Posted by: Ellen Hankes | October 5, 2009

Why Do People Keep Heirlooms?

“This dish belonged to Bud’s greatgrandmother. It has been our family for four generations.”

Heirlooms are voices from the past. They are people and possessions wrapped into one item. Researchers David Ekerdt, Julie F. Sergeant, Molly Dingel and Mary Elizabeth Bowen shed some light on the unique nature of heirlooms:

The paradox of heirlooms is that the longer a thing endures in the hands of kin, it has more family “past” to perpetuate, but the forebears who originated it grow less familiar to the current owners.

Heirlooms may or may not have monetary value but you can count on their high sentimental value. Frequently their perceived value in the market place is much higher than the item is currently worth.

Getting  some non-biased, ethical assistance when making decisions about family heirhooms will be helpful. A professional organizer can help!


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