It seems like the hobby of collecting may have become an activity of days gone by. It used to be that you couldn’t go into someone’s San Bernardino County residence and not find Stamps and Coins, Snowglobes or a Pooh collection.
San Bernardino County baby-boomers were obsessed collecting stuff. The tendency today is to be a minimalist.
So when you’re ready to scale back or sadly when a collector relative passes what do you do with their Stamps and Coins, Paper Weights or Pooh collectibles?
You could try to sell the Winnie the Pooh Collection online. Some of the issues you might face when selling online include: setting up a payment account, figuring out enticing listing descriptions, locating postage, packaging materials and weighing each item, answering question messages from potential buyers, handling returns on damaged items, etc.
Also, figuring out pricing can be challenging. Mom may have paid $40 for an item but the online going rate is only $2.79. You need to ask yourself the question “is my time worth just a few dollars”? Online selling can take a lot of time.
You can give it to a place like a San Bernardino County Goodwill. They will take it. However, some people struggle with the thought of their Grandma’s cherished collectibles being separated and sold for .99 cents. The plush could become a dog toy.
You could donate any plush to a San Bernardino County children’s place. However, many places only want items that are new, in the original boxes and are 5 years old or newer. Plus, your Great Aunt really took care of the plush and displayed them. Some people have a hard time with a plush collectible becoming a plush child toy.
Over the years I have been emailed by family members and asked if they can donate and if I will take Pooh Bear Collectibles.
My answer is yes! I am always honored and humbled to – in my words – “to take care of their collection”.
If I am talking to the San Bernardino County collector and owner I let them know which numbers their items will be in the Guinness World Record Largest Pooh Collection. Their items becomes part of history vs. being sold for a buck at a rummage sale. I let them know I will showcase their donation of collectibles along with mine. I consider their collection as THEIR collection in my database.
When someone donates Pooh Bear Items I think it makes people feel better which I am happy for. Letting go of “things” can be hard for a collector and owners and even sometimes for relatives. As much as we don’t want to be labeled as “materialistic” – things we buy and collect can have sentimental attachments and it’s those feelings that we are attached to probably more than the items. People remember where they were when they purchased an item, who they were with or even where in their life cycle they were. They don’t want those memories to vanish with the collection. You can put a price tag on a stuffed animal or jacket but you can’t put a value on happiness.
By donating Pooh Bear Items to the Guinness World Record Pooh Collection the collection stays together and the memories are still there too. In fact, if the owner wants, they can even visit their collectibles when traveling from San Bernardino County to WI.
If you have collectibles of Pooh Bear items to donate, feel free to email me and we can coordinate adding your Grandmother’s Pooh Bear Collection to history and the Pooh Museum.
Deb Hoffmann - 414-708-0633
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