Skip to comments.Car collector's 'dirty little secret' discovered after death.
Posted on 06/01/2019 7:46:38 AM PDT by carriage_hill
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My Condolences and Prayers to His Widow, Family and You for the loss of Your Friend. And also Thank You for Your Service.
Its amazing how people go bonkers loony toons after a death, the long lost family from 2000 miles away that never called or visited are suddenly there on site in 24 hours or less and act like they were always there.
Ive also seen the same at Weddings, to the point where I wont got to anymore as a guest but I have preformed one for the youngest Daughter. And since that Marriage only lasted 3 years Im batting a big fat ZERO!!!
I had to re-read the story. I thought I missed the ‘dirty secret.’
Yes, stupid headline. He had a car collection and didn’t brag about it, perhaps for security reasons.
About 15 years ago, the local rich guy died. After his death it became known he had created two “villages” in the woods and filled them up with all of the old stuff he could find. He didn’t have one old cider press, he had dozens. He may have had 40 to 50 horse-drawn buggies and wagons. He even laid full gauge railroad tracks between them although he never got around to having a locomotive, he did have a hand car.
He let his church have functions at his villages, but other than that no one was allowed in. He had his family help with the building work and as a result, they hated the villages and couldn’t wait to liquidate all of it upon his death. The public was invited to the auction and it was amazing. Each of the couple of dozen buildings were stuffed with old stuff.
What is his ‘dirty little secret’? That he collected cars and didn’t tell anyone?
I have bought from estates. One time I got a call in the ritzy Pacific Heights area of San Francisco. The dearly departed was a big shot in the Chinese American community and his daughter was selling everything. She had some amazing San Francisco Chinatown antique relics. She would only sell me the bound newspapers, though.
Also, she found out when he died that he rented a small office to keep his huge porno magazine collection. She sold them to an upscale magazine store in SF that must have made a mint on that stuff. I guess renting an office for smut must qualify as a real dirty secret.
>>>Thats a pretty negative view of life.<<<
For some folks, the only Heaven they will ever experience is what they can amass on earth over say, 50-60 years. Yep, that’s pretty bleak in comparison to the billions of years that they will spend in Hell because they traded it all for a few baubles and beads on earth.
I don’t think you even know what negative is.
Sounds like every other episode of American Pickers.
Some people are connoisseurs, others are hoarders.
If that is the reason to build a collection then it comes with the responsibility to educate the potential heirs to where it is, what it is and how much it is worth.
Why is this “dirty”?
I’m sorry about your friend.
Not all of us are vultures. I use old cameras and have been perpetually late to estate sales where Mamiya Twin Lens Reflex cameras and their accessories show up.
And as for Pentax 6x7s ... they never show up.
“The more you can pass on goods to your children, the less they have to spend building their lives and the more they can spend building wealth.”
That was sound logic of yesteryear. And I am practicing it now so my children have something a little extra to make like easier.
But I have witnessed many of today’s children spending their potential inheritance to the point of literally bankrupting the parents. When their parents pass there will be nothing left and the kids will not have the life skills to build their own wealth, let alone provide for their own mere existence.
I realize this is poor parenting on so many levels, but it is a trend.
There’s nothing sad about doing what you enjoy during life. This person quite likely knew he could not take it with him.
His hobby gave him enjoyment and kept his mind busy after his wife passed.
Kinda went through that drill. Age 85++ with a 20-year collection of over 100 antique Ideal reloading tools. Figured the wife had a nice nest egg if I went first. Then it dawned on me that no one one else had my knowledge about these things. My oldest wouldn't want to mess with it and would take $100 from the first offerer. My youngest would put 'em on eBay but wouldn't know what to say.
Put 'em up on eBay myself with all the detailed collectors' info and got three times what I figured they were worth. Haven't looked back yet.
At some point, you gotta let your babies go.
And Jesus told the rich young ruler to go and sell all that he had, and follow him.
The true riches are in heaven.
I like earthly possessions too, but they come with a cost that is not just money. They also require space and time.
Godliness with contentment is great gain.
For people devoted to gaining happiness through earthly possessions, and money is no limit, the world is not enough.
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