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To sell most of my vintage and antique Christmas decorations?

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ICameOnTheJitney Sun 22-Sep-13 16:55:11

I wonder...we need money badly and over the years I have collected lots and lots of vintage and antique christmas decs. Some of them are so fragile that I can't use them because the children will poke them...they're like paper...others are very fragile due to being made of paper and fabric.

Will I regret it? I won't sell the DCs favourites of course...but the ones they love are the ones they've chosen...mostly quite tacky but gorgeous things.

I can probably raise about 300 pounds on Ebay with the things...we need it...shall I or shan't I? Feelling torn!

beaglesaresweet Mon 23-Sep-13 01:16:47

..or if you are determined to sell, pm me too about the older ones grin

VestaCurry Mon 23-Sep-13 01:31:48

Oooooooh, wish I could take all of them but would definitely be interested in some. Me and dh have bought Christmas decorations for each other as a long standing tradition and we have some v unusual ones. Our tree is always a talking point to visitors anyway grin! Pm me too if you have some left after earlier posters have swooped in smile.

VestaCurry Mon 23-Sep-13 01:34:49

And agree, do keep the very best. A number of years ago now I sold a collection of books, with some first editions within it (some signed too). At that point I really needed the money but if I had just held onto 2 or 3 of the collection it would have been extremely wise.

StupidFlanders Mon 23-Sep-13 02:11:45

Well the bitch in me says please pm me as I collect vintage decorations, if there's any chance you'll pull through without selling them I wouldn't, there's something so beautiful about christmas memories that I would personally kick myself if I did that and as your dcs get older they will live looking through them!
But seriously: pm me if you sell!!!!

ICameOnTheJitney Mon 23-Sep-13 07:26:05

Thank you all for the advice and interest! I got them all out last night, laid them out...and can't bear to let the buggers go. sad I just can't....I know they're only things but as someone said, they'll increase in value...and I love them. They're full of memories...not only mine either!

When I bought them they were old but now ten years later they're even older and I used to think that I was carrying on what the previous owners had done in caring for them so well...given that they're so fragile.

I also don't want to risk them not fetching what I think they're worth and once the money's gone it's gone! As we're moving I think that the familiar things should come to help with the change.

ancientbuchanan Mon 23-Sep-13 08:05:39

I think you are quite right. You would regret it.

trixymalixy Mon 23-Sep-13 09:02:43

Oh they sound lovely! Don't sell them unless it's to me!!

Wossname Mon 23-Sep-13 09:42:06

Think keeping them is definitely the right thing to do, what a lovely thing to collect- any chance of any pics? <nosey>

VestaCurry Mon 23-Sep-13 10:37:48

Glad you've decided to keep them smile

beaglesaresweet Mon 23-Sep-13 11:01:54

right decision, OP, especially as you already have memories attached to them!
Maybe sell something else (equipment of any kind!), or borrow for the move?

StupidFlanders Mon 23-Sep-13 12:39:21

I think you've made the right decision- good luck with your move!

WaitMonkey Mon 23-Sep-13 13:14:11

Glad you have decided to keep them, they sound wonderful. Would love it if you could put a picture on your profile. Would love to see them.

Vintageclock Mon 23-Sep-13 13:33:32

I'm glad you're keeping them. It sounds like a beautiful collection to have.

ShowOfHands Mon 23-Sep-13 13:41:53

I collect antique and vintage Christmas decorations and books and even in our most cash-strapped moments, I've never sold them.

They're quite special.

ICameOnTheJitney Mon 23-Sep-13 14:09:14

No and I knew the moment I began unwrapping them that it was impossible! I want to pass them on! When my DDS are my age, these things will no doubt be very rare.

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