Sunday, February 12, 2012

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy - Week 6 - Family Heirlooms

For which heirloom are you most thankful? How did you acquire this treasure and what does it mean to you and your family?

This challenge runs from Sunday, February 5, 2012 through Saturday, February 11, 2012.

One of my most treasured heirlooms is this almost 70 year old trunk. This trunk saw two generations off to college, first my mother and then me. Of course before, I set out with it, I figured it needed a little update, so I spray painted it blue and tried to smooth out the interior with a patchwork cloth lining.

During those interim years between mom heading off to college (1945) and me heading off to college (1979), this old trunk provided extra storage for my grandparents.

Today, it serves as an end table in my living room.

After all these years, it's definitely showing it's age, the chipped paint, the broken handle, the metal beginning to pull away from the frame. But all these things also give it character. One of these days, when time allows, I'll probably try to restore some of the features, like the handle, and perhaps take it back to it's original color, black. Otherwise, I'll just let it be.


  1. Mavis,

    I like your post on the trunk. It reminds me of the one my grandmother had. It was a mustard color gold trunk. It currently resides under the basement steps. It holds a lot of memories. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Mavis,
    This trunk is such a gem! I have a turn of the century truck that I use in my living room as a TV stand. Your question as to which heirloom am I most grateful for is a challenging one. It would be a toss up between a purple crystal lamp that was in my great grandma’s general store or a vintage set of tumblers with etched geometric designs.

    I wanted to thank you for visiting Shabby Sweet Tea. Happy to meet another Tar Heel! Was last night’s game a heart stopper or what!?

    Have a wonderful weekend Mavis.

    1. Elyse,

      Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog.


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