Giving away several thousand (possibly valuable) items from an Upper East Side brownstone - what's the best way?
May 15, 2010 7:24 AM Subscribe
Removal of a s^!t-ton of stuff from an Upper East Side Brownstone (New York, NY). What's the most charitable, or generous, or easiest, or cheapest way of doing this? Or some combination of all four...
posted by omnigut to home & garden (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My grandmother lived in a 5-story brownstone on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. She'd lived there for 60 years, and had accumulated a LOT of stuff. Many of the pieces of furniture, although horrible in my opinion, were custom designed for her in 1957 — the last time this house was redecorated. It's unlikely (as they're all used), but we think some of them may be worth something.
My family has basically taken what they want, minus a few large items that we'll have to get professional movers to take (a large piano, for example). But now we're left with a whole house of worthless and possibly worthful stuff. We want to give it to charity, but there's far too much for us to move by car. Desks, tables, chairs, sofas, a ton of books, cds, records, rugs, lights, beds and enough kitchen stuff to fill several of Manhattan's kitchenettes. I took over 300 photos of GROUPED shots of the stuff in the kitchen/pantry. We must have over a thousand items; pots and pans, 23 salt/pepper shakers, 30 place mats, an instrument for de-stoning olives, 7 egg whisks...why do you need 7 egg whisks? Some of the items are quaint (corn-shaped corn-on-the-cob forks), and some fancy (ornate chicken skewers), and some nice (a dozen vases). There's also some plastic garden furniture and a small bbq in the back.
[And how do we find out which of the old books and records are worth something? I imagine books and records are easy to swing a buck on, if you know what they're worth. Where do we find someone willing to split the profits on their sale? I DO want to be charitable with the stuff, but I'd hate to think I was giving away a $100 book.]
I am a member of freecycle, but can't imagine even they would take everything. Is posting an "open house" on Craigslist just asking for trouble? We have one month to deal with everything, but we don't want to have to deal with this for four weeks. Ideas? (and thanks, mefiers, in advance).