Childhood Memories Friday: Knick Knacks

childhood-memories-friday-winter6Today’s childhood memory involves knick-knacks, for lack of a better term.  I had so many little knick-knacks, most of which sat on shelves of my bookcase or on top of the little roll-top desk in my room.  Here are some:

1970s knick knacksMaybe some of them will bring back memories of things you had.

On the left, we have two Avon figurines that you unscrewed to get perfume out of.  I unscrewed them and they still have that unmistaeable Avon scent!  Is it just me, or was Avon a lot more popular in the past than it is now?

Next some little Indian-type doll pin.  I can’t remember the origin of it.

Then, a little flocked bear.  I think I got him on a vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains when I was little – not sure though.

Next we have a little black native of some type sitting by an orange and a globe.  My Aunt Elaine was a missionary in Africa – Elaine, was this from you?

And next to that, another similar knick-knack with an Asian flair.  There is a piece of paper with it where my mom wrote “From a Japanese Trade Fair.  The words read “souvenir of Japan”.  The girl has 2 chocolate bales”.  Where did I get this?  I don’t know!

Then, a little ceramic toucan bird.  This is cool because if you turn it upside down and put your chin on his beak, you blow across the bottom and he is a whistle!  Elaine – I’m thinking this was from you too?

Finally, a little gold elephant who looks pretty emaciated.  I am sure this one is from Elaine, from Africa.

Although the origin of many of these has been forgotten, I clearly remember them sitting out in my room.  One thing I really disliked was dusting them.  I was required to dust each week, and I remember trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to dust around each item rather than moving them all, dusting, and then rearranging.

I remember sitting in my piano teacher’s waiting area and seeing dust on a side table, and my mom commenting that the teacher wasn’t much of a housekeeper.  I thought, “I bet I won’t be either.”  And guess what?  To this day, I don’t enjoy much housework.  Especially dusting!

What are some knick knacks you remember from childhood?  Do you still have them, and if so, how do you display them (if you do)?

Join me with a childhood memory!

8 thoughts on “Childhood Memories Friday: Knick Knacks

  1. That was a fun trip down your Memory Lane!
    I still have the little white horse statues that my Mom gave me as a small child. They are displayed in a place of honor in my home office. ♥ ∞

  2. Loved your toys! I think maybe that little Indian is a Seminole… or so it looks to be. They wore long dresses like that (and I think still do in some cases).

    This is such a sweet post. Enjoyed taking the trip with you!


    Sheila 🙂

  3. Such cute knick-knacks – but I would have as a child and now as an adult HATE dusting them, too!

    Dusting is so boring!

  4. Dusting IS boring, but it sure makes all the difference in how a room looks. Work is its own reward for me.

  5. I think I’m only responsible for the emaciated elephant. The symbol of Ivory Coast is the elephant, although I never saw one the whole time I was there. I don’t believe I can take credit for the two other items you have attributed to me.

  6. Just wanted to stop by and wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day. I’ve got things on the stove so only have a minute. Just couldn’t let the day pass without sending love to you…


    Sheila 🙂

  7. I have a little elf figure that a friend gave me in maybe 4th grade. It was one of a set of 3, but this is the only surviving one. It is a boy with pointy ears and black hair, lying on his back with his hands behind his head and his one knee up. This was a fun post. I love Avon. Probably the best way to get it now is online at their website. (I can’t deny I’ve dusted like that a time or two!)

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