According to Wikipedia,” the hobby of collecting includes seeking, locating, acquiring, organizing, cataloging, displaying, storing, and maintaining whatever items are of interest to the individual collector. The scope of collecting is unlimited: "If something exists, somebody somewhere collects them."”
I used to be an avid collector of salt and pepper shakers, inspired by my great grandma’s crystal cabinet which sat in the “good room”, filled with all sorts of trinkets and knick knacks. As a child I was never allowed to open the sliding glass door and touch the precious items inside, but I never forgot that little porcelain salt and pepper donkey with barrels on his back, and he now lives in my crystal cabinet, looking out at my children as they wish they could get their hands on him!
I also collected beaded bags for a while and still have some truly lovely ones in the bottom of my cabinet. I use some for special occasions but the really ornate ones stay safely behind closed doors, free from lipstick stains and dirty tissues!
Of course, many of the wonderful items in my collections have been scored in op shops – some right bargains and some hard won when the other half queried with a frown, “Haven’t you got enough of those?!”
What do you collect and why? Have you been doing it since childhood or did you start late in life? Do you display your collectibles or use them in your everyday life?