How many family history researchers out there love to browse markets and antique shops? I do. eBay is one of the biggest (if not the biggest) market in the world.
There is so much to be found. Maybe a book or CD that can help you with that "brickwall"? Perhaps a storage solution for all your information? Possibly an idea to display your family history research? Or if you are really lucky, photos or diaries relating to your family or research?
Or like me, you may find an important "memory".
My grandmother died when I was 6 years old. One of my most vivid memories is Nanna winding up the dancing doll in the bottle over and over again. I wasn't allowed to touch it so Nanna would wind it up. She never complained or hesitated when I asked, which was over and over again!
After Nanna died, I asked my father if I could have her maroon (chenille) dressing gown and the dancing doll in the bottle, so my Aunty promptly rescued the items from the opportunity shop that they had been donated to. This must have been the first (of many) family memorabilia items that I collected.
Unfortunately the dancing doll in the bottle was broken years ago and the bottle thrown out. I kept the broken base, doll and music box in an ice cream container for over 30 years, always thinking I would get it repaired. A couple of times I have asked people if they could fix it, but I was always looked at with disdain.
As a result of creating a google alert (I will tell you how when we get to G), I recently received an email that there was an identical item available on eBay but the music didn't work as it had been overwound. I promptly ordered it and waited in anticipation for it to arrive.
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The first time I wound it up and watched her dance to the music, I was taken back to my childhood, over 40 years ago. A shiver went down my back and the hairs on my neck stood up. You may think me silly but I felt that Nanna was right there!
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You may note it is a different doll to the photo above. We replaced the ballerina and music with my Nanna's.
The ballerina bottle now takes pride of place on my Nanna's crystal cabinet. I can now share my precious memory with my children, and hopefully in future with my grandchildren.
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