Downsizing Lessons From Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer Johnny Bench

by | Nov 14, 2020 | Downsizing

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer Johnny Bench is downsizing. In a recent article on, he says, “The hardest thing to give up is when I start to lose my memory. My memories are unbelievable.”

Another point that hit home in the article: “Like a lot of men of lesser means and more modest achievement, he has arrived at the melancholy realization that many of the things he has accumulated are neither easily divided nor highly coveted by his heir.” 

Even Johnny Bench is facing the same challenges that we all face as we transition through life.

We could all take a cue from Mr. Bench. Memories mean more than stuff. It’s common for many people to want to sell items when it’s time to downsize, but let’s face it, our stuff isn’t going to bring millions, like Johnny Bench’s collection. I often see a piece of quality wood furniture go for $20 or a collection of Hummel figurines for $10. It’s disappointing. 

Some people would rather hold on to their items than let them go for pennies on the dollar. I always encourage the donation of cherished items to a friend or relative who will appreciate them.

If you do want to sell some items, cut out the middle-man and sell them yourself. This takes time, so if you’re in a time crunch, price it to move and be available to answer calls and schedule pick-up times. If you allow yourself the time, and start when you’re not under pressure to move, you’ll have a better chance of a bigger return. 

If you prefer a pain-free way to sell items — and you can set low expectations — then auction and consignment is the way to go. Right now, though, auctioneers are inundated and are more selective than ever. 

Get a jump start to determine the next destination for the items that you need, or want, to let go.


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