I've been collecting, quite literally, since I was born. I started with stuffed animals and had over 70 by the time I was about 7 or 8. I named them all, kept an alpI've been collecting, quite literally, since I was born. I started with stuffed animals and had over 70 by the time I was about 7 or 8. I named them all, kept an alphabetical list and slept with them in order so no one would feel left out. As I got a tiny bit older I saved my allowance for holiday themed candles, like Gurley. Every time my dad took us to Tijuana, I would buy a handblown glass animal and do the haggling myself.
Most of what I collect has very little monetary value. Everything I collect makes me smile. I have even continued some of my mother's collections (I got her collecting; not the other way around) to keep her close to me. That makes me smile, too.
Some, but not all, of the things I love--alligators, Pez, jewelry, pretty pottery, china and glass, lamps, magazine racks, photographic slides, ViewMaster and other 3D and standard viewers, postcards, thrift store artwork, yarn "paintings". The 50's and 60's are my favorite era and GREEN is my favorite color.
My mom's collections that I have been continuing--cobalt blue glass, fish, tiles, miniature handmade pots and sheep. (Read more)