So, what is my "dirty little secret?" Well, for over 25 years I have been collecting hotel bathroom amenities: soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, shower caps, sewing kits, etc. . . I could go on, but I bet you get the idea.
|A casualty with a broken top - this makes me sad because it|
one of my favorite hotel stays. The Lowe's Santa Monica Beach Hotel.
At least on my recent trip to Europe I did not bring home even one bottle of shampoo or little soap - nothing was worth it - the shampoo/conditioner came in little packets and I used the tiny soaps. And, not one hotel I stayed in even offered lotion (although one did offer toothbrushes!) After 9/11 and the new travel rules it really became difficult to bring home as many as I once did. One time I had packed a ziplock with as-many-as-would-fit of cute shampoos and conditioners and the TSA guy picked up the bag, looked at it in amazement, rolled his eyes, and threw it back in the bin and let it go through. Haha, I felt so proud of getting them through that time.
An idea would be to display my collection in the county fair next year - just for fun. . . then
1) Save the best ones - with the most memories.
2) Give a lot of them to a women's shelter (or two or three.)
3) Keep some for Olive and Lulu to play "store."
4) Use the shower caps as food covers for outdoor serving or picnics.
5) All of the above!
The Container Store had this nifty soap saver that you can put your little bits of bar soap in - it works great. I really should never have to buy soap again if I didn't want to. I can load it up with the small bars.
|A great memory of staying at the Hotel Edgewater in Seattle, WA.|
|Soap patchwork - I unwrapped bars to display (and use) in a couple of glass containers|
| Here I put a few of the soaps in a wide-mouth vase and used a cheese-board glass dome|
to keep them clean and display in the bathroom.
|BEFORE: just a mish-mash of little bottles. AFTER: bars of soap ready to use.|