Here at Apartment Therapy, we advocate a sort of thoughtful minimalism — more stuff doesn't always lead to more happiness. But in every home there are a few things that are more than just things. They're visible, tangible reminders of people we love and memories we treasure. In our Favorite Things video series, our readers share the stories behind their most treasured objects. Here are some especially personal and touching Favorite Things stories from our archives — feel free to share yours below.
Rebecca, our video editor, says about this clip: "There's something so beautiful about a story the first time someone tells it. The details that come up that might not seem to matter at first, the time it takes and the way someone forms their experience into words. It's like poetry." Lisa's favorite thing reminds her of someone she loved dearly, and the story of how she came to have it may just bring you to tears.
Jeff's favorite thing is a unique wedding decoration that's found a place in his new home.
This video, submitted by reader Sarah Sams, tells the story of a very special glass goldfish.
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