It seems like the interest of collecting may have become an activity of yesterday. It used to be that you couldn’t go into someone’s Lake County house and not find Comic Books, Snowglobes or a Pooh collection.
Lake County baby-boomers were obsessed collecting stuff. The tendency today is to be a minimalist.
So when you’re ready to scale down or sadly when a collector relative dies where do you go with their Precious Moments, Cookie Jars or Pooh collectibles?
You could try to sell the Pooh Collectibles online. Some of the issues you might face when selling online include: setting up a payment account, creating attractive listing descriptions, figuring out 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. Grandma may have paid $70 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 significant amount of time.
You can give it to a place like a Lake County thrift store. They will take it. However, some people struggle with the thought of their Grandma’s treasured collection being separated and sold for .99 cents. The plush could become a dog toy.
You could donate any plush to a Lake County kids 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 contacted by family members and asked if they can donate and if I will accept Winnie the Pooh 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 Lake 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 donated items along with mine. I consider their items as THEIR collection in my database.
When someone donates Winnie the Pooh 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 received 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 T-Shirt or poster but you can’t put a value on happiness.
By donating Winnie the Pooh Collectibles to the Guinness World Record Pooh Collection the collection stays grouped and the memories are still there too. In fact, if the owner wants, they can even visit their collection when traveling from Lake County to WI.
If you have collectibles of Pooh Bear items to donate, feel free to call me and we can coordinate adding your Grandmother’s Pooh Bear Collectibles to history and the Pooh Museum.
Deb Hoffmann - 414-708-0633
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