have them.  Do you think they'll swallow that?

Alas, I think my junque is just plain junk and I am going to have to deal with it.  Where does old clutter go to die?


  1. That is exactly how it came to be in your possession. It had absolutely no monetary value but it was to precious to throw away. This is the real description of a family heirloom. Also, it means something to you because of the associated memories. But, those are your memories and not anybody else's.

  2. If you find out the answer to that last question, let me know as I have plenty to send there :-)))

  3. Can I just say that by looking at the picture of you two, yall are an ADORABLE couple?!?! :) Makes me smile to see it!

    I had LOTS of junk, and a lot of the stuff people turned down for donations ended up in a big bonfire before we moved out of our sticks and bricks.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I'm your newest "follower" :)

  4. Kate obviously send all of her stuff to the auction when she can't find another place for it. I guess that might be where old junk goes to die.

    Suppose you could give American Pickers a call and see if they have any interest. Otherwise, maybe call someone on Hoarders. Might take it to Pawn Stars when you're in Vegas, pawn it all, and never look back!

  5. Okay Russ...be nice. Kate has some nice stuff...unfortunately mine is simply (as redphotog said) family heirlooms (sigh).

    E Squared, I think Midlife Cruiser might be onto something. A big bonfire, roasting marshmallows, talking story...could be worse!!

    Thanks all for stopping by.

  6. Donna,

    I'm actually surprised at all the junk the auction will take. They've been doing it for 20 years, so I figure they have a pretty good handle on what will sell. So far the only thing they've turned down is a TV, apparently people only want flat screens these days.

    That said, most of the stuff has no emotional value to me. The family pieces are a lot harder to get rid of.

    Kate http://cholulared.blogspot.com