I only have a slight difference of opinion on this… You may have a teddy bear or something from your childhood that is not necessarily in “good condition”, but holds a lot of great memories. I have “Mr. Tubby”, a fat, stuffed panda bear with one plastic brown and black eyeball dangling precariously from his face… but he has been with me for thirty some years and every time I look at him he makes me smile. If you were to donate this item, it may end up on a shelf, unsold because no one knows its intrinsic value, or worse: in the trash. If you feel comfortable giving something like this to your child or a loved one, knowing that it will be loved and appreciated as you have all these years, by all means, do so. Otherwise, I don’t see the harm in keeping it. Provided it is just one or two items, NOT your entire Beanie baby collection… (you know who you are).
Also, being a buyer and seller of collectibles, it may be worth a few minutes of research on the interweb to determine if that cute little childhood teddy bear that Grandma gave you is a Farnell, or a Steiff. If you are unfamiliar with these names and have Granny’s old mohair teddy bear with buttons in his ears, look it up. Quick style.
After you have laughed and cried, it is time to Make A Deadline! and decide when and where these items are going. If you choose to contact the loved ones who gave you the items you no longer want, part of your deadline has to be keeping the conversation short and simple. I know you love Aunt Verna, but this time you can’t let her keep you on the phone for two hours talking about her bursitis, or you won’t accomplish your goal. I love you Aunt V, I will call you another time.
Make a decision to return these items, sell them (even on Craigslist or a popular online auction site if you have time… I have found that ordinary things will sell at a higher dollar amount when paired with an extraordinary story! Get creative!), donate them, or for that matter regift them! I don’t see anything wrong with this! If someone gives you a gift, it is yours to do with whatever you see fit. If you think that little niece Sally will get a kick out of something, and its giver has granted your permission, go for it! I especially like gifts that have a great story behind them, and it may be fun for you to do the same.
Party people, rock the house! It’s time to Celebrate! Crank up the tunes, get your dancing shoes on, and get crazy widdit! Can you see the light at the end of the tunnel? You have hung in there with me this long, how about one more bagua to round things out? Without further ado, our 9th and final life area…
Next week: Bagua 5, Miscellaneous, “Indefinable” Items!