I'm a firm believer that if you don't have any family heirlooms, go out and find some that will become heirlooms to your family. Heirlooms don't have to be expensive things, they just have to be something meaningful to you and your family.
I love the look of old silver but have never inherited any, so I have begun collecting silver pitchers and tea things, pots simply because I love them and I love the look of them. One day my kids will divide up their favorite things of mine (if I don't give them to them beforehand).
When Sarah's birthday was on the horizon, I knew what I wanted to get her. Not only did I want to give her the hope chest that was her great-great grandmother's, but I wanted to find a desk that would thrill her heart!
She has long been in love with secretary desks. She delights in the cubbies to put her things in, and to be able to fold up the writing part was so exciting to her!
I found one on Craig's List and we went to look at it last week. We got a very good deal. If you look closely, you'll see a bit of warping (which Tim believes he can fix) and some scratches. This desk has seen some life. We bought it knowing how she'd love it and that if she wanted we could paint it.
She loves it just the way it is!
She has to find a home for it. She's working on rearranging some things in their bedroom to make room for it!
Here is a look at her hope chest.
She's pretty thrilled with her gifts. She know has a genuine heirloom, and a desk that potentially will thrill her own son or daughter in the future!
Do you have any heirlooms that are meaningful to you?