I’m a very sentimental person and I get very attached to “things.” I’ve got all my boys teeth and even saved Jason’s braces. Yes, I know….eeewwwww. I just can’t throw things like this away. I even saved the cast from his broken arm for years but finally did throw that out but it was hard. Something always stops me from getting rid of things like this. I’m sure I’m not alone here. RIGHT??? When I saw this on the news the other night it got me to thinking.
Since these hard times have hit all of us, pawn shops have seen a 61% increase in people selling things. Have you ever thought of doing this? I will admit that I have a ton of jewelry. Mostly rings. I lose earrings. Well, actually, I only lose one! I’ve never lost both of them!!! I have a few gold necklaces but don’t wear them all the time. So the amount I have, is enough for me. I don’t lose rings. Well, okay, I did lose my first set of wedding rings but let’s not go there!!! It was the only ring(s) I ever lost and I know I left them somewhere on a trip but they never “turned” up.
I was the first born girl on both sides of my family so I have a lot of “family” jewelry. I have my dad’s grandma’s gold wedding ring and I have my mom’s grandma’s engagement ring. My mom has already given me her wedding rings as well as other rings she’s gotten. Mostly from my dad. Paul has given me many beautiful rings over the years. After your married for so long, jewelry is a good and easy gift.
There have been tough times in my life. I have been hungry and I have gone without an awful lot of things over the years but not once did the thought flit into my head to sell my jewelry. To tell you the truth, I’ve never sold anything in a pawn shop. The thought has just never occurred to me. It’s not because I never needed the money because there have been times I have, but to sell something like that, with that emotional attachment, just never came to me.
I’ve also had a few garage sales and I’ve also donated an awful lot of my stuff but the idea to sell things like this that are so personal and so meaningful, was never an option. I think I had garage sales just to get rid of stuff and now I donate every 3 months to the Epilepsy Foundation and that’s because they call and they come and pick it up. It’s easy and most of the time I have a bag always going for them because they call like clockwork. I also can’t throw away any book. Even if I know for sure I’ll never read it again. I can’t throw a book away but I can donate them or give them away. I feel good about that.
My question is, have you even had to sell something that really meant a lot to you? I don’t really know how pawn shops work but what if you change your mind? Do they have to hold it for a certain amount of time so that you can go buy it back? I’d be so afraid to take that chance. How bad would you feel if you sold your wedding ring with the intention of going and getting it back but you never were able to? Would it mean heartbreak and tears for you or would you be able to put it behind you and move on?
I’m just way to sentimental. Is it bad that I get attached to material things? I don’t look at them like material things. When I look down on them I feel a part of my great grandmothers and I think of my parents getting married and know that my dad went and picked these things out.
What about you? Do you consider your jewelry “materialistic?” Could you sell it?