Some folk come to Florida, outlive their family and friends, and pass. A distant cousin or great-great grandchild in Minnesota is the beneficiary. BUT they cannot take off work to travel to Florida and handle the estate, so an attorney is told to dispense with everything. Cremate the remains, sell the house & belongings. Deduct the expenses and if anything is left, send the remainder to Minnesota (It could be any state of course).
A few years ago we were looking for a home in Florida. We looked at places with clothes still in the dryer and dirty dishes from the last meal, in the sink.
We looked at one house that was decorated and painted with the black and white cow markings, inside and out. Refrigerator and stove also were painted the cow design. We have a niece who would have loved it, but……. we passed it up!
We went to a yard sale once in Leesburg, Florida a lady was laughing loudly and I had to know why. She had opened the dryer sitting in the yard for sale, and the last load was still inside. The seller said, “Grandma will never need them again, so they go with the dryer.”
Just a few days ago, we stopped by a house with a ‘Yard Sale’ sign out front, as well as a “House For Sale” sign. Three folk from Quebec were busily going through everything from the house and filling large black plastic bags. There was already about ten bags out by the curb. The sad story, a sister was ‘mentally deficient now’ and they came down to try to settle things. Sister was already back in Quebec in an institution, but did not know it. Facts are, someone will go thru all our things one day, trying to decide what is important and what is not.
Things that men and women cherished will be sold for 50 cents or thrown away. Pets will be given away or taken to the pound. When it comes down to it, unless it is money, gold or precious gems it means nothing to the person who doesn’t hold it dear.
My sister bought a throw pillow with a zip cover for 25 cents at a thrift shop in Parrish, FL. She knew she could wash the cover. At home she discovered a $100 bill inside. Some old person had hid that money.
I have more to say, but I will quit this subject, you get the idea. If you are old and hiding money, hide it in your purse or wallet. Your loved ones will find it there. ;-)
Some of the guys and gals who are checking out of their homes and into assisted living, drove and smooched in these vehicles. They were young and in love. Many met married and remembered the vows. Others made the wrong decisions. But they all lived with their decisions. That is life, and always will be.
This is all so true. We used to live in my husbands late grandparents home until it was torn down for the commercial land. We sold everything from the sinks to doors to the fireplace mantles. We found money inside the walls and love letters inside a wood mantle as if it were built around it. I suggest all older people downsize their stuff while they are still alive.
living on a dime
My money is in the bank or my wallet or spent. That is sad I have thought
about that many times. I look around and say why do I have this much stuff.I have downsized about 6 people and didn't find any money. My friends neighbor
found money in the chandelier in living room. Jack I will leave mine in the bank and not hide any. You tell me to spend it...
We never found money when we went through hubby's parents' things though his dad alluded to the fact that there could be money hidden in books, etc. Maybe that was his way to make sure we went through all the things individually when we were sorting through it all.
So true about things people think are precious to them won't be precious to other people. The value something is assigned to something only is as good as what someone will pay cash for it (make sense?)
We still have 2 Hummel figurines here that hubby's dad brought home from Germany way back in the 1950s. Hummel used to be worth something, but then they re-cast some of their figurines and that took the value away, then also people were downsizing their parents' estates and selling the Hummel really inexpensively. To this day we have yet to figure out their worth (we haven't taken them to anyone to do so, just some internet research). We hold on to them, but seriously I don't think they are worth anything because you got to get someone who is willing to pay what you think they might be worth.
I just read Lisa's comment; I totally agree; downsize while still alive.
Just as I started to type a comment, my mother's voice came calling in my ear from the past.
"What if something Should Happen while we're gone (on vacation) and strangers come into the house? What would they think?" She wasn't maniacal about it, but always made sure our home was clean and tidy -- just in case. :)
I won't go lying and say that hasn't crossed my own mind!
Last year I finally tried going to estate sales, but couldn't shake the uncomfortable feeling were intruding on others' lives. Silly, perhaps, but I didn't enjoy it.
Sad but true. We have friends that go to estate sales and buy costume jewelry. Some of the jewelry is sold by the pound, but our friend who knows the true value makes a living selling the pieces for they are really worth.
Loved the story about grandma the dryer and the last load. That is something that could happen here.
It is sad and so true and could happen to any one of us no matter where we live. I know I have a house of stuff that no one would want and for the most part could just go out in the trash. Considering that I went to bed last night with a load of clothes still in the dryer. Chances are there will be some there when I'm gone too.
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