Reader Ali submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer:
For the last few years I’ve been saving tickets from concerts, plays, festivals and other performances that I’ve been to — I had no real objective in mind when I started, it just became a habit after a while. Now I’ve got a pile of the things and I’d like to figure out some way to display them, instead of just having them rubber-banded together in a drawer. I thought of getting a frame from IKEA and arranging them in there, but it seems so plain, and since they all look fairly the same I think it might just look boring to have them all lined up. Do you have any suggestions for a novel way to do something more interesting with them?
I like your idea of framing and displaying the tickets, but agree that numerous tickets, side-by-side in a plain frame might not be visually interesting. Do you have photographs from the events you could frame along with the tickets? Do you have CD liner notes that correspond to the songs played on the concert tours that might be interesting to include? Pictures with the casts of plays? Giving the tickets some additional context might improve their visual interest.
If you are okay paying a little more than what you would for a ready-made Ikea frame, you could head to a frame shop and have squares cut in a mat for each ticket you want to highlight. The mat would help feature each ticket. Also, you can buy more than one frame and organize the tickets by venue, decade, or genre.
My sister-in-law uses a ticket album for all of her ticket stubs. There are also ticket diaries and ticket stub organizers, if you are looking for more styles. A ticket album, diary, or organizer is a less prominent way to keep your tickets, but will protect your tickets and keep them in one location.
I’ll also offer up my method for storing tickets — I simply photograph the ticket with my digital camera, save the image to a file on my computer, and then throw out the physical ticket. I’m sentimental about a lot of things, but surprisingly tickets aren’t something I feel the desire to keep. If you’re not very attached to the tickets, consider the photographing and tossing method.
Thank you, Ali, for submitting your question for our Ask Unclutterer column. Please check the comments for more ideas from our readers. Also, our apologies for the weird posting date on this Ask Unclutterer feature. There was a small glitch on Friday and so I decided to run your question today. There will be another Ask Unclutterer column this coming Friday.
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