Matches? We don’t need no stinking matches

I really don’t need matches. I am a passionate nonsmoker. They always gave them away for free, though, so I always grabbed one. (I can’t resist taking the little shampoo bottles from hotels, either.) It became a history of all the restaurants I was going to.

For one of them, a cool Greek restaurant in Chicago, when the waitress saw I was disappointed that they didn’t have matches, she wrote the name of the place in a matchbook’s inside cover for me with an enthusiastic “Opaa.” (Pictured upper right.)

When they made restaurants smoke-free (thank goodness) in Connecticut and elsewhere, the restaurants tended to stop giving out matches. I stopped collecting them.

I keep them in an old shoebox in my basement. It was fun to look through them again and remember the times I had and some trips I took. Many of the restaurants have since closed.

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I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.
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10 Responses to Matches? We don’t need no stinking matches

  1. I used to collect them too (though your collection seriously has me beat). I love the Opaa one and the story behind it! I really like that piano one too!

    Thanks so much for linking up!
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  2. Marcy says:

    Thanks. My favorites now are the ones of the places that have closed. They’re a little piece of history. There’s one for Caldor, too, a department store I used to work in that closed.
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  3. I get a Christmas ornament (or key chain to use as one) from everywhere we go 😀
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  4. Shannon says:

    Actually, I kind of miss matchbooks too (and I never really collected them and definitely didn’t smoke). I’m an avid smashed penny collector, myself.
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  5. ashley says:

    hello i was just wondering are any of these matches valuable because we found a ton of matches and we are just wondering

  6. Tandberg says:

    Hello, I am from Denmark and I am also collecting matchboxes, -labels, -skillet & -covers.
    Please take a look at my Worldwide collecting here

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