Watch Antiques Roadshow “Greatest Gifts” at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17 on Wisconsin Public Television.
Just in time for the biggest weeks of gift giving! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to get a valuable hand-me-down present or rare collectible for the holidays instead of a pair of socks or another ugly sweater? I’m used to gifts that depreciate in value the second they’re opened and every day that follows. Might be nice to get something that actually increases in value as time goes on.
Unfortunately, these occasions are quite rare and most of us will end up opening at least a few presents that we will never use and will end up collecting dust in our basements and attics. You never know, maybe one year you’ll finally tackle cleaning and reorganizing all of your storage and come across it and find out it’s worth something… and if not you could always make a trip to the nearest Goodwill.
It’s always sad to think about giving away something someone potentially put a lot of thought into. At the same time, we can’t all become hoarders can we? I certainly don’t want to wake up some day and realize I have a house full of things I have no use for and are essentially worthless.