How to Display Your Favorite Memorabilia

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How to Display Your Favorite Memorabilia

There are some treasures we have whose worth does not rest in its monetary value. Their value is in what they represent to us. They could remind us of a special event…a gift…a special time in our lives…it’s all unique to us and personal. 

And if you’re lucky, you have many of those treasures.  Recently I shared the idea of rotating your collections just as museums do. 

However, there are items we love and don’t want to pack them away in the attic or basement. 


Years ago I visited a friend whose husband’s family owned a ranch outside Houston. He treasured the worn and bloodied chaps he’d worn when he was just a little boy. They represented all of the fun he’d had on the ranch. 


For years they kept them in a box in the attic until my friend decided they needed to be on display for him and the rest of the family to enjoy. 

She had them mounted and framed in a lucite frame and hung them where they could be seen!  


I did this for a special worn and torn T-shirt that was given to Larry by our dear friend Tom. Tom’s nickname was Curly. One Christmas, someone in the family gave Tom a Curly (of the Three Stooges) T-shirt and a Larry shirt to my Larry. Too bad we didn’t have a Moe!


Finally, I talked Larry into letting me have his shirt framed because one more washing and I’m sure it would have fallen apart!



You can find other creative ways to showcase those treasures that you love to see every day. Besides framing them, there are special cases to hold signed baseballs, for example. 


Your home is your retreat from the hectic world we live in so don’t be afraid to add the treasures that bring you joy!


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Comments (32)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy, I know that we do not switch things on our walls,  My wife is never into that.  I would even like to paint the walls more often but that is a no no.  Have wife happy life I think!


Jan 27, 2022 08:32 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I love your idea to rotate items out of hiding.  I have so many childhood treasures, mostly baseball related, that I need to enjoy and I do have some items that I would love to have out all the time.  Thank you for the inspiration.

Jan 27, 2022 09:06 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Kathy this is such a delightful idea!  I can think of many things that Gary would like to see on his office wall. So now, I'll surprise him!!

Jan 27, 2022 09:15 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Kathy Streib - I remember your post about rotating our treasures.  It is a brilliant idea and so is this.  

Jan 27, 2022 12:11 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy I had a picture I took with Mickey Mantle holding a baseball he signed for me.  I finally had the picture and ball mounted on a plaque, and it hangs on my office wall.  It is one of my prized possessions.

Jan 27, 2022 12:41 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I like that idea of rotating memorabilia.  I hate to admit how long I've had the same old stuff out on display.  

Jan 27, 2022 12:57 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Nina Hollander, Broker you definitely should display the ballet slippers, perhaps with a program. Would love to see it. 

Wayne Martin Ask Larry, I was always moving furniture around so he had no idea what to expect when he got home. 

Jan 27, 2022 03:37 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Kathy Streib hi Kathy... programs I don't have anymore. You can only save and move so much stuff over 40 years.

Jan 28, 2022 04:28 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Norma J. Elkins I'd bet you and your DIL could come up with a creative way to showcase a special treasure. 

Brian England nothing wrong with that. If you enjoy it, that's all that counts. 

Jan 27, 2022 03:44 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog Yes rearranging can make a difference. 

Grant Schneider good for Phyllis!!!  You could get her a case!!

Michael Jacobs what's funny is I have never been a big Three Stooges fan. 

Jan 27, 2022 03:58 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Bob "RealMan" Timm oh you definitely should!!!!!  You'd get to enjoy them!!!

Joan Cox rotating them is a great way to keep them but not have them taking up all of your space. 

Jan 27, 2022 04:18 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Roy Kelley If she still enjoys them, has she thought about displaying a few in a case?

Sharon Tara I know that you would come up with a truly creative way to showcase a treasure. 

Jan 27, 2022 04:23 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Thank you Ron and Alexandra Seigel I've always suggested to my friends that it's your home, make it your oasis!  

Wise man Will Hamm if she's happy then your life is a happy one too. 

Jan 27, 2022 04:29 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Thank you Raymond Henson, eXp Realty  Why not enjoy them!!!  You can buy a special case for your baseballs or frame a shirt!

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker that would be such a nice surprise!!!!  Show us when you're done!

Jan 27, 2022 04:32 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® thank you!!! Let me know if you try something. 

There you go George Souto You can enjoy it whenever you are in your office. 

Jan 27, 2022 04:34 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Myrl Jeffcoat I've done the same thing with my decorations. I kept walking by my tall birdhouse and one day realized I had not changed the decoration in it for years. I immediately took everything out and started fresh. 

Jan 27, 2022 04:35 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Yeah, it’s very important to display in a way that strengthens your mentality toward what you want in your life and avoids clutter

Jan 27, 2022 07:53 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Kathy Streib very good educational report for how to display a favorite memorabilia.

Jan 27, 2022 08:22 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I no longer have room after we downsized Kathy 😟 Happy Thursday 🙂

Jan 27, 2022 09:55 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy what awesome advice now I can not show this post to Diane she would want to constantly rotate, rearrange:) I like stable same old same old:)))Endre

Jan 27, 2022 10:51 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Whenever you can make it a unique part of the house Decour that adds to the soul and everything, you’re right on the mark. :

Jan 28, 2022 11:37 AM