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*SOLD OUT* Nobody Wants My Stuff!

April 22 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Updated April 19, 2023.  There is no waitlist for this program.
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Do you have collectibles, furniture, sentimental items, or family heirlooms you thought you’d pass to the next generation, but younger family members have other ideas? Are you part of the younger generation who would like to preserve family relationships, but perhaps not the “stuff” of generations past? What do we do with all of this STUFF that might not have a forever home?

In this program, we’d like to explore what to do when nobody wants your stuff. What are your options for donation, resale, or giving it to a museum? What are museums looking for when they collect? What truly has resale value right now? What’s most useful for thrift and donations centers and organizations that serve those in need? And what are your other options—from the Buy Nothing Movement to trash and recycling.

Most importantly, we’ll consider how to peace between the generations when heirlooms are not welcome, or when feelings of guilt and obligation motivate us to keep things we would prefer not to have.

In this panel-style program, we’ll explore all of these topics with ample time for questions and breaks.  Refreshments and lunch are also provided.  Attendees will also receive a resource packet with information from our presenters.

Program Timeline

9:30 a.m. Doors Open
Coffee, tea, and light refreshments available

10:00 a.m. Program Begins – Welcome/Introductions

10:05 a.m. Museum Collections: What do we collect and why?
Samantha Grantham, Collections Manager, Wenham Museum

10:35 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. Other Ways of Parting with Stuff and Q&A
• Sell it: Edward B. Beattie, Auctioneer & Appraiser
• Help Those in Need: Debra Britt, Executive Director, Black Doll Museum
• Donate to Charity: Thrift Shops
• Buy Nothing Movement: Steph Moffat, HW Buy Nothing Group Admin.
• Recycling & Trash
• Q&A

11:45 a.m. Break & Lunch Buffet Opens
Lunch will be salad sandwiches, cookies, and chips from Henry’s of Beverly

12:10 p.m. Luncheon Speaker: Deb Stone from Ship Shape Organize
Stuff Across the Generations: Overwhelm, Grief, and Guilt

1:00 p.m. Thank You / Program Concludes

Program Details
Nobody Wants My Stuff
Saturday, April 22, 2023
9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wenham Museum | Burnham Hall

Note:  This is a rescheduled date due to inclement weather on the originally planned program date of Saturday, March 4, 2023.

Members: $25
Nonmembers: $35
Lunch and refreshments are included in the ticket price, as is general museum admission.  Stick around after the program to tour our galleries and exhibitions!

Seating is limited.  Advanced registration via the link below is required.  Thank you!


April 22
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
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