When I was little I had a collection I was really proud of. I had a home-made butterfly net in my closet that was full of keychains…from anywhere and everywhere. Keychains I bought with my allowance, keychains given to me, keychains from businesses, etc. The net was getting stretched out from the weight of them all. I was proud of it, but it wasn’t the most practical thing to collect for a kid who had no use for a keychain…I’m not sure I even had a key to our home at that time.
As a full fledged adult (on the outside at least), I now have three active collections that I think my kid-self would be proud of too. The first and most prominent is my pin collection. This began on my 30th birthday in Arizona. The motel owner that gave me a history lesson; rewarded me for listening with a Route 66 pin. The next day in Oatman I bought a mule pin. After that I started buying pins everytime I went somewhere new. I like to make them useful, so I have my favorite pins on a bag. I also have some Disney pins for my lanyards but when those aren’t in use they’re on the wall in my apartment.
Last year I got onto the penny bandwagon at Disneyland. Half the fun of that, is hunting down the machines. I have gotten a few pennies at other locations, but I’m rarely prepared when I stumble onto a machine…I don’t carry cash around much.
My last collection is completely practical…socks! Target has the cutest ankle socks and they’re always bringing in new patterns. Whenever I go to a Target, I always stop by the sock section to see if there’s any I want. They’re only $1.50 too.
What kind of stuff do you collect? I’m curious what other people are drawn to.