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07 July 2008 @ 09:00 am
What do you collect?  porcinea and serenejournal posted what they collect, and being the packrat that I am, I have to follow suit.

Edit: A collection, per porcinea, is "defined as, I already have more items than any sane person would consider reasonable or necessary, *and* I would cheerfully welcome additional inputs to the collection (and indeed have no compunction about buying)."

  • Stuff.  (I think this really says it all.  There are so many things in my house that don't fit in a category but that I really collect.  I sort of collect everything.  Unless it's made of plastic – I don't collect much of that.  And I suppose I have a 'mostly older than 100 years' theme.)  But ok.  More specifically:

  • Books:
  •     Old books printed locally by two publishers (c 1800-1840)
  •     Other books printed locally, e.g., cookbooks, old magazines and newspapers, etc.
  •     Trashy romances (well, I get rid of >half, so maybe I'm not "collecting" these per se, but I do have all but one Heyer)
  •     BIBFH hard-boiled detective / noir books
  •     Nancy Drew books (ok, haven't looked for more for years)
  •     Kids books (need to start in on this again)
  •     Old (100+yr) medical texts
  •     Old (ditto) herbal texts
  •     Old (ditto) materia medica
  •     Old (...) pharmacopoeias
  •     Old (...) dispensatories
  •     Old (...) "domestic physician" books
  •     Old (...) eclectics texts (physician/medicine again)
  •     Old (...) botany texts (not so many of these)
  •     More in the same vein as the above
  •     Herbal / alternative medicine books (modern, but I haven't bought any in 15 yrs so they're none of them really recent)
  •     'Literature' (said with a snooty British-ish accent)
  •     Art books (only a dozen or two)
  •     Music books (ditto)
  •     Some mysteries (Ngaio Marsh, Georgette Heyer, Sayers, some of Dick Francis, Anne Perry, Sue Grafton)
  •     Victorian literature with cool covers (the "books by the yard" concept, to pretty up my livingroom, but only rarely to read ... tacky, eh what?)
  •     Other "books by the yard" – a leatherbound encyclopedia; "classics of medicine" leatherbound series
  •     Probably more books.  Can't ever have too many books.

  • Musical instruments (cello, guitars, flutes, fiddle, banjo, maybe more)
  • Tools.  (How can one not collect tools?  Or is having a full tool cupboard just a practicality, and not a collection?  I do like the really old stuff with the age-patina'd wood from the flea market)
  • Post cards and journals and memorabilia from my home town (which is tiny – these aren't so easy to find as you might think)
  • Persian carpets (does four make a collection?)
  • Stuffed animals
  • Essential oils
  • Herbal extracts (again with the practical issue – does the fact that I'm an herbalist mean that my 200+/- extracts aren't really a 'collection'?)
  • Shot glasses.  But only if I think they look really cool.
  • Salt and pepper shakers.  Again, I have to think they look cool.
  • Art work by local artists.  (Well, my mom and one former student, so far.)
  • CDs from musicians I've heard live (generally purchased at the concert)
  • DVDs from local filmmakers (haven't gotten very far on this, yet; got three+ filmmakers in this tiny town)
  • Antique bottles of medicine / herbal extracts
  • Old wooden bureaus.  (Where else am I going to put all this stuff??)
  • Old trunks and chests (ditto).
  • Spice racks (thritto)

What am I leaving off?  (Don't nobody insist that I list the yogurt containers.  They're plastic.  And get used.  They don't count.)

What do you collect?
Tessalightwalker on July 7th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
"Thritto" is a beautiful word. I think we'll start hearing it everywhere.
betonicabetonica on July 7th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
*grin* - I like it. I didn't coin it, though. It's from usenet, and I've no idea who started using it first. Probably at least five years old. Maybe much more.
piranha @ dreamwidthpir_anha on July 7th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Collections
georgette heyer is not trashy! :)

this is interesting to think about, because i've always interpreted "collecting" as acquiring things and keeping them with not only purpose, but also a view towards having a lot of them, and aiming towards completion and value. and with that interpretation, i don't consider myself a collector at all. but maybe that's much too narrow. because i certainly acquire things and keep them (packrat!), just that i don't have any notion of completion, and i don't care how valuable things are on the open market.

must ponder more.
betonicabetonica on July 7th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Collections
I just edited in porcinea's definition ["...I already have more items than any sane person would consider reasonable or necessary, *and* I would cheerfully welcome additional inputs to the collection (and indeed have no compunction about buying)"].

I have some very vague notion of value for the old stuff I collect, partly so that I know I'm not being ripped off (or that I'm getting a helluva deal) when I add a new piece. Also party to gloat, just to myself, now and then:D But mostly I don't concern myself with the value, because I'm not going to sell this stuff (it's MINE, all MINE). And I don't bother with completion (can you imagine "completing" a handbag collection or my collection of Victorian literature with cool spines?) unless there's a particular reason I want *all* of something. Like Heyer, frex; gotta read, and re-read, all of Heyer.

Yes, Heyer, is not trashy, I know;) I put her in the trashy category because, desiring more of her work and having read almost everything she's written, I buy new regency romance all the time (just bought a Balogh today); most of that stuff is exceptionally trashy.

I hope you come up with a list. I look forward to seeing it.

flarenutflarenut on July 8th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
Re: Collections
I'm not sure I like that definition, because some things just accumulate. I like the idea of a collection as something acquire more of on some kind of principle, even if the principle is just that you already have a bunch.

mysteries where good more or less triumphs
Cooking gadgets
surplus hardware that might be useful someday

There are other things that I just have a lot of because I don't use them up properly; I get more because I keep thinking I will:

Jams/Jellies/preserved fruits/etc
Frozen leftovers

(I was so proud a few weeks ago when I managed to blend a container of frozen cantaloupe juice from last fall into a smoothie...)

And of course tools, but I've gotten pretty good about restraining myself there. The other week I spent a good half hour at the local emporium gazing at a pin nailer, but there's no current project that makes sense for it, and I can wait till there is.
Selkiselki on July 8th, 2008 03:33 am (UTC)
Re: Collections
Now I want canteloupe.

flarenutflarenut on July 9th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Collections
Go puree and strain your own!
neblazni on July 11th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
Things I collect:

(1) Mugs -- this was sort of an accident. People know I drink coffee, and people know I hate to wash dishes. Combined, this leads to people giving me lots and lots of pretty cool mugs.

(2) Books about and by Robert Baldwin Ross -- I'm pretty sure I have all that have ever been in print except Ross's own "Masques and Phases", which I have been pursuing for under $150 since I was 16.

(3) Baltimore memorabilia
betonicabetonica on July 12th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
Lots of cool mugs are great. I have a small collection, myself, but I hadn't thought of it as a collection: I started because I wanted to have enough coffee mugs for everyone who shows up to my summer internet party each year - once I think I had 27 guests for the weekend. These days it's down to 10 or so.

I had to look up Robert Baldwin Ross. Cool.

Baltimore? There must be a *huge* amount of memorabilia from such a big place. And I thought I was getting plenty just from this tiny town.