Years ago, when I was first getting the collecting bug, I spotted a photo in either Martha or Country Living. It was a bowl or a basket on a coffee table and it was full of these specific bright and gaudy souvenir ashtrays. I don't really know why - probably because they had a good amount of PINK on them - but that photo stuck in my head all these years and I wanted a collection of those ashtrays. BAD. Finally, I found my first one and then the hunt was ON! I found a few more here and there, but, then I didn't find any more.
I decided the collection wasn't meant to be. I kept Washington DC for my Patriotic display and put the others that I had in the booth. Down the line I found a couple more and the bug hit me again. I pulled the ones that I had left in my booth and brought them home. Heidi got wind that I loved them and she too had seen the photo in that magazine, so she started collecting them too. She sent me a few over the years - duplicates that she already had, I believe. Then, after an Instagram post, my friend Chanelle started finding them in Chicago and sent them along to me. Then, Laurie aka Magpie Ethel saw an Instagram post when I found one and she sent me a couple too. And, then not too long ago, dear sweet Heidi sent me her complete collection to add to mine. We are sharing it - it just lives at my house. :)
Here are all that I had after Heidi sent me her collection to add to mine. They all fit neatly in this cool JUNK box. I was quite happy with all of these - I finally had my tacky sparkly collection!
But, then Friday, I stopped at a Goodwill in a neighboring town and what did I find? You guessed it. But, did you guess that I found TWELVE at once? I couldn't leave them. I just couldn't! I had no one at home to call to tell me what I did have and didn't have. They were $2.00 each and I had to think long and hard before I bought them. But, I caved. I had a bit of Junk Ranch money burning a hole in my pocket. So, I bought them all! l was thinking that any duplicates could be offered up on Instagram for sale. But, in all those twelve along with the ones I already had -there was only ONE duplicate. Now I have 36! Notice, I didn't say 36 states. I have six from Missouri and they are all different. There are some from different tourist attractions. And even one from Old Mexico which makes me wonder if they made them for other countries too. Oh my!
Are you ready to see them all? Here we go......
Nevada, Nevada, South Carolina and Ohio. See - two different Nevada ones!
Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Alabama and Missouri (one of many Missouri).
Wyoming, Blue Hole Castalia Ohio, Oklahoma, Buffalo Ranch Oklahoma, Southeast Missouri Vacationland and The Great Smoky Mountains.
South Carolina, Old Mexico, South Carolina and South Dakota.
Mississippi, North Dakota, Nebraska and Nevada. Hmmm. I think I put that same Nevada in there twice. Whoops.
West Virginia, Reno Nevada, North Dakota and Ohio.
California, Washington, Hawaii and California (they are different - look.)
Kansas, Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri. Again, with the Missouri! :)
The whole big bright, shiny tacky collection.
They are silly and not anything I NEED. But, they make me happy. Everyone deserves a little silly happy in their life. RIGHT?
Now, I just need to find an Arkansas one. Come to Mama!