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(Some Guy)   Before you go donating grandma's handbags to charity, check that there aren't thousands of dollars hidden in them. Otherwise the charity will make a big deal of your "donation" and you're not getting any of that money back   (fundraising.co.uk) divider line 23
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2014-01-09 01:08:41 PM  
Wise words.  We had to pack up Gram's house and her stuff for sale after her stroke.  Woman had cash stashed everywhere.  Easily over $1000.
 
2014-01-09 01:12:09 PM  

Diogenes: Wise words.  We had to pack up Gram's house and her stuff for sale after her stroke.  Woman had cash stashed everywhere.  Easily over $1000.


We found $3000 in my grandmother's stuff after she died. We just pray we didn't miss any. Then of course my way-too-honest sister put it in the estate and declared it, even though she shouldn't have since it was already post taxes...
 
2014-01-09 01:12:26 PM  
769 euros?!!!  that's like 50,000 US Dollars!!!
 
2014-01-09 01:13:27 PM  
Charity damned well better write out that receipt and have you sign it before they make a big deal out of your donation.

Its the LAW.   "found" money must be returned.
 
2014-01-09 01:14:35 PM  

Diogenes: Wise words.  We had to pack up Gram's house and her stuff for sale after her stroke.  Woman had cash stashed everywhere all over the house.  Easily over $1000.


FTFY before someone ran with it.
 
2014-01-09 01:15:39 PM  
CSB

Many years ago, my grandmother was donating stuff to charity and she was giving an old purse. I asked her if she had gone through it, which she hadn't so I took a quick look through. Found $1500 in travellers cheques from her trip to England 5 years before.

//no I did't get to keep it
//always check before you give something away, even if you are certain it is empty.
 
2014-01-09 01:17:27 PM  
This is why you shake grandma down on a regular basis.
 
2014-01-09 01:21:07 PM  
I swapped out all my Grandmother's money for monopoly money. She's getting up in years and the ladies at church think it's adorable when she puts it in the collection plate.
 
2014-01-09 01:22:37 PM  
i found $3 in a pair of jeans I bought at a thrift store, instant discount! My buddy found $8 in a pair of jeans at a trift store, the excat amount the jeans cost.
 
2014-01-09 01:23:14 PM  

ladyfortuna: Diogenes: Wise words.  We had to pack up Gram's house and her stuff for sale after her stroke.  Woman had cash stashed everywhere.  Easily over $1000.

We found $3000 in my grandmother's stuff after she died. We just pray we didn't miss any. Then of course my way-too-honest sister put it in the estate and declared it, even though she shouldn't have since it was already post taxes...


With everything else we have to do now regarding her care and how to handle the estate, we're not stressing about her mad/emergency money.  As it is we have to account for every deposit in her accounts for the past 5 years for Medicare/Medicaid.  Gram kept awesome records, but it's still tough and her mind is totally gone.  My mother and aunt are using that cash (coupled with money from our garage sale of her stuff) to pay for incidentals like diapers.  Whatever is hers is still going to pay for her needs.

My task is to value her china, and her sheet music (she was a concert pianist).  Some of that sheet music goes back to the 1800s.  But given its quality I doubt it's worth much.  Tough task given the china and music are in NJ and I'm in FL.  Lots of traveling!

/not so csb
 
2014-01-09 01:25:15 PM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: I swapped out all my Grandmother's money for monopoly money. She's getting up in years and the ladies at church think it's adorable when she puts it in the collection plate.


Plus, she's harder to scam when all she's got is Monopoly money.
 
2014-01-09 01:25:46 PM  
My mom passed away a few months ago, so as we were cleaning out her house and being annoyed by all the stuff, we were also on the lookout for certain jewelry items that were willed to me. We found some jewelry stashed in pouches in a drawer. The stuff named in the will was still elusive.

Ended up finding the elusive stuff and a few other small valuables stashed in an old ugly purse that was in a box. I was ready to donate the whole box but went through it. It was a relief to find the jewelry but also made me panic about what did we miss from the clothes we donated a week before. I know we didn't go through ALL the pockets. Doubt there were large bills stashed anywhere though.
 
2014-01-09 01:30:43 PM  

Diogenes: My task is to value her china, and her sheet music (she was a concert pianist). Some of that sheet music goes back to the 1800s. But given its quality I doubt it's worth much. Tough task given the china and music are in NJ and I'm in FL. Lots of traveling!


Valuing china is tough, I'm finding. Online resources are scarce and some pieces are valued at what the seller thinks they are worth. My mother's china and art all seems to have been valuable to her only.
 
2014-01-09 01:38:07 PM  
We had to do this everytime an elderly relative died, we would sort stuff by keep or donate. If it was being donated we had to give it to the "vultures" for inspection (my brother gave my aunts that nickname) they would go through every inch of it til the carcas was picked clean. Once I got a few old history books and when I was going through them at home I found $60 in it. I brought it to my mom and she told me congrats on my find.
 
2014-01-09 01:45:53 PM  

Bedstead Polisher: Diogenes: My task is to value her china, and her sheet music (she was a concert pianist). Some of that sheet music goes back to the 1800s. But given its quality I doubt it's worth much. Tough task given the china and music are in NJ and I'm in FL. Lots of traveling!

Valuing china is tough, I'm finding. Online resources are scarce and some pieces are valued at what the seller thinks they are worth. My mother's china and art all seems to have been valuable to her only.


That's what I'm finding.

Don't have very good shots of it on my phone.  But this is what she has.  Complete set of (rather delicate) Limoge.  No chips.
 
2014-01-09 01:56:05 PM  

Diogenes: Bedstead Polisher: Diogenes: My task is to value her china, and her sheet music (she was a concert pianist). Some of that sheet music goes back to the 1800s. But given its quality I doubt it's worth much. Tough task given the china and music are in NJ and I'm in FL. Lots of traveling!

Valuing china is tough, I'm finding. Online resources are scarce and some pieces are valued at what the seller thinks they are worth. My mother's china and art all seems to have been valuable to her only.

That's what I'm finding.

Don't have very good shots of it on my phone.  But this is what she has.  Complete set of (rather delicate) Limoge.  No chips.


Nice! Too bad that most people prefer a minimalist look to their china these days.
Over the years a lot of my mom's stuff has chips or is one tea cup or something she bought hoping it would appreciate in value. Maybe worth $20 now. I'm finding her pieces are either almost non-existent online (and no demand) or there's 30 of them.

One thing that made me laugh from your photos is that I am pretty sure I have that exact mortar and pestle in my cupboard right now (taken from my mom's kitchen).
 
2014-01-09 01:58:43 PM  

Bedstead Polisher: some pieces are valued at what the seller thinks they are worth


one of my favorite parts of the Pawn Stars show is some fool bringing in some item that may have some value, but that is MASSIVELY over-valued by its owner.

"I would like to get 12 thousand."

"Well, that's great, but it's only worth about 300."

the guy that brought in a banged up copy of Amazing Fantasy 15 was in for quite a shock.  yeah, it's the first appearance of Spider-man.  It also looks like you dug it out of the trash and used it for toilet paper.
 
2014-01-09 02:03:57 PM  
$1266 to be exact. Hardly "thousands of dollars."
 
2014-01-09 02:07:01 PM  

frepnog: Bedstead Polisher: some pieces are valued at what the seller thinks they are worth

one of my favorite parts of the Pawn Stars show is some fool bringing in some item that may have some value, but that is MASSIVELY over-valued by its owner.

"I would like to get 12 thousand."

"Well, that's great, but it's only worth about 300."

the guy that brought in a banged up copy of Amazing Fantasy 15 was in for quite a shock.  yeah, it's the first appearance of Spider-man.  It also looks like you dug it out of the trash and used it for toilet paper.


I know!  I saw what I think is just the butter dish and cover (same seemingly unidentifiable pattern as Gram's) for sale on Ebay for $77.  If that's the case, shiat's worth some crazy paper.
 
2014-01-09 02:21:24 PM  

Diogenes: frepnog: Bedstead Polisher: some pieces are valued at what the seller thinks they are worth

one of my favorite parts of the Pawn Stars show is some fool bringing in some item that may have some value, but that is MASSIVELY over-valued by its owner.

"I would like to get 12 thousand."

"Well, that's great, but it's only worth about 300."

the guy that brought in a banged up copy of Amazing Fantasy 15 was in for quite a shock.  yeah, it's the first appearance of Spider-man.  It also looks like you dug it out of the trash and used it for toilet paper.

I know!  I saw what I think is just the butter dish and cover (same seemingly unidentifiable pattern as Gram's) for sale on Ebay for $77.  If that's the case, shiat's worth some crazy paper.


when my gramma died, she had tons of carnival glass.  pretty sure that stuff had value.

farking familial vultures raided her house after she passed.  all that stuff vanished.
 
2014-01-09 02:37:36 PM  
Fark that, my grandma never hid money in her purse.  Nooo, she has some very clever hiding places.  We ended up tossing her whole house like cops looking for kilos of coke!
 
2014-01-09 03:21:17 PM  

frepnog: when my gramma died, she had tons of carnival glass.  pretty sure that stuff had value.

farking familial vultures raided her house after she passed.  all that stuff vanished.


My great grandmother gave away all her Depression glass.

I'm surprised Grandma didn't have her stroke 35 years sooner - when she found that out.
 
2014-01-09 04:05:13 PM  

Diogenes: frepnog: when my gramma died, she had tons of carnival glass.  pretty sure that stuff had value.

farking familial vultures raided her house after she passed.  all that stuff vanished.

My great grandmother gave away all her Depression glass.

I'm surprised Grandma didn't have her stroke 35 years sooner - when she found that out.


That reminded me, my mom had a bowl she always claimed my grandmother hated because it was depression glass and she lived through the actual depression. Anyway, just looked it up, apparently this bowl is just this: http://www.justglass.com/documents/articles/inhouse/arcoroc.html
Now I don't feel so bad using it as a candy dish.
 
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