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    Posted 1 year ago

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    Very strangely shaped cup. Not round, but several angles and multiple surfaces. Colors are vivid and the double finger holes are special. Another item from my Aunt's vintage collection. Maybe hand painted?

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    1. keramikos keramikos, 1 year ago
      bmasonparks, Way cool, especially those double finger holes.

      I'm a sucker for beverage mugs; it's probably the only thing I have in the way of an actual collection, having in excess of fifty.
    2. bmasonparks bmasonparks, 1 year ago
      K - me too, but not 50. I sorted through my "collection" yesterday and attempted to get rid of a few (we are packing to move) and mostly failed. There are rules for keeping. I do like single unique cups and not sets.
    3. keramikos keramikos, 1 year ago
      bmasonparks, Yeah, most of my beverage mugs are 'oners,' except maybe the Doug Wylie whale tail ones:

      I kind of know what you mean about rules for keeping.

      Some years back, I managed to divest myself of a collection of about fifty commemorative art & wine festival glasses. The trick I used (a trick on myself) was to put all of them into an Excel spreadsheet. There were a lot of 'repeats' in there, e.g., tenth annual, twelfth annual. Once I had them all documented, it seemed much easier to let go of them.

      That was an early bout of what is now termed Swedish Death Cleaning, which sounds ghoulish, but it isn't really. I have too much 'stuff,' and no real heirs. I'm trying to show a little kindness to the luckless soul who has to execute my estate after I'm gone.
    4. bmasonparks bmasonparks, 1 year ago
      K - wow on the whale tale cups - they are nice! I would have bought those and placed them in the china cabinet, with the china.

      The spreadsheet treatment has a familiar touch of OCD - beautiful (ha). I did a spreadsheet for my Aunt's coin collection - before I learned that there is no real value except for the silver or gold. They melt them down (Barbaric). Glad your technique helped you to let go.

      I see you are fond of the wacky. That is part of my criteria for keeping - wacky, unique, heart-breakingly pretty, nifty, witty, something my children made in ceramics class, something my children gave me as gifts or souvenirs from trips (way too many Disney cups). I hope to let go of everything that does not meet those "standards."

      Great that you think of those who will be left to clear out your stuff - I am usually the chosen one. For now, it is my aunt. My mother is 90 and I am begging her to let it all go now! She and my aunt were both collectors - so much stuff I am overwhelmed. Items I post here I will keep - everything else must go.
    5. keramikos keramikos, 1 year ago
      bmasonparks, See, that spreadsheet thing is something that my sister would call anal-retentive. };-)

      However, sometimes anal-retentivity can be helpful. I did spreadsheets of our parents' stuff, and it helped with the management/finalization of their estate. OK, some of it still made my sister's eyes roll.

      I know what you mean about the stuff your children gave you. My parents kept all of my junior high school wood shop projects. I felt a little bit guilty getting rid of all of them save one after they died, but you can't keep every single thing.

      Another wood shop project I kept is one that my own father made when he was in grade school, so that's getting perilously close to being a genuine antique.

      My mother had had the presence of mind to label certain things so that my sister and I would know what they were. I took most of the things that I knew had been in the family for multiple generations, and shipped them off to family who have children. Maybe the children won't care about them, but at least I feel like I did my best to help ensure that family heirlooms don't end up in a thrift store.

      Hopefully, you can persuade your mother to start letting go of things. If she has it in her mind to give certain people things, she should do it now.
    6. bmasonparks bmasonparks, 1 year ago
      K- very good advice. There is a need for a good blog or article on how to handle this situation - planning in advance. Thanks.
    7. keramikos keramikos, 1 year ago
      bmasonparks, Well, there's the book that started the trend:

      Some insights into the book and the Swedish Death Cleaning method:
    8. bmasonparks bmasonparks, 1 year ago
      K - I should've known it was a thing. This is such timely information. I will take the time today to review all. I am trying to go minimalist - except for my books, the books stay.

      My goal is to get rid of everything we do not need and most of which we can do without. I have my aunt's collection, my mother's collection and the overflow of combining three households. I am so through with stuff I sold six of my mother's German Beer Steins for $22.00 yesterday. K, she has clowns - lots of them.

      Moving in about a month is a great chance to declutter - Swedish Death Cleaning sounds like a beautiful thing. Must be brutal. Thanks.

      I am learning so much about the items I love and plan to keep. Collectors Weekly is a wonderful resource. As are you.

      Your previous comment - I thought anal-retentive but typed OCD. I once suggested to co-workers that we create t-shirts with our private battle cry, "We are anal, and proud of it!"

      Thanks Keramikos!
    9. keramikos keramikos, 1 year ago
      bmasonparks, Say it once, and say it loud, I'm anal, and I'm proud!

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