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Lately, I overhear many conversations about craft not selling as much as it used to and people wondering why that is. Another current discussion fitting in here is the prospect of many collectors nearing retirement age, needing to "do something" with their collections, especially if the kids are not interested. Museums and other collectors either have no room, no need, or no money for all these collections coming on the market. Big question: What will happen to all that work?
Here's an interesting article from the Washington Post about the current state of transfer of treasured possessions. Somewhat disheartening when we consider what this could mean for our own work, for our own craft collections, but well worth thinking about regardless. For us this is priceless treasure, for someone else it could just be "stuff."
--- WITH MANY THANKS TO BRUCE METCALF who posted this article over on FB recently!! ---
I am very interested to hear what you think.
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A seismic shift of stuff is underway in homes all over America.
Members of the generation that once embraced sex, drugs and rock-and-roll are trying to offload their place settings for 12, family photo albums and leather sectionals.
Their offspring don’t want them.
As baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, start cleaning out attics and basements, many are discovering that millennials, born between 1980 and 2000, are not so interested in the lifestyle trappings or nostalgic memorabilia they were so lovingly raised with.
Thanks, Mom, but I really can’t use that eight-foot dining table or your king-size headboard.
Whether becoming empty nesters, downsizing or just finally embracing the decluttering movement, boomers are taking a good close look at the things they have spent their life collecting. Auction houses, consignment stores and thrift shops are flooded with merchandise, much of it made of brown wood. Downsizing experts and professional organizers are comforting parents whose children appear to have lost any sentimental attachment to their adorable baby shoes and family heirloom quilts.