From purple broccoli shakers to a rock shaped like a underside, Guardian writers confess all about the keepsakes and gifts they cant cast out. What ugly jewels are lurking in the dust-covered recess of your dwelling? Transport us your photos
What does treasured actually signify? Precious and invaluable- or precious and invaluable simply to you?
Guardian Australia staff realised that when it comes to the riches we inexplicably maintain, it can signify both, and there are some components that must go into concealing during the annual throwout because of their nostalgic importance , no matter how unattractive the objective is.
Mike Bowers” jacaranda’ salt and pepper shakers
They lived in a glass-fronted cabinet with all of my mother’s wealths. They shared the cabinet with the “special” crockery, dishing recipes purchased by my father while on assignments in far-flung parts of the globe and fine bone china teacups which belonged to my grandmother. Throughout my childhood I had always been attracted to them, I don’t really know why, they are quite ugly and look like purple pottery broccoli.
Their attraction for me is partly the method they gaze and the legend behind their arrival in the Bowers house. The salt and pepper shakers were purchased by my mothers while on their honeymoon in 1956, a motoring tour of New South Wales in their Ford Zephyr( a hound of a auto prone to breakdowns ). They were bought in Grafton and are of course miniatures of that city’s famed jacaranda trees.
I acquired them when my mother moved out of the family home in Canberra a few years ago. They are now my most treasured ugly treasure.
Calla Wahlquist’s Carmen Miranda teapot
My grandmother had a collection of more than 300 teapots: teeny tiny ones; multistorey teapot-and-cup designs sculpted into a condo for mice; several different versions of London Bridge. She had every kind of teapot except one actually used for attaining tea, wishing crates. We embellished the church with teapots at her funeral, much to the reverend’s disapproval, and each took one home after the aftermath. I picked Carmen.