We got through about 1/6 of the stuff up there. My mother has enough Christmas decorations to decorate four houses. She saved everything thinking she could use it in her "summer home" someday. What she did not realize was that when she could afford her summer home, she would be able to afford new sheets, towels, and furniture. The amount of stuff that has to be thrown away is mind-boggling. The amount going to the church is uplifting. The amount I have for e-bay is exciting (I spent almost as much time walking down to the computer as I did bringing trash to the basement; yes, save the Fitz & Floyd candy dish; no, recycle that old Coke bottle).
Among the "treasures":
- Earring Magic Ken, NIB
- my Sasha doll and a box of other souvenir dolls I collected as a child
- all the correspondence I received, 1980-1990, including birthday and Christmas cards
- MREs from Vietnam
- two of those braided yarn octopuses we crafted as children
- a quilt, cut but not pieced
- April 1972 Cosmopolitan featuring Burt Reynolds, excellent condition
- love letters from my dad to my mom, including a "non committal" Valentine's Day card signed with only his last name (early days)
- a pink stork figurine planter given to my grandmother when my mother was born (1944) and then to my mother when I was born
- technically, this was not in the attic, but I have an album signed by Johnny, Joey, DeeDee and Tommy Ramone. The ones I've seen on e-bay are going for $650 and they don't have DeeDee. Whee!
My sister and I are planning to go back in May. My mom needs help, and we have to find the Blythe dolls (e-bay $750-1000) that we know are up there.