My grandfather (dad's side) grew up in the depression and saved everything. If some used cast iron pipe fittings from a job looked like they could be reclaimed... he got them... old nuts/bolts/washer... boy do i got those too lol. You name something obscure... I probably have it.
Yes, I know how that goes myself. Both my grandparents grew up during the depression as well, but especially my dad's father was a bit of a hoarder you could say. He owned a shoe store and tack and harness repair shop for several decades in Victor, NY. When he finally "retired" and sold the store back in the 1980's, he kept EVERYTHING and moved all of his equipment and inventory from his shop into the garage and basement of his house. He also kept all sorts of random stuff that he had accumulated over his whole life. If there was a screw, nut or bolt that was left over from something or that he didn't know what it belonged to, he would save it. He kept all sorts of buttons, snaps, pins, and other fasteners. If he was building something new and had to dismantle something else first, he would save as much as he could from it to reuse on the new project. (For instance, my dad built a new deck on his house many years ago and my grandfather helped with some of the construction. When they were dismantling the old deck and pulling the old boards out from the floor, my grandfather was hammering out all the old nails and trying to hammer them back straight so he could reuse them on the new deck! It drove my father crazy and said he can buy a couple of new boxes of nails at the hardware store. My grandfather would respond with: "What for? These will still work. Don't waste the money buying new nails.") His motto seemed to be "you never know when you might need something or it will come in handy and then you'll already have it."
About 10 or so years ago, well before he ended up in the nursing home, he did finally decide that he didn't really need to keep most of this stuff anymore and began selling it off. He found a few shoe repair shops around that were interested in buying some of his old inventory (most of it you can't even buy anymore it was so old) and some machinery and cleared out his garage before my dad had to deal with selling his house after he moved into the nursing home. He did move a lot of stuff, which made life easier on my dad when he had to clear out the house and get it ready to sell, but there was still a lot of stuff in that house to clear out. My dad tried to be good and let my brother and I take anything that we wanted out of there that we wanted to keep to remember our grandfather by or that had sentimental value from when we were growing up, but otherwise, he tried to sell off as much as he could before throwing everything else out that no one wanted and he had no room or use for. I think I recall my dad saying that he still filled up two full size dumpsters with stuff to take to the landfill after it was all said and done. (A lot of it though was old furniture that you couldn't even give away as it was so old and worn or was in disrepair as well as the old carpets, fixtures, and stuff like that from the house that just needed to be tossed and redone to make the house sellable.)
Edited by MailmAn, September 14, 2016 - 02:32 PM.