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Souvenirs and Family "Treasures"

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

I consider myself a practical person, so when I travel, I usually choose a small, useful souvenir to remind myself of the places I've visited. Two of my favourites are coffee mugs and tea towels. DH buys a lot more souvenirs than I do; but lately, since we've started travelling with only carry-ons, he's begun to buy shot glasses.

We also choose one Christmas ornament each from our trips. I choose angels or crosses, he prefers something with the name of the place and, if possible, the year. It's really fun getting these special ornaments out each year and remembering the places we bought each one.

Our home, like our tree, is eclectic... or cluttered... depending on the taste of the viewer. I look at magazine articles featuring designer Christmas trees and perfectly-decorated rooms and am sometimes envious. Only sometimes though, because when I look around and see the things we love,,, pictures of our children, things which belonged to our parents and grandparents, plants, favourite books and dvd's, I want to be surrounded by these things, because to me they are love.

What do you collect? Are you sentimental about things that have been passed down in your family? And what do you plan to do with these things if they don't matter to your children?
That's what we are trying to figure out right now!

Looking forward to your comments,
Gail
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MADAMES 2/6/2014 6:49PM

    We too love to collect things…too many things in fact. We also are trying to create some order from the chaos, but it really isn't easy, is it? To further complicate things, my mother gives me piles of "stuff" every time I see her now, which is usually twice a week. She can't bear to part with "stuff" so she gives it to us! No easy answers here.

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ALIHIKES 2/5/2014 8:23PM

    Hi Gail,
I enjoy my Christmas ornaments, many from family and friends! The Christmas collectables take up a surprising amount of space in garage storage area. I also have quite a collection of guitar music books, but I may donate a number of those because I don't play guitar as often (arthritis in my hand). I do particularly like treasures from my travels, particularly fabric items like a silk scarf, embroidered table runner, woven belt etc.
Alison

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 2/5/2014 8:40AM

    At this moment in time, I intend to make/keep my home "MY HOME", surrounding myself with those things that bring me pleasure. If I have to move from my home aka downsize.. then I will make the choices of what I CAN keep and the rest will just have to go. Should I be lucky enough to not have to down size.. Once I am dead I really don't think I will care what happens to "MY TREASURES".

If I am a good kid I will have made an inventory of my treasures, with suggestions of how to dispose of them; unless of course by some miracle any of my family should want any of my treasures, which is VERY doubtful. They have told me many times I have nothing that they want. (unless maybe I somehow managed to have something deemed valuable by that time?)

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KATHRYNLP 2/5/2014 8:40AM

    I have a large collection of Schwartzki crystal , and music boxes. Bob is the ultimate Tool Man... you name it, he has it, and knows how to use it. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 2/5/2014 3:26AM

    I used to collect ceramic hedghogs, in fact models of the wee creatures in any form but it took over the lounge and I got bored of them, gave them to the local charity shop to sell -4 boxes emoticon

Now, and having had a major declutter before moving, my home is clutter free, just a few tastefully placed ornaments and vases.

Now Pete on the other hand HOARDS tools, bits of wood, plastic, copper piping (" you never know it might come in handy LOL LOL

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 2/4/2014 11:27PM

    I used to collect lots of stuff, but one day I just got tired of it and sold almost all of it at a yard sale. I do still have some vintage Florida seashell dolls, and some teacups and teapots. But I haven't added to that collection in years. The only thing I actively collect now is workout DVD's! I've become addicted to them!

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CAT-IN-CJ 2/4/2014 8:59PM

    Oh, geez.... that's what I'm trying to figure out.

DH & I have so many awesome collectables that our kids don't give a rip about.
For example I have a vintage guitar (1943 F-hole, Mahogany, arch top Martin) that my dad passed on to me when I turned 18. I've seriously been considering selling it to the right person (a collector?) . . . which would break my heart . . . but I'd rather do that wonder which thrift store it'll end up in when I'm gone!

I'm curious what you come up with . . .

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PATRICIAANN46 2/4/2014 6:07PM

  Hi Gail........
I collect Franciscan dishes in the hand-painted Desert Rose pattern. This started way back when I was in Junior High School and my Mom and I bought place settings for my Grandmother. Over the years, we added to her collection until she had place settings for 12 and several accessory items like salt and pepper shakers, a gravy boat, serving dishes, sauce dishes, etc. When my Grandmother was in her late eighties and felt that she was nearing the end, she told me that she wanted me to have her entire collection of the Desert Rose dishes. I have had them for several years and have added to them. I do NOT have daughters, but I do have two Grand-daughters. I will see what their interest level is as they grow older and decide what to do then. I have 4 other sets of dishes that they may be more interested in, but none that mean as much to me as this one does. My husband has always said that he is glad that we don't have a lot of storage space as my passion is definitely dishware and I have to be watched closely.............but even more-so if I had the room to store additional items. emoticon

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MENNOLY 2/4/2014 4:17PM

    I too prefer a cluttered tree. Although a few years ago after a favorite uncle died we bought a special small tree to display the collectible ornaments he and his late wife had given us over the years. So we have our regular large tree full of memories, our Mount Vernon tree with DU and DA ornaments and finally near our creche we have a foot tall angel tree with small angel ornaments. I think my kids will prob divide up the dearest of these ornaments. I know my DD wants my depression glass. However I have a fair bit of things from my moms that sit in boxes in the basement because I don't need them and I can't bear to give them away. As my children set up their households I hope they will take some of those things.

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