If you were to count the number of Buffalo-related items Paul and I own — compared to the number of items related to our current city of Washington, DC — Buffalo would be the clear winner. In fact, the only DC-related items we own are Paul’s Washington Nationals memorabilia: two t-shirts, three hats, a few mugs, and one Danny Espinosa bobblehead (a free promotional item that was handed out before a game in 2011).
Here is the collection Paul and I have amassed so far:
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Clothing. As you can see, Paul is a huge fan of the local teams and has quite a stack of Bills and Sabres clothing. Since he attended Canisius College, he has gear from that institution as well.
Christmas decorations. A small stuffed buffalo and a Sabres stocking.
Framed sports photos. Technically these live at the workplace, on a shelf in Paul’s office. (On the left, Sabres uniforms through the years. On the right, an aerial view of Ralph Wilson Stadium.)
Poster of scenes from Elmwood Avenue (not pictured). Paul received this as a birthday gift last year but we don’t have a frame for it yet. We will hang it when we move.
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Bills T-shirt. My very first Buffalo item was a gift from Paul; a Bills t-shirt so I could be appropriately attired when I joined him to watch a game. I like the shirt a lot and would wear it outside football season. Here we are wearing our shirts at 51st State — a Bills bar in DC — on September 25, 2011. The Bills beat the Patriots that day so Paul was super happy.
Buffalo neighborhood print. I found this print a few months ago and immediately knew I had to have it. (FYI, the link may no longer work after they’ve sold out; they had a limited run of 200 prints.) I purchased the print for $20 and spent another $10 on a white frame from Amazon.com. I put it together in December but haven’t hung it yet (I want to be packing, not adding stuff to the walls!), so I have it leaning against the mirror on our bedroom dresser. I’d like to hang it in our home office once we move.
Necklace. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I debated buying this necklace for months before I finally purchased it. I’m thrifty by nature. I rarely buy new clothes or accessories for myself, and when I do, they’re almost always on sale or purchased from a discount store like Marshall’s or Ross. The price dissuaded me for a while, but when I kept going back to it months later, I knew I should go through with it.
The necklace was carved from an Indian Head penny and a Buffalo nickel (circa early 1900s), which I love because they’re so old and because it was handcrafted. It’s way more special than something I could buy brand new.
Books. Either the subject is about Buffalo or it was written by a local author. The two books on the bottom row are mine.
Do you have Buffalo memorabilia in your home? What’s your favorite?