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What do you collect -- besides cats?

post #1 of 23
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Dragoriana's sudden obsession with rubber duckies made me wonder what other things we cat people are collecting. Even if you only have three, it counts as a collection!

All but one of my collections involve glass, which I've always loved. I collect:

-- Souvenir cloisonne pins from cities, states, Hard Rock Cafes... anywhere at all. I especially love the Hard Rock guitar pins, and I even have the rare Paul McCartney left-handed "violin" bass pin.

-- Beads! Thousands and thousands... so many beads that I can't imagine I'll ever actually get around to making jewelry out of them all.

-- Depression glass, especially marbles -- the greenish kind that fluoresces under blacklight.

-- Random pieces of Jade-Ite -- that wonderful old translucent green dishware. I can't afford a full set, but it's fun to keep an eye out for "orphan" pieces here and there.

-- Old glass insulators from telephone and telegraph lines, hydroelectric dams, etc. I have over 300 of them at this point, ranging in size from a tiny three-inch antenna insulator to a gorgeous carnival glass power insulator that's about a foot wide and almost as tall! Their history is the history of the industrial age... and although they are purely functional objects, never meant to be art, many of them are dazzlingly beautiful!

-- Industrial glass of almost any kind -- including old railroad lantern lenses, glass bricks, tiny glass spice drawers from old Hoosier cabinets, the colored glass housing from airport runway lights... I just love the "accidental artistry" of these things!

So what do you collect?
post #2 of 23
Essential and fragranced oil in those little bottles. I have 100+ atm.

Precious/semi-precious gems and rocks.

Books. I have a few dating back to the 17 and 18 hundreds. I have all of Jane Austens books PLUS duplicates! lol

Toys. Well i didn't really have any when i met Tristan, and now every so often he buys me something fluffy. Most of them are neatly sitting together in my cupboard but on a shelf so i can see them when i open the doors, havea couple on the bed. I have bears (starting to collect a few beanie kids now), cows, giraffes, hippos, dogs, cats, a whole bunch of teeny sesame street characters, polar bears, monkeys etcetc. I like to think that when i have children i will be mature enough to look after them, but because a part of me likes cute and child like things, i will be able to get along with them really well, and pass some of my things down to them.
post #3 of 23
What neat collectibles! My primary collection are candles along with kitty related decorative items
post #4 of 23
Snowglobes But because there are so many kinds, I decided to go with the musical ones.
post #5 of 23
tiny painted wooden bobble head turtles- i LOVE them!!!!!!!!!!!!

you can see some of them in this older picture (please note- all bettas are in big tanks now i had the little tank before i researched and learned how much room they need!)

I LOVE my turtles
post #6 of 23
atm, old Honda cars apparently, or that's what my co-workers tell me...

I'm accumulating herkimer diamonds (they're actually just very clear quartz crystals).
post #7 of 23
hmm i seem to have alot of gun and swords
post #8 of 23
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hmm i seem to have alot of gun and swords
i swear you and colin were lost at birth sometimes
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i swear you and colin were lost at birth sometimes
i have my own chop sticks also hehe
post #10 of 23
Strays!!

No really.

Aside from that, I collect Elephants. I especially love looking for tiny little elephants that I can hide in random places all over the house. My favorite piece is carved from white marble.
post #11 of 23
I don't really collect anything any more...besides bird toy parts...I have alot of those.
post #12 of 23
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i have my own chop sticks also hehe
i swear he still thinks i'm pregnant (i'm not!) from that whole stealing his chopsticks to make smores incedent earlier today he's been weird all night ever since he cought me!

oh yeah, i also collect- bath stuff- I have a very scarry obsession with smell good stuff...you name it- i want to buy it

candles- I LOVE them

Cosmopolitan magazine- i have every single issue from the past few years- i want to save them so someday when i have girls, they can see them when they're old enough

and Flowers -i'm a lisenced florist/wedding planner - what can i say Poor Colin all of my favorite things are very girly and he is learning how to have girly things in his bachelor pad
post #13 of 23
I used to collect several things, but have learned I don't really need it all. Lately, I have been collecting cat toys I do still have colored glass bottles of all shapes and sizes. Haven't had them out of storage in years though.
post #14 of 23
Oil lamps and lanterns...only the brass lamp, and the black and green lanterns are authentic, the rest are reproductions.

...oh, and apparently, wolf figurines as well

post #15 of 23
I collect LSU stuff
post #16 of 23
I have ALOT of Teddy Bears.I have collected them over the years and though I've had to get rid of a few, I still have quite a few of them.
I also collect books.Mainly VC Andrews
I use to collect stickers.But, as soon as Sis got old enough, they went to her.
post #17 of 23
Oh, lord... what DON'T I collect? Here is a short list:

Alice in Wonderland - old editions, figurines, collectables
Marbles, logo golf balls, other stuff that is round
Swizzle sticks
Seashells
Purple glass
Rubber ducks
Red-haired dolls
Those little photo viewer keychains from zoos/amusement parks

I'm kind of a packrat.
post #18 of 23
model horses. my collection is mostly Breyers, with a handful of Peter Stones, Hartlands, and Hagen-Renakers.
post #19 of 23
I have to buy a shot glass wherever I go. I try not to collect too much caus I go overboard. LoL
post #20 of 23
I used to collect comic books (X-Men, primarily), but stopped about a decade ago when the number of comics I was keeping up with exceeded my means of paying for them. I still have every comic I ever purchased, however, and some of them are worth a fair amount of money. (That's not why I keep them or why I collected them in the first place, but it's a nice bonus.)

J and I both collect sharp pointy things: swords, daggers and knives. Nothing in our collection is valuable and most pieces are only "costume" weaponry, but there are a few things we could actually use in a fight. We both know how to use the weapons we have (J's better at it than I am) and are always looking for new pieces for our collection. He favours big, heavy swords and maces, while I prefer small, light daggers, rapiers and cutlasses (our weapons of choice suit our fighting styles: he's big and strong, I'm short but quick).

I also collect notebooks and journals, the prettier (or more interesting looking) the better. Most of them have never been written in, and none of them have been filled -- I just like the look of them, and the idea that I could write in them if I wanted to.

Finally, I collect books on writing and books on the Elizabethan era. J collects gaming books (LARPs, table-top and video games).

Our apartment is very cluttered.
post #21 of 23
Hmm-lemme see.

Yup, cats, thats what I collect!!

No, I dont really collect anything anymore. ( used to be Dreamsicles though)

What about like say, my house is decorated? Does that count too??


LOL-if so then roosters are in my kitchen. I love roosters!!
post #22 of 23
Here's what I collect



Cat collars. Excessive? I know. But I cant help it lol (and I do have 7 cats lol)....

(ETA - had to go edit the pic I posted to blur out any personal address info lol)
post #23 of 23
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-- Beads! Thousands and thousands... so many beads that I can't imagine I'll ever actually get around to making jewelry out of them all.
Same here. Used a few last year for my Secret Santa recipient.

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Precious/semi-precious gems and rocks.
...ans a large collection of fluorescent minerals started by my Dad.

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I used to collect comic books (X-Men, primarily), but stopped about a decade ago when the number of comics I was keeping up with exceeded my means of paying for them. I still have every comic I ever purchased, however, and some of them are worth a fair amount of money. (That's not why I keep them or why I collected them in the first place, but it's a nice bonus.)
Legion of Super Heroes and Teen Titans for me. I, too, had trouble affording them.

Star TRek items including the first TV Guide cover - in near mint condition!

Add to that dust bunnies and dirt and that's what I collect.
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