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November 02, 2006


Valeska Jefferies

I was intrigued by the story on travel souvenirs. I am in 3 collectible/antique coops where I see all sorts of travel junk-oops stuff! I can tell you,it never ceases to amaze me what people collect. Turnpike and old motel items are popular, as are resort items-especially if they are from the 1940's and '50's. I am referring to Florida, in particular, Miami , the New Jersey shore, and most recently,vintage Las Vegas and Hawaii.Items include pens, plates, banners(Don't we all need NJ Turnpike on our wall?), thermometers,and the ever popular ashtrays-now being resurrected for use as trinket and whatever dishes.Cute? Maybe.Fun? I think so. I can tell you this; I just buy them for resale and I certainly don't want Statue of Liberty salt and pepper shaker!Miami flamingos, maybe.


I never, ever buy anything when I travel ... I think it's better to have the memories than to have a bunch of junk I have to dust.

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