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Do You Guys Collect Anything?

I’ve been through several phases when I wanted to start collecting something. It was usually when I’d see someone else’s collection of thimbles or shot glasses or what have you.

Hey! Why don’t I collect anything?

This is similar in feel to when my brother checkmates me in four moves and I vow to become a chess master until I realize I would actually have to practice chess.

So: I have a book collection. I have a lot of weights. When I was a kid I had a baseball card collection that I adored, but it wouldn’t seem voluminous to an adult collector, and its value was purely sentimental.

What about you? Do you collect anything? (only one person gets to say “I collect compliments,”  in the comments, so get it out of your systems quickly)

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  • Spencer March 16, 2012, 10:31 am

    I got pretty excited about collecting those 50-state quarters for a while. I still haven’t collected all of them; I haven’t been looking very actively lately. If I was going to get into any type of typical collecting, it would be coin collecting, but I never see myself getting too die-hard.

    I also have ambitions of collecting signed first-editions of books I really like. But I think it’s probably expensive, and my kids would just rip the pages out anyway.

    • Josh Hanagarne March 16, 2012, 10:48 am

      I’ll send you a penny. I have a few signed books that I love, but I don’t know if I’ll ever add to them.

      • Spencer March 16, 2012, 10:57 am


        I have some foreign money, and that’s fun. But now that Europe’s gone all euro, there is not nearly as much variety.

        I saw a copy of -Fight Club- purportedly signed by Brad Pitt at a used book store the other day. I wanted it. All my collecting is more for sentiment and fun than profit. I like what I like.

  • Jim Lochner March 16, 2012, 1:14 pm

    I collect Oscar-nominated film music and Pulitzer Prize fiction books in hardcover. Can you say shallow? Neither prize is necessarily indicative of quality, but the Oscars helped me learn about the history of film music (and film in general by focusing on specific nominations in various categories) when I first started getting into it as a teenager in the ’70s. And the Pulitzers have exposed me to authors and books I might not have read otherwise.

    • Josh Hanagarne March 16, 2012, 1:48 pm

      Any favorite prize winners? I’ve found the Pulitzers very hit and miss.

      • Jim Lochner March 16, 2012, 2:14 pm

        They are definitely hit or miss, as with any prize for art. But I don’t necessarily focus on the winner-or-not aspect of it. For me, it’s more fun to gain exposure to new books.

        Of course there are classics like “The Grapes of Wrath” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.” But if I was to focus on this millennium, Jhumpa Lahirie’s “Interpreter of Maladies” win in 2000 made me a lifelong fan. Have read everything since and never regretted any of them. Elizabeth Strout’s “Olive Kittredge” was also a complete surprise. And I find myself replaying scenes from Jennifer Egan’s “A Visit from the Goon Squad” over the last year.

        But even more fun are some of the non-winners. Daniyal Mueenuddin’s beautiful crafted stories, “In Other Rooms, Other Wonders,” Joyce Carol Oates’ “Blonde,” and especially Marianne Wiggins’ “Evidence of Things Unseen.” I heartily recommend them all. 🙂

  • Boris B March 16, 2012, 3:57 pm

    Had a comic book collection – sold it recently for entirely too little to add a few cubic feet of space in the basement. I regret selling it only because I probably could’ve gotten more $$ that could have gone to a good cause.

    Used to “collect” martial arts weapons (which meant my parents bought them for me occasionally just to shut me up). My parents got rid of most of them, but occasionally they’ll say “Hey, we have a pair of nunchaku here. Pick them up, will ya?”

    Books are probably the biggest use of space for me now.

    I’d like to collect old-school Mirado Black Warrior pencils. The old fat ones are SWEET!

  • Carol March 17, 2012, 5:23 am
  • Kosmo March 17, 2012, 7:00 am

    I started collecting baseball cards when I was a kid. Lost some interest when the market crashed in the 90s. Nowadays, I still add to my collection, but it’s a few items here and there. I’ll buy a lot of Rockies cards on eBay, or I’ll find some interesting older card that I like. I snapped up a T-206 card in a shop a few years ago. Paid $15, and in the condition it’s in, it’s worth about … $15. Nonetheless, I like have a 100 year old card in my collection.

    I also have a replica of the 2007 Rockies National League Championship trophy. They gave them away at a Rockies game in 2008. I couldn’t attend (since I live in Iowa), but bought one from a guy who had 2. Virtually no value at all, but looking at it brings back great memories of the 2007 season.

  • Gypsy March 17, 2012, 7:14 am

    Books, mostly children’s lit. And simply because I like them not for any specific reason.

    Lego Mini figures- I do this with my 14 year old we enjoy the process of getting them and opening them up, build, photograph, play, and display. I’d love to have a Lego a day photo project but it’s too low on the list of things ‘I’d love to do but never have time for’.

    The Letter G. Only cool ones.

    And Bagley Glass Vases. They are Art Deco glass vases that apparently used to come free with sacks of flour back in ‘the day’. I got my first one when I stole it from a Railway Station (in New Zealand) my Dad worked at. The Station a big city one was soon to be closed and moved to something more modern and less ostentatious. I knew they wouldn’t take the vase to their new digs because I’d seen what had happened at other former Railway Stations and I loved it so I slipped it under my jacket and took it home I was 17 I think.

  • Alisha March 17, 2012, 2:04 pm

    Pigs! I thought you and Janette had a pig collection too. I still envy that picture you have on your wall.

  • Nikki March 18, 2012, 5:14 pm

    I collected stamps, as a kid (shocking, eh?) Oh, and erasers.

    Nowadays, I’ve swapped postage for vintage gold jewellery. I have this gorgeous little black-and-gold lizard brooch encrusted in diamantes, a gold-plated elephant on a long chain, and a plethora of other delights stowed away. I also go nuts for second-hand pocket books and pre-worn platform boots. There’s just something about each piece having a back story and not being available elsewhere for someone else to purchase. For me, that makes them irresistible purchases.

  • Rob March 18, 2012, 8:22 pm

    I’m not sure where to begin. I’ve been collecting Star Wars toys since the original line was released back in 1978 (I still have most of the toys I owned as a kid). I collection old video games and old computer stuff. I also, up until a few months ago, collected full size arcade cabinets — you know, the big, 300 pounders? We recently moved and I had to trim my collection of 30 cabinets down to around 10 or so. I also have smaller collections, things like guitars and action figures and Halloween decorations.

    My wife once referred to me as “a collector of collections,” and I think she hit the mark.

  • Heather March 19, 2012, 7:27 am

    Halloween stuff. Yarn. Antique jewelry. But I also use all the stuff I collect. My books and music collection, to me, don’t necessarily count, because I actually read and listen to it. IMHO, people who are TRUE collectors are the ones who keep stuff in pristine condition and won’t remove packaging, crack the spine, etc.