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    Senior Member star619's Avatar
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    Having been a member of the Board, I know most of us will be willing to admit that we collect most things related to quilting (fabric, patterns, machines, etc.). Having seen a member's collection of dolls behind a quilt she was displaying, I'm curious how many & what other things you might collect. Besides, all-things-sewing, I collect dolls, buttons,books (needlework and not), old tools, and funny stories.
    How about you?

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    I collect music boxes, spoons, cats, dogs, books of all kinds, brooches and antiques to name a few :)

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    I collect pigs of all sorts (except for the live ones!) Hence, my board name!!!

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    Carousel animal figures. It all started with a full sized wooden carousel horse I received from my husband one Christmas. I also collect whimsical ceramic animal banks. I started with a couple of piggy banks & grew from there. :lol: :lol:

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    Nutcrackers. I think there's about 52 of them around here, from tiny salt and pepper ones about 2 inches high, to George, a fellow about my own height and weighs more than I do, made of solid wood. Lately I've been giving some of the smaller ones to children, since it finally sank in that I don't really want any more.

    And then there's my books, some authors I reread often over the years. No cable, but still have the TV and video/CD player with masses of movies we've taped and bought, I watch maybe one every couple of months!! A bookcase full of these...

    Fabric, just cleared out the wall to wall, floor to ceiling book case in my bedroom and replaced the donated books with fabric. Really pretty with all the lovely colors all along the side of the room.

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    I collect dolls, carousel horses and teapots. Had a bunch until I had to downsize. Just kept the most special ones to pass on to my grandchldren.

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    Lets see, Dolls, Carousel horses, fairies, and last but certainly not least, I have lots of Elvis stuff!

    I have started to pass on most of my fairies to my granddaughters. I have some very old dolls, and I even have my favorite doll as a child still. I have a large curio cabinet that the dolls are in. Elvis surround my computer room. Since it is also the spare bedroom, anyone visiting has to like him too !

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    I collect salt and pepper shakers. I like all and any shakers. I also collect souvineer spoons. I don't mind having duplicates either of the spoons nor the salt and pepper shakers although, on the shakers I don't have any duplicate ones.
    Oh and I collect DUST BUNNIES. Yep gotta have them you know. LOL

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    Breyer horses. I still have the very first one that a school friend gave to me. I've had that little foal for over 35 years, and my herd has of course grown! I have a custom made barn for them-much larger than the Breyer one.
    Oh-and parti-color cocker spaniel items too!

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    I collect marble and stone eggs. I'm also a runner so I collect mileage weekly too!

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    I collect make-up, jewelry, perfume, purses, storage containers.

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    Teddy bears -- I've got around 600, but only keep 2 or 3 dozen out at a time. The rest are kept in bins in the (climate controlled) basement. Also collect antique glass and keep mostly spooners and toothpick holders. Largest collection of all though is Polish pottery. Love the stuff, and use it every day.

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    Paper goods, i.e., ink pens, stationary, tablets, cards; and abandoned animals (most of which I find homes for and the others live with me!)

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    I collect elephants, and mugs from places I visit.

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    I collect vintage kitchen items, cookbooks and clear glass banks with screw on lids. Oh...and yellow HALL teapots.

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    I collect teapots, glass paperweights, tea cups,Angels, thimbles,tiny glass shoes and purses and books. I use to collect owls and cows, they are all stored away now.

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    Santas and Father Christmas, love them, started because I just seemed to have alot and than people started giving me some. They come out after Halloween and go back into storage in January. I want to make a Santa quilt someday.

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    I collect Santa's, most of them are "Possible Dreams" also collect anything Moose related, such as rug, pictures, switchplates, statues, etc. Even have a moose license plate on my vehicle.

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    Anything and everything - I have a problem! Right now it's vintage sewing machines and DH is patiently waiting for this latest mania to run it's course 'cause it takes up so much room. I use them all (especially the treadles) and thoroughly enjoy each and every one. Other than the space hoggers I also have a weakness for owls, teapots, bears and angels -- not to mention birds, bells and books. I love to haunt garage sales, auctions, estate sales and thrift stores -- they have such treasures! My kids and Grandkids think I'm a bit odd but, you know what? I'm sure happy enjoying it all .................

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    I love all vintage sewing items, I have a collection of thimbles, wooden spools, buttons and toy sewing machines...and fabric of course..

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    i collect vintage aprons,brooches,chihuahua stuff,fabric. love vintage material. i also love to go to thrift stores and estate auctions. they have the neatest stuff.

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    I collect mainly chickens and roosters, but I also collect books we have a library of about 2000 and I also collect dust
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    My bumper sticker says READ! A true homeschool mom here.

    Vicky

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    i must be the odd ball! I don't collect anything per se, but will buy something made made/designed local to any new area I visit. my last trip through Taos, NM I picked up some stunning fabric designed by a local artist.

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    I have a small 4 room house, so no room for dustcatchers. I do collect unusual business cards, old cookbooks (not too many) and very small miniature animal statues. (which currently need to be dusted!)

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    I collect thimbles, buttons, and Elvis stuff. :lol: Used to collect cookbooks but I've been downsizing on them lately.

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