Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic


I am a sentimental fool, often nostalgic for my collection of antiques, which I gathered throughout my lifetime. I have a difficult time letting go. For example, I have the original Barbie and Ken dolls, including the Barbie Dream House, convertible, and all their clothes…in mint condition! How does one sell a lifetime of memories when moving abroad? Yet, I promised my husband that I would at least try to let go of my cherished possessions.

I made this video five years ago, in my attempts to empty our Boomer nest. This week’s photo contest challenges us to remember or recapture a moment of the past…a longing…a remembrance…the Golden Years. Instead, I made a video of my atonement for being a sentimental collector. If you are wondering…I still have ALL of my sentimental collections stored in our house in the states. I honestly did try to let go…but it’s a slow process for me.

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10 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

  1. I love this, I am just like you I cannot let go of my radio, my fathers camera and some old stuff. I have to say, just keep the most sentimental stuff you have that is what I did, things that belong to your love ones and little by little don’t do it right away

    when I was a teen like 16 I gave all my dolls away just kept one the one my grandma gave me when I was born, now I regret it so much, I love those things now.

    P.S. I want that typewriter and the barbie if you sell them…nooo I am joking don’t do it please don’t let goooo!

    • Haha, Doris! I tried to contact Tom Hanks about my typewriter. Apparently, he collects old typewriters. I never heard from him. So, it’s yours if you ever want to buy it. Now, my Barbie collection…..no way. I had so much fun making Barbie videos, I can’t even think about parting with Barbie and Ken. 🙂

  2. This is “sweet” and I need to do the same thing. Although I’ve been retired for one year, my husband won’t be for another few years. I need to start this process, and YES, it will be hard!! Love your blog!!

  3. oh my goodness that was so creative, love the video ! We still have 30 tubs of stuff that we’ll be disposing of when we visit in the spring. The hardest for me is the art, Wyland and Kinkaid are still hanging in daughters and sister’s houses and unless I get their value they’ll be there forever 🙂
    I used ebay for the collectables and craigs list for about everything else. Oh yeah and 6 garage sales.

    • Thanks for the tips. I wish you the best of luck in disposing of your 30 tubs. I am down to just the essential sentimental stuff that I doubt I will ever be able to part with, but it is a considerable amount. I’m trying to give it all to our son. It is such an anchor. 😦

  4. Ah, my — disposed of nearly all my possessions — including collections, antiques, linens, and BOOKS — nearly two years ago when I moved to Mexico. And yet it’s Crazy the things I am not ready to release (including a typewriter, perhaps sister to the one in your video). Large home, reduced to two giant storage units, reduced to one large storage unit — and yesterday I purchased a Tuff Shed where My Stuff will possibly live as long as I do. Simplify. A process….

    • A Tuff Shed? Hmmmm…a great idea. Mary, I’m so glad to hear that you are gradually reducing your possessions. There is no way I could just sell everything. It reminds me of the show “The Hoarders” when they are forced to give up their possessions. lol You are right..poco a poco.

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