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Saved From the Fire

Jan 14, 2011

by Alison Feldmann handmade and vintage goods


Imagine it: The house is ablaze. Flames lap at the roof, nibble at the windows’ edges and creep beneath the door. Everyone has made it outside (pets included), and you have precious minutes to grab your most prized possession and escape to safety. What would you save?

Today we present three Etsy Blog readers’ most nostalgic objects, all passed down from a beloved family member. Be it a cherry pie recipe or a snuggly quilt, these heirlooms will not be left behind.


My Grandma Alice’s Recipes

Liane of enhabiten: I have some of my Grandma Alice’s hand-written and well used recipes. When I see her handwriting I remember her so clearly. These were the recipes she wrote out, made often, held in her hands. The swing of her cursive and the splatter of past meals help me to feel her presence. These are about real, everyday life. They are entwined with the act of cooking and feeding family and friends. They are about making things by hand and honoring tradition. They help me maintain a connection to her.



My Halloween Cat Quilt

Diane of CraftyPodMy mom made me this quilt for my fortieth birthday (which is on Halloween, hence the theme). It was her most ambitious quilting project ever at the time. If you look closely, you can see that the quilt block is designed so that you can see a cat facing either way!

I snuggle in this quilt all the time, and on a bad day it always makes me feel better. There are hours and hours of love stitched into here. Incidentally, my cat loves it too, though he assumes it was made for him.



My Parents’ Wedding Rings

Faythe, director of Handmade NationAs an only child with a small extended family, my folks are incredibly important to me. They’ve shown constant support throughout my life and provided me with massive inspiration. Without knowing the other had done so, they each gave me their wedding ring within months of one another. My mom’s wedding ring also has the diamond from my grandmother’s engagement ring. These would not be left behind.




What would you save?

To participate, take a photograph of the object that means the most to you, then compose a short, personal paragraph on its significance and submit it to the Saved From the Fire Flickr pool. Stories will be chosen for feature on the Etsy Blog. 



Previous Editions of Saved From the Fire


  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 5 years ago

    I have so much sentimental attachment to the objects I love. It's hard for me to tell which one is the most important. Interesting post!

  • hypericumfragile

    hypericumfragile said 5 years ago

    Great idea! Certainly I would like to save my crochet hooks.

  • AstronautsandBedtime

    AstronautsandBedtime said 5 years ago

    I'd save the things my grandmother gave/made me when I was young. I still have my ratty old comforter, the green scarf she made me and an old wooden squirrel money bank.

  • Marvidrio

    Marvidrio said 5 years ago

    Wow, this is hard. I would probably take the rosary I made for my son for his baptism so he could always have it with him.

  • TheVinylChalkboard

    TheVinylChalkboard said 5 years ago

    This is an interesting post... I have never really thought about what I would bring... probably pictures.

  • shavingkitsuppplies

    shavingkitsuppplies said 5 years ago

    I so love the stained recipe cards. What treasures!

  • whatnomints

    whatnomints said 5 years ago

    That ring is stunning!

  • Nikifashion

    Nikifashion said 5 years ago

    Wonderful ring!

  • iroirocrafts

    iroirocrafts said 5 years ago

    I had a dream about this the other day...for some reason I bypassed all my handmade clothes and knitting for silly items like electronics. It was so deflating when I woke this really what I would do? Now I know I would be choosing precious photographs, jewellery and handmade paper crafts from my best friend. Oh, and the handsewn clothes :)

  • chasingsparrows

    chasingsparrows said 5 years ago

    I would save the cake topper that adorned the wedding cake of my Grandparents and my Parents. It's been dropped and cracked and is a little busted up but I will never forget how I felt when my Mother handed it to me when I got married this past fall.

  • sgcc

    sgcc said 5 years ago

    nice post

  • Earleyimages

    Earleyimages said 5 years ago

    Great Post

  • ZellerZazzles

    ZellerZazzles said 5 years ago

    Oh goodness - as a self proclaimed pack rat who can't bring herself to throw anything away (you never know when you might need it!), I wouldn't even know where to start! Number one would definitely have to do with old family photos though!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 5 years ago

    Sweet memories. Photos. I would take them all. And the video tapes that have the young voices of my children.

  • AlbaApril

    AlbaApril said 5 years ago

    This was actually an experience I had to live through three years ago. My family has lived on the same farm/house since 1831. It was by far the most horrific thing I have had yet to go through. Everything - my carefully-chosen-over-the-years belongings as well as the special, 'sacred' family heirlooms - were completely gone in a matter of hours. If it wasn't for the thoughtful kindness of our volunteer firemen/women (many of whom are neighbours), I wouldn't have the three items they amazingly - and surprisingly! - were able to grab: a repro antique hutch my dad built; a Windsor chair he built; and the up-right piano that was bought in 1896 - and that sucker is heavy! Some people say 'things are just things', but to me they have personalities and beauty and are good for the soul to look at and surround yourself with on a bad day. :)

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 5 years ago

    I'm obsessed with that ring! So ahead of it's time it seems. I've lost before from a fire so I hold nothing so close to my heart. No, I do. Baby clothes, pictures, etc. But I have the incredible strength to just 'let it all go' if nature took it away from me in the first place.

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    This is hard but all important documents and pictures (once I know everyone has made it outside safely). I'm sure there is more I would probably be throwing out the window but those are on the top of the list.

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 5 years ago

    Having had a house fire in the past myself, it is definitely never far from my mind what I would go for first...of course kids come first and then important documents and pictures...and I always know where they all are...just in case! Never say never!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    I love it, what a great blog post!

  • TheOmegaWorkshop

    TheOmegaWorkshop said 5 years ago

    Wow! Mmmmmmmmm I think I would grab an old teddy bear, that I have had for about 40 years!!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 5 years ago

    what an interesting article. it's always nice to take a peek into someone's life and see what they find meaningful and personal.

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 5 years ago

    I got a lump in my throat when I saw Handmade Nation parent's wedding rings.

  • JanJat

    JanJat said 5 years ago

    Its a tough question but after family and pets of course it would have to be the photographs and albums - specifically two: one of my great-grandmother, grandmother and mother together and the second of my grandmother, mother and myself. I feel it's important to know where you've come from to know where you're going.

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 5 years ago

    This is a very poignant question after the floods here in Australia and fires so close to our neighbourhood 2 years ago. Family would have to be my answer. Then we would have to make new heirlooms.

  • TotallyBlownGlass

    TotallyBlownGlass said 5 years ago

    Tough one! I'd say... besides the dog, and our lizard (haha), photos. There's so much other stuff I'd want, but most of it could be replaced if I had to do it.

  • vcantwell

    vcantwell said 5 years ago

    I hate to be a buzz kill, and I love etsy, but my home burned to the ground on December 1st. It was a total loss. In a true fire situation, there is no time to grab heirlooms. In order to be sensitive to people who have lived through a fire situation, you might think of rephrasing this as simply what are your most prized heirlooms and remove the fire part altogether :(

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions said 5 years ago

    Hope I never have to decide!

  • lilpeachcookie

    lilpeachcookie said 5 years ago

    I think I would grab all the keepsakes from when my daughter was born (her hospital ankle tag, my wrist band, her first measuring tape length when she was seconds old[all of which are in a keepsake box from my grandfather])the sweater my great grandma made me when I was a baby, the stuffed teddy my mother made me, and the quilt my mother made my daughter, those four things as well as all the pictures I could get my hands on!!!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    beautiful pieces, I must say I'd keep my recipe books too there are quite a few that have been passed down!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 5 years ago

    wonderful. :)

  • AmberGypsySky

    AmberGypsySky said 5 years ago

    I would keep the puppy thats my avatar that I've had since I was born, the blanket my best freinds mother made me and Allumette the Tomi Ungerer book I've had that belonged to my parents when they were little.

  • CositasSeriasVintage

    CositasSeriasVintage said 5 years ago

    Those rings are gorgeous! I would save a small welded metal heart my dad made me which matches my tattoo. Although it may survive a fire, I wouldn't know the possibility. :)

  • monatao

    monatao said 5 years ago

    I'd save my grandmother's wedding ring and my mother's rings that she has got since she was a child. I'd save the first clothes my daughter weared and my two cats! Very nice!!

  • ZuZusPetals

    ZuZusPetals said 5 years ago

    When I was a child we had a chimney fire that did NOT burn down the house but it did affect me hugely, for a long time I would bag up my treasures every night and put them by the window in case of a fire, so I could throw the bag out as I was escaping. Eventually I realized I was being silly and that if there were a fire I would likely forget all about the bag. I have a family now and I think I would just be relieved to have everyone out safely. I guess if I just happened to have a bag by the window I'd put ordinary things like the car keys and some shoes and coats for the kids in it. I guess my most prized *possessions* are not what I would be concerned with at this point in my life.

  • PthaloAzul

    PthaloAzul said 5 years ago

    Hands down: my computer--no way I'm going to afford buying that whole Adobe Package again if I lost this one.

  • eclecticvogue

    eclecticvogue said 5 years ago

    Photos of my child, who has since passed away; my late mother's crochet work and my grandma's Fenton glass hatpin holder.

  • studio2355

    studio2355 said 5 years ago

    Pictures of my children.I had a son pass away.

  • FunkyFriendsFactory

    FunkyFriendsFactory said 5 years ago

    This is a very emotional question for us in Australia right now and with the Flooding and Victorian bushfires still fresh in our memories. BUT I guess if everyone is safe including the pets -it would be the special family mementoes and photos that would mean the most! : )

  • RuneSpirits

    RuneSpirits said 5 years ago

    I'd grab my laptop. No, no it's really not as bad as it sounds. First all it has the majority of my photos and videos of my kids on it. It has the book I've been writting for the last three years. And from a practicality standpoint, it has everything I'd need to keep all three of my businesses running. All our important docs are in a fire proof safe and that I'd just have to pray, really is fire proof. :O

  • J2Jewelry

    J2Jewelry said 5 years ago

    Do you know something I don't? I'm kinda wigged out now...

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage said 5 years ago

    I agree that this is perhaps an unfortunate phrasing of the question. VCantwell, Verdurebydesign, those who have lived through Hurricane Katrina, floods, fires and storms know that all too often, one is not allowed the time to make such decisions. We should, perhaps, pause to consider which things give us joy--today, now; or forever in our memories. My heart goes out to all who have suffered losses such as these, and to celebrate the beautiful, gentle things in the here and now, knowing that neither these things, nor I, will last forever. Thank you, everyone, for sharing in this emotional exercise. LOTS of fodder for thought...

  • sunkae

    sunkae said 5 years ago


  • daydreamjewels

    daydreamjewels said 5 years ago

    In a very sad situation like this I will only think to grab my children and all family members and run... No matter how precious things can be, they are only things.

  • mamamiaswimmom

    mamamiaswimmom said 5 years ago

    My coffee pot!!!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 5 years ago

    These posts are always so lovely and sentimental. I honestly have no idea what I would save. Probably something terribly laptop.

  • HulaGirl1922

    HulaGirl1922 said 5 years ago

    sweet ♥

  • ktowersphotography

    ktowersphotography said 5 years ago


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    ktowersphotography said 5 years ago


  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 5 years ago

    Love letters and photos... beatiful rings by the way

  • LeatherWorksWithYou

    LeatherWorksWithYou said 5 years ago

    I just moved my 94 yr old Mom and her things, so I have a keen respect for what is precious. Her class ring, mothers ring and the watch I gave her when she retired.

  • iowajewel

    iowajewel said 5 years ago

    my stuffed dog, Newy, (named because he was new) who i got on my 2nd birthday. i am now 50 but he still sleeps with me every night, he is patched and worn but always there to comfort me!

  • reisinggraphicdesign

    reisinggraphicdesign said 5 years ago

    I would save my grandmothers rings, I have two, one is her engagement ring. Oh and maybe my hard drive, to much design work stored on it to lose.

  • awestruckkk

    awestruckkk said 5 years ago

    I was having this conversation with a friend a few weeks ago, after she told me about a fire in her building. I would take a ring given to me by my mom, which my dad had given to her when they first started dating. I was given it at Christmas and it's become my most treasured possession.

  • WildHoneyPieVintage

    WildHoneyPieVintage said 5 years ago

    Wow...yes it wouldnt be hard for me to save my most treasured object, as I NEVER take it off! :) The traditional Swiss farmer's ring that my great aunt gave to me the year before she passed. It always is on my hand reminding me of 1/2 my swiss blood and the love I have for that country.

  • glasfaden

    glasfaden said 5 years ago

    Due to a big fire happened before Christmas here in the city I've asked myself that question, yet I couldn't really find an answer before. Living creatures and memories are precious to me, while every other tangible things are more or less replaceable (though I'm quite sentimental about some of my belongings). So, probably photos is the answer...

  • BlkSheepProductions

    BlkSheepProductions said 5 years ago

    Don't know if there would be enough time to figure out what's most important to save (beside our lives!) and then find it! We know that we would be grateful that everyone was alive and then (most likely) be immediately thankful for our wonderful friends who would be there to help us out.

  • bobbinsandbits

    bobbinsandbits said 5 years ago

    I would probably run first (preferably with a big, strong man), take down and head off with my porch swing. My father, a more talented artist than I, hand crafted a porch swing out of mahogany. I swung on it as a wee one and losing that would be like losing the memories of more carefree times.

  • HeavenlyNaturals

    HeavenlyNaturals said 5 years ago

    I love how the rings both have 3 triangles so sweet!

  • daintilydesigns

    daintilydesigns said 5 years ago

    Ooooh, good question! Hmmmm....I think I'd go after my photo albums, AFTER of course I save my dear bullmastiff Ellie Mae!

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 5 years ago

    WOW , I never thought of this before. I would really have to think about this one. Good idea.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 5 years ago

    Great post !

  • ClaycrazyPottery

    ClaycrazyPottery said 5 years ago


  • chloescakestands

    chloescakestands said 5 years ago

    Love it!!

  • WireEffectsbyKendra

    WireEffectsbyKendra said 5 years ago

    Wow!!! Nice post!

  • aiprllLOVEShenry

    aiprllLOVEShenry said 5 years ago

    Hmmm, after the husband and the cat, I would probably have to think logical and save the hard drive. Not very romantic...

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow said 5 years ago

    That is a beautiful post. The things my children made in school are very important to me. I have saved a lot of stuff to show them when they get older.

  • featherweightpony

    featherweightpony said 5 years ago

    I have a little plate with two 3-D mermaids on it that I took from my grandma's house when she died. I remember being four and sitting in front of where it hung (on the wall in front of the bathroom) and staring at it because I thought it was the most beautiful thing ever.

  • EggzBenedict

    EggzBenedict said 5 years ago

    I would save anything my grandparents gave me. They're getting quite old and the things that they've given me over the years symbolize our ever evolving and ever deepening relationship. The knickknacks I got from them are no longer things, but little bits and pieces of life that remind me of just how lucky I am to have such selflessly loving and caring grandparents.

  • TheGinghamOwl

    TheGinghamOwl said 5 years ago

    Wonderful Post:)

  • Jungle

    Jungle said 5 years ago

    Here in Australia it's more about saving items from a flood! We're having massive floods in Queensland and Victoria.

  • evelynjanethings

    evelynjanethings said 5 years ago

    Having experienced a house fire I believe it's a good idea for people to truly give thought to this question. Nothing is as important as family and any living creature in your care but if they are safe what would you grab? Think about it and put it in a place you can access. Put documents in a fire safe and anything else that is difficult to replace. No one was home when our fire occurred. The home was a complete loss and most everything in it but things were found. We had a firebox - small but it had some important documents so we had those. And perhaps It was luck perhaps saved my son's babybook - inside it's box, inside a drawer in the farthest corner from the fire. The nightstand it was in was not salvageable but the book, with a few photos was fine. I cried hysterically upon discovering that. The only other thing that was saved was a notebook from my highschool days of (badly) written poetry and a few drawings I had done. The notebook had actually been blown out the back wall by the fireman's hose. I'm glad for what was found but if I could have chosen it would have been all of our photos - and perhaps my wedding dress. Now.... it would be all the photos and my daughter's writings and her teddy bear. peace

  • evelynjanethings

    evelynjanethings said 5 years ago

    I think these are all wonderful, irreplaceable items listed in the post. The connection to those we love is something that is difficult to loose. peace again :-)

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr said 5 years ago

    Love the post! The ring is amazing!

  • StudioConestoga

    StudioConestoga said 5 years ago

    So hard to pick one special guys did a great job...I think it's lovely that all ur special items are keepsakes from your loved ones that represent them for you.

  • askartelija09

    askartelija09 said 5 years ago


  • theroyal

    theroyal said 5 years ago

    i have this antique dresser that i would like to save, but it weighs more than me.

  • fromlosttofound

    fromlosttofound said 5 years ago

    --The white Bible my dad gave my mother to carry on their wedding day in 1949 and I carried on my wedding day in 1974 and my daughter carried on her wedding day in 2008--no, that is not replaceable.

  • Agent137

    Agent137 said 5 years ago

    This is such a thought provoking post. Having moved so many times I have been forced to part with objects that I thought that I loved. The necessity to prioritize memories has helped me to determine what I really value

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl said 5 years ago

    I love that you did this feature. I get so many stories about why a piece of jewelry is so important to them. not b/c it's the most beautiful...but b/c of the person who they received it from. Amazing stories of love and sentiment. What would I save...I think my boxes of photos - nothing can replace those memories gone by.

  • ParisCrossingDesign

    ParisCrossingDesign said 5 years ago

    Pictures! I have all of my pictures in a specific place for an easy grab. I just can't imagine loosing all of the pictures of my boys when they were little.

  • dragonflymystdesigns

    dragonflymystdesigns said 5 years ago

    Great post...I'd love to save my sewing machine, but it's really too big to save. As long as I have my kitties and husband I'd be happy. Everything else is just memories and to me those memories are very presious to me.

  • LittleBlueMoon

    LittleBlueMoon said 5 years ago

    I really see two cats! :} Memories and relationships make up who we are...

  • Caracarmina

    Caracarmina said 5 years ago

    very nice the hand-written recipes ....

  • TheKnottyDaughters

    TheKnottyDaughters said 5 years ago

    My grandparents house burned down a few things could be salaged, but what I cherish is the old vent covers. They are intricate and old. I can remember standing on them to warm myself after playing in the frigid cold. Good times.

  • barbiegirlie2

    barbiegirlie2 said 5 years ago

    I find this very sad, as my best friend and his wife, who is very much my sister-from-another-mother, lost most of their belongings when their apartment building burned in early December. One of their kitties didn't make it out... They were able to go back and salvage some things, and they are thankful that one of their cats made it, but still... Since that day I have often thought about what, in addition to my daughter and cat, what would we try to save. Other than the computer tower, I have no idea. You would think I would know by now, given how I have had this happen to people close to me recently, but still... It is all so very heartbreaking.

  • DiannasDivineDesigns

    DiannasDivineDesigns said 5 years ago

    thank you for sharing

  • scarves123

    scarves123 said 5 years ago

    ext year will be better this year, a slight malaise and fatigue Wish all of the network of friends have a new start, and I myself wishing, wishing to family health, work success

  • Paper2Roses

    Paper2Roses said 5 years ago

    Great post, pictures would be mine! That ring is stunning!!!

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 5 years ago


  • LilanesCollections

    LilanesCollections said 5 years ago

    Great story! In my livingroom I would save my daughters ceramic horse heads and pictures she made in college. Made in the images of our horses we own, past and present.

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 5 years ago

    I don't even know where I would start! (Probably a good reason why hoarding old stuff is a bad habit. Tsk tsk, Candace.) *Trots off to see the Flickr pool*

  • carolforsyth

    carolforsyth said 5 years ago

    I loved this article. I think it touches everyone and I guess too on A literal way it touched me. You see our good friends just had their House burn down from a fire and it was our house for 8 hrs prior It made me think about all her cherished items she lost her grandmothers tea pot And cookie jar. She is also an avid quilter, beautiful quilt here. Thanks so much a great theme.

  • KimBalee9

    KimBalee9 said 5 years ago

    Just only save money.

  • sassefrass

    sassefrass said 5 years ago

    I love this article as well. Items of Heritage are priceless!

  • pinkbijou

    pinkbijou said 5 years ago


  • TheWinglessDesigns

    TheWinglessDesigns said 5 years ago

    I really, really wish I had my grandmothers recipes! Grr =(

  • whimsy52

    whimsy52 said 5 years ago

    Our pictures and my purse and keys to car would perhaps be what I would try to grab on the way out! o

  • laTeefahDoLLs1898

    laTeefahDoLLs1898 said 5 years ago

    any pottery can be left behind, as it can take the heaT and will be there if unbrOken....i would graB my 14yr old caT and mourn my 70 count vintage & antique lunchbox collection on the way out... :(

  • gigantour

    gigantour said 5 years ago

    i would save: my Beagle Hannah, my grandmother's ring, my childhood bunny rabbit, and my sketch pad.

  • SadiaHaider

    SadiaHaider said 5 years ago

    One day I got to school to pick up up my three year old.... Surprisingly he wasn't on the premises of the school....daycare type place. I thought I'd lost him...just as we were going to report him missing I saw him in the parking lot standing next to the car !!!! That day I realized I would just take my family ..... If the loved ones are safe and healthy, lost things will be replaced and will have new stories attached to them...old things will become memories and family reunion discussion pieces . But lost people are irreplaceable, so things will always be just things for me.

  • emilyfig

    emilyfig said 5 years ago

    I would save my favorite quilt. I collect vintage and antique quilts, but my favorite is one that was made by my great grandmother, belonged to my mother and has been on about every bed in my family at one time. It's never too warm, and it's never too cold to have this quilt on.

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 5 years ago

    I would save my old family photos. Anything else can be replaced.

  • MariesFiber

    MariesFiber said 5 years ago

    I love it, what a great blog post!

  • designbycassandra

    designbycassandra said 5 years ago

    Something I miss from a flood incident in the basement of a house I shared a few years back - a trunk box full of show programs, awards, photographs and gifts of nearly every theatre production I had been a part of since age 11. Everything was destroyed, even the vintage trunk unsalvageable. A part of me is still devastated that I don't have these things to share when I have children. My parents, having moved just last year, were in the process of cleaning out 'the old house' (oh, weird to say still!) with drawers and albums full of my and my siblings' report cards, school photos, and various propaganda of our childhood. The Christmas before they had moved (they were empty nesters, us kids had picked up and moved a few years earlier) we were given a scrapbook each of our childhood school history, all stored in these drawers for all these years. That's coming with me when the fire alarm goes off. And to add to the 'non-replacement value', I've now been given quite a bit of paperwork regarding my family tree on my mother's side, including albums upon albums of sepia and black-and-white photos of my grandmother as a young woman, relatives I had never met but I see them in the mirror everyday. My mother and I will be organizing all of this loose information into albums, potentially starting a blog about our research. Even if these photos and documents were "digitally stored", I would still save these. Hubby'll take care of the dog and two cats. We've got our escape plan!

  • bekknitsandco

    bekknitsandco said 5 years ago

    What a great post! I love the theme. I would take my journals I have written. Rebekah

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 5 years ago

    What amazing pieces. Not only though fire, we all lose things that are important to us, but it seems things that are most important find a way of staying close.

  • betsycut0217

    betsycut0217 said 5 years ago

    I would grab my son's baby book. Sweet memories fill those pages.

  • RoyalFelt

    RoyalFelt said 5 years ago

    nice post

  • catiques

    catiques said 5 years ago

    This is an absolute terriffic article. See on Dec.20th 1980 Our home to the ground and I lost so many memories that day. My little dress made my grandmother for my baptism.My mom's rings, all pictures, my childrens baby clothes and special hand painted they mande. But I located the fire and got my children out immediately. So this was very close to my heart and touching article. Good Luck on your sales.

  • foxpots

    foxpots said 5 years ago

    My wedding ring and my Blackberry. The ring is the most symbolic object that I own. The smart phone is my quickest link to everyone important in my life.

  • NotYoMommasHandbag

    NotYoMommasHandbag said 5 years ago

    What FUN! I did just that and it brought up so many memories....smiles.

  • saburkitty

    saburkitty said 5 years ago

    This is so horribly intensive and disgusting ... After a long time beloved Etsy seller loses her sons life to a fire, just this February, you publish something like this? wjw...

  • saburkitty

    saburkitty said 5 years ago

    I am referring to this being linked in Finds

  • Stuballs

    Stuballs said 5 years ago

    Doesn't sound very nice ,but I would save my Black Walnut Grandfather Clock I made years ago,by putting it on my lovely wifes back,and then giving her a friendly boot out the front door!!!!!

  • charley500

    charley500 said 5 years ago

    My dog and my desert tortious. Both living things.

  • plantarock

    plantarock said 5 years ago

    My animals first, my pictures next, they can't be replaced, then whaever you can grab you think of, my stone is outside so it would be fine! ha ha

  • milocreativestudios

    milocreativestudios said 5 years ago

    I find this question to be horribly insensitive and I am quite shocked that the author couldn't find a more appropriate manner in which to ask about treasured heirlooms. I cannot imagine anything to be more important than a human life.

  • Papeeyay

    Papeeyay said 5 years ago

    Funny that I had to think about this for a second. This really did happen to me. Although too young to really understand the full implications of losingeverything, and I mean everything, I do have a cherished object that was given to me years later. Our farm house burnt to the ground at age 7. When I was 17, I visited an Aunt in Ottawa who had kept a letter in her possession all these years, from my Grandfather announcing the arrival of my parents first daughter. Me. He had the best hand writing skills I've seen to date. I wlll treasure that always. I also have to chuckle at the fact that the paragraph after the announcement regarding their brand new washign machine was far more descriptive than my announcement.

  • RubyTombstone

    RubyTombstone said 5 years ago

    I have had to make this decision before, during the Canberra Bushfires of 2003. Once I knew my cat was safely in the carrier, I had to pack the suitcase. Oddly, I really couldn't think of many things that mattered, as long as the cat was safe! I ended up packing my photo albums, a tutu and 2 bottles of wine! In the end, it took 2 agonising hours for the fires to reach us...... by which time the wine had disappeared! Ruby xoxo

  • RubyTombstone

    RubyTombstone said 5 years ago

    I should add that when we realised that the shops were likely to be shut (if not burned to the ground), my friend left to stock up on supplies. By the time he got there, he was so distracted he had forgotten what he set out for. He came home with a deluxe pack of 24 rolls of toilet paper! Again..... much of which was gone by the time the fires reached us!

  • ccrawford927

    ccrawford927 said 5 years ago

    It’s a conversation that my sisters and I have always had; we’d throw our clothes, jewelry, computers, everything materialistic out the window (hoping it would survive the fall) and run out of the house. It’s surreal thinking back on it now – when we have nothing – our parent’s house burned down on July 4th 2010 – and if total chaos and panic did not set in, maybe we would have thought to throw things out the window. It was more important to get the dog and bird and all the family out of the house, but there are no words that can describe the feeling of everything that you’ve ever had in your entire life – burn in flames then drown in water and foam. If we had to do it all over again, the only things I would take with me are pictures of our childhood, and all things that would remind us in 20 years of all the fond memories we had of the house, of each other, and our family. So the only picture we have now is a picture of our burned down house…

  • PaulHollo

    Saved From the Fire by Luke and Michele from SavedFromTheFire said 2 years ago

    We save stuff from the fire every day! (It's in our name obvs). We save jewelry, turquoise and silver mostly. You'd be amazed how many beautiful pieces get melted away! We pull back the best of it and resell it on Etsy to give these stunning pieces a second life. It's super fun and we love this mission.

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