I 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.
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.
There 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?