The Collector: Part 9. - The Dainty Squid

The Collector: Part 9.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

This collection is different from my other collections because unlike the others everything is different and doesn't have a similar visual theme. What ties these items together is that they're all family keepsakes. I call this my special box, it's contents are varied but most were given to me when I was young and they somehow managed to make it through my childhood without being destroyed.

I love sharing about the contents of the box and I could probably type for hours about it but I'll keep it semi short and only tell you about one item per photo.
 (doll from my mom, clay chair my brother made me when he was high school, a tape measure that belonged to my grandpa.)

Peeking out the top is a doll from when my mom was a little girl, she just gave this to me a month or so ago. It's in my top three most treasured possessions despite the fact her arms are barely handing on and her skirt is taped on. (uh, lets not forget about that creepy face too!!)

 (nail, seahorse, bag of teeth, camera that belonged to my grandpa, a sea star and a keychain from Panama)

Inside the box there are smaller boxes, the item item I'll tell you about from here is the nail. It's from the barn where my grandpa grew up. When it was torn down his nephew saved it for him. My mom told my grandpa I was looking for more family keepsakes and that's what he had to give to me, he was nervous I wouldn't think it was interesting enough but I think it's really neat! At the same time he also gave me a small tin can that his father used to store his tobacco in.


Since there are only two things in this photo, I'll tell you about both. The first is an army shirt my brother gave to me when I was in sixth or seventh grade. Let me tell you, that shirt is worn out. He gave it to me when he outgrew it, then I wore the heck out of it. I wanted to be in the army so bad when I was younger, I wanted to be just like my big brother.

Second,  a video game thing that my family dubbed "poop n' play". There was only one Christmas where I remember my grandma (from my dad's side) sending us presents. I got a porcelain doll, which I wasn't really into and my eldest brother got the video game. The whole family fought over who would play. The music it plays takes me right back to the couch at my parents house peering over my brother's shoulder as he played.

(my dad's braid, a photo of my dad and his dog, a ladybug trinket from my dad)

My dad used to have long hair and when he jokingly asked if I'd want his ponytail when he cut it off I jumped at the opportunity. I love when my dad's hair is long and his pony tail is also in my top three favorite possessions. When I was little he always used to let me play with, cut and style his hair. I absolutely love the way it smells! (I used to have a locket of my mom's hair but I think I played with it too much as a child, I'm gonna have to ask for another!)

(some shells from Put-In-Bay that my brother brought me home, gold necklace and a sea star) 

The gold necklace belonged to my grandma (on my dad's side). I didn't really know her that well but when she died my dad gave me this. I've never worn it because I'm afraid of breaking or losing it but I'm very protective of it.

I'm so ridiculously sentimental, you don't even know the beginning of it. ;) 
Do you have a box full of special things? What's inside?
xoxo

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  1. I have a shoebox filled with stuff, but it's rather junk. Happy junk!
    Everytime I open the box, there's a smile on my face, because it's those little things that make me happy.

    f.e.: squishy keychains in cute animal forms, bells, cheap jewellery, things that are sparkly, ...

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  2. I have a memory box, with stuff from vacations and pictures of my brothers and a book of greek myths I loved as a child.
    I don't own any family keepsakes though. :(

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  3. Babbith, it's not junk if it makes you smile! :)

    Chloe, ask for some! No one will know you want some unless you do. :)

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  4. Wow, you have some amazing keepsakes. I love the story of your dad's hair, and the "poop and play" made me giggle.

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  5. You made me cry with the story about your Dad's hair.My father passed away December 2007,and I can kick myself for not having somethink like a lock of his hair :(

    I have a few very sentimental keepsakes,but I still need to make a nice shoebox or container to keep them in.

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  6. After reading your post, I felt like having one, too. Maybe I should start one, because I've plenty of family treasure all around my home :)

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  7. I have a box with toys that used to by my mom's and some of mine...I did a post about it last year! http://www.valocrat.com/2010/05/strange-toys.html

    I love boxes of sentimentality!

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  8. Very cool! I do have some boxes of keepsakes, but haven't gone through them in awhile. I recently got my old nursery curtains though-they have nursery rhyme pictures on them. Love it!

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  9. This is my absolute favourite of your collections. It is so so sweet. I have some special keepsakes but I should really organize them in one P
    place like this.

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  10. I have some things from my childhood like my favorite doll and some blankets my grandma knitted me. But now I wish I had a lot more, that's amazing how much stuff you have of your family's!

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  11. i love those army shirts! i was in a for a couple of years and they are awesome... well, they're more awesome when you're out of the army and can wear them whenever you want!

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  12. I have a small box of memories from the last time my boyfriend visited. We're long distance so any time together really is a blessing. It's a small earring box and inside it has cigar labels from a cigar he smoked with me, a pressed nickel with eve on it (from disneyland), my disneyland ticket, a battle Los Angeles ticket stub (it was terrible haha!), his wisdom tooth, and a lara bar wrapper, they're his favorite :)
    Love and Turtledoves,
    Jaco

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  13. This is my absolute favorite post ever!!!! Thanks so much for sharing something so personal. I also have a box from the past filled with memories. My favorite thing in the box is my Grandma's collection of bowling pins and patches, I want to cover a jacket with them.

    I miss my angry jewish granny :)

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  14. I used to have a little collection like this. But unfortunately, much of it was lost/left behind when we moved. I should try to start a new one, though :)

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  15. I have wooden cigar boxes all over the place full of keepsakes from specific people in my life. Also one with my hair from major cuts over my life. I also have a box of mine and my sister's teeth. So I completely relate to holding on to your father's braid. I am a hugely sentimental person too.

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  16. These are all such nice keepsakes! I have a memory box stuffed with old pictures, cards, notes, and a paw print from my childhood kitty.

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  17. I have a shoebox filled with 'our stuff' which is things from me and my husband. it's just letters that we've wrote each other when we were dating and that sorta thing. also, i have my grandma's (dad's side) afghan that she made in the '70s and i never use it because i don't want to spill something on it. :| anyway,have a great week! :)

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  18. ps. i like your collection. camera,sea star,sea horse,the doll and your dad's braid.

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  19. When my grandfather had passed away, my whole family went to his house and we decided to put post-its with our name on the stuff we wanted. Some of my family members sprinted for the stereo set and computers, but I got the best stuff. I have a small silver platypus, his whole airplain-model colletion and a tiny bible that actually used to belong to my grandmother, whom I've never known. I'm so happy now that I have these little things to remember them by :)

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  20. The bag of teeth is my favorite!

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  21. I have so many little things around my house that remind me of my Great Grandparents. My absolute favorite thing I have is a round white disc that has the words "nerve pill" written on it. My Great Grandpa made it for my Great Grandma before going on a big trip so that she could keep it in her pocket to remind her to stay calm. I keep it in my purse and it is one of my most favorite things.

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  22. I have a box of "have-to's". It's basically a box of things I have to keep regardless of how bad I need the space because they all have sentimental value of some kind. I would never get rid of it and it is always the first thing on the moving van when we move.

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  23. Your box is so diverse! I have a memory box that is mostly paper products (cards, pictures, ticket stubs, etc) and pins, but I love it just the same. I'm a little surprised there aren't any mushrooms in yours. :)

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  24. Oh my goodness. I used to have a ladybug thing, just like the one in your picture. I actually just talked about it with some friends 2 days ago. My grandmother got my siblings and I one each. I remember mine being green and blue. Same box and everything. That is awesome!

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  25. it's nice to keep those things!...maybe someday you can give them to your own kids-- it makes me so happy to see my daughter be excited over receiving something i kept from my own childhood. really special!

    great post:)...makes me feel a little sentimental/nostalgic myself:)

    xo

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  26. Awww i love your dad's braid/photo/trinket! Too kool!!! :D

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  27. My friends think I'm not sentimental because I find it very easy to de-clutter and give bags of stuff to charity shops - but I would NEVER part with my grandad's telescope or battered old Book of Life, my dad's childhood teddy bear, or the necklace my gran gave me shortly before she died. They're too precious.

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  28. This post made me tear up a bit. I never thought of things be connected to people until my grandpa died After he left, I was moved by everything he touched, even a rubber band ball.

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  29. put-in-bay! that makes me home sick. i worked there one summer.

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  30. This is such a great idea to keep bits and bobs from family generations. This has made me want to start one too!
    Thank you for sharing something so personal to you, it was really interesting to find out about each one :)

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  31. Love this post so much. I have a violin ornament that was my grandma's from the 1930s. As I played the violin, too, I was the lucky recipient of it, and I cherish it every year when I put it on the tree. Family heirlooms are the best!

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  32. I love this post so much, and may reciprocate by doing one myself! I have a lot from my family, and my fiance's as well. Almost all of our furniture pieces are from his grandparents, and many of my childhood toys that I kept were family members' before mine. I have my great-grandma's costume jewelry and furs, a blanket my mother knit for me while pregnant with me, and several momentos from when we lived in Germany (we moved back to the USA shortly after I was born). I also kept all my teeth from when they were pulled, and my mom gave me all of my tooth fairy teeth back when I learned about the ruse as compensation for lost innocence. :)

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  33. i love this collection so so much! especially your dad's ponytail. i have 3 sisters and when we were little we all had hair down to our knees! my mom still has our ponytails from when we cut it all off. when people come to the house and see it they always look confused as they say, "uh... is that REAL hair?" but i'm sentimental too and i think it's sweet.

    thanks for sharing. :]

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  34. This is truly a lovely collection. It makes me want to start my own collection of family treasures (why haven't I thought of this sooner?)!

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  35. what adorable keepsakes you have :)

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  36. That's really cool...but the bag of teeth is scary haha. My mom actually collects Indonesian masks, and when my younger sister started losing her teeth my mom would glue them into the mouths of the masks!! What the... it's so weird.

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  37. Fantastic. I have a 'memory box' in which I keep various items that have importance to me. I love the inclusion of family in your collection. I would love to add more things like this to mine!

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  38. wow those are so personal things, real treasures! I don´t have something similar but you inspired me to make a memory box :)

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  39. Thank you so much for sharing your treasures with us. I actually teared up a bit.
    I used to have a memento box when I lived with my mom, and I hope she still has it. =( I should start up a new one. There are all sorts of trinkets I have hidden around that I don't want to loose!

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  40. I do have a special box! I'm thinking I'll have to do a similar post to this :) Thanks for sharing yours!
    Some things in my special box include:
    A tiny little stuffed pink dog that I named Changey when I was a little girl, a doll with hardly any hair left called Splashy, a death notice I clipped from the paper when my favourite teacher died suddenly in high school, a paper dog toy that my little sister made me for my 8th birthday present when she was 6, random notes written to me from friends in high school... now I'm itching to pull it out and paw through!

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  41. aw, this is so sweet, this collection reminds me of the box Amelie finds (in Amelie)

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  42. I love your keepsakes<3 I have 3 boxes of "our relationship stuff" which includes a lock of ed's hair. I pretty much kept everything he touched the first 2 years we were together :)

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  43. i love this post. and all the stories that go along with each item. i think if we were to ever meet, we would get along wonderfully <3

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  44. Wow, that gold leaf necklace is so pretty! I get sentimental about alot of my ceramic forest creatures and random stuff since my boyfriend's dad gave it all my me over the years since we've been together. In fact, he gave me some of my first "forest" stuff way back when I first started getting into it, I remember: a gnome doll, a forest bunny tree planter, a deer and squirrel planter, an old skeleton key, and souvenirs from his roadtrips in the 60's!

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  45. This is amazing, so much better than mine. I have 5 boxes full of notes that my friends passed to me in class when I was younger, drawings, cards, photos of my lost and loved, little things that I made when I was young and one box is full of all the gigs I've ever been too and collected things there (: x

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  46. Wow this is lovely, makes me want to start a special box like this too! Some beautiful everyday things that have so much sentimental value it's great. Keep up the collecting!

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  47. Beautiful! I especially like the story about the nail from your granddad's barn. I love taking trips down memory lane...

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  48. have you ever found a way to use the camera? i recently got one that is identical, or virtually identical, and so want to take tiny pictures with it, but paperbacked 16 mm film is a thing of the past...

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  49. I have a cheesy wooden box with a unicorn on it. inside are some of my favorite childhood treasures, including a squishy rat finger puppet that was my best friend's, a bag of smushed pennies, a tiny plastic troll, and postcards my sister sent me when she visited England. Treasure troves are the best! :)

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  50. I have a box full of letters all the way back o 3rd grade, they are valentine's, xmas and bday cards, among other silly stuff like bands from events I dont wanna forget, also post cards, letters from summer friend at camps, a lot of thing I cherish!

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  51. my girlfriend thinks your just the bees knees, great.. you can have it with glaze!

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  52. Wow, this is really inspiring. I have a box of old ticket stubs and concert memorabilia that I treasure but it's nothing compared to what you have here!

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