Monday, January 17, 2011

Nostalgic items . . . do you collect them?

Do you collect nostalgic items
 from your childhood?

I remember the day my husband proudly announced that he had thrown away all those boxes of junk magazines and "all those 8 tracks that we don't listen to anymore" that were cluttering up the storage shed.

Thank God my 45's and my mom and nana's 78's
 were safe and secure in the house!  I still have them.

I still have my quadrophonic stereo system!
  Music and anything related to music is special to me.

The "junk magazines" were from way back in the day of the British invasion . . . those teen magazines and "special edition magazines" that featured The Beatles, Herman's Hermits all the way through the breakup of The Beatles, tons of those special magazines of The Monkees . . . and on and on and on.  

Then there were the fashion magazines that were the beginning of the supermodels featuring Twiggy . . . OMG . . . you can imagine my horror.  I even had all the magazines that featured Ali McGraw, who started her career as a model . . . she was one of my favorite role models.  I'm a big time pack rat and so nostalgic for things from my past that I loved.

I even saved some of my favorite outfits from way back . . . every once in a while I like to look at them . . . at least the ones that made it through "the cut" . . .

One of the things I love to do is go to antique shops that have the old kitchenware my nana used in our kitchen as I learned to cook by her side.  I have a lot of that stuff and guard them like the treasures they are, but I use them everyday.  In particular, I love those old clay bread bowls.  

Red enamelware is my favorite!

Although practical kitchen stuff is what I love to pick up at flea markets and antique stores, I also collect Disney stuff.  There is something about Tinkerbell that takes me back to my childhood!  I love my collection of Tinkerbell figurines . . . and the Christmas ornaments.

I still have my first dolly . . . and many of the stuffed animals from my childhood.  Yes . . . I am a terrible pack rat!

I can guess that many of you guys still have the comic books from your childhood . . . many of you ladies still have your first Barbie.  If you didn't save them from your childhood and then ended up in the trash like much of my stuff,  have you tried to replace them?

What are some of the
 nostalgic items you still have?

Or wish you still did?


blueviolet said...

I wish I had some nostalgic things, but I really don't. My ex has a bunch of Disney collectibles which are really cool though.

Gina Alfani said...

Hi blueviolet . . . there are so many things that my mom tossed out, thinking that I had outgrown them. Wish I had a fraction of them!

Disney collectibles really bring back memories! Actually, what inspired me to write this post . . . the items I bought at Disney World the first week it opened . . . my favorite is a clear glass cookie jar with Mickey on the front.

Thanks for visiting and commenting!


Shady Del Knight said...

I had a large collection of vinyl albums and 45's but foolishly sold all of my records to a dealer for a fraction of their worth. Now I wish I had them all back! I still have some vintage TV Week magazines, movie and televison star glossies, and a collection of framed original horror posters from the 50's and 60's.

WheelchairDecor said...

I thought i was the only person alive that remembered The Monkeys....I was so terribly in love with them! LOL
Just today my 14 year old daughter volunteered to go through the entire house and throw away things we didn't need...scary! I'm going to have to keep my eye on her!

Out of My Mind said...

My mom tossed out stuff too. However, lots of things were lost when I couldn't afford to hang on to them during a divorce (just no room in a 1 bdrm apt. and the kids got the bedroom).

I love that some of the things you have been able to hang onto are things that have meaning to me also.

What few treasures I had I have given to my grandchildren.

And, like you I LOVE to travel down memory lane at Antique shops! The flashbacks that occur are treasures in themselves.


Allen Davis said...

I ended up buying the Six Million Dollar Man off an auction website. I had this doll when I was little and wanted to relive the moment. I still have a lot of the Fisher Price toys that I had as a child.

Gina Alfani said...

@Shady Del Knight . . . Don’t you hate the regrets? This is why I don’t let anything go, even if I know I will never use the item. I still have some of my Rolling Stone magazines  Those television star glossies are something I would love!

@WheelchairDecor . . . I ADORED the Monkees!!! I remember rushing home from school to watch the television program  They were so corny, but cute! Back in the late 70’s I met Davy Jones and Mickey Dolenz when they were doing a reunion tour. I got a hug and kiss from Davy!! You’d better supervise your daughter . . . it is surprising how others don’t perceive what treasures some of those things are.

@Out of My Mind . . . It is such a shame that we sometimes have no choice in getting rid of the stuff. I’m due for a trip to an antique shop . . . and I have not yet explored a thrift shop and I’ve heard they are great for finding nostalgic items. Glad you enjoyed the trip kt!! The flashbacks ARE treasures!

@Allen David . . . ohhhh I love auction websites! I was able to add to my collection of Coca Cola dinnerware and was so happy to find that stuff. You touched on something . . . reliving the moment . . . just holding that item in your hand is so awesome, like a time tunnel experience!

Thank you all for visiting and commenting about your nostalgic items!

Anne @ The Frump Factor said...

I don't save much, I'm afraid, but I can tell you what I WISH I'd saved:
1) An old "Partridge Family" album
2) My pet rock
3) My mood ring
4) An issue of "Tiger Beat" magazine.

I'm now cursing my eagerness to throw things out! (Visiting from the Over 40 Follow -- following you on Twitter, too. Love the memories!)

EmptyNester said...

I only keep things our daughters had...probably because my mother didn't keep any of our stuff. My aunt has some things that we had growing up though and it's fun to look at it when we visit her!

Angela said...

I found you on a Friday blog hop and am now following

SubtleSouthernSnapshots said...

I've saved a lot of t-shirts from events, clubs, etc.

Found you via Lucas's Journey w/SPD's
Sensational Weekend Social!
I'm now a follower

June said...

I try to collect nothing because nostalgia feels like sadness to me.

Howsoever...I have named you as an award winner. I hope you will stop by at your leisure and retrieve it.

shah wharton said...

Im a new network blog follower - to return the follow click the link - Shah. X

**Jen's Funky Shop** said...

Following you from Social Blog Hop :-D

Gina Alfani said...

@ June . . . thank you so much for the award!!

@ SubtleSouthernSnapshots . . . I have also collected t-shirts . . . from concerts we attended. One of these days I want to make them into a very special quilt.

@ EmptyNester . . . awesome to have a different type of nostalgic collection!

@Anne . . . OMG I still have my mood ring :)

It is so cool to hear about what others collect . . .

Thanks to everyone for visiting, commenting and/or following . . . I am following everyone who follows me and leaves a comment!

Toesthattwinkle! said...

I found you on the blog hop and now Im following you! Please check out my blog and follow me, I also wanted to say how much I love your blog and reading the posts!

Sandy Ruth said...

When we moved cross country, I got rid of many things I'd collected from childhood. Who'd be interested in that old scrapbook from high school? Out it went. Since then, I've reconnected with high school friends through Facebook and found out that they ALL would have loved to see it! Luckily, I did keep all my photos, as well as my diary from elementary school and high school. The really good thing about that is that my best friend and I wrote a novel inspired by my high school diary entries. It's entitled I.O.U. SEX.

Heavensent1 said...

I'm a retro girl living in a techno world...

GFC following *heavensent1* from the Freakin' Friday Blog Hop...ifn you have a moment, please stop by Mad Moose Mama ~ ~ and have yourself a look around~!! Have a groovy day...peaces...xoxo

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

Well I just bought a TV w/ a VCR. I'd love a record player too.

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