Back when I had the web pages, I had this idea for a page I wanted to call "The Old Trunk in the Attic". I never fully developed that idea, apparently because it was ahead of its time. This is my "Old Trunk in the Attic" web page.
I love STUFF. STUFF that reminds me of people. STUFF that someone I know used to have. 3 dimensional STUFF. My house is full of it. I can't get rid of the things my Grandpa's made, both of them were pretty good carpenters. I have a bookcase, unique shelves, toy boxes from Grandpa Bell. A doll crib, doll swing, doll high chair, rocking horse baby's coat rack and a quilt rack from the Grandpa Menke. These are the things that "decorate" my 3 bedroom home. These things I keep OUT of the attic.
I don't believe my house is worthy of an episode of Hoarders. There is a place for everything and everything is in its place. It just wouldn't make the cover of Martha Stewart Living. That's just fine. I live in a material world, I am a material girl. Not diamonds or fine art, but STUFF that I consider priceless. Like Ma Joad, it would bother me to leave anything behind if I had to move.
When my Grandma Bell showed me the marriage certificate of her parents, Art McGrath & Sadie Negley, I was in awe. It's a beautiful 16 x 20 framed piece of art. When she said I could have it "if I wanted it", duh, ya, I took it! My first heirloom from "the old trunk in the attic".
This STUFF and a lot more give a 3 dimensional life to my family history research. They make it more than just names and dates on a chart. Even more than the photos of the people, this STUFF gives me an insight into the talents and interests of my family.
Just about anything can be a family heirloom, but keeping your grandmother's dishrag might be taking it a bit too far. I think what I have is the RIGHT STUFF.
How do you display what you found in "the old trunk in the attic"?