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An Excavation of Memory

May 29, 2012

by Cate Fitt

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At first, my house was simple, even ordinary. Over the years, it has become a time machine where opening a cupboard or a box can send me off on a journey to far away places or to spend an hour with a dear friend, long gone. These days, my house is an archaeological dig conducted by the resident amateur who lingers over every artifact, pondering its meaning, remembering or reconstructing its history. The shelves and closets are filled with twenty-five years — no, a lifetime of acquisitions and fabrications. For me, they evoke so many different times in my life: my youth, my quests, my questions. I remember and send love back through time to the person I was, still am, no longer am.

[1. Egg Rack by ObjectifyHomeware 2. St. Roch Handmade Statue by InTheCompanyOfSaints 3. Sterling Sinver Hand Forged Baby Spoon by PiaStOnge 4. Artifact Series Print by SatchelandSage 5. Miniature Art History Books by LDelaney]

Although I aspire to empty closets and a pared down environment, I am thwarted by sentiment and inertia. I still keep my first, ragged dog training book, the child’s history of art with tiny black and white photos, a cat sculpture my sister made in fourth grade.

[1. Vintage Button Sample Card from SunnyButtons 2. Highfired Hand Beads by TheCraftyBead 3. Ceramic Sheep Sculpture by Hinomaru 4. Antique Mother of Pearl Brooch from MindiLynJewelry 5. Miniature Novaculite Stone Knife by RiverCaneArchery 6. Scissors Case by MakingCents]

I have always been drawn to miniatures and very small souvenirs. I create displays and dioramas to incorporate and honor old wasps’ nests, match boxes, beach stones, tiny pictures and sculptures, little glass bottles holding puppy teeth, my kidney stone, quirky mementos of travel, fascinations, and loved ones.

[1. The Evidence of Formation by AldasProject 2. Ex Libris Stamp by Extase 3. Vintage Horse Hair Brush by GoodPhamilyFun 4. Original Graphite Drawing by IngridArtStudio 5. To Give by Tomboy]

Along with all the accumulation of an ordinary life, my house is full of the detritus of an artist’s career. A suite of woodcuts made during my college years, scraps of hand painted silks, unframed work, watercolor brushes, several bone folders, exhibition catalogs, show announcements, friends’ portraits of my hounds, drawings, purchased relief prints (my weakness). What to keep? What to pass along?

Over the years, I have tried to be generous with what I have and give to those who can use or appreciate it. When I was younger, I could not understand why my older friends would give me such interesting things and thank me for taking them. Now, of course, I am the one thanking my younger friends.

[1. Wooden Marionette from ProfessorTiny 2. Blue Drip Bowl by MonkiVintage 3. Vintage Carpenter’s Tool Chest from Urgestudio 4. Vintage Gloves from FBVintage 5. Flow by BBusByArts]

Surprisingly, I do not regret too many of the things I tossed or passed along. The journals I kept throughout my twenties embarrassed me in my forties, and I made sure they went into the trash. Now, of course, I am more understanding of my younger self and wish I had kept those notebooks to trawl for stories and amusement. I would also love to have just a few of the carefully crafted clothes I made for myself to wear – a three-piece Christian Dior suit, a long kaftan made from cotton handwoven in Guatemala, a sweet floral dress with piping around the collar and pockets. Those either wore out, no longer fit, or passed from fashion.

A year or so ago, I began a project to touch and decide about everything I own. Since then, many things have gone on to new and better homes. I get bogged down sometimes (my project to scan all my slides is only partially complete). And, I do have to wonder – why on earth didn’t I stop myself before I ended up with several hundred pieces of Glidden pottery?

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  • chavezar

    AudreyRose said 4 years ago Featured

    I can't let go of the past and all the things I loved! I keep acquiring the dearest things I lost due to them being given away by dear old mom or thrown out by my sister, and just plain being lost. Sadly, I have thrown out some stuff I wish I hadn't thrown out. I have found several childhood treasures on Etsy. My Happy Apple and my Winnie the Pooh musical thingy are some of them. I will continue to acquire those precious childhood & teenage memories by buying them back! As I sit here, I have old notes from my teenage years and the awesome lunch box I decorated during freshman and 'freshmore' years right by my feet! My best friend and I read those last week. Earlier I was listening to music from those days and right now I am watching one of my fave shows from that time, American Gothic, which I bought right here on Etsy. I think I am gonna put on my flannel I've had since 7th/8th grade ahhh....grunge!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 4 years ago Featured

    The clutter in your home is part of what makes it truly yours, part of what gives it a soul. But stuff needs going through every so often as your commitment to it changes, memories fade or are no longer relevant. There are some things I will hold on to forever, but most things are transient & only belong in my life for a while.

  • ScrapHappyLyrebird

    Tess from GildedNotes said 4 years ago Featured

    My favorite part about being an archaeologist was holding an object and imagining the people who once made, shaped, and interacted with that object. And yet, absolutely nothing compares with crawling up in the attic on a rainy day and going through old boxes, seeing and holding the objects that shaped who you are today. So anyway, loved this article! I love the idea of going through and touching everything I own and deciding what stays and what gets to go on to a new life!

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  • BeadtrissLane

    Krista Kirk from BeadtrissLane said 4 years ago

    Ahh... Memories!! I can get distracted from my mission of minimizing my things... just one look at am item from my childhood....

  • ArtsyFlair

    Michaela Bowles from ArtsyFlair said 4 years ago

    I love to keep things! 30 years from now, I can think, ponder, and cherish those things that have so much sentimental value. Great article! :)

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 4 years ago

    My parents just had a garage sale this past weekend which forced me to look through things that I have held onto for so long. We got rid of things that had no sentimental value which felt great! Then there were the things that we hold onto to cherish and pass down through the family. I think one of the best things was the communion dress my mother had bought for me to wear when I was 7, veil and all. My daughter is 7 now and will be making her communion next year. She will be wearing my dress. It was awesome to see her in it :) Its the little things that make me so happy!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 4 years ago

    It's wonderful to pass on treasures when you know they will be appreciated and cherished.

  • chavezar

    AudreyRose said 4 years ago Featured

    I can't let go of the past and all the things I loved! I keep acquiring the dearest things I lost due to them being given away by dear old mom or thrown out by my sister, and just plain being lost. Sadly, I have thrown out some stuff I wish I hadn't thrown out. I have found several childhood treasures on Etsy. My Happy Apple and my Winnie the Pooh musical thingy are some of them. I will continue to acquire those precious childhood & teenage memories by buying them back! As I sit here, I have old notes from my teenage years and the awesome lunch box I decorated during freshman and 'freshmore' years right by my feet! My best friend and I read those last week. Earlier I was listening to music from those days and right now I am watching one of my fave shows from that time, American Gothic, which I bought right here on Etsy. I think I am gonna put on my flannel I've had since 7th/8th grade ahhh....grunge!

  • QueenofCuffs

    mary from QueenofCuffs said 4 years ago

    I nodded all the way through reading this (except for kidney stone)!! Sometimes the feeling you get from unearthing a stored box full of memories you have pushed to the back of a cupboard is magic and hours later you are still sitting there looking and remembering. Worth their weight in storage space. But then you inherit your mothers’s ‘saved’ things to add to your own . . . .

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering said 4 years ago

    Adorable items, the gloves are my favorite!

  • needleandfelt

    Amy from needleandfelt said 4 years ago

    Cate, I can so identify with you! I trashed my journals, too :) I did keep one that was about my travels; the only one that didn't make me cringe. Our family made a a life changing decision almost two years ago. We were offered my husbands family farm. We sold and gave away almost everything we had - except two vehicles packed to the brim. It forced us to deal with crap we had held onto and decide what truly had value to us. Some things kept were obviously for necessity. Thankfully we were able to keep some heirlooms and sentimental pieces - it is amazing how you can find creative space in a situation like this. I have no regrets and there are so many little artifacts on the farm to collect from generations before us. The hidden trash pile in the grove is brimming with little collectibles :) I loved your article - thank you for sharing!

  • opendoorstudio

    Martha Layton Smith from opendoorstudio said 4 years ago

    I can relate on so many levels! I love your post. I have found it easier to move things along, by simply taking photos ... digital files are easier to store than the actual items and they can help us relate to the memories that are sometimes the reasons we attach ourselves to an item. I love what you say about personally putting your hands on things to decide to keep or let go. I need to heed that advice as well. Just when I feel I am making great strides, I run across a collection of something I think I need from a local thrift store or barn sale... and things flood back in the doors of my own Barn. I was just rumaging through my basement and came across several little stuffed animals my grandmother made me. I still have my tricycle, pedal car fire truck, Barbie Theatre and fashion shop and many other memory holders. with the exception of the items my Grandmother handcrafted, Maybe it is time to do some photo shoots with the the old items... and make room for my car! :)

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 4 years ago

    Love read :)) Thanks :)

  • funkomavintage

    Tressie from funkomavintage said 4 years ago

    thank goodness I've kept all my journals that haven't been rained on or peed on....I am going through everything I own too....I'm moving soon, separating the moody, from the true blue sentimental.....and as they say, you can't take it with you!

  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl said 4 years ago

    What a great collection. I love old things. Love love love.

  • gardenmis

    Priscilla from Gardenmis said 4 years ago

    This introspection is so sweet and touching. What we would tell our younger selves if we could. Thank you for sharing :)

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 4 years ago Featured

    The clutter in your home is part of what makes it truly yours, part of what gives it a soul. But stuff needs going through every so often as your commitment to it changes, memories fade or are no longer relevant. There are some things I will hold on to forever, but most things are transient & only belong in my life for a while.

  • silversamba

    Alana from silversamba said 4 years ago

    Love that Artifact Series Print!

  • thinkertinker

    Caroline Dang from thinkertinker said 4 years ago

    Thank you for this story. Yes, it's very revealing to come into someone's home. I know I collect too many things but like your younger self, I gave things away, too.

  • birdneststudio

    birdneststudio from birdneststudio said 4 years ago

    I love all the related goodies and what a wonderful article! thank you ;))

  • girlindustries

    Katy from girlindustries said 4 years ago

    A wonderful read, thank you for putting into words how so many of us feel.

  • StringBeardCraftery

    Stephanie from StringBeardCraftery said 4 years ago

    My boyfriend and I are house shopping right now! I can't wait to fill an entire home with things from life!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns said 4 years ago

    I just love this. My home brings back a lot of memories and a lot of love each and every item that we have kept down through the years of our two children growing up all of the little memories and now I get so sad when I run across some things because we lost our son in 2009 Brandon he was only 29 years old so every time I pull out something from my kids being babies, in school, growing up into two very special and wonderful adults and their children. We have a lot of memories and to me that's what our homes are about no matter how big or how little.

  • lovelygifts

    Linda from lovelygifts said 4 years ago

    So true!

  • ScrapHappyLyrebird

    Tess from GildedNotes said 4 years ago Featured

    My favorite part about being an archaeologist was holding an object and imagining the people who once made, shaped, and interacted with that object. And yet, absolutely nothing compares with crawling up in the attic on a rainy day and going through old boxes, seeing and holding the objects that shaped who you are today. So anyway, loved this article! I love the idea of going through and touching everything I own and deciding what stays and what gets to go on to a new life!

  • coalchild

    coalchild from coalchild said 4 years ago

    I love old memories..last time I visited my mom i took home these really cheesey bird statues little wrens sitting on a log shaped tree that is a vase, they were always filled with buttons and odd empheria that was collected over time...when i was young i would love looking in these vases just to see what was there...small things big memories.

  • stmb

    Evan and Steph from MyrtleBrown said 4 years ago

    We currently have our old 1920's farmhouse for sale- the home we have raised our children in for the past 7 years. Tonight we had potential buyers come and look over the house and we couldn't help but feel a knot in our stomach- mainly because of all the sweet memories we have had here in this old house. The thought of letting go is hard but sometimes necessary to grow. Great article! I always admire your writing!

  • quiltitems4u

    quiltitems4u from quiltitems4u said 4 years ago

    The "Title: An Excavation of Memory" says it ALL!!!! It just 'speaks' to like minded people. Thank You for this Great Feature.

  • RenataandJonathan

    Renata and Jonathan from RenataandJonathan said 4 years ago

    Great story !

  • CozyMoments

    Michelle from CozyMomentsLLC said 4 years ago

    What a wonderful article! I totally relate to, "I am more understanding of my younger self and wish I had kept those notebooks to trawl for stories and amusement." I got rid of mine too and so wish I had held on to them!

  • TheMillineryShop

    Marcia Lacher from TheMillineryShop said 4 years ago

    I have moved so many times that the objects I own are somewhat elevated in status. The houses have changed but it's my collection of possessions that makes each abode a home. I am not a hoarder at all, I love to pass on things I really no longer have a use for so what I keep is always that much more special.

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 4 years ago

    Nice picks!

  • dizhasneatstuff

    deb fearon from dizhasneatstuff said 4 years ago

    saving all the little memories from my past and my children's was the beginning of my assemblage art. I love to repurpose a found item and fill it with personal memories. Wonderful article,I Iook forward to your features

  • ProfessorTiny

    Susan Sanford from ProfessorTiny said 4 years ago

    I can so relate to this - I too have a small ceramic cat my sister made around somewhere. I also aspire to a Japanese aesthetic. On the other hand, I wish I still had the box of buttons I inherited from my grandmother when I was ten )we called her Buttons). Thanks for including my marionette with these precious things!

  • ArtyDidact

    Sharon Parker from ArtyDidact said 4 years ago

    Well said. One of the reasons I enjoy haunting local estate sales is to view, handle, and ponder the things that other people found valuable and worth hanging onto. The things we collect tell stories about us and I enjoy imagining what those stories might be.

  • anordicrose

    virginie lykins from anordicrose said 4 years ago

    Beautifuly writen ! I also have to scan my slides..... and all the paper photos.... When I moved houses last year, I had the great dillema of decisding what to keep, what to trash... it was very hard. So many memories.... I was kind of naughty now that I think about it, I still have the key to my old house, and to the bathroom there.... When my husband turned in his keys I sort of forgot to turn in mine..... I was going to use that as an excuse to visit the old place,and turn in the 'forgotten' keys to the new owners.... but I did not have time, and now it is kind of too late......

  • LilyThings

    Elizabeth Lagasse from LillyThings said 4 years ago

    Lovely and Unexpected ! I feel blessed as well , to know the "Here Take It...Please!" generation of Older givers, Some have given me beloved vintage rubber stamps that I love to use in projects.. However , my fav. was from My Grandmother-in-law a Black Rhinestone studded Vintage Stiletto Brooch .I love that little thing! Big thanks for this Great READ!

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle said 4 years ago

    My home is a reflection of my past and also the past of my family. My home also has things I see in my future. Family photos. I think these things are what make a house a home!

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 said 4 years ago

    I have kept a box of my most treausured possesions which is all the little clay and pottery things my kids made while growing up, every once in awhile I take them out and it brings me back to when they were little and the excitment it brought to them to bring the little "cat" or "turtle" home that they had made from clay in school. Such precious memories! Thanks for the article!

  • QuirkMuseum

    Michael Quirk from QuirkMuseum said 4 years ago

    I can sure relate to this as I've been collecting things for years. Always have one foot in the past and the other moving toward the future. There's only so much room in the museum so I put some things up on Etsy after I've enjoyed em for a while.

  • truthbeautyandlove27

    Colleen O'Neal from truthbeautyandlove27 said 4 years ago

    wow I love this article, my mother in law is always giving me things and I always think how can she part with this or that? Reading your article makes me realize how and why she does this, someday I will be giving some of these things or maybe other newer things to my daughter in law and she will wonder how I can part with such things! Lovely!

  • my2handsstudio

    Donna from my2handsstudio said 4 years ago

    I know now why I inherited each and every scrap of. Fabric my mom owned, it was too painful for her to give away so she felt safe giving to me, now my house is packed to the gills! Wouldn't have it any other way!

  • realwoodworks1

    Sherry and G.R. from realwoodworks1 said 4 years ago

    Cate, you've captured the nuances around our attachment to "things." Memory is a gentle architect. All so true, except the part about your reference to your age... you can't be that old!

  • sarahelisabeths

    Sarah from sarahelisabeths said 4 years ago

    Thanks for this post! I think the key is, whether you're cluttered to the gills or not, that your home should be your favorite place. You should be surrounded by the things you love!

  • ItchinStitchin

    Amanda Wytas-Ackermann from ItchinStitchin said 4 years ago

    Yes! I too find it hard to part with some treasures, like the art my grandfather made, or the baby quilt my grandmother sewed for me. Though I would much rather have my house filled to the brim with handmade memory filled items than ones you find mass produced on store shelves.

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas from FreakyPeas said 4 years ago

    LOL....my 11 year old son would not let me get rid of his Mr. Potato Head. I guess things never change.

  • AJHetz

    AprilJoy from TheMintGreenTagSale said 4 years ago

    Very enjoyable read. The only joy greater than having a cherished heirloom is seeing the joy it brings to another when it is passed down.

  • beadyiz

    WS Carmichael said 4 years ago

    Thank you for your thoughtful words. I too have been trying to clean out & pare down. With images from the show Hoarders all too present in my mind, it's nice to share the tenderness of the sentimental journey of life and the things you collect (... not really hoard) along the way. There is truly nothing better than passing something that once inspired or touched you to someone else and sharing that feeling anew.

  • CougarTShirtCompany

    Cougar T-Shirt Company from CougarTShirtCompany said 4 years ago

    Moving always makes me get rid of clutter. For instance, in my last purging, I finally cleared out those dresses that I am sure one of these days I will lose enough weight to wear again. It took three moves before I finally parted with those. The great thing about purging, is when you drop the stuff off at Goodwill. You know someone else will probably get to utilize them, and you are helping charity at the same time.

  • helenbobelen

    Helen Lee from helenbobelen said 4 years ago

    "When I was younger, I could not understand why my older friends would give me such interesting things and thank me for taking them. Now, of course, I am the one thanking my younger friends." Perhaps receiving and giving is as much to Life as breathing in and out; acts which are best done ultimately with a carefree joy. Thank you for kind words.

  • BlueBrocade

    BlueBrocade from BlueBrocade said 4 years ago

    It's hard, emotional work to purge, sort, and give away when every object holds memories for us. But when we do, when we really sort out which items lift our spirits and we are honest about those we have held on to out of habit, our home can become a place that truly nurtures our spirit. Too many items can overrun our lives, and make it difficult to see the things that are most precious to us. Things shouldn't make us dread opening that closet!. It's hard work to purge, but I truly believe that a home that really inspires us, is one that is filled with only items that remind us of who we are and what is most important in life, instead of keeping everything for fear of losing a part of our past. We can't take things with us, after all! And so, I try to live with the very best objects from my life, and only what I truly love.

  • DowntownDame

    Kelly Deneen said 4 years ago

    The timing of this post is perfect! Thank you! As if we hadn't accumulated enough of our own treasures and sentimental bits of history (we also create displays for our beloved shiny bits!), my husband and I inherited his grandparent's house and most of it's contents. This house has actually been in the family for almost 100 years, and belongings from each generation have been tucked away. We are enjoying the best and worst of what has been stashed away in every drawer, cupboard and corner (from the eaves to the basement). Much of what we have found even have the original box, receipt and manuals (down to the advertisements included when purchased!). Yes, the process has delayed unpacking our own boxes, but we both LOVE going through the history of his family and their home. Maybe these 'new' pieces from the past will help us let go of some of our own treasures, maybe not. Either way, the experience is fantastic!

  • LineaLina

    Susanne Major from LineaLina said 4 years ago

    So glad I have cellar! While I was reading I had all the different things in mind that are lying around there. ...and this is my daughters favorite: crawling through all these things and coming upstairs with a piece of mothers history and start questioning! Lovely!

  • eclectivist

    Kasia from Eclectivist said 4 years ago

    Several hundred pieces of pottery? I totally hear you... I come from a family of keepers and gatherers and although I finally learned to let the things find new home my parents still need to get there. Still, I was very moved when I saw my little niece in her father's stroller from 37 years ago... stroller, that would fetch quite a sum on a vintage market by the way :)

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 4 years ago

    Great blog!

  • GraysonDesigns11

    GraysonDesigns11 from GraysonDesigns11 said 4 years ago

    Stories. Every piece of something has a story behind it that dates back to the thought of its creation. I love delving into such stories...

  • exnomad

    pierce and colleen from exnomad said 4 years ago

    time to go through my garage. again.

  • nicolerisinger

    Nicole Risinger from SoSewOrganized said 4 years ago

    I am a HUGE fan of living a minimalistic life of simplicity, but there are some things that should be kept! While I've never regretted throwing anything out, There are many things I hang on to. My mind will not remember everything, I need objects from my childhood to trigger memories to share with my kids and their kids. Thanks for the reminder!

  • myvintagecrush

    Kathleen from myvintagecrush said 4 years ago

    What an awesome blog entry!

  • KaiceJoy

    Kirsti Joy from KaiceJoy said 4 years ago

    Loved it! Ohhh....my struggle with being so emotionally attatched to things...and the grief in letting it go!

  • mediumstomasses

    Sarah from mediumstomasses said 4 years ago

    Great post! I can completely relate and love seeing my own daughter who is also very much a collector create her own little "installations" around the objects she collects.

  • DebbieDolls

    Debbie Campbell from YarnDeBelles said 4 years ago

    Interesting comparison to archaeology.

  • telepelekids

    ilanit bronstein from telepelekids said 4 years ago

    Great post.im a travler,for so many years i travel a round the world,allway left with 60 litter bag which was enogth for all what i need for the year,but back home with few more bags,over weigth and parcels that i send,this is in our nature to collect things,,,,even when i live few months in the same place,i end up with so many things i don't need,so i give away,,,i do have things that im attach to them but i learn my self not to connect too much.and you rigth life are dynamic things that was speicel on the 20's not anymore when you 40's...(sorry for my english,,,im really trying...)

  • EnterpriseAmericana

    Enterprise Americana from EnterpriseAmericana said 4 years ago

    Funny how so many of us can associate the smallest, seemingly insignificant item with a time or a place. I'm proud that I've been able to delete quite a bit of my stuff, things that, although they had a memory attached to them, they weren't all that special. However, I still have thousands of items that do have sentiment. ...and yes, my home too is an archeological dig. Not just of my life but my grandparents, great-grandparents and great-great grandparents.

  • theaterclouds

    Elly MacKay from theaterclouds said 4 years ago

    For me it is the smells... jars of old buttons, a leather belt, a crumbling newspaper book of my great grandmother's, linens. Takes me places. All wonderful.

  • misponko

    Liudmila Rosario Ponko from PonkoWorld said 4 years ago

    great items! love it!

  • TheBeautyofBoredom

    Gracie from TheBeautyofBoredom said 4 years ago

    My boyfriend has kidney stones. He kept a few just to show the doctor, but we usually don't keep those types of things, lol. I do, however, have a fascination for small trinkets and quarter machine things. I have probably saved every trinket I have ever bought out of a quarter machine, and I am more proud than embarrassed of it. I want to use them someday for jewelry or decorating something. I usually only buy the ones that are animals though- ducks, sea creatures, plush animals, etc. So I can relate to how you feel regarding keeping those sorts of things.

  • somlalanta

    somlalanta from somlalanta said 4 years ago

    thank you for shairing great story ..♥♥♥

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 4 years ago

    I'm always torn when I see photographs of other peoples homes they look so ordered and mine so cluttered! I do think we tend to 'accumulate' stuff either through buying it or being given things. Its facinating to see how our lives just build up over time!

  • silke5763

    Silke Jordan from howcroftjordanwork said 4 years ago

    How wonderful to feel all your love and respect for your own style of living !! The time and memories we all have - that's life for me. Nobody can take it away - it will always be in my mind - in full colour and feelings. Thanks for sharing !!

  • NicoleNicoletta

    NicoleNicoletta from NicoleNicoletta said 4 years ago

    great story and lovely picks!

  • knitfitt

    Cate Fitt said 4 years ago

    Oh, what memorable & thoughtful comments! Thank you all so much. Just this week I have passed along some fortune telling pencils, a couple of jacob's ladder toys, old beads, and several storage jars. I am feeling lighter and lighter.

  • MyrnaOi

    JP from GoodOldVintage said 4 years ago

    Oh for the love of junk...

  • ansluasi

    ansluasi from OnceUponABookshop said 4 years ago

    I love your thoughts on this. Earlier this year my grandfather passed on, and I was surprised and thrilled to find that he had taped small histories of their origins to his special belongings. Now I know that he gave the Westminster clock to his parents for Christmas the year he got back from WWII, that the tiny litho of a rural scene was my great-grandmother's favorite because it reminded her of her girlhood Irish village, and that the framed sik scarves came back from France with my Great-grandfather during WWI, among other treasures. A priceless link to my family's past and a gentle reminder of how dear and precious are collective memories.

  • fortunecatlady

    Fortune Cat Trading Co. Ltd. from FortuneCatTradingCo said 4 years ago

    Perfectly put. I used to struggle with keeping so many objects. Every single one was so precious! Then I learned that the thrill of discovering them can be renewed when you pass it on to another.

  • stinnovation

    ST Innovation from stinnovation said 4 years ago

    wonderful Memories artical! I am very love your pieces and very interesting products!

  • DGEnterprises

    Therese Magnani from DGEnterprises said 4 years ago

    Oh, I can SO relate to this! I began a few years ago to thin my various collections and keepsakes. Taking pictures of something once cherished makes it easier for me to let it go. I strive for simplicity, but not austerity. My daughters friends all comment to her that we have a really cool house with so much interesting stuff. I like interesting. I'd just like a bit less of it!

  • genesiscreation

    Genesis C from DollBearHouse said 4 years ago

    Those looks great, i wish i would be succeed too, tks for sharing!

  • knowbyheart

    Alisha Erin from knowbyheart said 4 years ago

    Experiencing my the places and spaces of my past, and merging them with those that I see in the present moment, continues to be the reason I paint. Instead of objects, I become attached to the space itself, I think. I really enjoyed this post! So relevant to my own current ponderings.

  • merriweathercouncil

    Danielle from merriweathercouncil said 4 years ago

    great post! i did my senior thesis for my BFA on this exact topic.

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