She Refused to Let Her Sister Have Her Family Heirlooms Because They Have Sentimental Value. Now She’s Hiding the Heirlooms From Her Family Because She’s Worried They’ll Steal Them!

This user got a few special items when her mother downsized dwellings. She didn’t take anything with actual value but cherished what she got, and her mom is now trying to give it away.

A Full Nest

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OP (Original Poster) is a 42-year-old woman who is the youngest of 5 children.

Her father died when she was very young, so it was always her five siblings and mother together as she grew up.

Intrepid Collectors

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Over the years they had been together, OP’s parents had collected “tons” of different things. When her mother downsized to a condo after all her kids moved out, she had to get rid of many things.

Gathering Memories

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OP and her siblings had many different things each had connected to over the years. As the youngest, OP didn’t demand anything, though she had deep connections with a few items.

The Leftovers

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When it was all “said and done,” OP ended up with three items she treasures despite having little monetary value. She adores their memories: a tractor seat bolted to a butcher block, a funky 1970s spice rack, and a set of stoneware pastry bowls.

Slowly Going Away

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Over the years, her siblings lost, sold, or destroyed the heirlooms they had received. Whenever they would come over to OP’s house, they would say things like, “I didn’t know you got those,” or “I’ve always wanted that,” etc.

Thanks, Mom

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OP’s mom got involved because she told OP’s sister she could have the tractor seat. After all, OP “wasn’t using it.”

Her mom had seen it in the garage where she kept it to keep it safe from the elements and because it needed some sanding to look its best.

Not You Again

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OP had a strained relationship with her sister, and they had been “no contact” until her sister suddenly messaged her and asked if she could have the tractor seat. OP told her no because of the sentimental value, and her sister tried to “guilt trip her into giving it away,” so she hung up on her.

No Hoarding

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OP didn’t want to give her the tractor seat because her sister is a hoarder and doesn’t take care of things. She ignored her flooded basement for so long that she and her house smelled like mildew.

A Questionable Visit

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After her exchange with her sister, her mom came over to housesit for OP. While there, OP hid the tractor seat because she feared her mom would give it away or have her sister come and get it while she was out of town.

Anything Else

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To make matters worse, her mother later asked her if she would give the spice rack to her sister. OP said no again because she had used the spice rack and would continue to do so since she had to take care of hosting Christmas.

A Chance to Hide

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Due to her Christmas hosting, OP had already decided to hide the tractor seat, the bowls, and the spice rack. It had gotten to the point by now that OP didn’t want to have anything to do with her family, even the heirlooms they kept trying to take.

Not the Actual Point

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OP didn’t often place much value on objects, especially when those objects began to cause problems with her family. However, in this case, she had changed her mind and decided that she needed to set boundaries and enforce them.

OP said she felt terrible about hiding everything and was starting to wonder if she was being an a**hole.

Redditors’ Two Cents

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Redditors agreed with OP that she had every right to keep her heirlooms intact. Some even found the time to put a little humor into their replies to lighten the mood.

The most popular comment referenced a viral video from the 2010s, saying, “Not the a**hole,  but your mom, and not your sister, is the biggest a**hole. Your mom is trying to take your things and give them to your sister. Hide your spice, hide your chair, hide your bowls!”

Another Redditor gave OP some actionable advice, saying, “Nope, not the a**hole. Lock them in your car trunk when they visit. If you’re distracted while hosting, and they snoop around for the items, they won’t consider them being in your car trunk.”

Stay Away From My Stuff

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No one blamed OP for wanting to keep her things, and many people thought her family behaved inappropriately.

One Redditor encapsulated the feelings of the community, saying, “Not the a**hole, but your family is weird. Does your mom always favor this sister over you? That’s all I’m hearing here: your sister gets whatever she wants, even if your mom has to take it from someone else for her to have it. Rude.”

Do you think OP is wrong to hide her heirlooms? Should she consider giving some away, or is she completely justified?

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