The new World of Coca-Cola Museum in Atlanta opened last week. I toured the old museum as a teen-ager and fell in love with all things Coca-Cola. This sparked a collection of unique cans and bottles, tins, stuffed polar bears, etc. My bedroom had Coca-Cola border with shelves of memorabilia. Picture the Coca-Cola section in Cracker Barrell.
I had a dream of having a Coca-Cola kitchen so when I got married and had a house of my own I had all my Coke memorabilia displayed above the cabinets and we had Coke dishes, glasses and silverware, even! When we moved and moved again and moved again (4 moves in 3 years) the Coke stuff stayed packed up each move. So finally last year I decided to part with a lot of it and only keep the sentimental items: a Coke can that my parents brought me back from Israel (the writing is in Hebrew); a Coke girl figurine my husband bought me; a stained glass-looking lamp from my mother-in-law; the lightswitch cover that my dad hand-painted with the Coca-Cola scripted letters.
I sold about half of the collection at a yard sale last summer. The other half is still in boxes in my garage. My hubby is pressuring me to get rid of it — throw it away even! But I can’t bear just to trash it. Someone somewhere will appreciate it. I just need to find them. So I turned to the internet, which is where I found the news about the new site opening. We’re planning a trip to Atlanta in July (Braves baseball) and I hope we can see the new World of Coke while we’re there. Hopefully I’ll have found a new owner for my collection by then.