The first things that I remember deliberately collecting were butterfly things - anything with a butterfly on it. When GB was teaching me French at the age of 5, the first word I asked to learn was 'butterfly' and I was forever drawing them on absolutely everything. I wrote books about them, designed 'new' ones, and learned all of the different types with their caterpillars and everything. I could not get enough of them.
Then when I was about 6 years old it was owls. I kept the butterflies, obviously, but now I had a collection of owls too...
In fact, I had/have a whole bunch of collections... wanna see them?
//1989 - Sylvanian Families//1990 - fruit stickers//1991 - stamps//
//1992 - stickers//1993 - POGs//1994 - Take That memorabilia//
//1995 - pin badges//1996 - kinder toys//1997 - Star Wars stickers//
//1998 - drinks cans//1999 - candles//2000 - passport photos//
//2001 - lists//2002 - keys//2003 - discarded playing cards//
//2004 - discarded credit cards//2006 - snowglobes//2007 - nuns//
//2008 - travel tickets//2010 - Momiji dolls//2012 - dice//
I'm pretty sure that most of my collections are sensible. The only weird-ish ones were those I started during my university years - discarded passport photos, discarded lists, discarded keys, discarded playing cards and discarded credit cards. Basically, just any discarded stuff. I had a real fascination with the concept of loss, lost items and secrets and stuff, so they do kinda make sense.
I can't remember a time when I haven't collected something, and I still have almost all of the collections. Some of them are tucked away in memory boxes, some of them are safe in folders, and a couple of them are proudly on display. I'm thinking of a couple of new ways to display some of my currently undisplayed collections, and, of course, Pinterest is a great help...
I really want to display some of my collections like this - how awesome do they look!?
Do you collect anything? Do you display any of your collections?