Monday, February 1, 2010

Collections



My husband collects old typewriters. I think he has about 6 or 7 right now. I always catch him looking at them in thrift stores. For Christmas this year my parents found him a really awesome one. One day I will share with you the cute brown Switzerland one that is like a laptop- it's so tiny and light.

I am quite a collector. This gene definitely comes from my dad- he' always collecting something. I used to collect teddy bears when I was little (ceramic figures and stuffed animals), sea shells, alabaster figurines, care bears, and stuffed animals (I spent about 20 minutes arranging them on my bed after I made it). I'm sure my family could give many others. I used to be really embarrassed by my collecting. I thought I was being a packrat and really weird. Now I kinda appreciate it. It's fun to be a hunter and gather things you love together in little collections. I definitely limit myself these days to smaller collections of things. I like to collect vintage hand mirrors, old red or orange kitchen items, wooden crates, metal bins, milk glass, french canning jars, vintage sheets, and vintage lace and trim. I can't go to a beach without a handful of rocks in my pocket. I can't help but save bottle caps and corks from wine. Is anyone else out there guilty? I saw this blog Lisa Congdon is doing, she's featuring a new collection everyday. She's going to share with us 365 collections. I can't wait to see them all. If you recall Lisa is the one who had the awesome plate wall (you can see her whole house, it's awesome), that inspired mine.

Tell me, what do you collect?

4 comments:

ellen said...

I too collect typewriters (I'm searching for an orange or blue one!), old kitchen utensils, vintage aprons, recipe books, and fabric.

bethany said...

I love that Sam collects typewriters, that's such a fun, quirky one! Your milk glass is beautiful...I always eye that stuff in the thrift store, but barely have enough cupboard space for my dishes!

I used to collect spoons...it was pretty geeky...

swell.life said...

i try too hard to not collect things. :)

but i think it's time to change that...

Nikki said...

Linens, books, records, pitchers, etc. Lately it's art supplies: pens/markers and all kinds of bits and bobs to glue into my journals. My dad goes to estate sales all the time and says "Life is a great big treasure hunt!"

It was great meeting you at Spokane Art Supply last night. Maybe we can go estate saling in the spring?