What to give someone who has everything.

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Is your mail box full of catalogs, flyers and sale papers offering great gifts for friends and relatives? I don’t know about your mail box, but mine has been full of catalogues for the last several weeks… and we are still a couple of weeks away from Christmas. If you have special people in your life and you don’t know what size or color, we have some ideas to help.

PICTURE MEMORIES OF THE PAST

Several years ago, I wanted to give our grown son something besides the normal clothes.  I finally came up with a gift no one else could give him.  Something that he would keep and enjoy for years to come.  It was something that Christmas is all about,…memories.  Ah ha, a book of picture memories.

Those boxes of pictures that are in the closet now were something that had meaning and something that would be treasured for years to come. 

In my case, several years ago, I had regular developed pictures and I scanned each picture and arranged in the kids age.  Perhaps you have pictures of relatives that have already passed away and you want your kids to see them.  Or maybe you have pictures on your phone, that would have memories for your family. 

I planned for 2 books, one for our son and one for my husband. For our son, I pulled baby pictures of the kids, past holiday pictures of the kids and put them in their growing order.  For my husband I did one of our memories of our marriage and the grandchildren.

Now is the time to get out those boxes of memories.  If you cannot afford or don’t have the time to do things on line, first go to your local craft some and get some of those black corners to hold photos in with.  Then get some paper and put together your memories.  Take to any office supply store or UPS / FED EX store and they will scan the pages for you and put together in a spiral bound book or other options.  Make as many copies as you want for gifts.   

There are also many companies on line, who have templates and you can upload your pictures from your camera and put into hard bound books.

MEMORIES OF OUR PAST

A box full of things that they remember,  will bring laughs and smiles.  Here at icollect247.com we are full of memories.  Here are just a few ideas which will bring back memories to your friends and family.  Gift ideas:  a calendar of the year they were born, a vintage Santa, a tiny vintage Christmas stocking, just big enough for a gift card, a record that they remember from childhood, a toy or doll they remember playing with.  How about a postcard from the town or city they grew up in or a tradecard from a business that was in that town. 

With over 17,000 vintage items on http://www.icollect247.com and things starting at $5, how can you go wrong?  These are gifts you can’t find in any catalog or department  store. Something that is special from you!

Bicycle Plates and Old Bikes

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I was following my wife through a “junk store” several years ago when all of a sudden I found something that peaked my interest. She would take me to several antique stores on weekends and I went along for the ride but never really had any interest in the available items until the day when I saw what appeared to be a miniature license plate. For the first time, I spoke up and asked the store clerk a question. Until that moment, he had to think I was a deaf, dumb mute whose only job was to carry around my wife’s wallet! I asked, “Was this plate for small cars?” That is when he explained to me it was a bicycle license plate.

This peaked my interest because I am an avid road bicyclist. I ride on average 5,000 to 7,000 miles a year and I ride all over the East coast. The first thing that I found funny about this plate was its sheer weight. It was made of metal, was about six inches long and two inches wide and even had a reflector on it. You see, high-end road bikes made today are carbon fiber. You can spend hundreds of dollars more for a gear or a tire just to save a few ounces in weight. Having to bolt a plate to my bike would send me into shock! I bought that plate because it was cheap and intriguing and because I wanted to learn more about it. Little did I know that was the beginning of me becoming a collector.

Read the complete article, written by John Summer, in our Volume 11 magazine.  Check it out at AntiqueBackRoads.com. Use the tab “Back Issues” and look for Volume 11.