My younger sister was in town (YS) from midday Friday until Monday afternoon. She was here to help my older sister (OS) help our mother clear out and pack up her house.
Being us, we started the weekend Friday night with a birthday party for the three sisters!!! It was a great time and then we had even more fun sifting through the debris of 50+ years of life for the rest of the weekend.
We started early Saturday and worked until well into the evening. Then again on Sunday afternoon through early evening. We drug everything out of the attic. That, my friends, was no small feat. We went through every spider infested box and relived many happy days of childhood.
Even though a lot of what we pulled out would be considered by most as trash, we saw it as it was that Christmas morning when we opened it. Or, recalled happy hours playing with it. Surprisingly, a lot of the games still had all of the pieces.
We had no issues dividing the spoils between the three of us, our mother, Goodwill, or the trash can. I don't think there was anything that two of us wanted at the same time. The closes thing was a few cookbooks we all remembered. There were plenty so, we each took some and there was enough to go around. That really wasn't a surprise. My biggest surprise was there were no tears, no even tears of nostalgia!
OS took most of the toys and dolls because she has grandchildren. It was fine with YS and me. OS insisted that if at anytime one of us had a child in our life that wanted anything she had, she would give it up. Personally, I was just glad my baby dolls found a good home.
We were very in to Barbies. At this point, all of the dolls and her accompanying clothes, houses, cars,etc. remain at my mother's house. We are going to sort through them more closely and then decide what to do with them.
We also found some giant magazines from the early 1970's. I had forgotten that magazines were ever that large. We are wondering if there is a collectors market for those things. We saved them along with a few games that remain in exceptionally good condition. We will see if there is a market for those as well.
In my mind the attic was going to be the worst. That is where most of our toys and games wound up. There are still five bedrooms and closets to go. Most of that will be packed to move with her. The rest will be divvied up between us or sold. There could be a yard sale in our future.
My mother is already packing the non essentials. That is a task she can do as she has time and energy. We won't all be able to be together again until Christmas. In the meantime, various nephews, nieces and in-laws will get together each month and keep the progress going.
We drove by the new home site and they've started moving dirt around to level the lot. The spring will be here soon and the house will be ready. Packing and clearing out the house is the biggest obstacle. We have already had offers on the house and it isn't even on the market yet!
And just to prove, I have not been totally lax on the bedroom. Here is a picture of the sham top: