It Came from the Attic > Keychain of Keychains

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Despite being old enough to own my own house, I still have a ton of junk in my parents’ attic. I’m slowly moving all of that stuff to my home. Occasionally I come across something fun, weird or amusing from my past. It Came From the Attic is a series of posts about these odds and ends.

For a while in the early 1990s, I went through a period where I did a lot of traveling. Between school and family trips, I visited a lot of places that had gift shops. Being the sort of person who needs a trinket, memento, bauble, trinket, knick-knack, or totem to commemorate every single thing that happens to me, during this time I had decided to collect keychains. This wouldn’t last – primarily because I stopped traveling as much – but it left me with a decent collection of keychains circa 1991-1994. And lucky you, you get to read about every single one of them! Continue reading “It Came from the Attic > Keychain of Keychains”

It Came from the Attic > JAWS: The Junky Gift Shop Souvenir

Despite being old enough to own my own house, I still have a ton of junk in my parents’ attic. I’m slowly moving all of that stuff to my home. Occasionally I come across something fun, weird or amusing from my past. It Came From the Attic is a series of posts about these odds and ends.

In the early 1990s, my parents took my sister and I to Florida for an extended vacation that included a visit to both Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando (I think we hit Sea World, too).* Then, as now, my favorite movie was JAWS and I was obsessed with great white sharks in general.

While I must admit my favorite ride was, of course, Star Tours, I still got a rush out of the JAWS ride (now sadly decommissioned). Of course, I came out of the experience and headed straight to the store looking for anything even remotely toy-like related to it. This is something I still do today, of course (it doesn’t always work; I have yet to find toys at Pearl Jam concerts or dentist offices).

In the case of the JAWS ride, all I found was this thing:

You’ll find this picture in the dictionary under “gewgaw (cf: knick-knack, bauble, tchotchke).”

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