The Shelf of Shame
I can’t believe that I’m about to admit this but for many years now I’ve been a collector of seriously ugly holiday souvenirs. My collection boasts a wide range of magnets, corkscrews, snow globes, pin badges, ash trays (despite the fact I don’t smoke), shot glasses and thimbles. Oh and if it has glitter on I’m guaranteed to buy two. The last item to enter my collection was a present from a friend; a glitter encrusted flower scented (oh yes it smells) photo frame from Hawaii. It’s proudly sitting on the desk next to me whilst I write this, filling my room with the scent of toilet cleaner aromatic Hawaiian flowers.
Why do we do it? What makes that topless man slight suggestive corkscrew so tempting in the shop when we know that in 24 hours, after the plane has landed on home turf, it’s going to be embarrassingly buried deep in the back of a draw somewhere at home?! Maybe it’s too much sun, or sangria, but I think deep down we want it to be featured on the shelf of shame!
Today, via their site, they proudly present pictures and postcards of their most treasured finds which interestingly includes snow globes from countries that have never seen snow and a growing collection of squirrels on springs. The project is now also welcoming contributions so get those cameras out and start snapping that tat & remember to also share your pictures via the Travelettes flickr group.