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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Treasures

my friend's collection of beach finds

Do you collect stuff?

Our kitchen windowsill is lined with things we've found on our property: shapely sticks, pretty rocks, old pennies and other interesting artifacts of what and who used to be here.

My mother collected teapots of all sorts, and pretty china cups and saucers. She kept the cups and saucers in a cabinet but the teapots showed up in all sorts of surprising spots in her house.

My friend Paula collects Fiestaware pitchers. They have their own shelf, where they're lined up and ready for precision pouring. My sister-in-law Rebecca collects dishes, too, of all vintages. She mixes and matches for an artful table. Yesterday, Virginia posted a wonderful photo of her friend's collection of bells, beautifully posed in a glass-front cabinet.

When I was a kid I collected plastic horses. Later it was green glass. Now it's antique bottles. At the moment they're in a storage box, but I'll find a spot for them eventually. Or I'll collect something else.

John says he wants to collect vintage Hot Wheels, but I like to think he's kidding.

24 comments:

John Sandel said...

Yeah, I collect things. My kitchen windowsill is lined with things I've found on our property: shapely sticks, pretty—oh. Wait …

Never mind.

Bellis said...

Your kitchen windowsill is outdoors? I 'm fascinated by the things you've got on it.

My favorite antique bottles that I found in old Victorian trash dumps in England were the deep blue ones, until someone told me they were used by pharmacists to hold poisons.

Lou Belcher said...

I've been hauling around a little piece of red rock from Arizona I picked up when I visited an aunt there in the early 80's... Yes, you might say I collect things.

Kalei's Best Friend said...

my son has all his hot wheels in a Rubbermaid container... he also kept all the dumb happy meal toys...Star Wars figures as well...
I collect anything heart-shaped... also I have a thing for turtles, cats..... succulents- that's my worst addiction...

dive said...

Hot Wheels are vintage now? God, I feel old.
I love that photo, Petrea.
As for me: I collect dust (though I try not to) and I have a world-beating collection of regrets.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Oh do bring out your collection. I must of missed that day. They're wonderful.

I'm always finding small glass bottles on my property; even dog tags from a guy named Buba who was in the Korean War.Must be because my lot and the one south of it were probably used as fill/dumping ground over the years.

btw: I found an old glass bottle 15-20 (?) years ago under Suicide bridge back when Pasadena was restoring it.

Petrea Burchard said...

Ha! I knew you stayed up late, sweetie.

Bellis, looks like I'll have to put something in the copy to clarify: that's not our kitchen windowsill, that's a shelf in a friend's driveway, displaying her collection of found items from nature.

Hello, Lou. Maybe we should say you collect "thing."

Kalei, I don't get the Hot Wheels thing, do you? Star Wars, however....

Dive, my suggestion for those regrets (although you didn't ask) is a nice, vintage shelf where you can put them aside and look at them from time to time, but you don't have to carry them around with you.

Petrea Burchard said...

PA, what an interesting lot you have! Maybe they're all interesting, if you look. A guy I know who lived on Mt. Washington found a dinosaur bone while walking his dog.

Kalei's Best Friend said...

as far as the cars its definitely a male thing!. would u believe my son being the only male child, knew how to make that car sound when he was a toddler? it must be innate.

TheChieftess said...

I collect Santas...and unusual/vintage Christmas ornaments...and vintage vases...and a lot of dog and cat hair!!!

Desiree said...

Currently I seem to collect bills, recipes and empty wall space. I think it would be terribly romantic to collect lovers. Another life time-or novel!

Patricia said...

I guess you could say I collect books.I don't mean to really collect them, but I buy them and they have turned into a huge amount of them. Lots and lots of them! Years ago, I heard about a woman who was killed in a San Francisco earthquake. It seems she had a large shelf of books above her bed and they fell on top of her head, poor thing. Not really a bad way to go, I guess.

Petrea Burchard said...

Kalei, that's hilarious about your son and the car noise.

Chieftess, I'll bet you have a collection of vacuum cleaners, too.

Bills and wall space, Des, we have those in common. And novels. I think it would be messy to collect lovers for real but as long as you don't shelve your books above your bed (see Patricia's comment), fictional lovers can be tidy.

Books are wonderful to collect, Patricia, although you have me rethinking the shelf arrangement in my office.

Kalei's Best Friend said...

@Petrea: i was at costco... no night lights.. asked an employee- she said they will be bringing them back in... will keep an eye out whenever i go there!

Petrea Burchard said...

I know what you're talkin' about and thank you.

TheChieftess said...

Actually Petrea..I do!!! One upstairs and one downstairs!!!

Petrea Burchard said...

I need a Like button for that one, Chieftess.

John Sandel said...

One lover upstairs & another down- … could lead to complications in the new year!!!!

Katie said...

Pretty photo of the beach finds. I started collecting wheat pennies as a kid and still have them in a little glass piggy bank. Most are from the 40s and 50s, but two are from the 30s. My stash is only worth 53 cents but I like them. I collected plastic snow globes from foreign cities in the 80s when I was studying abroad and was able to do lots of cheap train travel. I ended up giving them all away one Christmas to the residents of a psychiatric nursing home in Minneapolis where I was a volunteer, as most of them had very few personal items.

Speedway said...

I have a 4-inch binder full of real-photo postcards of steamboats, all of them a hundred years old or more. It's a small collection as PC's go, as is my collection of books about riverboat history. They both take me to a happy place, where I can remember the the movement of the boat as it bobbed on the river, me standing on its deck. Reading the old histories, I try to imagine how the land looked before man cut down all the trees and killed off so many of the birds.

I have a lot of tiny model F1 and Indy race cars, which is kind of a guy thing, but I love their little shapes and colors.

Petrea Burchard said...

JS, two words: vacuum cleaners.

Katie, that was very generous of you. Do you ever miss your collection? I'll bet those snow balls still mean a lot to at least some of those people.

Speedway, you remind me of another collection of mine: post cards of my home town of DeKalb, Illinois. It's not exactly a tourist trap so the good ones are real finds.

Ms M said...

We collect books and music. Also unusual musical instruments. And our cat likes to distribute her fur collection around the house.

It's fun to read what others collect...

Petrea Burchard said...

I agree, it is fun, Ms. M. I'm now imagining your collection of musical instruments.

Dina said...

Hey, I collected horses when I was a kid too, Petrea. When my kids were young we would take home animal bones and skulls we found.
These days I can't pass up an unusual stone or potsherd.
I wish I had your windowsills; somehow my little house has none.
Have fun.