I was sitting here wondering what we could talk about this week when one of my husband's favorite TV shows caught my attention.
The show is called AMERICAN PICKERS, and if you haven't seen it, its these two guys that travel the country in a van, buying things from "collectors" to sell to other "collectors". I've placed parenthesis around the word collector for a reason. Eight out of ten times the collections they are looking at resemble junk piles more than collections.
This made me think. What do we collect? And are we collectors or pack rats?
You shouldn't be surprised to know that I collect books. Shelves, corners, and boxes of books. My book collection--the picture is just a small sample--probably borders on pack rat. I used to think it was sacrilege to get rid of books. I might want to read them again...
I am ashamed to admit that there are boxes of books, lovingly wrapped in plastic, packed in boxes, taped, and stored in one of our storage buildings. They've been out there for almost 20 years, I can only imagine that the term "book" barely applies at this point in time. I'm afraid to go out and look.
I'm a Star Trek fan. Books, plates, episodes on VHS tape, comic books, Christmas ornaments...I'm sure you get he picture. I'd say collector here. With the exception of the plates adorning my kitchen, most of it is packed away in a dry place with a little more care than the books mentioned above.
I've sold AVON for more than twenty years. Every year, once a representative reaches a certain goal in sales, we are awarded a 12 inch porcelain figurine called a Mrs. Albee. Mrs. Albee was the very first AVON lady. The figurines are always beautifully done in period costumes. If any of you historical writers need some tips on late 1800-early 1900 dresses, I can help with that. I'm happy to say that I have a Mrs. Albee for each year I've been in business. Definitely a collection.
Other than books, which I've "collected" all my life, Unicorns would fall next in line. My first husband bought my first unicorn for me over thirty years ago. Between gifts from friends, and souvenirs picked up on vacation, I probably have over 100 unicorns placed here and there. These in the picture are just the ones next to my desk. I'd have to say collection where these are concerned.
Last but not least, we have to go back to the AVON. Here in this beautiful cabinet my husband gave me for Christmas, is twenty years worth of AVON (mostly) jewelry. It was a heart wrenching few hours as I sorted through boxes, deciding what to keep, what to toss, and what to give to the granddaughters. I think I'd have to say pack rat here, cause the cabinet barely closes and I'm already looking at this lovely piece in the new book that I need REAL bad...
So, tell me, what do you collect? Are you a collector or a pack rat?