Theresa’s suitcase wall

I’ve collected suitcases all my life. I have found them at thrift stores and garage sales and sitting on the side of the road. I also have had friends donate them to me when they know I collect.

My father was in the Air Force and my brother and I were born in Germany and the two burgundy trunks on the bottom row are the steamer trunks that brought us back from Europe to Canada on the steamship. My mother used to share a story how a nun saved me on the ship trying to crawl over the side!

I think some may be interested in what I may keep inside. The labels do tell what’s inside of each. I store lots of things in them. I have a knitting suitcase, with yarn and knitting books, etc., I have photograph suitcases, (when we used to have photographs), I have a collection of plastic animals for when my grandchildren come over as well as many other suitcases with toys in them for my grandchildren, material, beads, a sewing/mending suitcase, a suitcase for screws, a suitcase with a drill in it… I could go on and on and on and on.

It’s all pretty organized and getting more organized all the time as I sort through and give away lots of things that I don’t need anymore.

One of the trunks is a Christmas trunk and one of the trunks stores my patio cushions from my patio furniture and another trunk stores my mother’s dress form and material and patterns for when I’m going to get to those projects.

Me designing the wall with graph paper and templates made out of graph paper for each trunk and suitcase.

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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  1. Gorgeous! It would be really cool, if you did a “Suitcase Tour”, and took photos of each one – writing a little story about the suitcase (or trunk); sharing what makes each one special to you. Thank you for sharing. I absolutely LOVE YOUR WALL!
    Great job, Theresa!! Kudos! Cheers,
    Nicole Strein (Chicago, IL)

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