One thing we take pride in at Swedemom is helping others de-clutter their homes, and therefore simplifying their lives. Whether they’ve been collectors for years and are ready to give their cherished things a new home, or are stuck in a less-than-ideal situation in which one or more parent has passed away and their stuff has been left behind, we exist to provide a helping hand.
We’ve come across a lot of different stuff throughout the years, and have had the opportunity to help those in our community downsize and decide what to do with all of it. Understandably,it can be difficult to part with things that were once connected to someone we knew. These things serve as a reminder of them, and it is no surprise we want to hold on.
While there is nothing wrong with holding onto something for the sheer sentimentality of it, there is often times a feeling of overwhelm by the stuff we have accumulated. We keep things we don’t necessarily want, but fear the guilt involved with discarding it.
That is the time when we could use some help deciding what it is we actually want to keep and what we are willing to part with- knowing the memories of the person will last longer, and mean more.
Our con-signers are mostly local, and come from all different backgrounds, and walks of life. Whatever circumstance they are in- moving and downsizing, or selling a collection they’re ready to give a new home to, we are happy and privileged to help them in this transitional period of their lives.
We’ve had the opportunity to help out in multiple instances where we’ve come across treasures that sold surprisingly well. (See our other surprisingly valuable finds from this past summer alone). It is shocking to learn something so small and seemingly unimportant can be so valued by someone half way across the world! Just goes to show one man or womens’ junk is another one’s treasure.
Recently, we became aware of a need in our community in which an individual had unexpectedly acquired stuff from a parent who had passed. As you can imagine in this state of mind, she reached out for help in the transportation off all this stuff to donate. Sensitive to this type of situation, we were able to help alleviate her stress involved in the decision-making process. The owner of Swedemom was helping her transport this stuff to donate when she came across a few treasures that she believed could be valuable.
Knowing that helping her out would certainly give her a fresh start and a new beginning, or at the very least, keep food in her fridge and her electricity bill paid, we began to help her sell these things online through eBay and our own store at Swedemom.com. After many sales later, we were pleased to discover the sale of one of her smallest items, which sold for $20! It was this 2″ Underdog blue eraser that came out as a prize from the General Mills Lucky Charm Cereal from 1969.
And we learned a bit about UNDERDOG in the process –