10 things I treasure that nobody else would – what are yours? 41



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We all have items we have hoarded, things that fill the shed or the back room, and I am sure there are many people worse than me when it comes to collecting items, but still, I have my fair share.

I’ve been downsizing over the past few years so the problem is not as bad as it was, but there are some items I would never throw out because of sentimental reasons. They’re probably not worth much – or anything at all – but they are my treasures from the past and are varied and odd.

Do you have treasures? Here are mine and the reasons I can’t let them go.

My grandfather’s trophy

Before my father passed away he gave me a silver cup that my grandfather had won in the Old School Race at Boys Grammar School Ipswich, dated March 3, 1898. It is inscribed with these details and his name: W. E. Foote. He had always treasured this cup. So now it sits pride of place in my lounge room. My intention has always been to give this trophy back to the school for their history.

The chunky gold bracelet

I have a chunky gold coloured bracelet decorated with some sort of gem stones that I received back in the late 1960s as my first jewellery gift from a boyfriend. I had knitted him a bulky jumper and scarf in his rowing club colours and was given this bracelet as a thank you. In those days it was the fashion to wear chunky bracelets and I have kept this as a memory of great times.

The bible

Now I am not religious, but I have this lovely wooden carved bible which I received from an aunt when I was at Senior School in the 1960s and, for some reason, I treasured this gift as a memory I wanted to keep for life. My aunt has since passed on so it is particularly sentimental.

The Buddha

In contrast to this I have a wooden Buddha that I bought in Hong Kong in the early 1970s when I was living there. I became obsessed with the Buddha statue (the more rounded gentleman with his hands in the air) and have since collected quite a few different ornaments of this nature. This is a memory I did not want to forget as it was taken from some very happy times, and I have carried this Buddha with me since then. My Buddha has not gone unnoticed, as my son recently arrived back from his honeymoon and brought me another Buddha for my collection.

My Banjo

There is a banjo I purchased ten years ago when I decided I was going to learn to play. Now I bought the best of banjo’s, a Washburn, and a very fancy case to put it in. I took two lessons from an expert but the banjo was very heavy and I found it quite difficult to use. So there it sits with the pride of position in my lounge room taking up space. Well, I did hear it was healthy to have a musical instrument in the house. I was also told that you need to pay someone to take them away!

My fishing rod

I will always have my fishing rod. I do go fishing and nobody will ever get that from me. You touch it and there will be trouble

My wardrobe

Now, if you ask my husband, he will tell you I carry some clothes that date back to the 1960s. It has always been a very contentious issue “that I will never ever fit into these clothes again, and I am just hoarding them”. But memories are memories. No, I agree I will never fit them again, but I did look so great in them and have treasured them…. Maybe they do need to go!


I do have a real car that I have collected. It is the remainder of a collection of MGTF cars that I had, and this one is actually a replica. The car is a T Car built in New Zealand in 2002 and has been sitting in my garage for the past ten years. It is very good for attracting 70 to 65 year old men! I finally dug it out the past two months and although roadworthy, I am having it tarted up to look its best.

My T Car

The second painting I ever did…

…went straight to a show in the main street of Brisbane back in the 1970s. I kept it even though someone wanted to buy it. It is an acrylic on canvas of a scene in Hong Kong. I was not the most brilliant artist, but this painting was apparently technically good (so they told me). Over the years I have had it on my walls inside my house and nobody notices it.

A little elf that sits next to my television

My daughter-in-law and son sent me this as a gift from America years ago and it seems to move where I do. It is a little green man with a sign saying “Husband for sale, TV and Remote included”.

20gills elf

I think if you asked anyone in my family, they would not see any of these items as important. To me it’s a different story… They are part of my history, part of me – my little treasures.

Do you have any treasures you just can’t let go of? Tell us about them! Better still, post a picture!

Gill Johnston

  1. My knickers, touch them and I break your toe’s, my glasses, they are my eyes, my toothbrush, I have a toilet brush if you don’t have one..but not mine, my makeup , it belong to me. My ear rings, I never lend them 🙂

  2. My Tshirt and shorts with the holes in them that I use to work in the yard, the wife tossed them in the bin several times but I had to go and rescue them. They still have use in them yet even though the wife says they are indecent

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  3. Hi, I acquired my dad’s small wooden box he made at age 17.Then one of my sisters gave a snow man candle I’ve never lit it as it comes out as a Christmas decoration each year.

  4. So many bits and pieces…have to saygoodbyebut…..hey, I love them….think I’ll leave it to the family when I depart this mortal coil. X

  5. I have 2 hand painted glass bowls that were wedding presents of my grandmother. Also some of her treasured knick knacks. I loved her dearly.

  6. The ring my brother gave me when i was 14 still wear it, my mother’s china and my parents wedding photos my grand mothers bracelets and granddads shark ‘stooth there are more but those are very special.

  7. Still got my small table cover I embroidered and kept my youngest daughter’s Hobbytex drawings on an old piece of material.

  8. I am doing the same thing, trying to part with some of it is hard, I have lots of stuff with memories but when I am gone it will end up in the Op shop i guess. I have given away all my Wombats to a Wombat Orphanage.

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