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Valentine014
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I wanted to make my conversion to nerddome complete so I started a stamp collection. I also collect little tin pill boxes with gnomes on them.
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I once collected stamps. I wonder what ever happened to my collection-somewhere at my parents home I assume.
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I don't really collect anything. I'm pretty good at accumulating things, though.
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Old books.
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Little plastic identical things have always been something I liked. When my mom was in the hospital when I was in 5th grade, she saved the little pill cups and gave them to me to play with. I built pyramids and things out of them. They were fun. Maybe that's why I find it hard to throw out all the old Tide scoops in my laundry room. <laughs>

Actually, I do have a teapot collection, not really deliberately, but I have several pretty teapots on the top shelf of my china cabinet. I think it's pretty funny for a Mormon girl to have a teapot collection. The only kind of tea I drink is plain boiling water out of a mug. It's a great drink on a cold day. Sasha and I started calling it Mormon Tea.

My sister's really the collector, not me. I like to use stuff to fully enjoy it, then it gets broken or lost or used up in some other way.

But I do love pretty china. If you count all the china I inherited from my grandmother, great-aunt, and aunt, I have about 6 sets. I could feed the Chinese army off my china. But it's not a collection, since I use it all the time. I only consider something a collection if it's kept safely in some display case or hidden away in a trunk, and never used.

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I collect gift cards, not ones with money on them. I just take them from stores when they are blank. I have some pretty cool ones now, like my cake one.
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Hats, and pieces of weird machinery that I keep convincing myself I'll one day turn into art and/or science experiments.
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Shan
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Nathan and I collected all the new issue quarters. We now have a complete set.
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When I was in middle school I collected baseball cards. I even have a baseball signed by a bunch of Detroit Tigers from the 80's

I still have them somewhere...who knows, maybe I am sitting on a valuable card and don't even know it. [Smile]

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Short fiction.
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Lyrhawn
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I have a somewhat respectable amateur coin collection. And collectible reproduction LOTR swords. And I sort of collect Pepsi memorabilia.
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"Peanuts" books. Mostly the old Fawcett-Crest paperbacks.
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quote:
Originally posted by scholarette:
I once collected stamps. I wonder what ever happened to my collection-somewhere at my parents home I assume.

Ditto! [Big Grin]

quote:
Originally posted by Noemon:
I don't really collect anything. I'm pretty good at accumulating things, though.

>_< Too true for me too.
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I collect books, but that's more of an addiction than a hobby.
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rivka
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That too.
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Baseball cards (we should trade Lupus!) and television shows on DVD. Seriously, if you need to watch a show on TV, it is likely that I have it. I even have That 70's Show. Yeesh what was I thinking.
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I used to have a stamp collection as a kid and teenager. Then when I went to university, a roommate stole it. Never did find out which one.
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Blayne, shouldn't that be:
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souls. [Evil]

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I am starting to collect some local historical memorobila. I started with a photo (print) of Ford, Edison, Warren Harding, and Firestone taken 1 street over from my house.
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Shan
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quote:
Originally posted by Strider:
I collect books, but that's more of an addiction than a hobby.

It's permissable to count that collection? Cool. Add that to my list of collectibles. (erm -- addiction.)
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Tante Shvester
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I collect Pez dispensers -- I've got hundreds and hundreds of them, of all sorts. I've even got the coveted complete Elvis edition.

I also have a collection of Xena Warrior Princess Action Figures, mint in box.

Oh, and dust. I collect dust.

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This is an attempt to collect a debt, and any information gained will be used for that purpose.
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Rocks.

Mostly fossils. Mostly Paleozoic.

The provincial government where I grew up used to encourage amateur collectors as long as the fossils were submitted to the provincial museum. They snagged a couple of my pieces but most were returned. My collection is almost as good as those on display at the museum.

Today, of course, all those sites are protected and only professionals are allowed to collect.

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reasons to be depressed.
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Shvester!

I have a fantastic dust collection. You should see it.

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When I was a kid, it was sea shells. A couple years ago I couldn't find my passport, knowing the last time it had been used was for a cross cultural trip in college about a year before. I looked everywhere, and finally gave in and asked my mom to come to the house to help me look, for she has that special mom sense about finding things. It ended up being in a box with my old shell collection and one spiral notebook. Still have no idea how or why it decided to chill with the shells.
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I collect souvenirs. Nothing particularly fancy - but I'm pretty young and I've been to a lot of places. My room is littered with little trinkets from each country or state that I have visited - I actually think it's amazing how a small object can be imbued with powerful memories of a really really good time.

I'm pretty sentimental.

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I collect spools from the thread we use at work. Someday I swear I'll make something out of them -- I just haven't figured out what yet.
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Actually, I collect movie tickets.

I have a jar with every movie ticket from every(*) movie I've been to since I was 17. There are a LOT of tickets in the jar.

(*) I threw Transformers out. That movie did not deserve to go into my jar.

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People's answers to the Proust Questionnaire featured on Inside the Actor's Studio.
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Secondary ions, atmospheric aerosol particles, spectra, hyperspectral images, high dimensional data sets and Christmas tree ornaments.
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Other people's kids.
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I used to collect hematite (I haven't added to that in years). I collect weaponry, generally the knife and dagger variety. I like folding knives with odd mechanisms as well as older style weapons like a recurve bow.

Of course none of my collections can compete with my bf's collections. He's collected many types of things over the years but his biggest collections are 80's action figures (Transformers, GI Joe, and many obscure series) and movie prop replicas.

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quote:
Originally posted by romanylass:
Other people's kids.

Does kidnapping really count as a hobby type collection?
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Hubcaps.
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quote:
Originally posted by Tante Shvester:
Oh, and dust. I collect dust.

Technically, you produce it, since dust is mostly dead human skin. [Razz]

I collect tools. They're necessary for my job, but that doesn't make me any less excited when I get new tools.

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Tools
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quote:
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This is an attempt to collect a debt, and any information gained will be used for that purpose.

Oh so dramtic.. just take it already, it's not like I want it!

[Razz]

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Good man, Glenn.
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quote:
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Tools

I have a friend who collects those, but she calls them ex-boyfriends.
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Other people's unwanted fish. Seriously, we recently had to buy a bigger tank to accommodate one that we received recently.
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quote:
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Hubcaps.

aHA! [No No]
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I forgot that I also collect Red Cross and American Cancer Society pins. It is weird that I forgot them because I keep them in the gnome pill boxes I collect.
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quote:
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Secondary ions, atmospheric aerosol particles, spectra, hyperspectral images, high dimensional data sets and Christmas tree ornaments.

That is so great! Of course! What else would an LDS engineer and scientist collect?

Janine Melnitz: ... Do you have any hobbies?

Dr. Egon Spengler: I collect spores, molds, and fungus.

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quote:
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quote:
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Oh, and dust. I collect dust.

Technically, you produce it, since dust is mostly dead human skin. [Razz]

I've heard that, but it doesn't make sense to me. Why is it that the places that are chock full of people -- a crowded train or bus, for example -- have so little dust, but a boarded up house, that hasn't seen human inhabitants for a long time is hugely dusty? Why would there be more dust in the attic, where the people never go, than in the kitchen, where everyone goes?

Makes no sense.

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Mostly, but not all of it. Dust also comes from animal hair (the mice in your attic [Wink] ), paper, and from trace dirt and dust blown in from outside. It's always going to accumulate more in your attic because you rarely go there, but lived in areas of the home have things cleaned far more often. Abandoned homes suffer from the elements and natural degradation from lack of upkeep, and thus more dust and dirt.
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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by Nick:
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Originally posted by Tante Shvester:
Oh, and dust. I collect dust.

Technically, you produce it, since dust is mostly dead human skin. [Razz]

I've heard that, but it doesn't make sense to me. Why is it that the places that are chock full of people -- a crowded train or bus, for example -- have so little dust, but a boarded up house, that hasn't seen human inhabitants for a long time is hugely dusty? Why would there be more dust in the attic, where the people never go, than in the kitchen, where everyone goes?

Makes no sense.

You are right Tante. Dust is a mixture of lots of different things but primarily it minerals -- i.e. dirt. Soil particles get suspended in the air by blowing wind, cars, construction and so forth and then settle out on surfaces particularly in areas where the air is stagnant, like a house. In a house you will also get dust from break down of the plaster and cement that mixes with the mineral dust from outside.

There is likely a small biological component to dust as well, pollen, skin cells and the like but most of the dust is mineral not organic.

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Let's see...

-Anything Nancy Drew but especially books
-I used to collect little tiny fairly useless boxes and containers, loved them. It got overwhelming so I don't (deliberately) collect them any more.
-I have several "mental collections"-- murder ballads, Christmas hymns from around the world translated into English, etc.-- of songs which I love to learn more of. This is my least messy collection. [Wink]
-Looking around at my living room (in which there are 6 car seats sitting out, more in the closet, and more in the closet in the OTHER room, not counting the 5 that are in use in cars right now) apparently I collect car seats. I'm not quite sure if that's a collection or an addiction, though... I, um, need to get rid of some of these. We just don't have room.

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I collect babies!
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