Throwback Thursday #8 – Collections

Lauren leads the charge this week on Throwback Thursday Memory BlogHop and challenges us to think about the things we collected as children and on into adulthood. Click on the link to read the rules and join in the fun.

Today’s subject: Collections

I grew up in a family where money for nonessentials was rare and money rarely trickled down to the children in the family. Our disposable income usually came from collecting returnable pop bottles for the 2¢ deposit or collecting bottle caps that would serve as a way to get a free ticket to the movies.

My first collection was a collection of broken glass collected from the streams and creek beds where I lived. These simple slivers of sparkling glass were like gold to me. I have written about collections before, and my love for these broken shards of glass was part of that post. If interested, you can read more here. It is the one thing from my childhood that was lost over the years and the one thing I wish I still had. That’s how special it was to me.

I have had periods of collecting items over the years, but most collections were short-lived as I moved around and had less and less space to display anything I might collect. I still have a few collections tucked away.

The first time I met my current husband’s mother, we went on a trek to antique stores in Maine. She collected cobalt blue glass and she was in search of antique cobalt blue luncheon plates. This is where my love for cobalt blue glass originated. I have antique bottles, ornaments, antique eyeglasses with cobalt lenses, snuff bottles and miscellaneous other items. They are currently boxed away as I have no place to display them. Also boxed away is my small collection of poison bottles and perfume bottles.

Hubby and I started buying Christmas ornaments from our travels. Over the years our friends and family members have added to our collection of ornaments. They all adorn our Christmas tree every year and it brings back so many joyful memories. I have a few my sister made me and one my great aunt made which are very special to me.

I have a small collection of art supplies – paints, markers, chalks, pencils, watercolors, sketch pads, canvas, brushes, and miscellaneous, but these are consumable items so they do not hang around forever. 

When I was taking lapidary classes, I started collecting rocks and rock slabs to cut into cabochons. Sadly, the teacher and friend I had passed away and the school no longer offers classes. The equipment to cut rocks into cabochons is specialized and expensive, but I hold onto the rocks in hopes I will have the opportunity to do it again in the future. I have a connection to materials from the earth that I do not have with commercial items.

Our house is full of books – mostly hardback first editions. We downsized a lot when we moved, but we still seem to have books tucked away in every nook and cranny. Our walls are adorned with artwork we have collected during our marriage. There was a time we frequented Plein Air events and often bought paintings. They all hang on our walls and I love the emotional response I get from looking at them. I have a few favorites and they would be the last pieces I would ever part with.


I know as soon as I end this post I will think of other collections I have, but since these are the things that rose to the top, this is what I will feature today.




33 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday #8 – Collections”

  1. One year (many years ago), my parents house burned down. Everyone was fine, but not much was saved. When it got closer to Christmas time they realized that they had no decorations. The plan?

    Each person would buy an ornament for each other to put on the tree. Each ornament had to have some meaning. My dad got a lot of hunting/fishing/outdoorsy stuff (Fish lures make good ornaments), I got music stuff, Sis got unicorns and animals etc.
    Four people X three ornaments = 12 in year one. Twelve more in year 2. Add a spouse in year three and we add 20 more. Add another spouse and well…you get the idea. The tree fills up pretty fast and we had to stop the tradition after many years of laughing and cheering as we opened each one.

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    1. Leon, I commend your family for making the best of a very unfortunate situation. It sounds like it brought a few years of joy and that is always a good thing. Surviving a fire or a flood is never easy. Thanks for stopping by and adding your story.

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      1. There are many reasons that collections are started. This one was out of necessity, but became one of the highlights of the holidays as we opened the ornaments on Christmas Eve – Spiked eggnog in hand of course. I think that’s what we called Christmas spirit!

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  2. I love your collections Maggie. I don’t feel so bad about my book collection after seeing yours. LOL. You are correct about thinking of other collections as soon as you finished writing. More came to mind for me also.

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  3. When I first got married, we started to collect travel souvenirs in the form of pestle and mortars. Usually decorated, sometimes basic and ‘ethnic’, we soon had a row of shelves dedicated to displaying them. The largest one was from Africa, and so big it had to sit next to the fireplace. When we divorced, my fist wife asked to keep them all. I had less room in my new house, so agreed.
    Since then, I have mainly collected films. First on VHS tape, then on DVD. I also have a collection of vintage and retro cameras numbering around 30. But as there is no space to display them properly here, they are in boxes in the loft.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Mortar and pestles might be the most unusual collection I have heard of, Pete. How interesting. We have a rather large collection of DVDs that rarely come out of their storage boxes. I have no idea just how many we have. We have 7 or 8 cameras, only one of which is digital. No where near your collection.

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  4. I collected rocks as a kid. When we had a dirt driveway my parents had a truck load of river rocks delivered to cover the dirt. What a treat. My brother and I spent hours out there. My only sadness was never getting enough money to buy a rock tumbler. We both wanted one.

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    1. Elizabeth, rock tumblers take a LONG time. Most children lose patience with them (or the parents do). That’s why I loved the broken glass. The creeks tumbled it nicely. Of course now I have rocks galore!

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    1. I understand collecting words, building an entire place, time or essence, built from individual words skillfully and masterfully put together. This is what I love about this challenge – it is up to an individual’s interpretation. You have a talent with some bizarre situations and ideas, Willow. Bravo. Thanks for joining in.


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