I Didn't Throw It Away

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Singaporean based blogger, eco-crafter and workshop facilitator Agy, of Green Issues by Agy asked if I'd like to take part in a fun blog train, exploring items that have been in my possession for over 20 years, which for whatever reason, I have not thrown away.

After looking around the house yesterday, I wondered what I could talk about.  Most of my belongings are close to, or over 20 years old, because the majority of which have been sourced second hand; that being said it doesn't necessarily mean said items have been in my own possession for 20 years.

It goes without saying that bits and pieces one tends to keep for a period of time, hold some sort of sentimental value, and with that, fond memories.

Quasimodo the Rabbit. 

Some children get attached to a teddy as a comfort toy, others prefer a security blanket, and many do not get attached to a single thing. As a child, I grew to love to a soft toy rabbit, with a front zip all the way up its belly; supposedly for pyjama storage. The rabbit, propped wearily against my boots above, I (or maybe my Mum) affectionately named rabbit 'Quasimodo', because of its hunched back.

Tatty, loved and pink, wearing a t-shirt designed for a Garfield soft toy (that you might also remember, if you were a child of the 80's), Quasimodo fails to have fluff on one ear. My Mum tells me I would stroke the fur of my rabbit's ears to get to sleep, so much so, that hardly any fluff remains. 

I can't remember when I decided I didn't need my rabbit anymore, but I still have it.. of course, stored in the top of my wardrobe. You may wonder how it remained so pink in colour - it didn't, my Mum dyed it, regularly. 

Queen Coronation Tea Cup

I do love a vintage tea cup, of which I have a collection.  This tea cup, part of my collection, is a little bit special; given to my Mum as at a street party to celebrate the Queen Elizabeth's 11 coronation, where all children were given one as souvenir. 

Admittedly, I not much of a Royal fan, but this mug represents where I come from, and I can't forget that.  I have called Australia home for ten years now, and while Melbourne holds my soul, Britain still has my heart. They say you can take the girl out of London, but you can't take London out of the girl .. and the tea cup, well it reminds me to remember that.

Grandma's Leaf Brooch

This brooch is one of a few pieces that has been passed down by my late Grandmother.  I hold in my possession, a few jewellery pieces and accessories from both Grandmothers, and wear different pieces on different occasions.  I like to ponder where my Grandmothers' would have bought or when they were given their jewellery to wear.  Neither were particularly wealthy, but both enjoyed a sparkle or two.

Silver Watch

Another gift from my Mum; a mechanical Swiss silver watch she found in a British charity shop.  I'm not much of a watch wearer, but when I do wear choose to wear one, this is the only piece I will wear.

Ankle Boots

I have a slight confession; these beloved boots have not actually been in my possession for 20 years, but they are original vintage beauties, made in Brazil in the 1960s.

I found these boots at Paddington Market in Sydney, 13 years ago, and wore them out in Sydney's clubs that night, without a flinch.  These days, my boots sit pretty in my wardrobe; my feet couldn't handle their 9cm height anymore - that said, I'd never get rid of them. Ever.

That was fun! a trip down memory lane, and a personal thought for my attachment with old stuff.

Yesterday saw Jill from Creating my way to Success sharing her 20 year old possessions, and next up Sharon from A Vintage Crafty Adventure, shares her vintage belongings.  Thank you for organising, Agy.


Agy said...

It is so interesting to read the stories behind what others have kept. So many memories here! Thank you for taking part!

Anonymous said...

Oh I loved this post and such lovely stories behind each one of your pieces. I must say though that silver watch is stunning, I love it.

Patti said...

I love the story behind an object - what a fun post. xox

Unknown said...

What a fun post....I have several pairs of boots that I got from vintage stores too! And your grandma's leaf brooch is divine.

Thanks for sharing,

P.S.: I also joined the blog train, and this is my story (published on January 9) - http://www.fafafoom.com/didnt-throw-away-3-things-20-years-later/

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