A valuable lesson I learned after the passing of my father was, don’t throw anything away without first doing a few seconds of research on the internet.
For example, after my dad passed away, my wife and I were helping my mom clean out her house so that she could move into a retirement community. My mom gave me a wooden box that my dad had owned. It was filled with watches, all of which were old, scratched and faded. Half of them didn’t work and many of them didn’t even have a wrist band.
My first thought was to just dump the watches into the garbage and keep the fancy wood box, but inwardly I felt guilty about throwing them away. I thought perhaps instead I would donate them to a local charity thrift store. But again, some sort of inner voice nagged at me, so I decided to take a moment to look up each watch on the internet.
I picked up the first one and read the name on the face. I then typed it into the internet. I was finding that these old watches did in fact have some value. $10 dollars for this one and $20 for that one. “OK” I decided, “I definitely won’t throw them away.”
But then I picked up one that was big, heavy and awkward looking. I typed in its make and model into an internet search and what popped up shocked me. $3,000.00! “Holy Cow!”
According to the internet there are two wrist watches considered by many to be the best watches ever made and I was holding one of them.
I later listed the watch on EBay and within five minutes had an opening bid of $900. Over the length of the auction bidding went up from there.
So the lesson learned was that when a parent(s) passes away, don’t throw away or donate ANYTHING without taking a few seconds to research it on the internet. Even those things that you feel confident are junk. You never now what other people might deem as being very valuable.