When you were a kid, did you have a list of weird stuff that you thought were things rich people had?
I grew up in a lower middle class family. Emphasis on the lower. We never really wanted for anything. Just didn't have many extravagant extras. I had friends with money. And after being in their homes and riding in their cars, I made a mental list of things that indicated you had arrived.
A double sink in the kitchen. I don't know why this seemed rich to me. But it did.
An attached garage. I just loved attached garages.
Plastic tube hangers. Ours were all the wire dry cleaner kind.
Separate pool towels from your everyday towels. I never had a pool towel until I was 13 and my mom bought us all one for our trip to Florida. I took our dumb peach and brown bath towels when I went swimming anywhere. And our towels weren't the big ones. They were the smaller, barely cover your butt ones. I hated them. I loved the beach towel from my mom so much I still have it. It's raggedy and threadbare and Chris tries to throw it out every time he organizes my underwear drawer. Yes to both your questions, I keep it in my underwear drawer and yes, he organizes it.
A car with cloth seats. We had a Chevette for most of my childhood that had vinyl seats. You stuck to it in the heat of summer. We got a new Chevette when I was 12 with cloth seats. I thought I was really living. In addition to car accessories, power locks and windows. Funny thing is, my current car has vinyl seats and roll windows and manual locks.
A fireplace with a mantel. Love a mantel.
Carpet. We had hard wood floors. Carpet seemed so extravagant to me.
Funny the things we think indicate wealth.