I bought this tea towel, earlier this year, from a vintage linens ‘shop’. I saw it, and immediately thought of Steve. Steve was about to move house and I thought this might make a good ‘house warming’ present; even though it wasn’t unused, it was in reasonable condition. I thought it might be ‘Steve’s cup of tea’. In reality, this tea towel no longer belongs to me but, before I could hand it on, there had to be a photograph and a Tea Towel Blog!
Prior to his move, I helped Steve tidy his cupboards with a view to doing a bit of ‘decluttering’. There’s no point in paying Pickfords to move stuff that you no longer want, may not have room for or is just things that you have put in a cupboard, meaning to tidy, but never getting around to it. Quite often, it is stuff that you had forgotten you had. All the books on decluttering say things like ‘if you haven’t looked at something for a year, get rid of it’. I am not sure I could go along with that but sometimes you do have to get rid of things. Steve is a Collector, not Hoarder; Steve knows what his interests are and has lovingly cared for a lot of things to do with cars. He has shelves and cabinets with models of cars on display; he has boxes (and boxes and boxes) of smaller cars that he has nowhere to display at present, going back to his childhood, all things that he was never going to part with. The items that I found absolutely fascinating were the brochures, for different models of cars, all neatly preserved in ring-bound files, going back to the early 70s. He says that he used to go to car showrooms and exhibitions/shows with his father, as a child, looking at the flash cars and always took a brochure with all the specifications in them. He continued with this as an adult, appreciating the detail even more. He wasn’t getting rid of these either. I do think the process of decluttering should be enjoyable and it was fascinating to look through these, reminiscing about the past. This is why I thought the tea towel might suit Steve, even though the cars on it are not as flashy as those in there brochures. I liked the border to the tea towel with the road markings, but as I looked closer, I saw the Morris Traveller at the top. I have many happy memories of a green Morris Traveller and holidays in the Outer Hebrides in the 1970s; less happy memories of stripping down the woodwork and revarnishing it. But there is also the Hillman Imp and the Triumph Herald. Those were the days.
We did manage to decamp quite a lot of things to the Charity Shops and even more to the recycling centre – mainly old holiday brochures, leaflets, a few books about American cars which he wasn’t really interested in. Not a single car, truck, lorry, ambulance, fire engine, big or small, in good condition or not, left his house. Now there’s a man who knows what he likes. I hoped he liked his tea towel!!