Posted 6 months ago
This morning, our local newspaper had an article called: "Kids see no wealth in boomers' hand-me-downs," about the next generation (our kids) who have little or no interest in keep or collecting family heirlooms or our collections that we cherish for their value, history and sentimental relationships to us.
Since Collectors Weekly doesn't seem to have a forum for this type of discussion, I wanted to hear from you, the collector community, with your opinions on this. It is a concern of mine and probably a concern of anyone who has children or not.
What will become of your collections and heirlooms once you go to that big auction in the sky? I have two boys/young men, ages 30 and 28, who express very little interest in any of my Coca-Cola items. My dad died in 2006 and my mom died in 2010. After my mom died, my brothers and I decided to sell our childhood home in upstate New York. Our parents kept and saved everything. Childhood toys and games still in the attic, our baby clothes...and since my mom collected antiques back in the 1960s, she had old china cabinets filled with Carnival glass, Depression glass, Milk glass plus early American furniture, Tiffany-style glass lamps and even her childhood porcelain dolls. My dad was in Scouting and had uniforms and a lot of Boy Scout memorabilia. I "inherited" most of it because my older brothers really didn't see the value on most of the stuff. So now I have a lot of it, and I worry that when I die, our kids won't want the burden of keeping all of it.
I use photos from my Coca-Cola collection as examples only, but every collector I'm sure, has thought about the fate of his/hers collection once they pass away.
I'm thinking....I'll probably end up selling my entire Coca-Cola collection in the next 10 years or so (I'm 58 now) and enjoy the extra money. Because when I die, my kids will most likely just have a garage sale and sell it all. Even though I've tried to educate them on the value and have most everything photographed, cataloged and priced at current value, it'll probably be too much of a task for them to sell items piece by piece.
Your thoughts on this?