My sister sent me a Next Avenue article recently entitled, “Sorry Nobody Wants Your Parents’ Stuff.” It was an excellent, on-point read, and I encourage you to take a few minutes to read the whole thing.
But if you’re more of a CliffsNotes person, here they are:
- Start figuring out–BEFORE your parents pass–what you will do with their furniture, china, crystal, artwork etc.
- Formal furniture and antiques do not have the value they once did
- The “Ikea Generation” live more minimally than Boomers, have less emotional connection to stuff, and are more mobile which translates into them wanting to divest–not keep–their parents’ possessions
- Depression-era items are OUT
- Midcentury modern items can be considered trendy and have a chance of being sold
- Repeating what’s above, start the process NOW (the article gives specific resources as to how to do so)