Keeping Your Home Safe While Away on Vacation

Keeping Your Home Safe While Away on Vacation

Tick tock. Check your watch. Every 16.4 seconds, a home burglary takes place in the United States. That number is scary enough on its own, but it gets even scarier when you’re away on vacation, leaving your home vulnerable to opportunistic criminals who can spot signs of your absence from a mile away.

That’s one reason why having a solidly rated safe — and ideally, a security system to back it up — is so important. Often, seeing that your home and valuables are well-protected is enough to deter criminals from even trying. But don’t stop there: Use the following tips to help keep your home safe while you’re away.Continue reading

How to Preserve Porcelain Dolls

How to Preserve Porcelain Dolls

Porcelain dolls are the epitome of delicate but enduring beauty: They’re undeniably fragile, but if treated well they’ll last forever. They’re also a good investment, with some antique dolls selling for thousands of dollars. Whether you’re keeping porcelain dolls for sentimental reasons or as collector’s items, here’s how to keep them looking their very best.

Handling Porcelain Dolls

Nobody expects a little girl to wear gloves when she handles her best friend — but once a porcelain doll turns the corner to becoming a collectible, you should always wear white cotton gloves when handling it. This keep the oils from your skin from staining the doll or its clothing, or accumulating on its surface and attracting dust.

Here’s another good precaution: Any time you clean, dress or otherwise do anything more to a porcelain doll than just pick it up, use a thick towel or plastic tub as your work surface. This gives you a little extra protection against accidental nicks and cracks.

Storing Your Precious Dolls

Store your porcelain dolls in the original box or a well-ventilated container, out of direct sunlight and away from extremes of heat and cold. If you have the original tags or inserts, store them with the doll as well. There is one exception to the ventilation rule: If you smoke, storing your dolls in an airtight box will protect them from stains.Continue reading

How to Safely Store Photo Prints

How to Safely Store Photo Prints

Even though we live in the age of digital media — or maybe because of it — there’s something special about holding an actual photo print in your hands. But hard-copy photos are just as fragile as they look. For every print miraculously pulled from the rubble of a tornado, another dozen are lost forever due to careless handling. Here are our favorite tips for making sure that never happens to you:Continue reading

How to Best Preserve Letters

How to Best Preserve Letters

Love letters never go out of style — but they do become fragile and brittle over time. So do heirloom letters sent home during the war, or written correspondence sent by relatives living thousands of miles apart.

These precious, one-of-a-kind memories can never be truly duplicated; the paper that’s passed from hand to hand is almost as important as what’s written on it. Of course, that paper will eventually crumble to dust — but there’s still a lot you can do to protect your treasured old letters from the hands of time:Continue reading

Best Way To Preserve & Store Old Photos

Best Way To Preserve & Store Old Photos

Vintage photos can be a lifeline to your family’s past — or frustrating half-clues that nobody’s quite sure what to make of. Even if you know exactly who’s in each photo and what they’re doing, take the time to write it down. Future generations will thank you! If you don’t know what’s in each photo, ask friends or relatives for help figuring out the full names of those in the pictures approximate dates taken, and what they’re up to. Don’t wait too long to do this — your best sources of information about old prints won’t be around forever.Continue reading

How to Safely Store Silver Flatware

How to Safely Store Silver Flatware

If you’re of a certain age, you might remember the dubious pleasure of polishing your parents’ silver flatware before a big dinner. Rub, rub, rub… elbow grease was, and still is, the best way to get tarnish off silver or silver plate.

That said, there’s good news for the next generation: If you’re careful about how you store your silver, it’ll tarnish a lot less. That starts with never tossing it into the dishwasher. As much as it might look like regular flatware — and as durable as silver really is — some dishwasher detergents will harm it, as will contact with stainless steel utensils.Continue reading

Some Things Are Just Too Special Not to Have a Jewelry Safe

Some Things Are Just Too Special Not to Have a Jewelry Safe

Regardless of what the weather is doing, you know it’s finally spring – with the promise of summer – when your mailbox is suddenly bursting with weighty envelopescontaining invitations, RSVP cards, and driving directions.

It’s an exciting time full of magic and romance as well as many bits of glitter and shine.

Let’s take a moment to reflect on the iconic piece of jewelry that signifies love, union, and the promise of forever: the engagement ring.

For many individuals, this is the most expensive piece of jewelry they will own as well as the most precious. It’s also the most exposed and unconsciously neglected. More often set on a counter top – frighteningly close to drains – than tucked into a jewelry safe.

According to a detailed survey performed by XO Group Inc., in 2011 the average cost of an engagement ring was $5,200 (a luxury engagement ring ran an average of $13,500). Additionally, it took the giver around three months to choose it. Considering all of the emotion, time, thought and, if we’re honest, money that goes into choosing an engagement ring, keeping it safe is the most important thing we can do on its behalf.Continue reading

Preserving Grandmother’s Wedding Ring

Preserving Grandmother’s Wedding Ring

Dear Brown Safe,

You know how in romance books, the hero always has his mother’s or grandmother’s wedding ring passed down to give to his blushing bride? I am one of those lucky men,

blushing bride and all. It gets better:We were high school sweethearts and deeply in love even back then. Of course I had eyes for other girls because I was 16, and what does a 16-year-old guy do? He looks at 16-year-old girls. You know how it is. But there was no doubt in either of our minds that my heart was always hers, and when her father was transferred to another office and the entire family had to relocate, I was heartbroken.Continue reading

Jewelry Safes Preserve Yesterdays

Jewelry Safes Preserve Yesterdays

Hello,

I really like the “Preserving ” part of your website and thought I’d share a story with you. I bought the first of my Brown Safe jewelry safes in 1999, and I’m just writing to let you know how much I love each of them. In a way they are preserving my yesterdays for now, but when I pass on those “yesterdays” will go on to my brother’s children (since I don’t have any of my own).

To the best of my knowledge nobody has ever tried to get into any of my jewelry safes, but I still consider them some of the best investments I’ve made. There are an awful lot of memories tucked away in those jewelry safes,Continue reading