By Lynnie Stein / October 12, 2018

What do you collect?

I have a very serious disease called jar-itis. This disease causes me to fill my refrigerator with jars. I inherited this disease from my Oma.

Our poor families are always complaining that there isn’t enough room in the refrigerator because our jars are taking up all the space.

What is the point of collecting things?

Perhaps: Knowledge and learningRelaxation and stress reduction

Personal pleasure 

(including appreciation of beauty, and pride of ownership) and for me the stuffing of the best of vegetable’s one can find into bottles and letting the fermenting fairies transform with magic!!

Collecting satisfies our emotional, aesthetic and intellectual needs. Whether it is an occasional pastime or an all-consuming passion, collecting is a hobby that opens doors to new worlds.

Collect for Sentimental Value

People can become a collector of antiques because the items hold sentimental value. … Some people experience a certain level of excitement when searching for a certain antique. Many collectors enjoy visiting stores or antique shops all over the country.

Sir Thomas Phillipps, who lived from 1792 to 1872, spent his life collecting books. He believed that he was meant to own one copy of every book in the world, to preserve them for posterity.

How to Choose a few things you love & Don’t buy everything

Choose a few types of vintage items that you really love. I hate to say it, but there is a really fine line between being a collector and a hoarder! Do not cross it!

Some people collect sewing patterns, fabric and notions, others collect old vintage cooking things like rolling pins, tea pots. Play to your interests and choose to collect things that spark JOY. It’s worth following lots of vintage collectors on social media, as they are a great source of information.

Don’t buy anything you can’t store
This applies to the above as well. Collecting and treasure hunting should be a thing you do to make you happy. A positive hobby, something to spend your time doing and owning things that you enjoy. It should never be a burden. If you run out of space either stop buying or think about a one in – one out rule.

Stick to a budget
For me half the fun of buying vintage is looking for absolute bargains. Even if I love something I won’t buy it unless the price is right. If I’m going out shopping I will only take as much cash as I have spare and once it’s spent it’s spent.

Pass things on when you’re done
Unless it’s a family heirloom or something with a sentimental connection, I know everything I own will just be with me for a while, not forever. If I sell something or pass it on, I know I will find something new to take it’s place and I love the thought of someone else enjoying it as much as I have.

Use it, wear it, love it
Read your vintage books and magazines, wear your vintage jewellery and accessories and research any inserting things that you find. These are more than just objects and there are so many ways to enjoy them.

So, if you are an avid or, one might even say, obsessive collector of something that’s sometimes hard to explain to others, tell us what role collecting plays in your life?

Xoxo, Lynnie

Thanks for sharing!
You make good things happen.

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