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The precious and pricey items people value and cherish at home

Sometimes the things that are important to us are expensive gadgets and sometimes they are priceless tokens which mean a lot to us. Can the economically valuable ever be our most precious item as well?

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THE PRECIOUS AND THE PRICEY

What Items People Value and Cherish in Their Homes



We fill our homes with all the things that are important to us. Sometimes those things are expensive gadgets we could do without, and sometimes those things are priceless tokens with which we have strong emotional ties. But both things have a place in our homes. Can the economically valuable ever be our most precious as well? It turns out it can to some.


HOW WE VALUE OUR BELONGINGS



Value Versus Sentiment
To 3 in 4 people, the most valuable items they own aren’t their most precious or sentimental.


Is the most financially valuable item you own also the most precious item to you?

Yes

26%

No

74%



Gender Divide
More men than women say their most financially valuable item is also their more precious item. 

Is the most financially valuable item you own also the most precious item to you?

Women
23% Yes
77% No

Men
29% Yes
71% No


THE PRECIOUS VERSUS THE PRICEY



What’s Precious
Photos top the list of items people consider most sentimental. 


What’s the single most precious or sentimental item you own?

Photos

41%

An item I inherited from someone who has died

13%

Letters

12%

Jewellery

10%

Drawings my child has done

7%

My music collection

5%

Ornaments or pictures

4%

Something a friend made me

3%

Instrument(s)

1%

Other

4%



What’s Valuable
Computer equipment is the number one most expensive item in people’s homes, followed closely by jewellry.


What’s the most expensive object you own that’s stored inside your house?



SENTIMENT CHANGES BY AGE AND GENDER

Computer consoles and PCs

24%

Jewellery or watch

19%

TV and/or DVD players and equipment

18%

Furniture

11%

Valuable antiques

5%

Designer clothes, shoes, accessories

5%

Valuable artwork

4%

Musical instruments or equipment

4%

Photographic equipment

3%

Tools

2%

Cycles

2%

Sports equipment

1%

Other

2%



What’s More Precious to Each Gender
Women appear more sentimental over inherited items, whereas men are more sentimental over letters.

Men’s Most Precious Items
1. Photos
2. Letters
3. Items inherited from someone who has died

Women’s Most Precious Items
1. Photos
2. Items inherited from someone who has died
3. Letters


Precious Photographs
Though both men and women agreed that photos are the most precious items they own, it appears older adults are more sentimental over their photos.


Per Cent of Groups Who Consider Photos the Most Precious Item They Own
18-24    28%
25-34    42%
35-44    44%
45-54    44%
55+       40%


Letters With Meaning
Younger adults are more sentimental over personal letters, compared to older adults.

Per Cent of Groups Who Consider Letters the Most Precious Item They Own
18-24    23%
25-34    12%
35-44    15%
45-54    11%
55+        7%

SOURCE: POLL OF 2,000 HOMEOWNERS IN THE UK CARRIED OUT BY ONEPOLL ON BEHALF OF CONFUSED.COM DURING APRIL 2012
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