Family photos. The small, hand-carved wooden elephant that my dad gave me that sits on my desk. Ticket stubs from movies, sporting events, and concerts I’ve been to.
All of the things I’ve listed above aren’t worth anything money-wise and no one else would want them, but to me they are totally priceless and I’ll have them with me until the day I die.
That’s the good stuff, people!
What items do you own that aren’t valuable but are priceless to you?
Here’s how folks on AskReddit responded.
1. I like this one.
It’s a one dollar bill with a picture of ex UF basketball coach Billy Donavon taped over the President.
It was a single dollar a friend and I would pass back and forth that we would bet on different things.
It’s a trophy we have passed back and forth over the last 20 years. It’s an item that has kept us in touch.”
2. Heart-shaped rock.
“I have a heart shaped rock that is about the size of a quarter.
My son gave it to me when he was 3 and told me to keep it forever.
I have it in my back pocket daily.”
“My daughter made me a pencil holder out of a soup can and construction paper that looks like a cat.
It’s been on my desk for 20 years – she’s long gone from the house living her life but every time I look at it I see the 9 year old that made it.
4. Good boy!
“My dog Ziggy.
I found him in a box outside of a liquor store. He was 6 week pitbull covered on mange.
I took him home bathed him twice a day everyday for weeks to get the mange to go away.
4 years later he’s the best boy, with a full beautiful coat.”
5. A nice story.
“A tiny paper crane a Japanese grandmother gave me when I was in Osaka at a museum.
She worked there and was waiting for tourists to come play an educational board game with her. She got no interest, obviously. I reluctantly sat down and played after she caught me on my own with a smile and a beckoning wave. Even though we couldn’t speak each others language and I kept messing up, she was so kind to me. So happy that I sat with her.
She made me deal with my impatience and sit with the distress I was feeling that day by slowing me down and making me do something plain and simple. When we were done she gave me a tiny paper crane from the pile she had made to give to all the tourists that should have sat with her and didn’t.
It made me really sad. And really happy I’d met her. And I hope she’s doing well.”
6. The screw.
“One specific screw, it has emotional significance.
During our first official date with my gf, I got a flat tyie because of that random screw. I had never changed a tire before in my life and I was afraid I’d make a fool of myself in front of her, but it all worked out well and she was super impressed.
Next day, when I took my car to the shop to patch the hole, I asked them to return me the screw just for the happy memory.”
“On the 4th of July, my sister and dad found a kitten in our barn.
He was tiny and looked like he was on death’s front door. He ended up losing most of his hair and had to go through several rounds of antibiotics.
Today, he’s a happy, healthy, and spoiled boy. His hair grew back and he has such a silly personality. We are so thankful we found Alec that day. He adds so much spice to our life and plays and cuddles with our pit mix.
To us he’s priceless, but he was free when we found him.”
“My now husband and I went on our first date which was supposed to be coffee and ended up being a 7hr amazing chat session.
My husband is not super affectionate or sentimental.
Recently I found his parking meter receipt from that date 🖤.”
“A brown plastic realistic cockroach nicknamed Freddie. We got it over 20 years ago, I don’t remember where or why. Maybe a Halloween party?
Anyway. My wife and I have been hiding it for each other ever since. It could take months for Freddie to pop up but he always does. She will find it buried in the sugar pot.
I will later find it inside a pair of shoes I rarely wear. It often makes us jump, and give a small fright. I’ll hear my wife let a surprised gasp then go: “Oh Freddie!”.
For me Freddie is a great symbol that our relationship is still solid after all these years, that we still take the time to have fun, to surprise each other.”
10. She’ll be there.
“When I left my home country to study abroad, my gf at the time did a watercolor drawing the size of a business card as a reminder that “she’ll be there”.
I have since then used it to cover up the slots in my wallet where I put my credit cards and IDs… which means that whenever I pay for something my cards slots look empty.
Everything important is behind this little drawing.”
“The piece of paper that contained the eulogy I read at my mothers funeral this past July.
Sure I have a copy saved to my computer but there is something about that tearstained wrinkled piece of paper that means more to me than any other object in my house.”
12. A turning point.
“My first bass. I’ve got it for free as a gift.
We were goofing around with friends and we decided we want to start a band. Everyone played an instrument except me. They wanted me to be there though and we didn’t have a bassist. Within a week I’ve got a bass and it changed my entire life.
It changed my taste and view of music, the way I look at my friends, the things I do in my free time. That bass is no longer in use, it’s old, crooked, rusty and it looks like it might fall apart at any moment but I would never put it in the trash.
It is priceless for me.”
Now it’s your turn.
In the comments, tell us about the items in your home that might not be valuable but are completely priceless.
We’d love to hear from you! Thanks!