It seems like the art of collecting may have become an activity of days gone by. It used to be that you couldn’t visit someone’s Twin Falls County residence and not find Salt and Pepper Shakers, Books or a Winnie the Pooh collection.
Twin Falls County baby-boomers loved collecting things. The tendency today is to be a minimalist.
So when you’re ready to downscale or sadly when a collector family member dies where do you go with their Precious Moments, Paper Weights or Winnie the Pooh collection?
You could try to sell the Pooh Bear Items online. Some of the problems you might face when selling online include: setting up a payment account, figuring out appealing listing descriptions, locating postage, packaging materials and weighing each item, answering question messages from potential buyers, dealing with returns on damaged items, etc.
Also, figuring out pricing can be challenging. Grandmother may have paid $50 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 plenty of time.
You can give it to a place like a Twin Falls County Goodwill. They will take it. However, some people struggle with the thought of their Mother’s much-loved collection being separated and sold for .99 cents. The plush could become a dog toy.
You could donate any plush to a Twin Falls County kids place. However, many places only accept items that are new, in the original boxes and are 5 years old or newer. Plus, your Grandmother really took care of the plush and displayed them. Some people have a hard time with a plush collectible becoming a plush child toy.
Many times I have been approached by family members and asked if they can donate and if I will accept Pooh Bear Collection.
My answer is absolutely! I am always honored and humbled to – in my words – “to take care of their collection”.
If I am talking to the Twin Falls County collector and owner I let them know which numbers their items will be in the Guinness World Record Largest Pooh Collection. Their collectibles 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 collectibles 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 family members. 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 collectibles. You can put a price tag on a plush or toy but you can’t put a value on happiness.
By donating Pooh Bear Collectibles to the Guinness World Record Pooh Collection the collection stays together and the memories are still there too. In fact, if the collector wants, they can even visit their collection when traveling from Twin Falls County to WI.
If you have a collection of Pooh Bear items to donate, feel free to email me and we can coordinate adding your Mom’s Pooh Collection to history and the Winnie the Pooh Museum.
Deb Hoffmann - 414-708-0633