Grandma’s House Throwback Thursday
A long time ago, when my family lived in California, my grandparents were the caretakers of a beautiful “ranch” in a place everyone referred to as “the valley.” I only visited there twice, but my memories of those times are sweet and perfect. I remember chasing lizards in the shade with my brother and watching him ride horses in a corral. It was the kind of place you never wanted to leave. The kind of place I wish I could raise my own children.
When I think of this place, I remember the bottles of Avon products and Jean Naté that my grandmother kept on a tray on the back of the toilet. This brings me to Flashback Friday. I’ve curated a rather sophisticated collection (ha!) of stuff from Grandma’s Bathroom to entertain you! What among these things do you remember?
Not to be outdone by the fur-covered toilet seat, possibly the worst invention of the 20th Century.
Something Santa always showed up in the bathroom at Christmastime, like this toilet seat cover.
Here is Santa being polite and covering his eyes while you do your business.
If your grandma’s bathroom didn’t have a bunch of Avon bottles you were missing out big time! During visits, these migrated into the living room and doubled as pets and friends for Barbie.
Colored Toilet Paper
Does anyone remember when Northern offered posters of the Northern girls? My mom ordered me a set.
Chalkware Bathroom Fish
I loved these things. It was like the bathroom was an ocean!
1950s Bubble Wall Fish
Blurp, blurp, blurp…
Turquoise Vintage Hamper
Good for Hide-and-Go-Seek!
Pink Vintage Hamper
Vintage Cannon Bath Towels
You know your mother had a set of these, too. Everyone had a set a these! There are some great vintage towels like this available on Etsy.
Mod Vintage Towel from the 70s
Finally, a word about toilet paper dolls like the one in that first picture at the top. It was quite disconcerting taking those things apart only to discover the doll had no legs or that her legs were fused together.
Crocheted Toilet Paper Doll
I guess it was intended to look like she was wearing a dress. Never to be outdone, however, by the birthday cake doll.
Nothing was creepier, however than the doll-face stuff that appeared in the kitchen. Here’s an impressive little collection.
You could buy these at Ben Franklin, a popular variety store.
When I was a kid I thought they were related to the secret elves who showed up to clean the kitchen while we slept.
African American Doll Face Potholder
So, what do you remember about Grandma’s house?