We live in a time when people just can't be bothered and just throw stuff away. I love to think that the items i've lovingly collected over the years would be respectfully and carefully found a new home as 4GetMeNotTreasures is doing with her mothers and Great Aunts items.
Heres what 4GetmeNotTreasures says about why she opened her etsy shop
"A bit about me…. I’m the mom of 3 kids – all grown now. My two sons still live here at home, my daughter is out on her own – and just gave us our first grandchild back in Dec. '09 (we’re so excited still!!). We have the wonderful pleasure of babysitting for him every weekday - and we're loving every (well - ok - almost every) minute. I live on Long Island, NY with my husband, two sons, a menagerie of dogs & cats…..and school of goldfish & a turtle. We are heavily involved in Boy Scouting. LOL – believe it or not it’s very important that this is known since there are weekends on end that we are out running events for hundreds of Scouts and I will be unavailable to check the shop until late Sunday night or early Monday morning. (Fall & Spring are our 2 heaviest seasons in Scouting.) Needless to say – it’s a busy – and cluttered household in more ways than one! :)
I’ve always loved collecting things. I’ve been collecting ever since I can remember – and the older I get, the worse the compulsion is. It’s in the genes. My Grandmother & Grand Aunt were both “antiquers” – well…..my aunt collected just about anything. And…my Mom collected anything AND everything & this apple did not fall far from that tree!
Like many people it’s time for me to begin to pass on some of my – and my family’s – treasures. In a few years I plan on moving to my mom’s old place…a house which is considerably smaller than my own & packed with just as much stuff (if not more). No matter how much I have tried to ignore the obvious, I now have to face the reality. My packed house and her packed house are impossible to combine (that is if I want to be able to actually live in the house :) )!!
Add to the collecting bug that I am an extreme sentimentalist – or as some would say – a pack rat. I save just about everything! I love junk…it almost always turns out to be quite the treasure (at least in my eyes). In my spare time (what little I have) I like to craft (usually using some “junk”), cross stitch & garden (where you’ll see more “junk”).
Mom and I loved to shop flea markets, second-hand stores, antique stores, garage sales and – auctions (you’ve got the idea!). She had so many plans for us and our collecting frenzies but unfortunately passed on before we could see any of it come to fruition together.
4Get-Me-Not Treasures is in a sense, a tribute to mom. Her favorite flower, combined with the promise that I will forget-her¬-not – nor the promises, dreams, and times we shared. She and I can still work together side-by-side while in different worlds. What more could anyone ask for?"
Here are some of my favourite items from 4GetmeNotTreasures shop