Linda put up a post that got me thinking.
What kinds of things do you people collect?
Franklin Mint plates of Princess Diana?
Here in Jenworld, we have a variety of collections, some intentional and some not.
I've saved every postcard I've ever gotten, including some that go back to the 1970s. As a family, we've added more as we've traveled.
Another family collectible is smooshed pennies. You know, where you put a penny and two quarters in one of those machines, turn the crank, and out pops an elongated penny with an imprint of the Statue of Liberty or the DC Zoo. (I know, I know, tacky, but it's cheaper than the girls talking us into another damn stuffed animal.)
I personally love cobalt glass bottles and have small collection I've added to slowly. Having fragile things that gather dust is just the last thing I need in my wee house, but there's something about cobalt glass that makes me feel so happy that I can't not have them. So I have cobalt blue wine bottles and cobalt blue milk bottles and other cobalt blue bottles. And I'm always on the lookout for more. I seem to remember a brand of seltzer water that comes in a cobalt blue bottle, but haven't come across it here in Small Town, Virginia.
Pete is something of a pack rat and does not naturally purge his belongings unless I nag him for weeks on end. Graceful and Elegant appear to be the same way. Sometime I just have to sweep through their rooms, just to make sure the Health Department doesn't get called in. Such as, that time I discovered that Elegant had been saving ALL of her used bandaids. [shudder] Graceful is more of a scavenger and I tend to have to divest her of trash, including last week when she tried to squirrel away the used dryer sheet after we folded laundry. I'll allow a lot, but I do have my limits.
So, tell me something about YOU. What do you collect?