Things I Collect BTB #3

Posted June 25, 2015 by Elizabeth in decorating, discussion, Features/ 17 Comments

I am sending the love to my bloggy friend KissinBlueKaren for her new weekly meme Beyond the Books. Here is her description:

beyond the booksI will throw out a topic (mostly non-bookish), and you guys blog about it. Come back here and share the link to your blog post, and we all have fun learning about each other. I will be posting on the new topic every Thursday at midnight EST. My weekly post will kick it off. I will list upcoming topics so you can schedule your blog posts ahead, but please don’t post before Thursday 12am EST, (and don’t forget to come back and add your post to the linky so everyone who plays along can see it, too).

I hope you’ll think about joining us in the future. This week’s topic is Things I Collect, which is perfect for me since I have tons of collections! One of my first posts in 2008 was about Collecting vs. Hoarding. In it I asked two questions, “If someone gives you a bunch of similar things, it it really a collection if you don’t add to it and go through the gathering process as well?” and “If you gather and purchase things that are similar, is it a collection if it is sitting in boxes for an undetermined period of time or are you just hoarding something someone else could enjoy?” I am going to share two of my collections which I started myself and have been added to over many years.Longaberger darning baskets

First up are my Longaberger baskets. Made in Ohio, these sturdy baskets used to be sold only at home parties and at their factory store, but with the Internet you can just go to their site and get them. I used to have 3 or 4 parties a year to get my baskets at a significantly discounted price.  Even my dishes and some bakeware are from Longaberger; it cleans up so easily and the mugs have great big handles. I also have a vase, ice bucket, and purse that are baskets, and yes, they have all been used more than once. I was really Lovin’ My Longaberger back in 2008 when I wrote a whole post about them.

lighted snowman wreathThere is something so comforting to me about snowmen. They are cute, but not cute-sy, you know? For lazy decorators **ahem!**, they are a great thing to collect because you can put them up before Christmas and take them down around Valentine’s Day. That way they can be enjoyed longer than collecting Santas, jack-o-lanterns, Easter eggs, etc. (Actually, for autumn I decorate with plain pumpkins, leaves, and scarecrows, so it can go up Labor Day and stay up until Thanksgiving. Spring-wildflowers and ladybugs. Summer-red, white, blue. Like I said, lazy, but also less expensive.) Some of my snowmen are more expensive, like Belleek or Lenox, others are from craft fairs, and one my nephew made me from clay when he was much younger. No matter what they cost they are all my Winter Friends, as I wrote in this 2009 post where you can see them in all their glory. When I travel I try to get a snowman. I had quite the time communicating in Venice to get one made at their famous glassworks, but I was able to find a silly looking snowman ornament or suncatcher and I keep it up all year in the window.

There are many more collections in my house: vintage jewelry, depression glass, apothecary bottles, just to name a few. If this topic is interesting to you, visit my Vintage Thingies Thursday posts. They weren’t all configured when I switched from Blogger to WP, so external links may not work.

Do you collect anything? Besides books, I mean! Stamps? Beanie Babies?  Antique Silver?

Besides being part of Beyond the Books, this post is also linked to the 2015 Discussion Challenge, hosted by It Starts at Midnight and Feed Your Fiction Addiction.


17 responses to “Things I Collect BTB #3

  1. Hey those baskets are cute and useful! I hoard more than collect a bunch of stuff because who knows if I’ll ever use it or throwing it away feels wrong lol. But I used to collect turtle figurines, and have a ton of them.

  2. Those baskets are neat-looking! I hadn’t heard of that brand before.

    I collect too many things I think. *laughs* I have a HUGE My Little Pony collection. (Seriously, like over 350 different ponies and at least 6 playsets?) From the ’80’s, the G1s.

    I also have a porcelain doll collection that my parents started for me as a small child. Most of them are in storage with mom, but I have quite a few I’ve bought for myself over the years.

    Then there’s the dragons and faeries. Figurines, dolls, plastic toys, shirts, anything that I like the look of. I suppose you could say my Christmas Ornaments are a collection. I buy 2 or 3 every year, whatever catches my eye that year.

    I have a ton of stuffed animals as well. They live on the top of my bookshelves, and I’m running out of room for them. And the last ‘important’ collection I have is sharp pointy objects. *nods* I have a set of throwing knives, and 5 different daggers. Anywhere from the length of my arm (wrist to elbow), to a bodice dagger.

      • I’m horribly out of practice actually! *laughs* Don’t live anywhere I can set up a target for them currently. Though I first learned by using darts, so I probably should go back to that just to keep in practice.

  3. This is an interesting topic! I actually wrote a post for august about my bookmark collection. That’s the only thing I collect. Oh and I sort of collect pluchies, I can’t resist the more original or beautifull made pluchies. I should do a post about those as well. We have a giant turtle pluchie, a dragon, a dinosaur, an alpacha, a dino and lots more.

    I agree with you about snowman, they are more general winterish than specifically christmasy, so you can keep them around longer. I think snowman are cute. I have a finger puppet snowman lying around on my desk. I also have a sheep with a christmas hat and a reindeer on my desk, which I keep around the whole year long. It’s fun to hear about your collections and how many different things you collect!

  4. I’m not much of a collector. I’m not big on clutter so other than books I don’t keep a lot of stuff!

    My mother is someone who has a huge amount of crap – and buys more and more and it drives me bonkers. Both my brother and I have forbidden her from continuing to buy us ‘stuff’ from the $2 stores etc.

  5. I collect WAY too many things, honestly. I am pretty sure I am about one step away from being a full fledged hoarder :/

    I have heard of those baskets! Some friends I used to have were obsessed with them! My grandma, who I was very, very close to collected Santas. Any figurines, any kind, the more diverse and random, the better! I have a few of her and my favorites, and it broke my heart when my parents had to sell most of them. It was her “thing”. And now I am sobbing.

    Okay, maybe the Beanie Babies can make me laugh again- remember when we were all convinced that they’d be “worth something someday”? Yeah… nope. 😉 Fun post!

  6. I love the snowmen! I don’t really collect Christmas stuff, but I do love snowmen. In fact x-mas decorations is a great December theme. I know I would love to show mine off and see other people’s Christmas hoards, lol. Great post and, as always, thanks for playing along!

  7. Those baskets are beautiful ! I don’t collect anything, but I do hoard books on my tablet, more and more books… On the contrary, I’m trying to get rid of many things here, in order to have easily cleaned spaces, less “dust gatherers” as we call them in French, more space, more fluidity, less work ! To keep it short, I’m trying to let go of things 🙂 Trying !

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