Only a few psychological studies have investigated personal possessions and their role in everyday life. Two surveys about a special segment of possessions, namely possessions of personal value, will be presented here. Interviews were carried out in an adhoc survey of 76 people in the streets of Guildford and at Surrey University (England). Method and results are critically related to a studf cherished household possessions in Chicago (USA). The main difference is the more intimate quality of the objects mentioned by the English sample. A second study using structured interviews explored the relation between an individual and his objects in great detail. In presenting selected results emphasis is qivento the meaning of personal possessions and the analysis of those situations, in which the objects play & major role.