Collections and recollections
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FWIW, I've reached the point in life where I'm trying to unload stuff rather than accumulate it, even winnowing my book pile, often to my regret later on.
I wish I still had my high school copies of "Lord of the Flies" that my boyfriend drew a flyswatter on, and Trumbo's "Johnny Got His Gun."
Like you, I am trying to rid myself of clutter. I even give books away a often as possible.
I would say that I collect books. I like those little fat birds that are made of wood or plaster or stone. I have a couple of outdoor flags with them as well. I have several.. plenty..
I have a few elephants, and serendipity has sent several animal and other creamers that my way. So I guess I have a small collection of those.
I have hundreds of crystals and minerals ... and rocks and stones and quartzes of all sorts. I used to have them all over, but currently have them in a couple of clear vases and jars.. the why is that I am a Reiki master and have used them for working~
I love my furkids, my books and my laptop. I have made some RL friends from interaction on the internet.
I remember spending many hours with friends, smoking pot, exploring all sorts of places and things. I remember when one of those friends literally saved my life.
That was long ago... little drama in my life now.. good things, bad things.. such is life.. I am happy to meet up with others of similar age and memories..
This is my passion (besides reading of course!)
I have a collection of 115 buildings that I setup at Christmas time.
Each year I modify the placement of the buildings and levels so that it is different. I have been collecting these since 1986 when I started with 2.
I also collect Teddy Bears (I have about 82 at last count).
Maybe, if I had children living in the house I'd be ready to downsize but not just yet.
He plays carpenter, plumber, electrician and I'm buyer, art director, designer and landscaper.
My mother-in-law collected Hummels. Cute dustcatchers. Haven't learned much from them.
I also collect teacups/saucers, mostly "Made in Occupied Japan" and Flo-Blue, of which I have about 30. Over the years I have also purchased, been given, many types of bunnies and rabbits, glass, paper mache, etc. I have them sitting in corners or niches throughout my house and get lots of compliments about the "theme'...which wasn't planned.
However, no more books (I will get them online/Kindle/Gutenberg Project, etc, my display case for my teacups and saucers are full..no more. I do enjoy serving my guests, all with a differernt one with a different story. And no more bunnies..except for the dust variety.
I also have a few 'fat birds' (as described above) sitting on my piano: two are plaster and one is metal/cast iron. One is supposed to be a lamp topper, but he sits by the others in the living room.
Amongst my odds and ends I still have a couple pewter gryphons that I collected about thirty years ago...when we moved long distance I gifted my unicorn collection to a young neighbor, but kept the gryphons.
And I have a few 'kitties' around the place, some stuffed, some alive, some wood, and even one glass Siamese.
I used to have a lot more, but I've had to scale down quite a bit.
I also collect tins. The count is somewhere around 300 at this point. I have all shapes and sizes and a good number of them actually came with something in it. I inherited some old ones from my grandmother and those had things in them too! One had her matchbook collection from travelling from Canada to Mexico each year of her last few. She would pick one up everywhere they stopped along the way. She also stored puzzles in some of her tins. I have no idea what any of these puzzles are, or even if all the pieces are there. I'm not a big puzzle fan. Maybe some day I'll get around to trying to put them together.
The other thing I collect, which kind of happened by accident, is my cow collection. Back when everyone was buying duck and geese stuff...tea towels, canisters, you name it! I was walking through a store one day, heartily sick of seeing them everywhere! Said to my Mom....why can't they put something else on this stuff! Why does it always have to be ducks...or geese! She said well what would you have them put on it. I came right back at her with "There's lot of other animals....like cows...or pigs....well maybe pigs isn't such a good idea...but there's other animals...and birds and stuff!" Next birthday, my gift from her was tea towels, kitchen mat, hotpads, cutting board, etc....all cow themed! After that, I had a collection of cow themed items and still do. Everyone jumped on the bandwagon! LOL Oh well...the black and white ones ARE kind of cute! ;)
Lavater's works are my pride and joy and for those who enjoy artists books she's fantasitc. I've got one book written (and signed!) by her mother with illustrations by her daughter, Warja, early in her career. I spend WAY too much money on eBay and AbeBooks getting her stuff and am leery of promoting her because that means, potentially, more collectors. Her stuff is still generally flying under the radar, but I've seen her popularity steadily increase since her death in 2007 (age 93). I bought a box of 6 books of hers in the late 80's for about $75 that is currently priced at $1400 on AbeBooks. My most recent purchase is one of her fan-fold lithographed books, Die Grille und die Ameise, which is the story of the Cricket and the Ant, told in symbols rather than words.
The slightly reclusive Hughart wrote just three books in his career. I'm currently pursuing getting foreign language editions of Bridge of Birds and his other works. I haven't found anyone else who has inscribed copies of his works (though signed editions are fairly common) and I have two!
I wrote him once and received an absolutely hilarious lengthy response musing about reference librarians (this is an excerpt):
"When I was a lad I thought of reference librarians - when I did so at all - as rather romantic figures of the ancient sage variety: creaky-jointed, rheumy-eyed, bits of old manuscripts clinging to their clothes and silverfish slithering through their scraggly hair, coughing up clouds of dust as they turned huge keys in rusty locks so vast doors could open with the screeching sound of the one guarding Jack Benny's vault (that should date me), and then fumbling through stacks of manuscripts encrusted with green and yellow mold and coming up with the one copy the world possessed of the cabalistic creed containing the information (unwisely! dangerously!) sought. Now, however, I simply think of doomed creatures clinging desperately to plunging desks amid the howling storm of an untamed internet that stretches obscenely infinite claws toward the cringing creature we once called God. That prose needs work and a lot more purple, but it'll do for now." -Barry Hughart