Millennials don't want parents' antiques

- Many of us have an antique piece of furniture here or there. Maybe your great aunt's flatware. And eventually, we all plan to sell some of it, right? Well, if so, you're in for a surprise.

This is my favorite headline about this topic, "Nobody wants your parent's stuff." And that sums it up. It's not just hard to sell; it's also hard to pass down to younger family members. This has been a topic in our office too. I have some family antiques I can't sell.  My producer says the same. Even our news director says he's running into this problem. So what's up?

Well, old pieces like a marble topped dry sink or a large armoire just don't appeal to the younger generation right now.  There are a few reasons for this, according to The Mavins Group, a company that helps folks in their senior years to relocate. 

The younger generation doesn't have room for big pieces. And they move a lot more often.  Large antiques don't travel well. And they don't need the storage for CDs, albums or books because they live in the digital age. Additionally, they tend to like lower-priced retailers like Home Goods and Ikea, even Walmart for furniture.

Although, still interesting to the younger set are mid-century pieces.

Now some older things do still sell: antique jewelry, art, even quilts because they're often mixed in these days with modern furniture.

Check out this booklet:  https://www.nasmm.org/education/guide_to_relocating.cfm

It provides great advice from the National Association of Senior Move Managers on moving in your senior years.

Here's how to unload antiques

  • Start early. Don't wait until a parent passes and you're under pressure to sell. 
  • Attach memorable stories to antiques to make the hand-me-down more appealing to family. 
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