Java Talk: What We Enjoy Collecting



I guess my first collection was antique wash boards. I picked my first one up at a garage sale. And when I'd see them at antique malls for $10 or $15, I'd get another. I have about six. And that's enough now. I don't have room to just keep collecting them. I'm happy with what I have and I decorate with them. 


I also like to collect white pitchers. I think that started when I bought a few from Laurie Anna's in Canton. And then I would add more. I have as many of those as I can display now of those as well. 


I love all things red and polka dots. So I will look twice if something is red and white polka dotted. 

I guess that's all I collect. I guess I don't collect a vast amount of things in my collections. I don't know if there are more collections in my future. But I imagine there are!

Let's hear what you love to collect. How long have you been collecting? Are you still seeking to find more for your collection?

Top your cup off and let's talk.







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  1. Brenda, I am getting a little pitcher collection going. I collect rocks. I have no way of knowing where they have come from...I just pick up a rock where ever I go and bring it home. .....how many goofy t-shirts would a person need? but then here I am with a box of rocks. LOL. I like your polka dot things. xoxo,Susie

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    1. I had a great little collection of rocks in TX. But couldn't bring them all with me. (I did bring some of the smaller ones though. They're out in my garden.) I use to tell my ex, don't buy me expensive presents at holidays. Go out in the country and just find some pretty rocks and I'll be happy.

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  2. I like your collections!
    I used to collect music boxes before I got married. I gave many of them to my daughter.
    Now I collect fridge magnets of all the places that we have been. I'm sure that some people think it is cheesy, but I like to look at my fridge and remember the fun trips. :D

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    1. No collection is cheesy. It's just your preference of things you like. I think it sounds fun. Good way to decorate that boring fridge!

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  3. I try to not collect things anymore as I have too much "stuff". The main thing over the years that I have collected and still occasionally pick up if I can't resist are coffee mugs - these are not the tourist mugs that you pick up that say NYC or Yellowstone park but heavy nice pottery mugs of different kinds of shapes and colors - some are cutesy - handles in cat shapes, one of a dragon that is sitting inside the cup and the handle is part of the tail - but others are just unique colors of multitude colors and shapes. Most are bought at unique pottery shops where the items are hand made individually.

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    1. Oh, I like this idea! Maybe I'll have to start a collection like this. No matchy-match mugs anymore. Drink my coffee in a different one every day.

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  4. I have too many interests to list. I have tons of books on many subjects; architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright, Bungalows, Christmas, Halloween, and Thanksgiving collectibles, which are other items I collect. I am into photography, mostly historic or architecturally unique buildings, signs, and neon. I like cat items, turkeys, and a few rabbit or Easter items. All of them old, not just cutesy knick-knacks you can pick up at gift shops. I have an interest and a few collectibles regarding the 1893 World Columbian Exposition (or, more commonly known as the 1893 Chicago World's Fair). I also am interested in the 19104 St. Louis World's Fair and the 1939 New York World's Fair. We ride Harleys (we own 4) and I love cars, we currently have 7. We also have two boats (I enjoy skiing, even at the age of 55). We live in a 1917 four-square "Bungaloid" and I love buying era-correct furnishings. *WHEW* I think that is enough for now, although it doesn't even hardly scrape the surface!!

    Glenda

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    1. Wow! You have a lot of collections!

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    2. I have even started handing down a few things the kids are interested in. My son got all of his "son" Christmas ornaments from Hallmark, the youngest daughter wanted an old mantle clock so we are giving her one of mine as I have over 100 clocks (old wind-up type), the oldest daughter is not too much of a collector, but does like clown cookie jars, which I have a few but not clowns in particular. My cookie jars are mostly cats, a Shawnee, and a couple of other obscure ones. I am interested in everything but thank goodness NOT dolls, or beanie babies (never got on that craze). Most of my interests are historical. When I meet someone, I never have a problem visiting about anything.... :) I bet you and I could visit for a while about lots of things!

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  5. Good morning, Brenda. I collect just a few things. Cream and/or water pitchers, but only if the shape speaks to me. At the present time I seem to be collecting quite a bit of yarn, the colors and fiber shout "buy me". I really must stop because I have far too much and it's getting expensive. The SO and I used to go to the flea market and antiquing every weekend but I kind of lost that urge when we had to empty my mothers house after she passed three years ago. It seems pointless and silly to look at other peoples cast offs when I have family heirlooms I don't have room to display.

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    1. Oh, how smart you are! So many people buy and buy and then there are the family heirlooms. And we don't want them to end up in a junk store!

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  6. I have small thrift store collections that I use in decorating, such as three or four little squirrel figurines for fall, four or five snowmen for winter, and a few ducks and bunnies for spring. I've never had an interest in a big collection of anything. Recently, I started two collections, for a weird reason. We moved to this location less than a year ago for my husband's new job, and it hasn't been a good fit. We're both hoping we'll be somewhere else by this fall. As a way of coping, I've started two little collections that represent the area -- one is a collection of little blown glass pieces that are made by local artists. They are $5 to $7 apiece. The other collection is coffee cups found at thrift stores that bear the logos of local tourist attractions and businesses. They are 50 cents to a dollar apiece. I think, "Oh, these things will be great souvenirs of this phase of life, when we are happily living somewhere else!" I have about six in each collection, and that's probably enough. I don't need more to pack!

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    1. I understand about not wanting to collect more things to pack for sure!

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  7. Let's see. I have definitely had to pare down my "collecting". I've found that my collecting can quickly escalate to an episode of Hoarders. But...right now I have a lovely collection of milk glass. I also love pitchers, Brenda! I have about 4 or 5 so far. Of course, I enjoy anything well-worn and distressed (kinda like me!) to decorate with.

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    1. I have found that 4 or 5 is about enough for me of any one collection.

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  8. I collect all sizes of wooden bobbins and have over a hundred. I also collected carved Santa ornaments from a local artist. I collect blue canning jars. I wish we had more than 1 thrift store or a flea market here because it's very relaxing to go look and not spend a lot of money, but with just one store ran by a church there's not much variety.

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    1. I forgot I have wooden bobbins. I have under ten, but have been wondering what to do with them because I just don't seem to have room to display them. And if I can't display something, it's not worth much to me.

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    2. You can put them in crocks, bowls, on a table.

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  9. I collect all sorts of things. Let's see....fabric, flowers, paint by number paintings, and now I collect Frankoma Pottery! Lots of other things, too many to name, and just too many!!!!

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    1. Well, you should have been at the sale Judy had for me at the old house because I sold ALL of my 100% cotton fabric.

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    2. Kathy, my mother had a large collection of Frankoma which I got when she passed away. I bet I sold 20 Large boxes of it at one of my garage sales. I kept a few things (political mugs, shamrock shapes, a couple of the plates), but as a whole I didn't even want it! It was kind of a family joke - I told mom I didn't want it, she kept saying, too bad - it is yours! LOL! I think I sold all those boxes to a lady for $200. I just wanted it gone :)

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  10. I collect vintage cats, turkeys, Halloween items , and interesting mugs of any year. But don't start with mugs; they're addictive and easy to
    find. You'll end up on Hoarders unless you can easily cull your collection. I can't go past the mug section of any shop without breaking into a cold sweat.

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    1. Oh, I don't think I'll ever end up on Hoarders. I get rid of stuff too much. I do not like to keep things I don't use regularly.

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    2. Kari, you are the first I've encountered who also collected turkeys. I have lots of vintage and they are very plentiful in the newer variety. I do pick up some newer ones occasionally if they are unique, but mostly like the German ones or other early varieties (occupied Japan, etc.) I too collect Halloween, but not everything, mostly black cat items. They are very expensive - anything Halloween, it seems - so I try to keep at a minimum. I have started purchasing one Halloween postcard a month, they do add up. I too have a large collection of cats - chalkware, occupied Japan, Lefton, all types of vintage. We could have a nice visit!!

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  11. At first I was going to say that I don't have any 'real' collections, since I don't, in the way of dishes and such. I have a variety of them but not enough of any one thing to call it a collection.
    However while I am not doing it now, nor have done so for years, awhile back I started collecting used D.E.Stevenson books...mostly from online purchases. Some were cheap, some fairly pricey...20 or 30.00 for rarer, hard to find ones. I'd say most were reasonable.
    The other collection that I have is fur. As in animal fur...they are all in full shed right now / hard to keep up with and maintain THAT collection ! :)
    Love yours on the red cupboard...as charming as can be!

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    1. I decided when I moved here, after getting rid of sets of dishes at the sale Judy had, that I would either use all of the dishes I have, or get rid of what I don't use. So now I'm happily using them all.

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  12. I used to collect Tea Pots but when we moved I decided it was time to down size. So now I only collect the individual brown betty tea pots that restaurants use to put your hot water in for your tea. Other collections I have vintage dishes, sterling silver spoons of Miners and Indians, vintage thimbles, vintage brooches (I love wearing them on my jean jacket) and I have vintage glasses juicers. I'm not sure if this is a collection or an obsession but I love Starbucks coffee mugs and I have over 100 mugs.

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    1. Whew! Over 100 of anything would mean I wouldn't be able to turn around in this place!

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  13. I have a collection of Hummel figurines ~ my Mom got me started on those because SHE had collected them since Dad was stationed in Germany the first time. I've added to that base over the years with pieces that have a special meaning for me ~ I have 2 of the nursing ones, and one with a nautical feel. All together, I have about 15 of them.
    I also collect/hoard craft supplies!
    Deb ~ I hear you on collecting the dog fur!!!

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    1. I use to live in New Braunfels, TX, famous for the Hummel museum. But I never went there.

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    2. My mom and grandmother each had a few Hummels but my aunt-in-law had a big collection ( from Germany...her brother traveled there frequently back then ) Hummels are just gorgeous...have always loved them

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    3. We don't watch much TV but enjoy watching "Sons of Anarchy" on Netflix (all 5 seasons available, waiting on season 6). One of the episodes had a club member going into a house where the wife had collected Hummels, which were all nicely displayed in a large glass case. He turned every one of them around where the back was toward him because he thought them staring at him was CREEPY. I had to laugh! He didn't like all these dolls looking at him while he was eating breakfast (the display case was in the kitchen) LOL!!! I have to agree :)

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  14. I have a small collection of Jim Shore pieces, and without realizing it, I have a lot of bird related accessories I use to decorate with. I think almost all my Christmas tree decorations are birds, nests and pinecones. That was not intentional, but just evolved that way. I don't think I've ever set out to have a collection of something, and now all I want to do is get rid of a lot that I have. I've done a lot of giving to charity, but my closets still have much more than I want. Clutter just give me hives more and more the older I get.

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    1. I love your Xmas decorations. Don't get rid of those! I use to have bird houses. Now, if it won't withstand outdoor conditions and actually be a home for birds, I don't have them.

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  15. I love your red cabinet and those adorable dishes.

    Hmm, what do I collect? I will say that moving to this tiny cottage pushed me to give away many of my collections - elephants, rocking horses, spoons, thimbles. I think today the thing I have the most of is wire baskets. And then there are my heart and hand collections.

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    1. And I love those collections of yours! Wire baskets are very popular right now.

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  16. I collect dishware and have way too many! I love drinking out of different coffee mugs to suit my mood, and my daughters do the same now in their own home. I had a collection of teapots and cups and saucers (my Mom is British), which I gifted to the ladies in a Club that I belong to. They received them so joyfully, it was heartwarming! So, guess what just happened? A friend of mine passed away a few months ago, and her Mother called me over to their house and gave me her teapot collection!

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    1. So now what are you going to do with the new teapot collection you've acquired?

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    3. 2nd try, lol. Sigh, not sure what I will do with them, but I was very touched!

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  17. Years ago, my late husband and I had/have very good friends who owned a Christmas Shoppe and sold antiques too. Well, let me tell you, they were not a good influence. I started collecting Department 56 Villages.. I have parts of the Dickens village, New England, City, and North Pole..
    Then we started collecting figural cookie jars. John and I traveled to the flea market in Brimfield, Mass. and as far south as Alabama.. We'd find a cookie jar in most every shop we visited and at yard sales.. I had close to 300 at one time.. I wanted to have a bay/bow window installed in my family room so I sold a large number of the most expensive jars.. I'm now enjoying the window and so are my kitties. .
    I love Jim Shores work and I have some of his Santa figures, snowmen and angels.. A friend of ours gave my daughter a Jim Shore chunky cat figure that is very nice.. .
    I, too, love coffee mugs and have some for most every holiday. I've said, previously, that I like the way some of them feel in my hand.. Some are more comforting than others.. ;o)
    I've found, at Goodwill, some wrought iron thingys that would have held a casserole dish,.. I use them to hold my flower pots up so they can drain better..
    I have also been donating a lot of things to Goodwill and Salvation Army.. When one collects soooo many things, something has to go.
    Am enjoying reading about what other gals collect and are interested in.
    Enjoy your day !
    Charlotte

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    1. Mugs seem to be a hot collectible! I sold many of my Jim Shore collectibles (the two roosters and the village and angels) and only kept some Santas and snowmen when I moved to this patio apartment.

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    2. Charlotte, I used to have lots of vintage cookie jars, too. But they are so fragile and take up so much room I sold most of them. I kept my one favorite, Humpty Dumpty.

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    3. I have three cookie jars that I will never part with.. They are C3PO, R2D2 and Howdy Doody. I know your Humpty Dumpty is wonderful Lana.

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    4. Brenda, I wish that there would have been some how, some way that I could have purchased your Jim Shore rooster.. I always admired him in the pictures that you showed of your dining room. I didn't know you had two roosters.. It's funny how we get so attached to certain pieces of material things in our homes..

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  18. I don't have any one particular collection except in my kitchen. I have a very eclectic style. A mish mash of things that just work for me. I clearly have a love for gallery walls. I have one in my bedroom and just last weekend I was on a mission all over two towns to find the perfect wall art for a gallery in my living room. Once I get a bug up my butt, there is no stopping me from start to finish. I finished with three huge paintings (all framed) and an assortment of vintage items such as framed stitchery and other small framed art. I think I went to 6 antique stores and 4 thrift stores. My kitchen is red and white with cherries and I love it. Best of all, there is no one to balk about my eclectic taste or what I bring into my home.

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    1. Isn't that wonderful? Having what you want and no one to complain about it? I'd love to see your wall galleries. And you know I adore red and white kitchens. Speaking of which, I need to go put on another coat of paint...

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  19. I used to collect lots of things such as jadeite dishes, etc. but when I downsized I got rid of most of them. The one collection I still have and will not part with are my vintage classic books by Modern Library. I keep them in my old oak bookcase, and I know no matter how old or poor I may one day be, I will always have my books to read.

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    1. If I had to do my kitchen over it would be all things jadeite. I swoon! A pure white kitchen with all that lovely green.

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    2. Sounds beautiful! I've never had any jadeite.

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    3. I love antique books and buy them at the books sales when I see them. LOVE ALL books! And Jadeite is special, too!

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  20. I don't have the room to collect much. I have a small collection of white pitchers. When my girls were growing up, we went on a yearly vacation. We would buy a Christmas ornament depicting our vacation spot. It was always fun to reminisce about our vacations as we decorated the tree each year!

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    1. That sounds like a fun thing to do. Then you can relive the memories of each place when you see the ornament you picked up while there.

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  21. Happy Wednesday! I have collected and accumulated crocks for many years, it is a weakness! The larger ones I use have glass on them and I use them to display plants or lamps on. The smaller ones I use in the kitchen to display antique rolling pin or kitchen utensils. I also use them outside on the deck for decorating.

    I also have a collection of quilts, old and new. I think they just make your home so welcoming and comfortable!

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    1. I had a big crock I gave to my neighbor in TX. Hated to leave it. But it was so heavy. I've picked up some of the smaller ones at garage sales. I keep my flatware in them, and have some displayed on top of the black bookcase in the living room. And yes, I guess I do have my collection of quilts. And it started with one. That I made.

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  22. I have way too much stuff, but can't seem to part with much of it. Husband calls me the China Queen. I think I have 11 sets of dishes, there are some in the basement. All of them have some sentimental attachment.They are mostly family pieces, my Mother, and Mil, both of our grandmother's, some from my great-grandmothers, and and two sets from a friend. I forced my kids and niece into taking some from my Mother's kitchen. I was trying to get my daughter to take 2 sets from there, when my grandson said, "What about me?" So at 14 he took at set of china and put it in his closet.
    Brenda, I love your old red cupboard, did you paint it? Looks great in front of the sliding glass door.

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    1. No, I found that red cupboard, along with the long red bench and a plant stand and a small red bookshelf I have in the bathroom, at the same stall at an antique mall in Tyler. Obviously the same person painted them all. And they were all a very good price. That's the only place I can find to put it!

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  23. Oh goodness. Where to begin.
    crocheted cross bookmarks
    little made in japan knick knacks Have to have certain colors.
    Head vases in the glamour girl style
    old quilts
    crocheted aprons and potholders
    tin picnic baskets with the basket weave design
    glass percolator tops
    longaberger baskets
    tin globe banks
    That is all I can't think of right now. I am sure there's a few other things floating around. They say 3 of anything is a collection. pam

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    1. Well then if three of anything is a collection, I probably have more than I thought!

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  24. Well.......Alright, so I collect a lot of things: Coca Cola memorabilia, fabric, Noah's Ark stuff, fabric, vintage laces and doilies, fabric, old dishes and several other things. My largest and most prized collection is my McCoy cream colored pieces of which I have quite a bit of. I have now started collection McCoy in some colors, but only when I find something real unusual. I just love old dishes!! I inherited that love from my Mother.

    Judy

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    1. I think we all tend to gravitate to old dishes. I don't have any handed down, so mine are from hither and yon. And yes, I do know about your extensive Coca Cola collection, plus the ones you drink every day. Reminds me, I need to pick up some more for you to put in my fridge for when you're here.

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  25. You have so many wonderful collections, Brenda. I love old bottles, white ironstone, and blue and white china. xo Laura

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    1. Then you and I like the very same things, Laura!

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  26. Way too many things. Ironstone, demijohns, other vintage bottles, vintage bread boards, vintage leather books, grain sacks and probably more. Most of these collections started in the last four years.

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    1. I love your demijohns. I didn't know what they were until you showed one one day.

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  27. When my grandparents died I requested to have their two paperweights that were by their fire place. For years I would pick them up and look at the unusual flowers that were set within. They came home with me and then gradually I would see another one and add it to the collection. So nine years on, there are some unusual ones in my collection and I just love picking them up and looking at the colours. Your washboards are amazing, imagine who used to use them all those years ago.

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    1. I thought I was going to have to use them till I found my portable washer!

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  28. I have way too many Longaberger baskets from selling and being a consultant. Daughter would love for me to get rid of them. And I have tons of painting supplies, but that is pretty much used all the time still. I got rid of sets of dishes, so that is under control. We have some very cool old saws and cycles, or sythes. the old wooden horse collars, that hang on the wall in the small family room. Not sure I'd keep them if I ever left this house. It's funny how collectibles seemed so important when we were younger and now the desire to get rid of things is growing stronger!

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    1. Maybe our wish to get rid of things at our age is the natural order of things.

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    2. I think you're right Brenda. Things that I just had to have years ago, don't mean as much or anything to me now..

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  29. Hi, Miss Brenda! Ordinarily, I'm much too greedy to be a collector of anything, but I was on the hunt to find some white ironstone there for a while. I've had one piece for years, a white mold piece with color on the bottom that I used to hide the thermostat when I first moved here. After getting tired of looking at that one lonely piece sticking out like a sore thumb, I finally broke down and, throughout this last year, bought about 6 more pieces to create a gallery wall. It looks much better now. It's probably not really a collection, but I felt like a collector trying to find the perfect pieces for my wall. It was fun. Since that's been accomplished, however, I've returned to my greedy ways. I'm just weird like that.

    Carol

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    1. Well, that's me. When I feel I have enough, I stop looking.

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  30. I had several collections till this last move and I sold or gave away all of them except for the blue and white dishes, which are headed to goodwill this coming tuesday...

    I do have a thing about wire baskets with fabric inside but 3 isnt a collection, right?? lol

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  31. I collect so many things now but my first BIG collection was dolls. I started about 15 years ago. Not little porcelain dolls but artist dolls, mostly vinyl. I've been able to meet several of the artists, like Lloyd Middleton and Cheri McAfooes and Reva Schick...and others over the years. My husband was even featured in the Annette Himstedt magazine a few years ago. I still love my dolls but don't buy many now. I have a doll room in my home here in FL and it's full. I collect children's books, too and have a big collection of Golden books. And of course I love vintage things! Fun subject! Let me go see what everyone else is collecting! Maybe I'll find another dollie friend! Thanks Brenda! Sweet hugs, Diane

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    1. I remember when the first photographers were here last November, they asked me if I had any dolls like that in the house, and I said no. They said this particular editor doesn't like appliances in the photos, so there went my coffee bar, and she didn't like doilies of any variety. And she didn't like dolls because she said they reminded her of embalmed babies! They told me every editor is weird like that.

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    2. My dolls are very realistic and I have a couple of readers that don't like them...and a couple of family members! lol But I love them and find a lot of enjoyment in having a pretty room to 'play' in. I was active on a doll forum before i ever started blogging and it seemed normal to love and buy dolls. I looked back through the comments and don't see anybody else collecting them. Collecting...we all love so many things!

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    3. Yeah, I don't know what that editor's problem was. Just a thing with her. I know people who collect dolls, just don't seem to be commenting today.

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    4. So Brenda, how does she expect to have pictures of kitchens if she doesn't want appliances in the photos? Coffee bars are really big right now. Strange. pam

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  32. Dear Brenda,
    Since my DH and I downsized last year, I have had to get rid of a lot of stuff. My first collection was my dolls (bride, raggy ann and andy).. I have many types but love my "reborn" baby that weights 6"13oz and has rooted hair. LOL I love fabrics, old books, lace, buttons, vintage pillowslips, tablecloths, doll furniture, stuffed animals, teacups, dishes, and Christmas stuff. I had to get rid of a lot of stuff but kept some in each of my collection.. I started my dolls for the granddaughter I hope to have one day - I have grandsons. LOL Now that I am 72 years of age and my kids are interested in this type of stuff and this is just my collection. My DH collects and that's a lot more stuff. They have brought us a lot of fun and we did this in lieu of taking trips, etc.
    It was interesting reading everyones posts.
    Hugs,
    Connie/IN
    PS: That red hutch you showed at the beginning of your post would lookd good in that spot in your kitchen where the frig was located. LOL

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    1. I downsized when I left TX, then I downsized when I got to this place. And I could use some more downsizing. That red hutch is the perfect height for my lamp to read at night in bed. And I already had something picked out for where the fridge was located. That was very valuable real estate. So valuable I was willing to give up my stove!

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  33. I have a few collections and some I have moved on from but the current one's are Egg cups, orphan salt shakers (they have to be unusual and speak to me) and pink pottery. Most of the other collections are on the downsizing list right now! I want to be able to display and enjoy my collections. I have a large creamer collection that has been edited to a few that will be displayed in my kitchen...more then that I don't need.

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    1. I am at the point in my life where I don't want a lot of little knick-knacks any more. Too hard to clean around, and now I'm all for simplifying things. So many of mine went on that downsizing list!

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  34. I collect lady head vases (have around 50), old children's readers (I'm a retired first grade teacher), children's books and Little Golden books (I have one of every title since they came out in the early 40's). I love the graphics in the old readers and Little Golden books and the head vases are just beautiful.

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  35. I love how you are changing your apartment to better suit you, and finding ways to incorporate your collections in the mix. I can't seem to pass up white plates (especially oval ones), chickens/roosters and anything I can make into a chalkboard.

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    1. I have two chalkboards I did and now there's not enough room to hang them! Just because you live in a 1960s patio apartment and have left your 1934 rent house, doesn't mean you can't replicate that look. Not to me anyway.

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  36. I collect ladies handkerchiefs and beautiful postcards..I have old candy boxes (the kind with beautiful women on top) or maybe they are perfume boxes. I have a lot of children's things. I also collect powder compacts. I have so many collections that I can't count them all but ready to downsize some of them. The girls in my family don't want them and I have four sons!

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  37. Hello Brenda!
    My favorite collection -and the most important- is vintage children's dishes (teacups and plates), I'm really obsessed and love them. I also collect vintage children's books, egg cups, glass salt shakers, old tins... I definitely have the collector gene (hoarder? :)).
    I always read and enjoy your blog in silence because of my poor English but today I have to answer your question!
    Besos from Argentina,
    Silvina

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    1. Silvina, your English is great! Please don't worry about that here. I want this to be a casual atmosphere where people can comment in whatever capacity they can.
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  38. I don't collect that many things, but I do like anything that is farmhouse related like metal baskets, milk bottles, crates, pitchers and vintage dishes. I just collect things that I love and I know that I'll use in my home. I'm also interested in Mccoy pottery, vases and birds mostly, and I'm adding to my small collection of vintage Roseville pottery too. Once I've collected some special pieces I likely won't be adding much more since I have no place to put it and I don't like a lot of clutter in our small home. I'm enjoying reading what everyone collects!

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  39. I collect santos, mostly wooden ones. My daughter collects Alice in Wonderland, and handkerchiefs.

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    1. I too collect Santos dolls. I have 4 of them. I was lucky to have found a 3 ft one at a second hand shop for $38. That started that collecton. :)

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    2. I had a Santos doll about that size. Sold it when I moved from TX to OK. Probably should have kept it. But it fetched me a nice sum.

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  40. I don't have a lot of collections. I guess the one most noticeable thing I have is white dishes. I have a lot and I love to display them throughout the house. I have smaller collections too, such as mercury glass candlesticks and blue bottles. I should say that I collect throw pillows though, because I have so many! What I'm not using in my house are stored in my attic. I'm drawn to them everywhere I go. I love changing them out for a fresh new look.

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    1. I'm drawn to pillows and lamps. I don't know what it is about lamps, but they call out to me in every store.

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  41. Just like everyone else, I have many collections. It is so much fun to find things and I count it as therapy. Yelloware bowls and spice boxes, many from Canton flea market. Beatrix Potter figurines, vintage ladies hankies, vintage chintz dishes from England, teapots, teacups, tole trays, vintage pictures of cottages, pie birds, white ironstone small pitchers, biscuit jars and Scotty dog collectibles. My home is decorated with all these things and my kitchen and dining rooms have lots of yellow and red.

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    1. Well, you know I love yellow and red. I've always wanted a pie bird. Don't know why. Don't even have an oven now. But I think they're cute. And I'd love to find a pretty tole tray that didn't cost a small fortune. Do you live close to Canton? In Tyler, I was about an hour away, but only went twice.

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    2. Brenda, I live about 1 1/2 hrs away. Used to get up early and get there at 8 and spend the whole day. My back and knees cannot do it now. I have found some good prices on tole trays, I have 11 and I don't spend a lot on them. I found a huge one at a flea market in Vermont 2 yrs ago for $10. It would not fit in my suitcase so had to spend a bundle to ship it home!? I wish we lived closer, I would love to have you see my "Cottage" and meet my little Graci(schnauzer).

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  42. I collect anything dairy goat related. We had a small dairy goat herd when our girls were small and in 4-H. It all started with an allergy of our middle daughter. I have just discovered Collins creatures and have bought a few of his items. They are so life like.

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    1. What on earth are Collins creatures? Have I missed something big? I usually do.

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  43. My newest love is doll furniture. Not miniature dollhouse furniture, but little dressers and hutches that are small enough to sit on a shelf. They are usually priced too high for me, so that's definitely limiting the number that I collect!

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  44. I collect pencils from places I travel. They are light, inexpensive and a good reminder of where ever I was. Learned the hard way not to collect too many books when traveling as they are just too heavy (and expensive to get back home).

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    1. When I use to go someplace different, I always wanted to check out their bookstores. And when I was quilting, the quilt stores too.

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  45. Referring to your dishwasher dilemma......have you pulled off the side trim of the front panel, slid it out and turned it around? All of my older dishwashers had white or black on the opposite side. It slides right back in. Hope it works!!

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  46. It's so interesting to read these comments and learn that many people, like myself, only collect 4 or 5 of something. I started looking at flea markets/thrift shops for old blue canning jars a few years ago. I found a handful -- and always picked them because the size, shape, or design spoke to me -- rather than just buying every jar I saw. My husband will still call my attention to them when we are at the flea market, but... I think my collection is complete for now.

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    1. I wish I could find someplace here to put up my vintage canning jar lights I had at the other house. I love those.

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  47. Too many things...ceramic birds, Occupied Japan figurines, and I share your love of RED!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  48. I have some small collections of teapots, owl figurines, dog and cat figurines, and snowmen, which I only have those out in my home during the winter.... I enjoy my collections, but never add to them unless I find something really unique.

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    1. I don't like the idea of having collections and storing them away. That's no fun. So I keep mine to a small amount.

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  49. I've had many collections over the years: coffee mugs, little knick knacks, books, unique arts and crafts from travels, crochet doilies, decor magazines, etc. I stopped collecting many of these things but still have a few collections going. I'm culling things ever years so eventually I'll probably just have my unique arts and crafts items which I use in decorating though I'm even starting to get rid of some of those items or thinking about it.

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    1. I look around and think I should get rid of more stuff. I hate to dust because I'm allergic to dust and every little thing collects dust.

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  50. Collecting is a curse. Okay, just kidding. We started with red/orange Fiesta dishes. It was fun to search for them. Then we moved on to Shawnee corn dishes. Have you ever seen them? The pieces all look like ears of corn. It makes a beautiful display. Then we added USA vases. Oh, and souvenir spoons, vintage handkerchiefs, laundry items, and anything school related. My last collection was old math books as I retired from teaching as a middle school math teacher. My son "inherited" the Fiesta, we kept the corn and books, and everything else went to an antiques dealer. I'm still waiting for the check. hehehe We are downsizing, like so many. It was fun while we were collecting but now it is rather freeing to have all the space they left.

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    1. Isn't it funny how we use to go in places and buy stuff like crazy, and now as we get older, we're more choosy. Yes, I've seen those Shawnee corn dishes. Been a long time though.

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  51. I used to collect all sorts of different things. Then I looked around and decided all they did was collect dust. Now I have criteria. If it is a miniature by all means I may purchase it. If it is something whose resale value might increase over the years that too. So, I collect miniatures, and pottery. Roseville, Rookwood, Hull, Frankoma, etc. They speak to me.

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  52. Hi Brenda.
    I live in 300 square feet so my collecting days are over. I have 4 wooden cats . 2 blue and white crocks for kitchen utensils and a tiny China cabinet for Moms teapots. I just had to store my Moms antique furniture and the family China to the tune of 100 a month so I lost my taste for collecting between Mom dying and being left to sort and store her furniture and items. as a senior now I do not want to leave collections behind and have so little room I have only room to live with basics. I have given away so much I do not see sense in reaccumilating. Her teapots we used together mean the most. I do like fridge magnets . They are endearing. I cannot begin to understand people who have large houses with collections
    I adore your house . Your style is such an inspiration to me. I love the corner table with your Moms photo. . You raise my spirits about living on a small scale. Thank you for being here.

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    1. Well, that is not my Mom's photo. But I pretend it is. In actuality I only met my mother three times in my life and have no idea if she's dead or alive. Long story. I do intend to keep posting about living more simply but always beautifully.

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  53. I collect Ironstone or anything that looks like ironstone. I too collect pitchers-white ones. I love ironstone and milkglass. I know, not very colorful, but it's what I enjoy because it goes with whatever colors I choose to use.

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    1. I surprised myself when I went on a spree with white pitchers. I was just in Marshalls today and they had some pretty white platters, but I couldn't justify buying one.

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  54. Longaberger, I love my Longaberger baskets. I also collect blue staffordshire dishes. I found a saucer at a garage sale years ago and just fell in love with the design and color. Recently I got rid of my everyday dishes and now I use my staffordshire daily. I also have a small collection of old wash boards in various sizes. I have several "mini" collections, old spools, crocks etc. Living in a small home limits my collecting, which is a good thing.

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    1. I have decided I am going to use every dish I have or let it go. I have collected dishes and sold dishes and most of them I never even ate a meal off of. I realize now how silly that is. So I have a kind of mish-mash collection of dishes now.

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  55. I just remembered a collection that I have -- the romance novels of English writer Betty Neels. I have about 40, I'd say. She wrote well over a hundred. I don't actively seek them out, but if I see one at a thrift store that I don't have that isn't more than one dollar I will buy it. I like to find the early editions with the illustrations on front of the young lass and her true love, but I also have a few of the later editions that have the fuzzy-looking landscapes on them. I like them for the innocence of the story lines -- so refreshing in our callow world. I find the descriptions of the old houses and the tea times to be very cozy and comforting. And, because Betty loved pets, in just about every story there is a beloved family dog, or perhaps a grubby cat gets rescued from the gutter, cleaned up, and given a place of honor by the fireside. You can just tell that Betty had a warm heart.

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    1. Well, I never heard of her, but from your last sentences I can tell I'd very much like her. I have always wished I liked tea, but the only tea I can stomach is iced tea, and I could drink that by the bucket. I see tea parties as very elegant.

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  56. Hi Brenda, I have collected many thimbles over the years from travels and special places. I keep them in an old printers box and collectors wall display in my laundry/sewing room. I also collect white pitchers and love decorating with them around my home. I also collect white wall crosses which make a pretty display in my entry way and I love to collect vintage platters. Running out of room and starting to slow down with my collectibles.
    Love your red hutch and your display of dishware.
    Have a great weekend.
    hugs

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    1. Well, my things get dusted when I get a wild hair to move them someplace. And collections mean dust, so I'm slowing down as well.

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  57. When I was a kid I collected music boxes. I still have a number of them and some I have given to my kids. Pretty much the only thing I collect now is fabric. Lots of cotton quilting fabric. Goodness gracious- but I love it all.

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  58. Collections! Oh my, I have had many in my lifetime. Most have gone b y the way. I have two sets of Brass Button Bears that I want to get rid of right now. Since moving into my new house, I have started collecting teapots and cups/saucers. Also, I enjoy spicing my kitchen up with red items.

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    1. Red spreads a little joy in every kitchen, don't you think?

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  59. When we were first married (almost 43 years ago) I started collecting salt glazed crocks. The prices were very reasonable and I now have one crock on every stair to the second floor. Now I have been collecting dishes and glassware. I have 3 hutches in the dining room and everyone is filled to the brim as well as one corner cabinet in the living room. One son gave me a problem and I told him you can curse me when I die but until them I am going to enjoy them now.

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  60. Hi Brenda,

    I always think that you and I are kindred spirits. I love red and polk a dots. Our decorating styles are very similar. I even have two little boy Yorkies, George and Stuart. :)

    I collect Lefton hands. They hold a pansy or a rose, even a shoe. I love Bohemian glass and have a small collection of them in my garden window. I also collected antique metal, children's sewing machines. I love the colors. When I started collecting them many years ago I would pick them up at thrift stores for a few dollars. Now they are too expensive. I am happy I have 40 in my collection. Those are my major collection. I seem to collect quite a few things but those our my favorites.

    Love you blog.
    Blessings,
    Shelley

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  61. A wise old aunt once told me... 'you spend the first half of your life getting things and the second half trying to get rid of them!'

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  62. Okay, I am definitely an out of control collector! I don't add to my collections anymore (most of the time!) as I have no space and am afraid I will be considered a hoarder. I have a bell , bone dish, Marshall pottery , Ironstone platters, tea cup, tea pots, Civil War book, paper weight, miniature vase, ....... and on and on. I have been told if you have more than three it is a collection. I have got to get this under control! I love your red picnic basket. I have three, four if you count the one for my teddy bears. See, I have a problem! Well, a garage sale is definitely in my future!

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  63. I used to collect a lot but since I inherited all of my parents things I am trying to be much more selective. At 65 I decided I needed to get rid of my teddy bear collection. Still have my ironstone pitchers, bowls and treadle sewing machine drawers. Also got rid of all my barns. I loved the saying about collecting stuff the first half of your life and spending the second half trying to get rid of it! Speaking of saying...I used to collect plaques with sayings on them! I love your red and white, especially the polka dotted. This has been a great topic!

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    1. I too had a small teddy bear collection that I simply could not let go of until I moved recently. Then I made myself do it!

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  64. Oh I just remembered old hand mirrors they are my favorite along with the drawers.

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  65. Although I usually lurk and enjoy all the comments and such; I thought I'd chime in. :-) I collected Santas for a long while; then all our Christmas decorations and such were stolen so I lost my desire to collect. And I collected bunnies but then a friend got carried away and gave me a box full of bunnies and several were made of boys crew socks - couldn't handle it. I had to stop collecting. LOL
    We moved and downsized 9 years ago so I don't collect anything anymore.

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    1. Well Darlene, I'm so glad you decided to join us today! I just don't know how people can go into homes and steal possessions, especially things for Xmas and collections. Seems so disrespectful. But then there's a lot about this world that I don't understand.

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  66. I collect so many things it's insane, but I never decide to begin a collection... The objects rather have a way to find me!

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  67. Yeah, well, your collections must be relatives of my collections and yours tell mine where to find me!

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