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Ten on Tuesday: 10 Collections I've Had Over The Years
1. Depression Glass. D is for Depression Glass.
Make mine green. I came to have a couple of my grandmother's pieces and spent quite a few years growing a collection. My mom collected pink, and it was fun to "hunt" together. We spent a lot of time, over the years, at flea markets and auctions! As usual, I set parameters (specific pieces or shape/pattern) and it was really fun.
There are even collections within the collection! I've always "had a thing" for measuring cups.
It's displayed in a few different places, mostly in the kitchen and most of it is in this cabinet (which hides my kitchen sink). Collections are meant to be together and I love how it looks, especially illuminated!
2. Cookbooks. I have a big collection of those!
3. Sewing Baskets & Stands & Things.
S is for Sewing! Needle cases, measuring tapes, spool holders, pin cushions...
4. Knitting Needles.
I like them long and straight! There are a lot of vintage Bates and Boye aluminum specimens, which I seem to favor, but I also like bamboo and the Quicksilver needles.
5. Cabinet Photographs.
I especially have a thing for photos of babies, children, and women. And men. And wedding photos. And school room photos. And family photos, especially outside of and including the house. And... well, I guess I'm not too particular about the subject, but there's always something that speaks to me, often it's an "attitude."
R is for Rodents. I don't think I've bought a single one of these... sometimes a collection happens whether you want it to or not. My nickname as a baby was "Mouse," and my dad used it well into my adult years. So, of course! I must want to collect mice! I don't mind, really, there are some very special ones -- a few of porcelain that Grandma made for me, some that the kids made. There is not a single Mickey Mouse specimen pictured but, trust me, he's well represented!
7. Pansies. You know it, P is for Pansies!
Pictures, pitchers, jardinieres, calendars, tiles, prints, china...
8. Poultry, apparently: Chicken- and/or duck-shaped covered glass dishes and/or ceramic planters (yellow).
I have a collection of exactly two yellow ceramic chicken planters. They were both Sharon's and I always thought that it would be fun to add to that collection, but so far I've not found any that fit the criteria! And that's okay!
I've a number of glass "chicken dishes," a few different sizes, some clear and some opaque.
The real treasure (never before photographed, it seems) is an old bubble bath container, a covered glass duck-shaped dish. When she was a girl, my mother bought one for my grandmother as a gift; Grandma always used it to hold her bobby pins. I found one at an auction and, of course, it holds my bobby pins, too. Mom also found one, and it even had the little bubble bath scoop still tied with ribbon to the duck's neck.
9. Bowls. B is for Bowls.
I like having choices?
10. Rubberbands. I used to have a thing for twisty-ties, but now it's rubberbands.
I have found myself feeling less and less a collector. I haven't added to any of these collections in quite some time and have even been thinning.
I've culled some of the depression glass, for instance, but it's now out of the cabinet and sitting in a box. So I still have it. There's not much demand for it, anymore, and even though I never spent a whole lotta money (or, at least, it averages out to very little per piece), it's hard to just give away something I once spent so much time looking for.