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Kathy Goldgeier

Washington DC

With a blizzard heading for Boston and the chance of significant snow in D.C., I found my mind running a quick check on the location of these snow pants, which I’ve had since high school. They’ve been down the blue diamond runs at Squaw Valley in my years right after college. They’ve been cross-country skiing in…

Tayla Burney

Washington DC

My grandfather had impossibly strong hands, the hands of a man who built things. He used his skills to found a construction company-turned-hardware and home store in the city where I grew up. Successful for decades, the business had slowed and he was scaling back by the time I turned 14. But as soon as I […]

Elizabeth Weinstein

Washington DC

I bought this Eddie Bauer coat in 1996 to insulate myself from the harsh Chicago winters I’d be experiencing as a Northwestern University graduate student. I always felt a little like Barney, the big purple dinosaur, whenever I pulled it on. But in 1997, I was thankful for it: While doing a reporting project in […]

Susan Faye

McMinnville, OR

A sweet old teddy bear by the name of Mr. Smokey is the proud keeper of an outfit I cannot part with: a little crocheted baby outfit in buttery yellow that I made 28 years ago for my unborn child. When I was pregnant, I almost lost my baby at the six-month mark and was […]

Kathlenn Hood

Oakdale, CA

I got this dress from a thrift shop in Hayward, California when I was 19 years old. It was the very first piece of clothing that I, a slightly overweight, and also somewhat awkward college sophomore, bought on my own without the stigmas that I had carried with me throughout life dictating my purchase. It […]

Eli Mellen

Bar Harbor, ME

I accidentally amassed a small collection of red handkerchiefs. My mother was diagnosed with cancer when I was young; I was so young that I never knew my mother apart from her diagnosis — she and it were, to me, one and the same. She died when I was in the 2nd grade. After she died, my […]

Mariah Kaiser

River Falls, WI

I’m an animal lover, plain and simple, and I have been since I was a child. Growing up in a home of hippies has made me love animals not for their meat or their fur, but for their personalities, whether it’s dogs, cats, horses, or Lovey, our pet lizard who ran away after my kid […]

Taylor Laurich

Minneapolis, MN

When I was young, my family and I would take road trips to visit my Dad’s side in Duluth. On our long journey my father would always play the classics; Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Neil Young. Listening to these songs made me feel as if I had magical insight into what my dad’s life was […]

Gates Sanford

San Francisco, CA

When the first Patagonia fleece that zipped all the way down came out, my dad bought one for his mother. She wore it while she raked leaves in the fall, flicking off my dad’s friends, joking with the neighbors, and smoking cigarettes. When she passed from cancer, my dad repossessed the fleece, and started wearing […]

Cyndi Ouellette

South Portland, ME

The first concert I ever went to was when my parents took my sister and I to see MC Hammer when I was just six years old. My eight year old sister and I got decked out in our “Hammer Pants” and I even brought my MC Hammer doll with me. Though I don’t remember […]