Monday, August 23, 2010

Family Collectibles


Nickel gumball machine

I recently read an article on Time that discussed the top 10 things the children of today will never experience. This got me thinking about what I relied on when I grew up and how much has changed since my parents were kids. I went home this weekend and immediately started rummaging through old photographs and keepsakes that my family has stored over the years, and I came across some very cool yet outdated items. My favorite find is the rotary phone. Granted, it takes longer to dial someone, but it allows me to slow down and take a breath. I love thinking about the endless conversations my grandparents had on this phone. I am happy to report that it has found a new home on my nightstand. What are your favorite family collectibles?


VHS tapes with oversized covers


Stapler used at my grandparent's store


Vintage cash register


My grandma rolled coins by the hour


My "new" old phone

27 comments:

  1. These items are lovely, can't believe you still have all this stuff. Unfortunately I missed out on most of these treasures entirely, I have always had a thing for rotary phones though!

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  2. That phone is so cool. I love older stuff. Unfortunately most of the school stuff is from my husband's family. He's got an oldoldold pencil sharpener that I LOVE. And a vintage radio that's really awesome looking.

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  3. Aw, what great family treasures! My parents still have a rotary phone in their house THAT THEY USE!

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  4. you just reminded me how much i loooove rotary phones! when i was younger i remember rolling coins all the time. i think i might have those disney scary tales too :)

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  5. Oh this is just wonderful. You know what I've come to appreciate lately? Typewriters. All of my friends make fun of me, but I really want one!!

    And you know what's sad..some of the offices at my job still have phones like that!

    Just stopping by your page from another blog :)

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  6. I love your "Finds"! The cash register is amazing.

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  7. I love the "new" old phone... I kind of miss the vhs collection I used to have.

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  8. This definitely makes me feel old! Haha! I also have fond memories of VHS tapes - and don't forget the original Nintendo!

    Have a great Monday!
    Jessica

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  9. I adore that phone...Balazs and I had one like that a few years ago but while moving it got damaged...I should try to find a new one:)

    Hugs sweetie and wish you a sunny MOnday

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  10. So cool. I love your new 'old' phone. Have been planning to hunt up my very similar old phone myself when I visit my parents...oh nostalgia!

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  11. Marcie, I cannot wait to read this article. I'm always thinking about how different our children's generation is going to be and it makes me really sad. I loved my childhood and felt like it was so simple and filled with outdoor activities, games, friends, good clean fun. Now with all the kids having cell phones, video games, BBM, etc. things are so different. I worry about how I'll deal with that if we have kids. Oh anyway. That cash register is so cool and we literally had that exact same rotary phone until I went off to college. HA! Around that same time, my parents got call waiting. (They still don't have cable tv or a computer. Good times).

    I'm off to read the article now.

    xo
    Valerie

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  12. I love old rotary phones! I one day want to have one, if I ever have a land line again :). Btw I left you a blog award over at my blog :)

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  13. Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose. ~From the television show The Wonder Years
    Great post Marcie Girl!
    Smoochies
    gi gi

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  14. I do wish the world could slow down a bit, technology has sped our lives up so much. That's great that you're re-using that phone :) good for you. Oh, and I LOVE gumball machines, it's rare that I can pass by one without digging in my purse for a quarter ;)

    ps. weekends ARE the best!!! ♥♥♥ Hope you have a great week!

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  15. I jumped right over to read this article and was pleased to see that I not only knew what every item referenced but also had experienced it all -- thank goodness! I love your collection of items, dear, and these photos are absolutely stunning -- they have such a beautiful vintage quality to them.
    xo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  16. These are some really cool finds! I've always wanted to get a typewriter!

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  17. I'm going to read this article as soon as I comment :)


    Love you, lady! Just want you to know that!

    Hugs and kisses from me to you!

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  18. You have some super cool things...we totally had a rotary phone that hung on the wall. We also had a party line. Did you?? My aunt and uncle lived close to us and she totally used to eavesdrop on my teenage phone calls. So not okay!!

    xoxo,
    Carrie

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  19. what an awesome collection!! love it all.. and kinda jealous over here.

    i have a gumball machine addiction -- or ocd -- can't pass one without buying...

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  20. I love all of it! I want a gumball machine!!

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  21. Loved the nostalgia of this post, Marcie! As for me, the walkman made me LOL. I remember jogging with a discman! Which was quite the feat since the constant running made my cds sometime skip!

    I also love the vintage cash register and the phone. Pottery barn makes a vintage looking phone but it's still buttons, I love the rotary phone :)

    http://pursuitofllt.blogspot.com/

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  22. that's wonderful! so true that today's kids won't experience all of this, but they've got some others on the other hand

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  23. What a great post! Made me starting thinking about many things I had as a child. Love those old VHS tapes...I had TONS! :)

    http://lindsaylovesitall.blogspot.com

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  24. those are some awesome finds! i wish i had that many cool things around my house. i love rotary phones! my dad always played a game with us at gumball machines, whoever guessed the right colour got the gum so can't help but do the same thing now!

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  25. Hi Marcie - just dropping by on my bog blog catch up! Love this list of items that kids these days just won't get! Such a shame - to my nine year old a hamburger phone from the 80's will just not make any sense whatsoever. To me it featured in pretty much every sitcom on TV - Saved by the Bell? Yes please! Lou x

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  26. I miss those old phones! I'd love to have one again. I'm also catching up on blogs - I've been so busy this week with my family!

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  27. this has been one of my favorite posts - how cool to gather some of this stuff...such a good idea. it is very weird to think that we're at that age where people after us won't know what we're talking about we mention these things!

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