No longer saved for generations, family heirlooms are being shed

  • Article by: Kim Palmer , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 22, 2013 - 9:48 AM

It’s the doll collection that weighs heaviest on Denise Rostad’s mind.

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dahutysApr. 19, 1310:39 PM

It's a tough dilemma. When my mother recently cleared out her closets, I was happy to take the crazy quilts that my great-grandmother made from worn-out family clothing. However, she also tried to give me some 70-year-old handmade feather pillows. From one perspective, those are heirlooms. But at the same time, what would I do with lumpy yellowed pillows? The quilts I can at least hang on the wall and enjoy looking at them. I feel bad for not taking them, but as one person in this article said, we only have so much room...we can't save every object that meant something to our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.

smarterthanuApr. 19, 1310:55 PM

By definition, an heirloom is a valuable object that has belonged to a family for several generations. The operative word is valuable. More often than not it is just junk.

falcon1681Apr. 20, 1312:58 AM

smarterthanu - By definition, an heirloom is a valuable object that has belonged to a family for several generations. The operative word is valuable. More often than not it is just junk. ---------- That depends what you consider "value". Just because something is worth a lot of money doesn't make it an heirloom. What makes an heirloom is sentimental value, memories and attachment. I have silver ingots my grandfather left me. They're money. Big deal. But, he also loved to carve and my dad and I would watch him for hours. I was 14 when he died. I have the entire collection of the birds he carved. Those are heirlooms.

dtmonkeyboyApr. 20, 13 2:34 AM

America is way too focused on stuff. I can see keeping, photos, letters or objects hand made....but beyond that...what's the point.? Perhaps one or two purchased items that have meaning but there is nothing unique or personal about stuff people bought in a store.

groovemonkeyApr. 20, 13 4:37 AM

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If something don't work for you, your family or your lifestyle, pass on it, sell it, or toss it. We are a nation of hoarders. Now is the time to break free.

pmullerApr. 20, 13 6:41 AM

Nice article on shifting perspectives.

kcook001Apr. 20, 13 6:50 AM

People are having fewer children, too. That means there are fewer people to share the "wealth."

george13Apr. 20, 13 7:43 AM

Smarterthanu makes a good point. Thanks to ebay, we can instantly determine whether or not an object is an "heirloom".

jload027Apr. 20, 13 8:03 AM

I am in my early 40s and am enjoying collecting old French and English china from different antique stores in the area. I use it mix and match for every day or for parties - people love it. The dealers I have talked to told me the same stuff about how the younger generation just isn't into older things anymore, but I do think some of that will change when twenty years go by and everyone realizes they all have the same plain old Ikea flatware for their own dinner parties.

snootafiskApr. 20, 13 8:56 AM

You can't beat good old Corelle.


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