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    What do you collect?

    As a kid, I collected stamps, seashells, rocks, fabrics, feathers, yarn, embroidery floss, porcelain figures, candy wrappers, and I'm sure more that I can't think of. Now I collect earrings, buttons, sea glass, and glassware. Still collect fabrics, but I actually use them now - slowly working through my stash!

    So much of the excitement of collecting things back then was never knowing when you would find that exact piece to fit into your collection. It's a lot easier now just to be able to go online and order stuff I try to make it a point of never buying anything online for my collections - the vast majority of it came from spontaneous finds at yard sales or thrift shops. (Well, except the sea glass, that I found on the shore. )

    What do you like to collect?

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    As a child I collected china cats. Still have a lot of them, but they are not displayed, haven't been for years. Now, on occasion I pick up a rock/pebble from somewhere else and keep it. And I still have a lot of fabric although I don't sew very much anymore.
    mkats, what did you do with all your candy wrappers and embroidery floss? Do you still have them?

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    Cute Sanrio stickers and stationary. When I was younger I would collect stickers especially scratch 'n sniff ones.

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    I apparently collect books. Well, I have a lot of books, and I guess "having a lot of" plus "enjoying quite a lot" pretty much defines a collection, yes? Especially if the collection continues to expand, as if by magic.

    I've recently begun collecting books about VW Campers, because we recently bought a 1979 Westfalia.

    I'm trying hard to think of other things I might actually collect, but I think that may be it. Books and more books.
    And so, dear Lord, it is with deep sadness that we turn over to you this young woman, whose dream to ride on a giant swan resulted in her death. Maybe it is your way of telling us... to buy American.

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    Vinyl albums. It's a nightmare moving with all of them.

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    Penguins. Crystal, porcelain, wood, stuffed, etc.
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    My dad has a huge number of coffee cups. They're not in any sort of order or are laid out in anyway to impress. He just has a lot of them. He's been all over the world, so a large percentage of them are 'place' coffee cups, with something referencing where he got them on them.

    It's not something we ever really talked about, and I don't think he ever really thought through it or meant to collect such a large number of coffee cups. This year, I went to Thailand and China and my sister took a short trip to Ireland and Amsterdam. We individually decided to buy coffee cups to add to our dad's collection that were 'place' coffee cups for where we went as well. When I got back to the US a week ago I went to put my coffee cups in with the rest and they wouldn't fit, and I noticed that there were two new ones from Amsterdam and Ireland. I said to my sister, "you decided to add to the collection too?" We just looked at each other and laughed.

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    Another collection is foreign currency. My step-dad started it when he was in the military; I got his collection, and have added to it with travels of my own, whether civilian or military (usually just a few coins here and there, but it's still cool)
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    I collected stamps and fossils.

    Now I collect all sorts of crap. I don't collect traditional things like coins or Hummel, but stuff like decorative watches and buttons from trade shows and floaty pens.
    "Cupcakes are bullshit. And everyone knows it. A cupcake is just a muffin with clown puke topping." -Charlie Brooker

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    Quote Originally Posted by KatieC View Post
    As a child I collected china cats. Still have a lot of them, but they are not displayed, haven't been for years. Now, on occasion I pick up a rock/pebble from somewhere else and keep it. And I still have a lot of fabric although I don't sew very much anymore.
    mkats, what did you do with all your candy wrappers and embroidery floss? Do you still have them?
    I don't know what I did with the candy wrappers. I think a lot of them are still stuck between pages of my favorite childhood books. I started collecting them after my mom told me about being a poor kid growing up in China and they would always look forward to New Years' for the candy, and they'd collect those wrappers. Of course here every year come Halloween it was a different story

    I ended up using most of the embroidery floss over the years - I used to do a lot of cross stitch work (here's a pillow that I made a few years back) and sewing in general, and a lot of it got used to mend random pieces of clothing since I had so much that the right color was always available. Every time I go back to my parents' though I still find skeins of it here and there in all sorts of pretty colors It all started when I was in 3rd grade and it was all the rage to make friendship bracelets.

    Oh, something else I used to collect - dried, pressed flowers! Pressed alongside the candy wrappers, of course. I still can't help doing it from time to time when I see something that catches my eye, but I've never bothered to do a good job of preserving them so they all turn brown within a few years.

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    I collect weird, funny Salt and Pepper shakers. For example, I have a Homer and Marge Simpson set. But I also have a lot that are related to cities I visit. Like I have a Liberty Bell/Independence Hall set and a Space Needle set. Also I have ones like a chimney with each of Santa's Legs upside down in the chimney. Essentially anything that is cheap, funny, and weird is what I like.

    At this point I have relatives and friends always looking out for new ones for me.

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    Broken hearts.
    It's official. I am madly in love with Meryl Davis.

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    I collect state wall plates. Have thirty of them so far.
    "I hit him with my shoes... if he had given me the medal like I told him to, I wouldn't have had to hit him!" -- 8-year-old Rhoda Penmark in "The Bad Seed"

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    I collect refrigerator magnets from our travels - mostly scenic vistas or something classic from that location (e.g. a Canadian maple leaf, grizzly bear paw print from Alaska). Hubby collects key chains from our travels, and he used to collect matchbooks (when restaurants still gave those out - he finally used them all up when the collection got too big). In our younger days, we used to collect wine corks, thinking we'd make a huge cork board out of them. That never happened haha! My hubby's more serious collections are his 1950s Lionel trains and his vintage ham radios. His brother has a really impressive vintage beer can collection (you drain the beer from the bottom of the can so that the top stays intact).

    From skating competitions, I collect pins. I have a felt pin book from the days my daughter skated synchro - all the teams exchanged pins and it was a challenge among skaters to get the most variety because there were only a limited number of the pins made for each team. FYI the USFS Skating Museum in Colorado Springs has a pin collection on display with many more stored away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KHenry14 View Post
    I collect weird, funny Salt and Pepper shakers. For example, I have a Homer and Marge Simpson set..
    Hey, I need that, too.

    I collect tacky keychains, the kind only a tourist would buy. I hardly ever buy them, though, people give them to me.

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    stuffed animals, esp. Disney characters, lapel pins, magnets, music CDs & skating books

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    Books, rocks, vintage kitchen stuff, Depression glass (green only), any other old stuff that I think is cool, beach glass, old bottles, feathers, driftwood.
    You know, I was thinking of starting a collecting thread just the other day!

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    I cleaned out my bathroom a couple weeks ago....apparently I also collect eyeshadow.....

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