Isn't this lovely? (NOT!) If you were to see this old jewelry box in a garage sale, chances are pretty good that you wouldn't even pay a quarter for it. It has virtually no monetary value. But value isn't always monetary. This is the little jewelry box that started it's life on my dresser when I was somewhere around 4 or 5 years old.
In recent years, I've been going through the "things" I've collected in my 6 decades of life. This is the season of my life when I am cleaning out, paring down, finding new homes for things and deciding what I really want to keep. But it's so difficult for me to just toss something that has so many memories.
As I go through the boxes from the attic, if something makes me smile, I'm trying to incorporate it into my everyday live. If I don't want it in my house, if it has no resale value, and if nobody else wants it--- then it goes. But in the case of my jewelry box, I just couldn't get rid of it. Plus-- as I said-- it makes me smile.
SO.... I got the perfect idea! I put all of my Christmas jewelry in it! I did this last year, and after the holidays I packed it away with the Christmas decorations. When I started decorating this year, out came the jewelry box, and you guessed it... it made me smile. :-)
I've been looking for ideas like this one to re-purpose old things with good memories.
Oh--- and can you see the little puppy earrings in front of the box on the left? My oldest son gave them to me when he was 8 years old. I still remember the day he gave them to me. He payed $2 of his own money for them. Yep- they make me smile, too.
It's the little things in life.