I remember when Rich and I first started living together, my grandmother had recently just passed away. Her house was going up for sale and a lot of the contents came to me. I remember that feeling so clearly. The feeling of relief. I had known a lot of young people that had parents or relatives that had the ability to help provide for their young adults starting out which was amazing but neither of our parents could do that. They were going through their own personal struggles being recently divorced and having to start over.
It makes me smile thinking back on how wonderful it felt using my grandparents furniture and dishes. It was a very comforting. It was like they were there with me, helping me on a daily bases. I’ll never be able to express how grateful I was for that help.
So now, almost 40 years later, I want to pay it forward. I want to provide that feeling of relief that I had. Over the past 5 years I’ve been trying to do just that. Whenever I used to have used items I needed to get rid of, I would post it on marketplace or Kijiji. I always made sure it was at a reasonable price as my purpose was to just get rid of it. Then I found a local group called “Pay It Forward”. It was online and you post/donate any used items that you have then you chose who you give it to. It gave me such a good feeling to be able to look the person in the eye while giving them an item that they really needed or wanted. Usually I chose the first person who commented on my post but sometimes people would tell their story on why they want or need the particular item so it can be a judgement call.
All I really know is that giving feels really good. And now that we are in a position to help and pay it forward, it’s worth a lot more than the small amount of $ we’d get for our used items.
Below are photos of a couple of items I still have from my grandparents house.
Have a wonderful day.