Today’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:
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)?
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