No Thanks Mom

by Dr. Elizabeth Stewart

No Thanks Mom: The Top Ten Objects Your Kids Do NOT Want (and what to do with them) is the latest book from Dr. Elizabeth Stewart, aka The Savvy Appraiser. It's an honest and humorous exploration of the generational differences in the households and possessions of Millennials/Gen-Xers and their Boomer parents. The central conflict is that most of the Boomers' grown kids are refusing the family heirlooms that have been saved for them. This an experience we all must address.

Stewart, a certified appraiser based in Santa Barbara, CA, discusses the top 10 objects that younger generations do not want as "gifts" from the homes of their parents and grandparents. Stewart finds a consistent pattern of familial tensions over objects that older relatives have saved for the kids—wishing and hoping to pass on the beloved family treasures. If you've tried to pass on fine china, tableware, linens, fine porcelain figurines, silver-plated objects, ornate rugs, or heavy, dark furniture to a Millennial, you know it's not so easy.

The problem, Stewart says, is the intergenerational difference in the concept of value and ownership. The answer, she explains, is to understand the new and changing concept of home, and to follow her specific remedies for each category of objects.
Stewart reviews each of the 10 object groups and gives the current owners ideas on how to pass them on. She provides an easy way to survey your belongings through her "Five Piles" method, giving ideas on how to verify value and, where there is a market, how to put your items in play.

In the section called "Fables of Families Facing the Top Ten Objects," Stewart tells anecdotes about real family situations and their specific unwanted items, and how the problems were resolved.

The book is concise, upbeat, funny, and cleverly illustrated, and it will be a huge help to people facing a mountain of multi-generational accumulations. The chart in the back of the book offers insights into how values have changed across generations, and how "family treasures" are taking on new meanings.

The book is available now on Amazon and other e-retailers.


About the Author...

Elizabeth is a certified member of the Appraisers Association of America and a 30-year veteran of "stuff." She analyzes art and antiques for estate planning to ascertain value, and is one of the few appraisers nationally qualified in donation appraisals for IRS deduction purposes.
She holds a BA, magna cum laude, from Tufts University, an MA in Historic Preservation from USD, and a PhD from Pacifica in Mythological Studies with an emphasis on Material Culture. Her dissertation, titled The Material Image: Why Collectors Collect, is a scholarly approach to consumers, collectors, connoisseurs and hoarders.


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