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(Wall Street Journal)   Aging collectors worry about what will happen to their hoards since young people don't care much about historic pencils, old sewing machines and antique toilet paper   (online.wsj.com) divider line 158
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2006-02-26 11:50:38 PM
Thats kind of sad, I have often thought the same about my Barbie's....they would probably be given away or auctioned off for $1.00 a box full :(
 
2006-02-27 01:33:05 AM
Could be worse. You could be heir to the Golden Palace Casino collection.
 
2006-02-27 03:42:37 AM
Well then, here's my shopping list:
Hmong crossbow (with the bark still on it),
Gurkha Kukhri,
Indonesian Kreis (damascus with intertwined dragons dancing down the blade and blue sky visible through the filligree),
Samoan War Club (pre 1940),
Masai Simi (old style, pre-tourist crap to replace the one my dog destroyed),
oh, and a pony.

Anybody recognize that stuff from Grandpa's attic?
 
2006-02-27 04:53:30 AM
Sell it all on that show Cash in the Attic!

I enjoy that show way more than I should. Especially when the auctions fail to bring in much.. I just love watching devastated British people.
 
2006-02-27 04:55:50 AM
JustinCase: Well then, here's my shopping list:

Here is mine:

-Chuck Norris in a sack, angry
-Catapult
-Map to Your House
-Bucket of Popcorn
-Lawn Chair
 
2006-02-27 04:56:03 AM
I'll take your old stuff. Please limit to original bible documents and/or original michealangelo paintings.
 
2006-02-27 04:58:19 AM
Well, if you end up with Grandpa's old Roadrunner, SS427 or Cobra, try not to wrap yourself around a tree.
Killing your descendents with a high performance heirloom would quality for a Darwin award, wouldnt it?
 
2006-02-27 04:59:46 AM
I have a wonderful aglet collection. LOL!
 
2006-02-27 05:02:32 AM
What will happen to my used band-aid collection?

/That tupperware in the freezer with the words "Do Not Open" on it?
//Better not open it.
 
2006-02-27 05:03:08 AM
i collect porn... on my computer.

/does that count?
//no?
///i still like it.
 
2006-02-27 05:03:16 AM
Quote:
if his children opt to use his rolls of century-old toilet paper, "that might be the finest honor they can give me."
 
2006-02-27 05:03:17 AM
www.homeruncards.com

Besibol... bean... velly velly gude doo me.
 
2006-02-27 05:08:06 AM
You will be DEAD. If any of you stay up at night worrying about what will happen to your collection of tiny spoons or misprinted stamps or any of the other crap you've managed to accumulate over the precious few decades you have spent on this rock, then you have my sympathizes on what must be a truly soulless existence.

/rant
 
2006-02-27 05:08:32 AM
Come on, the Antiques Roadshow is still reasonably popular - even with a few people in their 20s.

/prefers the British edition
 
jlo
2006-02-27 05:08:37 AM
Go Stu Bykofsky go!
 
2006-02-27 05:10:34 AM
What a weird guy, collecting pencils... I wonder how it all started. Pencil break?
 
2006-02-27 05:11:56 AM
vartian:

I plan to bury everything, and leave a map with a big X on it.

/arrrrrrrr
 
2006-02-27 05:16:45 AM
lordargent

I plan to bury everything, and leave a map with a big X on it.

Now that sounds like quite a lot of fun...how about a scavenger hunt after the wake?
 
2006-02-27 05:17:37 AM
lordargent: I plan to bury everything, and leave a map with a big X on it.

That's kind of like my plan - except I going to have a scavenger hunt. If I'm a rich man when I die it'll be a global one, but if I'm of modest means, it'll just be city-wide.
 
2006-02-27 05:18:52 AM
vartian - great minds think alike
 
2006-02-27 05:21:04 AM
I have buried my filthy lucre under a Big W.
 
2006-02-27 05:21:31 AM
Anyone want to see my collection of scandinavian credit cards?

There's a Python reference for EVERYTHING. :o)

Hopefully, the next generation will collect something more useful, like some farking manners and a better work ethic. And stay the hell off my lawn while they're at it.
 
2006-02-27 05:25:23 AM
The reason antiques roadshow is popular is because of the MONEY! Just like the article implies, everyone mostly cares about money nowadays. Why do you think the antiques roadshow picks the most valuable items and puts prices in big letters after each one?

Side note: If you want something at an auction have a younger person bid:
Quote from the article:
Some collecting groups have created unstated policies. The 650-member National Milk Glass Collectors Society -- a group devoted to opaque glass -- holds an annual auction. When the rare young person shows up to bid on an item, older collectors lower their hands. "We back off and let the young person buy it. We want them to add to their collections," says Bart Gardner, the group's past president.
 
2006-02-27 05:28:17 AM
The good news is you'll be dead, so it doesn't really matter what happens to your collection of junk.
 
2006-02-27 05:30:23 AM
Oh, one of my offspring will surely treasure my berm photograph collection.
 
2006-02-27 05:30:37 AM
I'm leaving my rare old books and antique furniture to my kids and they can either keep the stuff or burn it. What do I care, I'll be dead.
 
2006-02-27 05:37:07 AM
As long as the collection is a source of happiness for you while you're alive, I see no reason to stop collecting nor worry about what will happen to it.
 
2006-02-27 05:37:32 AM
Dmanev: Why do you think the antiques roadshow picks the most valuable items and puts prices in big letters after each one?

That's not the case with the BBC edition. Quite often they'll devote six or seven minutes to some interesting artifact that isn't worth much at all. They'll discuss the period in which the item was made, how it was used, the craftsman who made it and the techniques used in making it. Fascinating stuff.
 
2006-02-27 05:39:58 AM
www.burlingamepezmuseum.com
 
2006-02-27 05:40:44 AM
I have only one collectible. Its a rare print of Norman Rockwell beating a child...

/obscure?
 
2006-02-27 06:01:54 AM
bullshiat.......if Antique Road Show has shown us anything, it's that young people know all to well the value of collectors crap--to other old people, and as soon as grandpa kicks the bucket they're gonna foist his crap on to the nearest appraiser, and then promptly sell it on ebay for that estimated value.

My parents have got tons of crap like that. old china sets and forks and knives and crap like that.

Me? ......I have a Wolverine #1 comic. My brother's got a whole bunch of old vintage mint hockey cards (a lot of rookies, including Orr, Gretzky, Coffey, etc...) from the 60s, 70s and 80s. All of these things we plan on selling before we die. We don't call them collectors items. We call them investments.
 
2006-02-27 06:12:32 AM
I can't even give away my boxes of analog porn.
 
2006-02-27 06:29:33 AM
Over half the "value" of a collection comes from the aquisition. Thus if you hand it over to someone, they didn't have to work to obtain it, and it has a LOT less value.

Plus there seems to be the rule anything that things that become valuable are those things that AREN'T collected. Then 30 years later people realize they should have kept them. And thus they have value.
 
2006-02-27 06:35:21 AM
Who will look after all my monkeys, gorillas, lemurs, orangutans and chimps when I am gone?

This is only some of them.

i26.photobucket.com,

It could be worse - one of my friends has over 600 teddy bears and no children.
 
2006-02-27 06:38:31 AM
I like old watches, and furniture and while I would like it to go down in price (because I like it for the workmanship, not because someone on TV says it is valuable) I don't see that happening anytime soon. So I'll just have to be content to watch that stuff on TV.
 
2006-02-27 06:41:47 AM
Having read though that artical I would like the collection of antique slide rules, I love old tools.
 
2006-02-27 06:51:11 AM
They should start selling it on E-Bay. Someone always buys crap there.
 
2006-02-27 07:26:28 AM
Someone always buys crap

Yup.
 
2006-02-27 07:39:42 AM
oh noes deflashion in the pretentious crappery sekt0r
 
2006-02-27 07:44:14 AM
Whollgimmiefive five five anybodyfivefour four four. Put it in the box.
Now we have another fine collection of, Mr. Stipp spent years putting this together. Who'll gimmie fivefivefivefivenowwereatfourfourfour Put it in the box. Now we have an assortment of pencils and other old...You can't buy this stuff in stores anymore! Who'll gimmie fivefivefivetwotwotwo anybody. Two. Put it in the box. OK now. All this box one money. Who'll gimmie fi We Have One Dollar! Sold!
 
2006-02-27 07:47:25 AM
Dmanev
Side note: If you want something at an auction have a younger person bid:
Quote from the article:
Some collecting groups have created unstated policies. The 650-member National Milk Glass Collectors Society -- a group devoted to opaque glass -- holds an annual auction. When the rare young person shows up to bid on an item, older collectors lower their hands. "We back off and let the young person buy it. We want them to add to their collections," says Bart Gardner, the group's past president.


Step 1: Corner the market on Milk Glass at annual auction
Step 2: Wait 1 year
Step 3: Profit!
 
2006-02-27 07:53:05 AM
"Some collectors now accept that younger people don't want their stuff. Philadelphia Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky, 64, has collected the last editions of 79 daily newspapers that closed down since 1963. His adult children don't want the old newspapers, which fill a closet. "The only kind of paper my family wants is greenbacks and stock certificates," he says.

He hasn't been able to find a university to take his collection, either. And now he's under the gun to get rid of it. He is about to marry his third wife, who is 27 years old, and in the prenuptial agreement, there's a clause that he must dispose of the collection by Dec. 31. She wants to store her shoes in that closet."

...62 year old man marrying a 27 year old woman? Big Daddy comes to mind!
 
2006-02-27 07:54:18 AM
I would just like to thank submitter for using "hoard" correctly.

Horde - A large group or crowd; a swarm. "A horde of Mongols"

Hoard - A hidden fund or supply stored for future use. "The dragon's treasure hoard"
 
2006-02-27 07:54:21 AM
www.mtv.com

'Course this guy's dead skin collection is going straight to the Smithsonian.
 
2006-02-27 08:03:53 AM
62 + 27 = which one is getting f*cked the best?
 
2006-02-27 08:08:31 AM
If you are really trying to get good deals on antiques and rare memorabilia. Auctions are the way to go. If you can get to a remote auction that has a limited number of rare stuff. You can get it for a song.

heck.. I bought two Leather lazyboy chairs for $250 at an auction. In great condition.
 
2006-02-27 08:16:55 AM
Quinzy......two USED Lazyboys?......(smells like ass).....shudders and walks away.......
 
2006-02-27 08:19:58 AM
farktimenow: They should start selling it on E-Bay. Someone always buys crap there.

Me. I own a growing folding scissors collection

/Sad. but true
 
2006-02-27 08:24:57 AM
The TP supply at my house is getting a bit low. Choose Me!. Email addy in profile!

/Fridge is getting low as well. Store run this afternoon I guess.
 
2006-02-27 08:25:36 AM
I'm 39 years old, with a collection of dozens of old mint-condition leather suitcases. I started buying them at estate sales years ago for no apparent reason, and now I have a room of my house that looks like Grand Central Station's lost luggage department, circa 1946. To add to my descendant's woes, I also collect old newspapers, usually fresh, unread copies from historic events (Space Shuttle explosion, Reagan shot, 9/11, etc.). My original thought was that having the whole paper intact would add to the historic value, putting the event into contemporary perspective in a way that would would be lost with the clippings alone. As it turns out, my collection may be quite valuable in another 200 years or so.
 
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