Strange Things I Collect

Introduction:I come from a long line of pack rats. My family loves to collect things and show them off. Clean House would have a field day at any of our homes! Of course it wouldn't do them any good to tell any of us to slim down our collections, because that just isn't going to happen! I have heard the terms "dust collectors" so many times it doesn't even phase me anymore.

  • 01

    Native American Dolls

    My living room and dining room looks like a doll museum that is paying homage to Native Americans! Dolls stand in curio cabinets and on shelves. They are anything from babies to old men and women. Some have come from gifts and auctions and some of them are expensive one of kind collectibles. I love each and every one of them.

  • 02

    Trolls

    You remember those wild haired ugly little dolls from the 60's and 70's don't you? I have nearly 3000 of them and am always searching for more. I love hunting thrift stores and yard sales to see if I can find a troll doll that I don't have. I don't like those naked ones either! My trolls have to have an outfit on. I have many that are dressed in seasonal finery. They become little decorations for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter!

  • 03

    Old Camera'S

    Since I am also a photographer, I am intrigued by old cameras. I enjoy finding old ones and then researching them to see just what year it is from. I have old box camera's that take big old huge rolls of film. I also have the original 110 film cameras and some really old, big and bulky 35mm cameras. Some of them may be worth a lot, some very little, but the joy I get out of finding them is priceless!

  • 04

    Stephen King Books

    Okay, maybe this is not so weird; a lot of people collect books by their favorite author. My deal is hunting for the first edition, or an original uncut version. I have "The Stand" as it was first published plus I have a big thick copy of "The Stand" the uncut version. The uncut version is just the way King wrote it to begin with. The first one was cut for budgeting issues. King later released it in its entirety.

  • 05

    Recipe Books

    A lot of people probably collect recipe books, but I don't go for just any one. I collect a lot of fundraiser recipe books that are put together by area churches, communities or other events. I also collect Amish and Mennonite Cookbooks. These not only have great recipes they are also filled with little household tips that are amazing!




Final Thoughts

Just about everyone collects something! I've told you what I collect. How about leaving a comment and telling me what you collect!




Comments

  • Thorgrym 3/1/2011 Flag This Comment

    Cool collections.

  • clewand550 1/8/2011 Flag This Comment

    Love the things that you collect.

  • Ginae 12/18/2010 Flag This Comment

    Yeah...these don't sound strange at all. They sound cool!

  • johnrapp 12/18/2010 Flag This Comment

    These things aren't all that strange at all. But good article nonetheless. And definite props on the front page spot!

  • DreamsInBloom 12/18/2010 Flag This Comment

    I collect vintage suitcases and vintage pillowcases.
    Someone I worked with found a copy of Stephen King's FireStarter with an asbestos cover at a yard sale...she just thought it was funny and bought it for her dad because he's a Stephen King fan (if I remember right she bought it for $1). She had no clue it was worth a ton of money...thankfully he did though. You can find it at abebooks.com for about $30,000. Lucky find.

  • LWCox 12/18/2010 Flag This Comment

    My neighbors collected those trolls when we were all kids. Seems like there was a troll board game, too. Bringing back lots of memories---I guess that's what collecting is all about!

  • Vallain 12/17/2010 Flag This Comment

    I like old books of housekeeping and manners.

  • DonnaThacker 12/17/2010 Flag This Comment

    Thank you all for the wonderful comments! I enjoyed reading what you guys collect!

  • ponchomeg 12/17/2010 Flag This Comment

    I am a collector too! I LOVE trolls! I used to collect them a lot, but got out of it. I should get back into it! :) I also collect rocks, minerals, & gems, Breyer horses, stuffed animal monkeys, squirrel stuff, interesting vintages dishes, bowls, ashtrays, vases, etc., the "flattened pennies" you can get at tourist attractions, vintage costume jewelry, peace sign stuff, Magic cards, and cool glass pipes (and MORE! haha). I used to be big into collecting Puppy and Kitty in my Pocket, stamps, coins, posters, trolls, barbies, miniature cars, My Little Ponies, glass figurines, POGS, pencils, sticks (yes... sticks), and business cards. (I still have 1,000s of business cards from the 90's! haha) Thanks for sharing this list. And congrats on the front page feature! I love it!

  • AReynolds 12/17/2010 Flag This Comment

    Interesting list and comments!

  • dlcass 12/17/2010 Flag This Comment

    I love old cookbooks. Old handwritten recipe books are very valuable.

  • goodselfme 12/17/2010 Flag This Comment

    I don't think anything that someone likes to enjoy and collects is strange. Congrats on the front page spot.

  • JoyceTeresaMann 12/17/2010 Flag This Comment

    I'm not a collector but loved your fun list. Kudos on making the front page.

  • bossypants 12/17/2010 Flag This Comment

    You made me think of all things I've collected over the years! The "naked troll" comment cracked me up. I remember my Great Aunt making a Christmas outfit for one out of red and green felt, so it wasn't undressed for the holidays! Congratulations on the front page!

  • caper 12/17/2010 Flag This Comment

    Collecting old recipe books is a hobby of mine-I have one printed in 1894-Good list!

  • Jeanniemaries 12/17/2010 Flag This Comment

    I work hard at not collecting anything, but I love to see other people's collections. I do love 50's dinnerware.

  • ListingToTheLeft 12/17/2010 Flag This Comment

    Great list! I collect lots of junk, some good even.

  • jseven 12/17/2010 Flag This Comment

    I don't collect anything because then I have to dust it and I already collect enough dust. lol~Congrats!

  • 4dogday 12/17/2010 Flag This Comment

    I seem to collect coffee cups, especially when I travel. I can map my travels with my coffee cups!

  • PupFashionista 12/17/2010 Flag This Comment

    My grandmother, her mother and all of her sisters all collected kewpie dolls... as in those naked babies. I swear my Aunt Ruby had well over 500 of them sitting around just her living room. I was too scared to venture into other rooms of her home.

  • ChristinaFernando 12/17/2010 Flag This Comment

    I once went to a lady's home who collected dolls. Another friend of my grandmothers collected cats. I think she had like 30 cats running around! :) The doll collector's home was very cool AND very clean. I always wondered how she managed to dust around all those dolls. She had thousands of antique dolls everywhere! Her home was truly a museum.

  • SherriThornhill 12/9/2010 Flag This Comment

    Cool collections!

  • BonnieDossKnight 12/8/2010 Flag This Comment

    Me too, I love old cookbooks. I have a cochina (did I spell right) doll that my psychic mentor gifted me. I promise - when she gets displeased with me she moves around the room!

  • EmmaRileySutton 12/8/2010 Flag This Comment

    Trolls? My mother has a troll doll that still scares me. I also collect recipe cookbooks; the ones made by "church ladies" are my favorites. Thanks for publishing this on List My Five.

  • thegeekgirl 12/8/2010 Flag This Comment

    This is a great list!

    My collection is elephants: jade, stuffed, wooden. I have probably close to 100 of them. Maybe a few more.

  • ListMaker 12/8/2010 Flag This Comment

    I appear to collect dogs - all 6 of em! But, the inn is full so NO MORE! Good thing I have time and attention to give them all a little extra loving.

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