Everyone should have at least one collection. There is nothing like that moment when you find a precious new piece to add to it. It also gives friends and family something–not only as a good gift, but as a reminder.
Every time I see Americana anything, I think of my mother, who taught American literature for most of her career and hosts a big 4th of July party every year. I think of Judy, my college boyfriend’s mom, every year I get out my “Santa’s Village” Christmas town (miniatures), because she gave me the first piece. My editor comes to mind when I see silly socks. I picture my dad when I see patches for various hikes in the Rocky Mountains (I got him started on those). I always loved the demitasse china cups my grandmother had. When she passed away, I received 4 and think of her every time I see them.
See what I mean? Memories.
Personally, I love collections. I’ve had several over the years–all of them more about the sentiment then the value. You could say I’m a collector of collections when you see the list…
- Madame Alexander Dolls (as a child my mom got me started)
- Christmas Decorations / Santa Clauses
- Christmas Village (started by Judy)
- Christmas Ornaments (started by my grandmother when I was a kid – 1 a year)
- Halloween Decorations (because Halloween rocks)
- My China Pattern (yeah, yeah, china is outdated. whatever. I love it.)
- Elephant Figurines (trunks up of course)
- Disney Movies (digital has made this so much easier)
- Disney Kinkaide Paintings (I want all 15 of the small versions!)
I’m thinking of adding dragons to the list. What do you think? 🙂 What about you? Any cool collections?
I am participating in MFRW’s 52-week blog challenge, and it’s a blog hop! If you want to see how other authors approach this topic, stroll on over to the other authors participating and find out how they deal with character profiles. Each author does it differently.