16. This fruitcake tin from the Collin Street Bakery.
My maternal grandmother sent me one of these fruitcakes every year at Christmas since I moved out of my parent’s house at 18. (Fun fact: I actually like fruitcake. At least ones from this famous bakery in Texas!) This might be the hardest thing for me to get rid of so far, but I’m okay with it because I have better things to remember my grandmother by than some old food tin.
17. This packaging for my cell phone.
Beautifully designed, but utterly useless. I have plenty of small boxes and tins for things like paper clips and binder clips and screws. I don’t need another one. Even if it was designed by my favorite technology company in California.
18. These alphabet rubber stamps.
It’s been many, many years since I used rubber stamps for making mail art. Maybe more than twenty. Kept in the previously-mentioned fruitcake tin. For a long time (before I went off to art school even) I was known as a mail artist. Using multiple media (photocopies, drawings, paintings, fabric, photographs, rubber-stamping, etc.) I created unique pieces of mail art and corresponded with strangers all over the globe. This is what we did before email. Some of them were even quite famous (the late Ray Johnson, and John Held, Jr. for instance). I was known as “the Lavaguy” which (obviously) is still a moniker I use today.
19. This stack of round mirrors.
Two years ago I moved from one loft in my building, down the hall to a new loft in which I live and work. In the old space, I made a back splash in my kitchen with these mirrors. The new space doesn’t really seem right for it. Got them cheap at a big box store. And if I need more in the future, I’ll get them cheap again.
20. This roll of mail labels.
I hope the United States Postal Service will forgive me for ordering this entire roll of priority mail labels when I only needed a few. Perhaps they wouldn’t go to waste if you didn’t require a minimum order of 100, AND require that priority mail packages sport one of these labels. Anyway, they’re so dried up now they won’t even stick.
21. This empty jar of molé sauce, and its lid.
Designed to be re-used as a drinking glass once you’ve finished the delicious molé sauce inside, so I kept it. But I have enough drinking glasses already and it doesn’t fit the rest of my decor anyway.