Monday, April 11, 2011

My Good Deed for the Day

I went to an estate sale this weekend and while looking through old books found an old paper folder. When I opened it, it had about 50 original documents in it from the 1960's. Typed letters, original photos and a fold out paper with about 50 original signatures on it.

It was about a post office opening and dedication dated 1960 in a town  named Williston, Florida. I asked what would happen to the folder and they said they would throw it away at the end of the day.

I asked if I could have it and get it to a historical society and they said yes. They told me they throw tons of stuff like that away and old photos too. Makes me so sad.

So I looked up the town and there is no historical society so I called their city hall and told them what I have. They were very excited and said they would love to have it.

So I am going to mail it to them. So happy to get it back to where it should be and not in a trash pile.

What about other stuff getting thrown away?

My husband and I were talking about how sad it is that so much historical stuff could be thrown away at estate sales. We wished we had talked to the person about going through any items after the sale to see if we could get it to the right place where it would be appreciated.

So next week my husband is going to go to some estate sales listed for next week and talk to them and I will be calling a friend who use to do estate sales to see if she can help us.

Would love to hear if this has happened to anyone else and what they did.


  1. I find it horribly sad when I see family photos and family bibles in thrift or antique shops.
    They are someones heritage and yet they sometimes are lost in the clearing out of estates. You are doing good deeds indeed. :-)
    Theresa (tangled trees)

  2. I feel the same way. It makes me so sad to see old photos at thrift and antique shops. I always wonder if someone, somewhere is looking for that photo. I worry too about what will happen to all my stuff. I need to make a plan and get it more organized so other people know what everything is and where it came from.

    So much to do!