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Digital Camera Memories From My Old Hard Drive

Updated: Feb 29

Instagram story templates have been trending lately with prompts like "Let's see a picture of you as a kid" and "Teenage you, I bet some of ya'll will skip this." I'm a sucker for this kind of content.

This post was heavily inspired by those Instagram story prompts. The thing is, my teenage years were from 1996 to 2002. And back in those days, we had good old-fashioned disposable cameras.

Old Monterey apartment | 2005

I'm fortunate to have a decent amount of photos from that time, but thinking about all of this reminded me of how many photos I took in my next phase of life with my digital camera. Remember those? I'm not quite ready to say they are "vintage" yet.

I don't have my digital camera anymore, but I do have my Dell hard drive. This thing looks like it's from the Stone Age. I made sure to keep it when I got rid of the desktop computer I used throughout college (and several years after).

I decided the other night that I was going to connect the hard drive to my laptop so I could look at the contents. It was pretty hilarious how many cords and adapters it took to do this. The whole experience made me feel like the TRUE nerd I am.

Anyway, I found a bunch of college assignments, essays, and PowerPoint presentations that are super embarrassing to look at now. Lol. It was a fun ride down memory lane.

But most importantly, I found tons of photos that I took with my digital camera (neatly sorted in folders, thank you very much) from things like my 25th birthday party (somehow 15 years ago) and pictures of my first apartment.

The whole experience was a true delight. Here's what I found:

Kelly Greens apartment | 2007

You know the phrase "Rome wasn't built in a day?" Well, here's proof that it has taken me years and years define my home decor style and, well .... become a low key vintage hoarder. Lol.

In all seriousness though, I'm so glad I snapped this photo. I was proud of my living room and the things I was able to afford to put in it. I was 23 and this was the first apartment I moved into without a roomate. I was living it up.

Here's a photo of my apartment bedroom. I remember how excited I was to be able to afford the throw pillows and table lamp from Pier 1.

My "office" 2007

Kingston | 2007

Christmas 2007

#MySpace Photo | 2005

"If you've ever taken a closeup photo of your eyeball with a digital camera, you might be a redneck."

New Years Eve | 2005

Laguna Beach with Sara | 2006

Here's one of my typical outfits in 2006. Layered tank tops, bootcut jeans, a statement necklace, and a belt around the waist. I will never get over this hilarious trend.

Malibu | 2006

My internship in California | 2006

A cracked windshield and CYE promo | 2007

Summer internship apartment | 2006

The Mixology days | 2006

Martin and Gabe | 2006

College graduation party | 2006

We thought we were cool, and we were. I think? 👀

Being a big ole dumb dumb. 🚭

College graduation day with my parents | 2006

25th birthday party with Jessica and Meaghan | 2008

Being reckless with Ryan | 2007

Kingston | 2009

Christmas | 2011

My flea market booth | 2011

This is where it all started. I didn't really know what I was doing, but I wanted to explore a newly found love for vintage (and the idea of buying and selling) and opened a booth at my favorite flea market.

It was such a FUN experience that eventually led me down the path to selling on Etsy, FB Marketplace, and at local pop-ups.

Many years later, this is a huge part of my life. I love being able to see where all of this started.

Here I am as a fresh faced 21-year-old using the same computer that I saved the hard drive from ... and then posting photos that were saved on it on my blog 20 years later.

xoxo, Jacki


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