I feel a bit weird about posting at this time, but my mother has a terminal disease and has started giving me things. LOTS of things. I don't plan on getting rid of anything until she's gone (who knows? she might recover!) but I'm trying to formulate a plan for turning her things into money, or tax deductions. Even though she'd like me to keep everything forever, there's not enough room in my house or enough tolerance in my husband's heart. (And he *is* a really great guy!) Anyway, the first stuff she has given me is jewelry. So far about 4 diamond rings and 11 other gemstone rings. I sincerely hope my son proposes to no more than one girl. Ever! And I'll keep one for that. But what do people do with this stuff? Auction? (most of it isn't that great.) A used jewelry store? eBay? Melt it down? Is barter a possibility? I'm a minimalist at heart. Help me! PS: Condolences about my mother are understood. Let's just talk about disposing of stuff. Thanks!