I finally did it! I finished another project that’s been sitting on my “to do” pile. This was a tough one. When my Grandmother passed away, I didn’t ask for any of her things. She gave me pictures and her mother’s china, back when she was still alive, so I wasn’t looking for anything more. Even still, I know my Grandmother loved my sister’s and I, VERY much. There were other things I’m sure she would have liked us to have had, but towards the end, she moved several times, plus she was in a nursing home for awhile, so lord knows what happened to her belongings! Anyways, months after her passing, I was asked to stop by my Dad and Step-mom’s house on the way home from work, to pick up my “inheritance.” It had been sent to their home. Needless to say, I had NO idea what to expect. I was told that my sisters got first dibs, but I could have whatever was left. Being the oldest, I’m the keeper of MOST of the family heirlooms, so this was only fair.
This is what was left to me:
I can honestly say, that I had NEVER seen most of this…”stuff.” My Grandmother had some beautiful jewelry, “real” jewelry. I don’t remember 98% of the “stuff” in this box, and neither do my sisters. My youngest sister wasn’t going to take anything, but I persuaded her pick out a few items. She took apart one of the necklaces, or earrings, or something…and made it into something she’d actually wear. My other sister did the same thing. We’re all crafty people! Unfortunately, there’s no sentimental value to any of these costume pieces, and probably not much
any monetary value either. My Dad was able to offer some insight into a few of the older items. Apparently, my love of costume jewelry goes back several generations. Some of the costume pieces were my Great Grandmother’s, the rest looks like dime store stuff from the 1980s.
While words “Salvation Army” have bantered around, I decided to keep my entire inheritance, with the exception of the egg cartons. Those HAD to go! Yes I’m the proud owner of a lot of…junk. There! I said it!!! But there’s also a few “interesting” pieces in there, too. I do like vintage junk-jewelry. 🙂 I LOVE the stuff that was Great Grandma’s!
I’ve worn some of the old broaches. I might pull apart some of the gaudier 1980’s pieces, and turn them into something else. But until then, I needed to get everything organized.
This was my solution:
I got this plastic storage thingy from the hardware section. It’s supposed to be for storing nuts, and and bolts, and whatever. Very practical! Much better than the egg carton system…also part of my inheritance.
I’m happy. Everything’s out of the box. I feel like I accomplished something, and I finally have some closure to this aspect of my Grandmother’s death.
Have a great day!