Since that time, I have received several messages requesting more pictures and how I organize my medal wall.
To begin - here is the picture he posted (complete with a ladybug bag on the floor, of course)
Being a decorator at heart, I want everything to tell a story & organized. Displaying on a wall without any thought is like looking through a photo album with no dates or organization, whatsoever.
I refuse to skimp on my medal hanger. Yes, I am all about thrifty and budget, but by cutting corners in other areas, I am able to have a custom medal hanger that I truly love. I have only used Allied Medal Hangers since 2011. That will not change. In my opinion, they are classy and go with any decor.
I have one created every year. Some do group by distances, I categorize by year.
The black shelf below is a great find! It's a jewelry shelf I found on Amazon.com That's when things become fun! Looking at ordinary pieces to become something else. I knew I needed a shelf and a way to display medals.
Allow me to explain. In my quest to create my story - I have a separate shelf to display my Overall, Age Division, Virtual Runs and special race momentos. I do not want them on my Finisher Medal rack, I want them separate. I chose this rack because of the size and the black metal went so well with the silver medal rack. Other ideas is coffee cup or mug racks or other shelves.
- My certificates are framed in simple dollar tree frames and lined up under the respective year. This is where I really save money. We have all seen frames in larger department stores for $5. I purchased these for $1, each. Huge $$$ savings.
- I don't use nails to put the lighter frames on the wall. I use inexpensive push pins. Much less expensive than buying nails.
Here is a closer look to the display
|2011 and 2012|
|2013 and 2014|
|USATF Wall w/ first Finisher Medal|
You may ask why did I display my first Finisher Medal separate on my USATF wall. That's part of my story. Of all my awards, my USATF All-American team awards are the ones that means the most to me. I display my first Finisher Medal on that wall, to always remind me - where my racing career began.
My medals & awards are in my home work office, it's deeply personal to me and I don't have display in any common area of my house. Everyone has to decide their story and this is how I choose to display mine.
During the 14+ weeks of my injury in 2013 (no running) my medal & award wall was a constant source of comfort. The display became more than a display, it was my inspiration. Some may wonder, why bother keeping the medals - isn't it too much? Not at all! When the time comes and I no longer race, these will be momentos for my children to remember something about their mother. Who knows, maybe someday I will be able to share them with my grandchildren. Every medal has a story.
How do you display your medals? Or do you keep them in a box? Hidden? Not sure what to do?
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Charlene L. Ragsdale - Las Vegas, NV
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