I am a math/science teacher, amateur photographer/couple's dancer, mixed media artistist, outdoors sports person, and collector of different things at different timeI am a math/science teacher, amateur photographer/couple's dancer, mixed media artistist, outdoors sports person, and collector of different things at different times (cookbooks, original prints/contemporary art, glassware/pottery, iron/steel work, children's books, fashion jewelry, kitchenware/utility knives, tools, watches/clocks, wooden chairs...).
I am currently living in South-Central TX, but am from Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and generally suffer from wanderlust. All of my items have been inherited, found, or purchased at personal property auctions/thrift shops/garage sales (teacher budget). I just can't pass-up something that appears to have an interesting history or has a fascinatingly practical design.
Financial value is nice, but an item is only worth what you are paid for it. I've made mistakes trying to find investment items and have since settled into collecting for myself.
My collections stay small as I frequently weed-out my collections, keeping only my favorite pieces. Otherwise I'd be buried in the fascinating things I've found over the years.
My favorite item to date has to be a general's stick from the end of WWII that had field art and an inscription. A local museum was happy to accept it as a donation. I rescued it from the toy section of a thrift shop for $1.99. The history of the item was well worth the investment. (Read more)