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Wish I hadn't given it away!

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ZZzzz Report 21 Apr 2013 12:56

On flog it just seen a Chad valley dolls clothes washing machine sold for £45, I gave mine to a friends Daughter 28 years ago.
When Mum bought it for me c 1958 she didn't have any sort of washing machine herself.


AnnCardiff Report 21 Apr 2013 13:24

ask if you can have it back :-D :-D :-D


jax Report 21 Apr 2013 13:27

Was it a twin tub with a handle on the side to turn the drums....I remember having one but it would be the mid 60s


OneFootInTheGrave Report 21 Apr 2013 13:33

When I watch these programmes I shudder when I recall the things my parents threw out from my grandparent's house in the mid 1950's. My grandparents used to have this large black/green marble clock with gilded pillars that sat on the mantlepiece. My dad broke the clock up and just kept the clock workings which he mounted in a wooden box at his place of work.

In the mid 1970's I passed a clock dealer's shop in Twickenham and sitting in the window was an identical clock - price £750 :-(

Many other people in the 1950's must have thrown out lots of things that they considered to be junk, nowadays these items would have been worth a few bob ;-)


ZZzzz Report 21 Apr 2013 14:11

Max, it was exactly that, it was quite good for its day. I know my Mum had a biscuit tin which she kept buttons in, the picture on the lid fascinated me as a child, Dad threw it out in a clear out a long time ago and I had seen it sold on the Antiques road show for £400.
Just goes to show what we call j unk is someone else's treasure :-(


ZZzzz Report 21 Apr 2013 14:12

I meant jax not max.


Claddagh Report 21 Apr 2013 15:01

I still regret giving a (former) friend my whole collection of antique hat pins. Also regret giving a vase (one of a pair) givnen to my g.mother by a neighbour, who was given them by wealthy cousins in America. They have real gold patterns, must be at least 100 years old. I don't like to ask the person I gave it to, to give it back. Have promised my youngest she can have it as soon as she moves into their new home.....Jeeezz, what a mug i was back then..


ZZzzz Report 21 Apr 2013 15:30

Not a mug at all you did it will the best intentions at the time, as indeed I did, however I'm looking what I have a different light now, so some good has come of it. :-)


MotownGal Report 21 Apr 2013 16:50

We had an art-deco mirror hanging over the fireplace in the kitchen. Then Mum dumped it with the bin men. I saw one recently and it was worth mega-bucks.

Also gave a Fisher Price Activity Bear to daughter {it was hers originally when she was tiny} when her daughter was born, no doubt that has gawn on E-bay!!!!



ZZzzz Report 21 Apr 2013 16:58

I have a mirror hanging up in our hallway which was either my MILs or her MILs it has 29/6 written on the back. :-D


Barbinsglos Report 21 Apr 2013 18:09

I also have a mirror in our hallway given to us by my MIL. She was given it as a wedding present in 1929.
No price on the back though :-D

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Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 22 Apr 2013 04:12

Most of the things that were worth anything in our house were sold by my Dad at the Cornhall to supplement the family income or his pension in later years. I did manage to stop him selling a bureau to a door step chap for £100, luckily the bloke said he would be back for it but Dad mentioned it to me and I got a valuer round from a posh furniture place, Dad got £400 which he shared with me and my brothers and kept some for himself. I remember we had several lovely Willow pattern meat platters which he sold off and several other nice items. Only the rubbish stuff was left at the end and a dealer gave us peanuts. My brothers were in such a hurry to give the house back to the council to save paying £40 odd rent that they ended up burning some things in the back garden and chucking other things in a skip. So sad.

I think that's why I hang on to everything, must be something valuable amongst it all lol



+++DetEcTive+++ Report 22 Apr 2013 10:09

When does someone stop hanging on to things? When they've run out of room!

Like a number of people on here, I've sold many items inherited from the parents, and given away toys. Unless there is a place to display them or someone to play with them, I feel that its better to pass them on to someone who will appreciate the items.

On the NA currency converter site, ZZzzz's £45 (in 2005) equates to £3-11-8 in 1955, the day wage for a craftsman in the building trade. The item sold at auction has probably held its value, but not really made a profit. In the meantime, her friend's daughter has had hours of enjoyment. :-)