It seems like the love of collecting may have become an activity of the past. It used to be that you couldn’t walk into someone’s Wise County house and not find Salt and Pepper Shakers, Cookie Jars or a Pooh collection.
Wise County baby-boomers really enjoyed 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 away where do you go with their Salt and Pepper Shakers, Books or Winnie the Pooh collectibles?
You could try to sell the Pooh Collection online. Some of the hurdles you might face when selling online include: setting up a payment account, figuring out 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. Grandmother may have paid $100 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 Wise County thrift store. They will take it. However, some people struggle with the thought of their Grandma’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 Wise 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 Grandma 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 take Winnie the Pooh Collection.
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 Wise 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 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 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 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 stuffed animal or poster but you can’t put a value on happiness.
By donating Pooh Bear Collectibles to the Guinness World Record Pooh Collection the collection stays entact and the memories are still there too. In fact, if the collector wants, they can even visit their collection when traveling from Wise County to WI.
If you have collectibles of Pooh Bear items to donate, feel free to message me and we can coordinate adding your Grandma’s Pooh Bear Collection to history and the Pooh Museum.
Deb Hoffmann - 414-708-0633
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