Monday, August 18, 2008
Collections and Souvenirs
My grandma collected spoons. She had so many, but they weren't just spoons from places she'd been, they were spoons from places anyone she knew that knew she collected spoons had ever been. She had spoons from all over the world. It was pretty cool. I inherited a small portion of these when she passed away and have spent the past several years trying to find a wooden spoon display case that I like (it's sort of an old fashioned collection, so the cases aren't quite my style) and also trying to decide if I'm going to continue on with a collection of my own. But if I do, I'm already so far behind. And am I really willing to commit to $4.50 or more to everywhere I go, not to mention the cases to house all the spoons. My grandma ended up with 8 or so cases holding 30-60 spoons each. Do I want to head that way? It seems cool for an old lady, but do 30 (gulp) year olds collect spoons?
We've sort of started a family collection of fridge magnets from the places we go to. One magnet for the whole family. But I usually give in to my kids whining for something for them and let them pick a post card for 20-50 cents. Cheap. Small. They can pick whatever they want. But the postcards get home and are pinned to the wall for a bit, or lost, or destroyed. So I liked this idea from Martha Stewart.
What do you collect? What have you collect? What would you like to collect? What do you buy on trips as your souvenir to bring home?