Everything must go

I hope to sell my home, soon. I will also need to dispose of virtually all its contents. The garden tractor that cost more than my first new car, the wheelbarrows, a constellation of garden tools, hundreds of feet of garden hose, extension cords, etc., and even the house, will be easier to part with than the antiques that were entrusted to me by my ancestors.

The easiest way to do this may be to hire an auctioneer to inventory, appraise and advertise the family treasures before the house is on the market, but I’d like to give the next owners of this home priority. I’ve spent thousands moving, storing and insuring this stuff, and truthfully, I wish I didn’t have to part with it, but if I can be sure it goes to someone who will appreciate it and care for it, I will feel better.

I have no idea how to do this. I’d appreciate any thoughtful suggestions.



About Jane Wilson

Jane Wilson graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, was a trial attorney for 25 years and has served on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy on numerous occasions. She was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cleveland State University for several years and served as an Interim Associate Professor of Law in the clinical program at Case Law School. In 2009, she returned to the small southwestern Michigan community where she was raised, and wrote a novel.
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4 Responses to Everything must go

  1. Jane, what a shame. I know this is breaking your heart, but whatever is best for you. I wish you all the best. Hugs across the miles. ~nan

    • Jane Wilson says:


      I’ve contacted several auctioneers, but after 6 weeks, have received no replies. I hope some of my friends will be willing to take as much as they like as my gift.



  2. klh048 says:

    Saddened me to read this. I hope this goes better than you planned — get to a better place for you. I sold stuff on Craig’s list when I downsized and moved here.

    • Jane Wilson says:


      When I sell the house, if the new owners don’t want the appliances, offering them for sale, on Craig’s list is a good option. There’s no market for much else here and since my daughter lives a day’s drive away in a tiny apartment, she can’t take anything.



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