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What type of things do you collect?

Asked at Borders, 700 N.H. on June 2, 2006

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Photo of Juan Garcia

“I have a collection of seashells I found in various countries when I was on vacation in Europe.”

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“Antique baby dishes. The older ones, before 1920, were just heavy porcelain plates, but the newer ones from the ‘20s to ‘50s were heavier dishes with a hot water reservoir to keep the food warm.”

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“I collect Bob Marley music and posters. I also collect Nascar memorabilia. Lots of Dale Earnhardt stuff.”

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“Books and music. I try not to collect a lot of things.”

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 10 months ago

wench, I highly recommend you go digital with those pics!

Gotta go beddy bye. Goodnight Gnome. Kiss the Rose for me.

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justsomewench 7 years, 10 months ago

oh, and undeveloped film...lots.

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justsomewench 7 years, 10 months ago

in no particular order:

good intentions, bad habits, useless facts, inside jokes, bills, flicks, and books.

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oldfashiongirl 7 years, 10 months ago

Hi y'all,

The only thing I collect now is genealogical information on my family name, Baggett, who settled in North Carolina and Tennessee in late 1600's. I have almost 5000 persons in my computer. If there are any others out there in Kansas area, send me info via email and I'll share info with you.

Miss C, wherever you are, you Canadians must be very proud of young Finola Hackett for her almost winning the Spelling Bee. She was so personable and pleasant and had a real knowledge of English as well as other languages. When I saw she was from Edmonton, I knew you must be rooting for her-actually I was too.

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hottruckinmama 7 years, 10 months ago

i collect houseplants. a lot of times by accident. i've always had a little bit of a green thumb so when my family and friends have ailing houseplants they somehow find there way to my house. i'm glad a have a big sunroom.

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 10 months ago

MD, I meant to say 3 LAYER cake. But thanks for the visual. That would sure deter a lot of extra calorie consumption! :)

Are you out there Gnome??? We miss your Gnomisms! Oh well, be all stuck up. We'll still miss you.:o) Come out and play...

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Multidisciplinary 7 years, 10 months ago

Sue -Don't you find it harder to curl up inside of those as the years go by?

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 10 months ago

Right now I'm collecting ingredients to make a 3 tiered carrot cake for the hubby's early birthday.

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paladin 7 years, 10 months ago

A_A- Ah, all that I know all too well. She is truly a Demon and has known many men, and taken many prizes. A pox upon her, for her soul is dark and doomed. And, woe is the Man who enters her lair, for if he comes forth again, a Man he will no longer be. He! He!

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Azure_Attitude 7 years, 10 months ago

Then wouldn't that actually be a Pfennig, Jill?

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Jillster 7 years, 10 months ago

Souvenir pennies (the kind you get from a machine that mashes the penny into an oval with the name of the place and a picture on it). The first one I ever got was a souvenir of Frankfurt, Germany when I was living there in the late 1980s.

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Azure_Attitude 7 years, 10 months ago

Actually, the red head is quite successful in the gathering of samples and quite the braggart! She may have lead you to believe you were her only conquest, but she's a liar too.

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boogeyman 7 years, 10 months ago

the fingers that children leave sticking out ot the covers.

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paladin 7 years, 10 months ago

A_A- How in the Big Wild Wierd World did you know about the Red Head? My Red Head? You describe her as if you know her well. And it was, indeed, herself. Was I talking in my sleep again? She was, is, truly an evil menace and a scourge of Mankind. She is the Megabeast. Uh, or is that somebody you know? There's more than one!? Oh, the Horror!

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Ceallach 7 years, 10 months ago

Well, it's Friday, it's payday - yah hoo!! I hope all y'all have a great weekend. I seldom have the opportunity to read and enlighten others on the weekend OTS board, so don't get into enough trouble to keep you off the board on Monday -- can't wait to see how the OTS question will challenge our minds while strengthening and encouraging our spirits -- also, ms_canada should be back by then :)

p.s. here gnomy, gnomy, gnomy -- where has that silly gnome gone?

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Multidisciplinary 7 years, 10 months ago

Thanks Ceallach. He's being a trooper. He was really glad to get home, slept until the mower's started, then let out a cry like, "Damn, the mowers!...today of all days!" LOL. He's falling asleep in his wheelchair, better tuck him in for a nap.Have to clear his airway first.

Sue..a compliment I heard once...Most Tender Gift For My Honored Sense of Touch.

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Ceallach 7 years, 10 months ago

s_s: you are always a hoot!

how's that?

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beatrice 7 years, 10 months ago

I should collect hats -- large shade hats. We are heading to 110 degrees today here in Phoenix. Yikes.

sun_sue: sorry I wasn't there earlier to give you a compliment, so let me just say -- you are a dear. bea

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Azure_Attitude 7 years, 10 months ago

yes. The romoval is a Bobbitectomy, be it the frank or the beans. We're talking about the replacement thereof.

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Azure_Attitude 7 years, 10 months ago

Thanks, Ceal! And yes he was indeed.

Pal, I'll see what I can do about getting a revocation of your eunuch status - even if it is a position of status and honor for certain Roman Soliders and Chinese concubine guards, I can understand your feelings - and we'll get ya Bobbitized. Unless it was the red head who got ya, she's mean and unrelenting.

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Ceallach 7 years, 10 months ago

A_A, I didn't comment, but I did enjoy it -- tremendously!!

paladin's was quite clever as well :)

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 10 months ago

I also collect and archive records of how long it takes me to get to work in the morning.

This morning, from my personal round-a-bout to my parking spot: 6 minutes, 53 seconds, and .55 hundredths.

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flames_over_the_wasteland 7 years, 10 months ago

Read today's "On the Record." I collect news briefs of Kansans having sex (and being arrested) outside. Today's the third or fourth . . .

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prospector 7 years, 10 months ago

Do you get the mail for the 'I killed Kenny club'?

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paladin 7 years, 10 months ago

A_A- I happen to be a "member" in good standing, slumped over actually, of the Bleeding And Suffering Til Appendages Returned from Display Society and I find your attitude not to be humorsome, one teeny weenie bit. In fact, your emasculatory propensity is quite alarming to all us suffering fools.

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Multidisciplinary 7 years, 10 months ago

Friends. Best thing to collect.

Apparently dead relatives, not by choice. although I can't complain about losing a few.

Books,must be over 1000 by now, need to toss some.

Ants..no, they just moved in on their own, and unless I hit them directly, they're immune to residual spray.

Das, if you're short on ants, you can have all of mine.

Gotta go, Hospice is coming today, sigh.Yes, we're home for good now. :*(

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 10 months ago

I would collect politicians, but there are too many people who do that already.

Really, I think the only thing I might actually collect would be t-shirts. I used to wear t-shirts every day (before I got this job), so I accumulated a lot of them. I buy a shirt when I travel somewhere, and my siblings began to do the same (in fact, I'm wearing a shirt from Korea today). But I don't just collect them; I do wear them.

I think my brother has a cool collection: he collects hourglasses. He even made his own hourglass frame out of wood from trees around my parents' long-time home (where we grew up).

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Das_Ubermime 7 years, 10 months ago

I collect empty wine bottles. Every time I finish a brand of wine I've never drank before, I put the bottle on top of my kitchen cabinets. I think I have over twenty five (lack of money this year has curtailed my pursuit), but some won't fit in the space between the ceiling and cabinet.

I also collect insects. Come to think of it, pinning insects while drinking wine seems like a good idea for a relaxing Saturday afternoon...

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 10 months ago

S.S.,

It was the complement your dentist paid to you, "You have the nicest teeth I've came across"

Did you say he practiced "sedation dentistry"?

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Azure_Attitude 7 years, 10 months ago

Don't worry about me, pal, just think twice the next time someone asks you to drop trou. You never know when the a club gals are lurking . . .

I can't believe no one has comment on the club's acronym. . .

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 10 months ago

RI, what's wrong with Bubba teeth? Kissing is sooooo over-rated anyway!

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paladin 7 years, 10 months ago

My most prized collection is my historical buffalo chips, although some of them may be cow chips. I've yet to have them all appraised.

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paladin 7 years, 10 months ago

A_A- You are makin me scairt. And sending a cold shiver up my...........spine. R_I-You don't need to drink cause I already had your share some time back, in another life, I believe.

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sister 7 years, 10 months ago

krissy - your post put the BNL song in my head, "If I Had a 1,000,000 Dollars."
". . . I'd buy you a green dress, but not a real green dress, that's cruel."

I collect characters.

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prospector 7 years, 10 months ago

...Harley wine-cooler bottles that I used to swill down. Discontinued now, they weren't half bad.

But were they half good? I guess if you had ordered one in any biker bar, you would have had to fight your way out you girly man. ;)

Yes, marbles, but those that know me claim I am losing them.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 10 months ago

S.S., Drinking?

Moi?

As for insults/complements... I still think the one your dentist gave you ranks!

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blue73harley 7 years, 10 months ago

And, as others have pointed out, it is hard to get people to stop giving you stuff once they know you are collecting. A relative gave me a bag of Harley Davidson MARBLES at Christmas just because it had HD on the label!!! Jeez!

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blue73harley 7 years, 10 months ago

Be careful Consumer1. You could go broke collecting Harley stuff! I stopped collecting dealer T's from around the world when Harley started opening their boutique stores. No motorcycles at these places, just "fashion" and dust collectors. I see even Hallmark stores have a complete line of nic-nacs. A joke among bikers some years back was the addition of the "Officially Licensed Product" decal on HD stuff. In fact, vendors at swap meets were selling the decal as a joke. They were fun to put on stuff like Triumph parts. I do wish I would have saved some of those Harley wine-cooler bottles that I used to swill down. Discontinued now, they weren't half bad.

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 10 months ago

RI, I believe it's still too early to start drinking!

Today, I've decided I'll collect compliments and/or insults. Anyone care to give me any? (I'll be e-baying the collection tomorrow so you can buy it back.)

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Azure_Attitude 7 years, 10 months ago

Pal, of course they are different. Are people not different. Does everyone have the same nose, eyes, skin. The Beautiful, Intelligent, Tenacious Chicks Honing Equality of the Sexes club always have given rousing applause for the slide show.

Our motto: If he didn't want me to have them, he shouldn't have offered them to me.

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consumer1 7 years, 10 months ago

I collect information on people who post "on the street". Actaully, I collect Harley Davidson Phones. And other Harley stuff that suits me.

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one_more_bob 7 years, 10 months ago

bea, what a cool thing to collect. I had a View-Master and a bunch of slides when I was a wee nipper. Wish I still had them.....

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 10 months ago

Items of dubious and inconsequential value with no direct pertinence or relevance to anything. Like Noah, always in pairs.

"just in case". . . . Beliefs are dangerous. Beliefs allow the mind to stop functioning. A non-functioning mind is clinically dead. Believe in nothing.

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angelofmine 7 years, 10 months ago

Cobalt blue glass, jewelry, shotglasses.

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YourItalianPrincess 7 years, 10 months ago

I have my Led Lep collection. I was introduced to this band at 15 and have collected items since then. I have the complete set of albums ( I won't ever let these go ), I have all the tapes and no the box set of cd.

I collect 1 angel ornament every Christmas for my grandma who loved angels. She passed away 6 years ago this last month in May. Collecting angels means alot to me and reminds me of her.

I also collect an African American ornament each Christmas too. I just ordered a wreath through Avon that has a beautiful African American angel sitting at the bottom. My boys' are biracial so having diversity in our house means alot to me.

Each room in our house has a theme to it. Our living room is African, I have my Italian kitchen, my oldest son's room is jungle/tigers, my youngest son's room is Star Wars, the bathroom is a California beach/ocean theme, and my room has an East Indian theme.

I guess you could say we all collect things to go with our little house.

Have an awesome Friday everyone. Its going to be a beautiful day today, the sun it out and its Friday!!!!!!!

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Ceallach 7 years, 10 months ago

I am not an avid collector of anything. Angels and books are as close as I come to collecting. I have several "angels" around my house. I don't go shopping specifically looking for or purchasing angels (except at Christmas time when I usually give my daughters an angel of some sort with their gift).

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krissypoetry 7 years, 10 months ago

green dresses, I own way too many and have no idea how the collection took off. Polar bear anythings, tea kettles and any random crap I find interesting. As of late my collection has started to include guys who are nice and wonderful and are interested in me and yet I have no interest in them, quite sad really. I am looking to start collecting time, money and sleep but they are all really hard to find

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bobberboy 7 years, 10 months ago

oh yes and gynecological information.

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beatrice 7 years, 10 months ago

paladin beat me to the dust bunny line, so I will give an honest answer -- 19th and early 20th-century stereoviews. They are fantastic, and used to be pretty cheap. Every once in a while I still find them for around a buck a piece. I think they are fascinating slices of earlier times, and some of the 3-D effects are quite remarkable. They used to be heavily collected at the turn of the 20th century, and people would look at them much like watching tv today. I keep them in a single cabinet, and whenever someone comes over they always want to take a closer look. Not too exciting, but I like them. I've also lent them to a museum before, which was cool to think my stuff was museum worthy.

We also have a pretty extensive music collection -- around 1000 cds last time we checked.

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 10 months ago

I'm looking forward to Inmate's post.

I collect crap. I don't intentially do it, but everytime I walk into my basement or garage, I have more crap. I blame my wife but usually when it's time to throw crap out, the crap is all mine.

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 10 months ago

On accident (or, by neccessity), tools. I got too many, now, and my garage is getting too full.

Last week I bought an edger.

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 10 months ago

I collect snide remarks. But I don't have much room to store them, so I have to let them go a lot.

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Tony Kisner 7 years, 10 months ago

Have started a collection of cash many times, seems to be misplaced currenly.

SFS your friends could certainly help with my collection.

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one_more_bob 7 years, 10 months ago

Hats. I've never counted them because I'd be appalled to know how many dang hats I own.

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prospector 7 years, 10 months ago

Swords and balloons, until the two meet.

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Norma Jeane Baker 7 years, 10 months ago

I collect stupid OTS questions. Now, I've got a million of them.

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 10 months ago

Every time I start collecting something, people start buying the stuff for me. Then it's no longer fun and I have to get rid of it. It's all about the quest, isn't it?

Now I collect dust and eggs.

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Redzilla 7 years, 10 months ago

Collecting is a vast commercial conspiracy folks!! It's designed to simplify the "gift-giving" cycle, to encourage more buying. Okay, yes, that sounds crazy, but why is that people are always trying to figure out what you collect? They've been brainwashed. I once bought a t-shirt with a flamingo on it. Suddenly my friends and family members decided that I "collected" flamingos and for five years that was the theme of every gift I received. I finally had to have an intervention, demanding a cease-fire on the flamingo gift front. After that, they decided to make me "collect" holstein cow themed items. Oh, I collect them alright. Right in a box to take to the Salvation Army.

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Dixie Jones 7 years, 10 months ago

wives husbands........nuff said

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paladin 7 years, 10 months ago

A_A- Shame on you! How do you tell them all apart. Are they all similar or is each quite different? Do you name them? Or put labels on them? How do your friends react? Curiouser and curiouser.

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paladin 7 years, 10 months ago

Canned goods, bottled water, and ammo for the Apocalypse.

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Azure_Attitude 7 years, 10 months ago

You know what the difference between a feminist and an independent woman is? A feminist wants to have balls and an independent woman just like to collecte them and show them to her friends. I've got quite the collection!

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rockchalkjayhawk 7 years, 10 months ago

not much of a collector but my husband collects koozies, bottle openers and fold out chairs ---- strange man

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jonas 7 years, 10 months ago

Toys man! I just finished reassembling my 3 foot long 2 feet tall Imperial Star Destroyer made out of 3300 lego pieces. I'm so happy, it's been 2 days and the cats haven't knocked it over this time.

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trinity 7 years, 10 months ago

lol, geek, great post! :)

toasters. i collect old chrome toasters. i love 'em!

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paladin 7 years, 10 months ago

You collected DUI's? Awesome. I, also, collect chigger bites.

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H_Lecter 7 years, 10 months ago

mostly parts, sometimes wholes.

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geekin_topekan 7 years, 10 months ago

I used to collect police officers' business cards from when they would stop me from time to time.At least once a week.Had a whole photo album full of them. They loved it.Theyd want to see it and would laugh when they saw their colleage's in my collection.Ask what that stop was about. Don't have much of an oppurtunity to collect them anymore now that I quit drinking though.

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rightthinker 7 years, 10 months ago

I have a huge bag of un-matched socks in my garage. It really is an interesting collection.

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blue73harley 7 years, 10 months ago

I've put together an almost complete collection of "Hot Rod" magazine from the '50's to now.

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soiledbrown 7 years, 10 months ago

my boogers...under furniture, behind my ear....

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