I have heard of so many families having a falling out over the dividing of their parent’s estates after they pass. Mom was alive during the distribution of her “Junk,” which helped. In typical fashion, Mom said (paraphrasing here): “I get to see you enjoying my things when I’m alive. So much more fun then after you are dead.” My Mother is the most unconventional woman I know. She doesn’t have a materialistic bone in her body. Which it is why she didn’t have a problem in the world giving away her stuff to her kids. I was really proud of how we all compromised. Nobody has any complaints.
After the first couple of rounds, Mom insisted I come by to pick up a few more things and help her look through more stuff. We were doing the classic “keep, give away, or trash.” It works. We were in the side part of her garage and it was packed to the brim. It is understanding why it is so overwhelming for people who hoard to start purging. My Mom pointed to a few boxes that were piled way up in the top of garage on some shelves. It took some maneuvering but I grabbed them. We went through a couple and sorted them out but something came up and I had to leave. They were marked “Grandmother Wise Glass,” so, I really didn’t care what was in them. Then I opened the box and I about fell out of my chair.
It was a box of vintage Hazel Atlas Orchard cups for snack sets with the receipt still on the box. Original packaging. Like I stated above, my Mother isn’t the least bit materialistic. She also hates to entertain. She probably took one look at this stuff from my Grandmother and shoved it in a box where it sat for several decades until I found it. When I found it, the first thing I did was call my Grandma to get the scoop on it.
My Grandmother Wise is a lifelong thriftier. Her mantra is: “Watch your pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.” She said when her kids were little she used to go to yard sales. She told me that the women had depression glass, as well as other things, that she knew would be valuable someday for literally nothing. So she would grab things and put them away for her daughters. Or Grandchildren;) My Grandma said that in the 40’s and 50’s entertaining was different. She said when people came to your house you would serve them food on these beautiful “snack trays.”
I can honestly tell you I had never seen this stuff before. I just wonder why Mom never had it out on display? Maybe it is a blessing and they were waiting for me? I am working hard this week getting Mom’s furniture redone. So I can put all of the new items out for my family to enjoy. We are going through new items all of the time and I can’t wait to share them with you.