I know a gentleman in NYC with a 3 or 4 story building packed to the brim with NOS parts for a certain make of antique car. An accumulation of collecting/hoarding by him, his brother, and his father for the last 5 decades.
Someone once asked him what he had planned for the stash once he had passed on. His response was, “What will I care? I’ll be dead!”
Saving stuff is fun but I pity the poor soles that have to deal with it. Being around the antique business...I’ve seen more problems to family members with hoarders/savers. Family Fights, court problems, fake wills (yes fake wills) City problems and Probate( the worst)...It brings more misery to family members and lots of money to lawyers.. I myself fall into the saver category and I will have to deal with it....so I’m selling (no kids)and what’s left is going to humane society...
not so much bike stuff with me but lots of other good old stuff. no one in my family is smart enough to use ebay. so I am sure it will be sold for pennies on the dollar to someone who will make a giant profit with many hundreds or even thousands of dollars worth of stuff thrown out.
my brother and I both buy and sell. he sells stuff without even looking it up, he has some sort of force field that blocks him from using the computer. he could buy a $10,000 bike somewhere for 50 bucks and just sell it for $200.00 without even bothering to look it up. once when I was out for a visit he had a Shell oil sign and some 40's California license plates he was going to sell them for 25 bucks for the plates and 25 bucks for the sign, I brought them home and got over $500.00 on ebay. ha-ha, then I took his $500.00 and bought a 1960 El Camino that I resold for $1400.00.. he had to wait a month for his money.
my toy collection alone would bring $5,000 as a lot and probably $7500.00 or more sold individually. 30 years of collecting. they could look them all up on ebay but I am sure no one will.