It seems like the art of collecting may have become an activity of the past. It used to be that you couldn’t go into someone’s Sangamon County home and not find Hummels, Books or a Pooh Bear collection.
Sangamon County baby-boomers loved collecting stuff. The trend these days is to be a minimalist.
So when you’re ready to scale down or sadly when a collector family member dies where do you go with their Art, Books or Winnie the Pooh items?
You could try to sell the Winnie the Pooh Collection 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, handling returns on damaged items, etc.
Also, figuring out pricing can be challenging. Mother 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 a significant amount of time.
You can give it to a place like a Sangamon County thrift store. They will take it. However, some people struggle with the thought of their Grandmother’s cherished collection being separated and sold for .99 cents. The plush could become a dog toy.
You could donate any plush to a Sangamon 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 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 Sangamon County collector and owner I let them know which numbers their items will be in the Guinness World Record Largest Pooh Collection. Their collection becomes part of history vs. being sold for a buck at a rummage sale. I let them know I will showcase their donated collection along with mine. I consider their collection 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 stuffie or toy but you can’t put a value on happiness.
By donating Pooh Items to the Guinness World Record Pooh Collection the collection stays grouped and the memories are still there too. In fact, if the relative wants, they can even visit their items when traveling from Sangamon County to WI.
If you have a collection of Pooh items to donate, feel free to call me and we can coordinate adding your Mom’s Pooh Collectibles to history and the Pooh Bear Museum.
Deb Hoffmann - 414-708-0633