“Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness.”Richard Bach
Most towns have at least one antique store…and many of us pass one every day on our way somewhere else. Instead of driving on by, pull in and browse! Better yet, gather a friend or two and make it your destination.
One way to transform the aimless browsing of the aisles and cases in an antique store is to create a game of it.
This is exactly what the Sirens did for Episode 35: Christmas in July. Learn more about the sirens as you read the significance of each gift:
“I gave you a journal called: Two Minute Mornings, a simple system based on positive psychology research. We are all currently doing a 12-week program with the book: The Artist’s Way. One of the things that I love most from the book is the ritual of writing the morning pages. You’ve mentioned just how early you have to get up to do your morning pages on work days. I hope you continue the morning routine, and I thought cutting it back to a Two Minute Morning might be a much better fit for you!”Siren TC
“Next I found Sara’s gift. The first time I ever went out with Sara and her now husband, Bill, they were wearing matching hats. I thought is was ridiculous and wonderful all at the same time. Ridiculous because I’ve never been brave enough to wear matching anything with a guy and wonderful because the two of them seemed to be in their own little world, completely smitten with each other, and I just knew the matching hats played a role in their connection. I’ve always pictured Sara wearing a hat after that day and I knew immediately this hat was for her. I just know she’s going to look amazing in it.”Siren Mur
“One of the first times I met Sara she talked about how she was getting her motorcycle license. She also talked about how her first date with Bill involved his motorcycle. We also are reading about and doing an intro to motorcycles because of Bill’s challenge so I had to get the sign that had a motorcycle!”Siren Jess
“I got Sara the book. I don’t know Sara quite as well as everyone else since we just met a few months ago. What I do know about her is that she is an anesthesiologist and there is a scene in the book where it shows doctors putting the main character under. I also know that Sara loves her family (since her self-proclaimed superpower is protector of loved ones) and I imagine her gathering her kiddos around to read when they were little.”Siren LC
“Your gift smacked me as soon as I saw it. We had a long conversation about boxes many years ago, and this was a box with a boat on it. I mean, box, boat….”Siren Sara
“Then there was Tracy. The siren I know the best and the hardest gift for me to pick out. I struggled because TC isn’t really a stuff kind of person, so I was worried about getting her something that would just take up space. Then I happened upon a little pill box sporting a sailboat and an orange sun setting over the sea. The box is meant to be a physical reminder that you don’t need to collect anything that won’t fit inside as it is the perfect size for collecting memories.”Siren Mur
“I got the tin with sailboats on it because sailing is big there [St. Croix]! I watched YouTube videos before visiting and saw lots of sailboats in the videos. Also the chickens are so she will think of me when I’m in Hawaii because there are chickens all over Kauai.”Siren Jess
“For TC, the obvious answer is turtles, but I wanted to do more than that. She loves to play games- she has inspired me to keep a frisbee and deck of cards in my purse at all times now. So when I found a vintage card game with a turtle on it, I knew this is what I had to get her.”Siren LC
“I looked forever for bird related items, as Trixie often joins the podcast, but when I found the bottle opener, which was far from an ordinary bottle opener, I thought of you immediately. No ordinary anything for Mur!!”Siren Sara
“I gave you a skull-shaped glass jar filled with St Croix sand and shells. I filled it during my first visit to the island and took it home with me so that I could have a little of my island in Ohio before I was able to move here. Now you have a little of my island (hopefully your island someday) with you in Ohio. My real hope is that it will remain your goal to someday move here.”Siren TC
“There is an artist that takes old dictionary pages and paints on them. I thought these were so cool and, when I saw the bee one I had to get it for beekeeper Mur! It also says bookshop and with all the reading we have been doing, it’s perfect.”Siren Jess
“For Mur, I got the salt and pepper shakers because I knew from doing an owl design for her she likes the 60’s/70’s style owl just like on her favorite mug. Also, every time she’s cooked for me- it’s been delicious.”Siren LC
“I don’t know you very well yet, but I gather you don’t love to be far from home? So the compass will make sure you can get home no matter how far you venture out.”Siren Sara
“I gave you Hawaiian Flower scented candles. These candles were made on my island and scented to represent your island. When I was planning my move to St Croix, I did whatever I could to feel “close” to my island…I drank the rum, I watched Caribbean House Hunter episodes that featured St Croix, I listened to one particular song over and over. I hope these candles help you feel closer to where you want to be – your island – Hawaii.”Siren TC
“I almost immediately found something for Jess. It was a little violin that had a cat’s face at the end of the neck near the keys. It was a ridiculous combination of my love of the violin and Jess’ love of cats, but it didn’t make it to the checkout. At the next booth, I found a cheerleader collectible and I immediately thought “Jess! Jess is so totally our cheerleader!” Anytime one of the sirens is proud of something or struggling with something, Jess is there to cheer us on. I thought this little cheerleader is perfect for her.”Siren Mur
“For Jess, we used to get coffee together on break all the time- I know it’s not a coffee cup, but they had tea at the shop we went to too. The cup also has Ohio’s state bird, so that when she moves away from us, she can remember her time here.”Siren LC
“I knew I wanted to find something camera related, as you do the drone videos, I was SO excited we found the box with old film rolls!!!”Siren Sara
“Fellow turtle person…I gave you a “Turtle People” hat. Funny story about this hat…I bought it during COVID as I shopped a small store to help support the owner (she made it…the store is still open and has a 2nd location now). She wasn’t getting any more in, and she had 2 left. I bought them both so that it would be unique – so that I wouldn’t match anyone. But I’m more than happy to match you! The more I get to know you, the more similarities I find, and I love that!”Siren TC
“I continued looking until I happened upon a mischievous looking monkey that immediately reminded me of LC. LC is always getting the Sirens into the best kind of trouble – reading too much, asking strangers if they’re happy, we got to meet the Queens because LC is so stinking curious! That little monkey is the perfect gift for her.”Siren Mur
“The bottom of the lantern is her color. Also we have camped together many times and she still goes camping a lot with her family. And I also thought Jack would get a kick out of it!”Siren Jess
The beauty of this game is that everyone wins!
- You have a reason to browse a store you might not have seen before – but with a purpose!
- You might also find that looking for something that has significance to someone (or to your relationship) gets you thinking about good memories and fun times that you’ve had together.
- The recipient of the gift gets a gift! But hearing the story behind why you picked it is usually the best part.
- And many antique stores are locally owned small shops, so you’re supporting a small store.
Go out and explore a new shop of old things! And explore your memories while you browse.