Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Question Of The Day



During my teen years, I collected matchbooks. Do you (more mature friends) remember those? They were everywhere back then since so many people smoked. I must have had almost a hundred, some of them really cool looking, that I kept in a box in my room. At some point I got it into my head that they could light up, start a fire and burn the house down. I'm not sure how this thought developed but once it did, there was no shaking it. I got rid of the matchbooks.

I figured I'd try something 'safer' after that, so I collected business cards for awhile. But it was an on-again/off-again thing that didn't really stick. Even though some business cards were really nice, they didn't hold my interest as much.

Fast forward many years later and I began my shot glass collection, which is still going on. I only pick up shot glasses from new destinations. Whenever I travel somewhere I've never been before, I bring home a shot glass with the name of the area on it if I can find one. My family is aware of this obsession fascination and when they travel they are kind enough to bring me back a shot glass. You gotta love that.

What about you? Do you collect anything?

40 comments:

  1. Love it. I used to collect football cards when i was a kid.

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    1. Sports cards were fun. We had hockey and baseball cards at my house.

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  2. I collected matchbooks too! I had a big rounded glass bowl filled with them. And then when we had kids, I worried about them starting fires with the matchbooks s that went that collection :)

    I used to collect Dopey Dwarf things from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but then it got tedious with moving the stuff around with all our moves, so that went that collection :)

    Now I just collect memories I think :)

    betty

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  3. I used to collect a certain pattern of dishes but have long since figured I had enough.

    Currently, I don't make an effort to collect anything in particular but books seem to reproduce around here. I have one room with a wall of bookcases and still I have to juggle to make room when I go to a book sale. I have no impulse control in a book store.

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    1. That is hilarious about the bookcases, Cheryl, because we have the same thing in our home: a wall of bookcases in one of our rooms! And like you, my impulse control in a book store is very bad. I do donate quite a few books every year but I seem to add just a many new ones in the house!

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  4. I have collections of all sorts of things ... postcards is one that is really big, got one from 1956 and many years after that.

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  5. years before you could find zebra prints everywhere you looked, I collected zebra stuff. There is a long story (too long in fact) of why I collected them. I have some beautiful zebra paintings on my walls. I don't collect anything now as we downsized several years ago to a much smaller place and I just can't let that happen and get bogged down again. It was such a chore going through the letting go...

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    1. That sounds like a lovely collection, Sandy. I understand about the downsizing because we're in that stage now.

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  6. I remember that every restaurant had a big bowl full of matchbooks at the cash register. I wouldn't say I collect anything, but I have a number of autographed books, including Robert Frost, Anne Tyler, and Anna Quindlen. I try to get an autographed book from every author whose book I edit.

    Love,
    Janie

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  7. Tomorrow I plan on collecting the tears of Trump supporters

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  8. I used to collect business cards too when I was little. I kept them in a picture album. Now I collect sand dollars and wine corks. They cant be bought, they have to be found. I have a large large clear vase for each collection.
    Lisa

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    1. Share a photo! I'd love to see how they look in a clear vase.

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  9. No collecting here. I'm just dull and boring. If I was going to collect I couldn't think of anything.

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    1. You're definitely not dull and boring! You live quite an active life!

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  10. No I don't collect things as such ... but I do have certain ornaments that seem to have the same theme or colour!

    All the best Jan

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  11. I used to collect chicken / rooster items when we kept backyard chickens. They were a prominent part of my kitchen décor. Then I just got so sick of everything chicken, that I took it all away, packed away in boxes. I have a collection of old mixing bowls and crocks that I display in my kitchen and other places (guess they replace the chickens!). I also have little hinged enameled boxes of various shapes and sizes (e.g. birds, rabbits, florals...) -Jenn

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    1. Sounds really nice! My hospice client's wife collects bird items. There isn't a room or spot in the house that doesn't display some kind of bird...ceramic, glass, etc. It is quite fascinating. Boxes are something that I love! I'm not sure what the appeal is but whenever I'm browsing in a store, particularly a thrift shop, I make a beeline to the display of boxes. Perhaps it speaks to the organizational side of me. I can put things in boxes and keep the area free of clutter! LOL

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  12. Well books, obviously, we have I think nine overflowing full-size book cases plus small ones in the kids rooms. When we were looking for a new house last year we noticed only a couple of houses had any bookcases at all. Does no-one read these days, or do they all use digital?

    When I was a teenager I collected unicorns. Never managed to get a real one, but lots of bookmarks, a few posters, some figurines. When we were on our honeymoon (no longer a teenager btw!) my husband and I bought a Venetian glass unicorn in Venice. We have quite a few dragony things too.

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    1. That is really cool about the unicorns! What a lovely choice. And dragons are something I love. I've painted quite a few ceramic pieces that I've displayed around our home. I would really like to find more pieces at some point and get back to that art.

      It seems a lot of people are using digital. Others just borrow books from the library. And some don't keep the books after finishing them. They donate or give them to people they know. I have a friend that does that. As soon as she's done with a book, she gives it to someone else.

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  13. I collect bookmarks. I'm a book worm, so I guess that really isn't a surprise. LOL You could also say I collect books, but I consider them more a necessity.

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  14. Adam's comment made me smile.

    I collect greeting cards...and my collection is always changing as I send them out and buy new ones.
    At this point it *looks* like I'm collecting shoes, but I'm definitely planning to get rid of some of my old ones soon.
    I really like collecting and keeping good memories, knowledge, and good friends.

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    1. Your last line is the best, Bethany! Those are wonderful things to collect.
      Greeting cards are fun, too :)

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  15. I did matchboxes too! Then I got rid of them for the same reason but I love collecting things!

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  16. You should show us a photo of your collection. I guess I collect anything with a cat on it. :)

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    1. One of these days I'll do that. Most of them are in a glass case display and the rest are boxed up because I don't have a place for them, so it's a bit of a hassle to photograph them.

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  17. Don't get me started!! lol
    Ask Ron about our basement.....nuff said!

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    1. LOL... I can only imagine, Jim. But you do have a shop to supply, so it makes sense.

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  18. I don't collect anything but as a kid, I used to collect matchbooks, as well.

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    1. That is so cool about the matchbooks!
      There used to be some really nice ones back then.

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  19. God, what haven't I collected.

    Stamps, erasers, pens/pencils, stationery, letter writing sets, stickers, pretty boxes, containers, books, jewellery, clothes, shoes, bags, perfume bottles, sunglasses, anything blue and pink, anything sparkly, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, music, kaftans, I think the list is neverending...

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    1. Hey, whatever makes you happy! We all have our favourite things.

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