A friend and I were antiquing last week when I saw it: a vintage McCoy apple cookie jar. I found myself lost in memories — the same cookie jar sat on my grandma's fridge for my entire childhood. Every time I see it, I remember the hours she and I spent at her kitchen table, chatting and eating butter cookies.
Since I was lucky enough to be close to her — we gardened, crafted, and traveled together — there's plenty that reminds me of her. Still, I'll never in my life see that McCoy cookie jar and not be drawn back into her kitchen, though she's been gone for nine years. Likewise, any object that features the Budweiser Clydesdales reminds me of my grandpa — an etched Budweiser mirror hung in the bar he owned for 40+ years. I see them, and suddenly my cousins and I are kids again, eating endless fries and pouring our own sodas behind the counter.
The jar and the horses both are popular enough designs to see regularly, and I cherish the memories they trigger. And of course I don't need vintage finds to remember my loved ones. For me though, these little reminders are a nice way to reflect back on my childhood.
What designs draw you back? I know plenty of people who hate certain designs because they bring up bad memories, so I know the route can go either way. Feel free to share below.
Kathleen is a freelance editor who lives in Chicago. She loves eclectic rooms, traveling with her family, and feeding anyone who steps foot in her house. She theoretically hates clutter, but can’t stop buying books and craft supplies.
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