Hoarding Myths: #1
Myth #1: I can get some money out of this! Also known as, But this is worth something!
How many times I have heard these statements. Sure, everything is worth something to someone. Sure, there’s money to be made off useless stuff. There are TV shows that back this up. Think of that $1 vase that was really a Ming, or that painting that was sold for $3 at Goodwill and ended up being worth thousands. Sure, there are things like that. But I seriously doubt any of them were hiding in my basement. And I don’t find multitudes of people checking every penny in case it’s one of those rare coins that is worth hundreds or thousands. (At least pennies are easier to store, and the odds of finding a “special” one are about as great as finding a Ming at a yard sale, I’d say.)
Yes, the things I’ve gotten rid of were worth something. I might have made some money off of them if I’d sold them. I didn’t have the time or patience to sell them, though, and wouldn’t have asked the right price even if I had, since I’m not an expert on old junk. It might be worth something to someone, so I’ll let someone find it and have the opportunity to sell it themselves. Perhaps one of the sellers will be benevolent and gift me back a fraction of the imagined thousands they gain from my cast-offs. One thing I know: they were worth nothing hiding in the depths of the basement or lurking under the couch and bed.
Can you think of other myths about hoarding? Feel free to post!