Remember when I went on strike a few months ago? How I was not going to work more than the mandatory overtime, how I was not going to clean the house, how I was not going to deal with getting rid of my in-laws' estate? Well, we all know mandatory overtime is over (though I fear it might come back sometime soon, but we won't worry about it until it rears its ugly head) and I still haven't cleaned any part of the house in months, but I'm willing to settle the part of the strike of trying to clear out the clutter we've been dealing with for the past almost 2 years, if you can imagine it has been almost that long.
Realistically, its time to let the stuff go. It was time to let it go way before this but for reasons I'm not sure, we still have lots of stuff no one seems to want. So I had to take the bull by the horn so to speak and step in and get involved again and approach the idea of "lets get rid of what we don't want and if you want something, fine, but lets get rid of what you don't want". Hubby is receptive, so we set a date for another estate sale (next Saturday) and start thinking what will go, what will stay, etc.
And then we come to the road block, dead end that we have come to at several other times along this path we have taken.
What is the worth of some of the items here that his parents had accumulated. China, crystal, glassware, Native American art amongst other things. Lenox china, Wedgeford crystal, Hummel figurines from the 1950s, art from artists I can find little to nothing about while searching through Google. The intent is to charge fair market (if anyone even wants some of this stuff) and be good stewards with what has been left to dispose of.
So I get this brilliant idea a few weeks ago. Get an appraiser in here to give us an appraisal of this and that. Sounds good, right? Their services would be deducted before any profits would be split between hubby and his brother. Until......
We start looking into appraisal services and the cost of them.
I tell you; I'm in the wrong business. I should have been a vet or perhaps an appraiser.
(that's a joke about being a vet with how much we've put out on Koda's care, but he's worth every penny)
Anyway, I digress as usual.
On the website of one appraiser they listed their prices. $200 an hour, 2-hour minimum. That is to come to your house and you basically show them what you want appraised. I think they take notes, pictures. Then their website said $125 per hour for research time to figure out what the items were worth and each hour of time at your home would usually generate 2-3 hours of research time. Do the math. Before you know it, you are way over $1000 and if you can't recoup that with what you are trying to sell things for and get someone to buy it, it doesn't seem like a win-win situation.
Another appraiser charged $250 an hour. Not sure what all that includes.
I was hoping it would be simple. Yes, this is worth so much money. This is worth this much money, etc. I've tried to research and sometimes come up empty handed because the prices are all over the place on eBAY and on some things I'm not 100% sure what exactly they are. I wish I had listened to my MIL when she would tell about this or that when she was describing what they had purchased. It sort of went in one ear and out the other. If I knew I would be dealing with it years later, I would have listened more and took notes.
But I'm not disheartened. We need to move forward. It is already close to two years. If we don't move forward we'll never get this done. We might make a few mistakes and charge less than something is worth, but it will be gone. And that's where it comes down to it.
Hubby's parents enjoyed what they had and chose to get what they had for whatever reasons they did. Anything else we get for the stuff is just gravy in my books.
I have to say though that perhaps the strike did produce something. This present sale son will get a cut for helping with the sale. Hubby and brother will share equally in the remaining proceedings. However, this time hubby did say before they share equally in the remaining proceedings, we are taking a cut for the work and effort in putting on the sale and getting things ready. That is definitely a new thing that didn't happen at the last sale back in February.
As in any money we earn or get, we tithe on it, which we will do in this case too. However, in addition, that percentage we get for putting on the sale, I asked hubby if we could give it to our church's fund drive for the building they want to plant the church in. I know God has the right piece of property for it. I can't wait to see where it is at in his perfect timing. We are honored to be part of that work for his kingdom to be furthered in our neck of the woods.
I'll let you know how the sale goes next week. If I'm not around much this next week, you'll know why. I'll be preparing for the sale and trying to clear out as much clutter as I can.
But I promise you, I won't sell Koda. (though sometimes I'm tempted to........)