Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Reader Query: Calling All Collectors!


Are you a collector?

We're curious and interested (OK, yes, downright nosy!) and we want to know:

What do you love to collect?

What makes your heart go pitter-pat when you spot it at a flea market? How many items are in your biggest collection? We're working on an article for an upcoming issue of Flea Market Style magazine, and we'd love to know what's on your "I -have-to-buy-that-for-my-collection-list!"
We may use your answer in our magazine, so let us hear from you!
You can leave your reply in a comment on this blog post!

Christine

119 comments:

debhib said...

SCHILLING! Schilling Coffee Tins, Tea Tins, and Spice Tins. Schilling Baking Powder Tins, Schilling Glass Coffee Jars, and Schilling Cookbooks. Schilling Extract Bottles, and various Schilling advertising items including "paper dolls". I have items from the late 1800's through the 1970's ... but the bulk of my items are from the 1920's, 30's & 40's. I would estimate I have at least 400 items in my collection ... been collecting for around 30 years and have most of it displayed. Not a lot of "I-have-to-buy-that-for-my-collection-list!" items ... but am ALWAYS on the lookout for something I've never seen, or something that is in better condition that what I already have. I love my SCHILLING!

Susan @ homeroad.net said...

Hi Ki... I collect vintage games... dominoes, scrabble tiles, cribbage, bocce balls, an old tennis racket... I like to decorate with these and I pick them up whenever I can.
Susan
Homeroad

Jennifer Pearson Vanier said...

Always on the look-out for old buttons, then lace and trim, then hankies, then antique paper items, really old games, and though rarely found, antique dolls and toys. I could go on with shoe buckles, and charm bracelets..... I love finding small, unusual items. This past weekend I came home with wonderful bell jars, an old leather child's school bag, antique photos and two tarantulas! You just never know what you will find. The hunt is as much fun as the capture!

Tammy's Vintage Finds said...

I have several different collections. Vintage tablecloths, aprons, potholders, jadeite, Anchor Hocking pitchers with matching tumblers, quilts, anthropomorphic kitchenware items, paperweights, Longaberger baskets, and old bottles. My tablecloths and jadeite are probably my favorite collections.

housevintage said...

I collect vintage globes. I love the vibrant colors, and the design impact that just a few of these beauties grouped together can make.

ann hermes said...

Doll cradles, doll aprons, doll bonnets, doll quilts, doll beds, but not dolls. Is this odd? :-)

Maureen said...

Glass Salt and Pepper shakers with silver tops for my glitter... I have a whole cabinet full of them, from cheapies to nice crystal. Big, small, different shapes; they all look wonderful mixed up and once the glitter goes in... beautiful!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Windup clocks, escutcheon, especially keyhole plates, small architecural pieces, sleeves, collars from vintage clothing, early 1900s, doll heads!

trufflepigtreasures said...

I love Old white ironstone cake stands!!!!!!http://trufflepigblog.blogspot.com/


anything in white ironstone!!!!!!!1

Fancy Nancy said...

Lifetime China Co. - Gold Crown makes me weak in the knees. I cannot pass it up when I come across a random piece or two. I love the dreamy shade of turquoise embellished with that delicate crown of gold. I collect many different things but this is the one that I cannot pass up.

Simply Bungalow said...

Mason Jars...the older blue one's with the bubbles in the glass. I can't seem to pass them up.
~Heidi

still gardening... said...

McCoy Pottery!!!

svelteSTUFF said...

I'm not a 'Girly Girl', but love the 'Girly Girl' stuff of the 50's... Sweater Clips are my main weakness, but I also adore purse ashtrays and glove clips ~ the odder the better!!

Alex said...

Letters and numbers, especially old enamel ones!

Also blue glass mason jars (so pretty all in a row on a window ledge – I add vintage photos and small drawings in each one for interest).

Spittin-Toad said...

Vintage coats with fur collors...I LOVE them!!! The funny thing is my 14 year old daughter hates them and can't stand it when I wear one.

Oh...The other thing (that is kind of new to me) but I can not seem to resist is anything mid century modern...It doesn't make sence because the pieces don't really even work in my house but I just can't leave them behind!! :)
Thanks for asking,
Denise

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love creamers and collect them! All kinds but my favs are the small restaurant creamers. My other favorite collection is my orphans...salt or pepper shakers without their match! Someone must love the Orphans!

Michele and Chet said...

I have so many...
turquoise bowls, syrup pitchers and small jars with rusty lids, flower frogs, and on and on and on.
On the other hand- my husband collects almost anything Dr. Pepper and Double Cola.

Anonymous said...

My heart jumps at the sight of turkey salt and pepper shakers. I slowly wander over every aisle at antique stores or flea markets looking for the turkey I do not have. I check ebay every few days to search for the elusive shaker I never saw before. When I buy a new pair I give one to my sister. We both have close to 30 of them and still buying more.
Sherry

STEVEnBRENDA said...

I collect vintage mirrors. All shapes and sizes, I do not descriminate. They can have a silver that is easy to see your reflection in or an awsome patina only acquired with love and age.
Bren
White and Rusty vintage treasures

Gina at Vintage Junk in My Trunk said...

We collect vintage game boards, and they hang on the wall leading up the stairs... and around the corner... and onto the second floor. I'm pretty sure we're at our limit, but you know if we see a great one it will be coming home with us!

Lori-Anne Crittenden said...

Ah...so many things!
My main collection are reamers. From depression glass ones to wooden hand held, they all appeal! My few figural ones are quite special as they are much harder to come by!
Old ice cream scoops are the other collectible that has found me. Who knew there were so many different kinds?!
Many kitchen things catch my eye...certain rolling pins, muffin/tart tins, turquoise enamelware...Put together, they are a collection, but I actually use most of it!

Wendy Piersall said...

My biggest obsession is vintage Halloween items, but they are so expensive and hard to find! Otherwise I collect enamelware, milk glass, ephemera, scarves and kitschy shelf items.

jackie said...

I collect antique quilts and sewing related items. Needle cases, sewing kits, buttons, figural pincushions, childrens toy sewing machines.

Kari from Meadowview Farm said...

First off, I do live in my very own, impossibly wonderful antique collectible.......our 1857 farm. It is just big enough to fill with all my finds, from transfer ware to clock faces to painted farmhouse furniture. But, if I must note one current quest, it would be for items from the I.O.O.F. ~~~~that is the International Order of Odd Fellows ~~~~~yes, for real. This was a brotherhood, with secret handshakes, I am certain. Many of the fraternal pins include hands entwined or fists held steadfast. A favorite is a flag stand from 1857. Such an interesting group, quite odd indeed.
Kari

Gaia said...

What don't i collect? The goodies i always gravitate to are vintage purses, gloves, vanity items. I'm also drawn to suitcases, metal boxes and forgotten recipe boxes- hopefully with the recipes still inside. They are such a part of a persons family and traditions, that i feel the need to rescue them and try out someone else's Grandma's secret recipe!

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

Great question!
LOVE old greeting cards, chintz and "puppy/dog" things. Of course there is "more"..those are the top 3...LOL!
Thanks for asking.
Deb

Rowann said...

As an Antiques Dealer I have COLLECTED so many treasures... Green would be the word too use. Green handled kitchen items...green relish granite ware...green yellow ware bowls. In my kitchen I mix these with antique APPLE items , it's fun and crisp. I also collect mica Churches'. At one time I had 42. You could say that our whole house is full of collections...many Antique Dealers homes are ! We just can not help it....

Eclectically Vintage said...

It's always evolving! Vintage Italian art glass decanters, green glass, milk glass, vintage plates (for my amazing eclectic plate wall), silver-plate, seltzer bottles, mid-century lamps, galvanized buckets, old corkscrews, vintage landscapes ... and I display them in an updated setting (no lace doilies here)!
http://eclecticallyvintage.com/category/cool-collections/
Kelly

tired.dispatcher said...

For my hubby I always keep my eyes open for old police gear and memorabilia. Plus just about anything Navy. For me, always looking to add to my craft stash. Bought a silk gown for $10 and made a couple throw pillows and trim used on a tooth fairy pillow. Always carry a list of wants so when I go "shopping" I can remember those specifics I need.

County Line Road said...

Everything Vintage: bookends, flower basket doorstops, bird flower frogs, basket pins, Christmas tree pins, blue Bates cotton blankets, harmonicas, McCoy green planters, Japanese Majolica bird wall pockets, hmmm, what else? Fox garden prints, souvenir ashtrays from Japan, glass etched baskets, sterling souvenir spoons from the 1920's, pink depression glass, Noel candleholders. The list is pretty endless. Three constitutes a collection per my husband. Come visit my Blog for a look. www.county-line-road.com

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Chris Baunach said...

I collect tiny miniature things that are proportionate. All the better if they have moving parts and are vintage. I have hundreds! Of course I display many in a type tray.

I also collect (miniature) VW Beetles. I’m picky so I have only five. The smallest is matchbook car sized, the largest is about 8, about 50 years old, and has opening doors, fuzzy seats and rubber tires. I display these around the house.

I used the largest VW, and a selection of miniatures on a couple of the themed tables at my wedding.

I LOVE hearing about peoples' collections!

Lindsay said...

Antique Milk Bottles. I started collecting these about 8 years ago and I believe there are over 40 in my collection now. Thanks to my fiance, who's got a great eye at the antique shops, we have found some great ones. I only collect the ones with dairy names on them, and do not have duplicates. My family keeps their eye out for these and my brother even brought one home for me from South Africa, which he found in an antique shop outside of Bloemfontein. I have that there may be some given to us as gifts at our wedding in October. I'm not quite sure where the obsession for this collection came from, but it could just be a reflection of my love for milk and cows. :-)

cherylkeyes said...

hi I collect fower frogs.. i have HUNDREDS.. they range from glass to pottery to wire to ceramic.. it is quite an amazing collction if i do say so myself.. i think it would be a beautiful collection for your magazine!! i have some fabulous pieces....

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

Oops...
I forgot to mention that I have a AWESOME Victorian(?) chair that the arms are carved dog heads! Cool, huh?!
Deb

Anonymous said...

I tend to collect by color. I find it's much easier to keep an open mind in order to achieve that mismatched feel. I have an array of cobalt blue imprinted items, such as Blue Willow china. I also collect blue, red & green bottles. Top that off with a collection of bird themed do-dads & silver platters and I've designed a beautiful French Country kitchen & dining area.

myomyohi said...

I love to collect santas, angels, crocks, antiques, oil cans, and lots more. I probably have over 100 santas, around 65-70 crocks, a couple dozen angels, and a couple dozen oil cans. I have begun a collection of blue and white enamelware, and I have several quilts and baskets. I recently "collected" and old metal corn crib which I have converted into a gazebo.

Melissa/Piney Rose said...

I collect small vintage rhinestone-encrusted items made by Gold Tone Products, mostly expanding metal jewelry boxes but I also have a picture frame.

Serendipity. said...

Anything and everything vintage! Ironstone, jadeite, lace doilies, clocks, old buttons, empty wood thread spools, spools, flower frogs, fretwork, industrial and farm "stuff" the list goes on and on.

shannon i olson said...

tool trays make me flip my lid, I love them and tend to love very large ones.....living in a mobile home the attraction has begun to get out of hand!

Anonymous said...

Hi:) I collect vintage ceramic pie and cake keepers. Love love love them! I have them displayed in my kitchen, dining room table, possum cabinet and a large french hutch. The hunt for them is the really fun part, as they are hard to find nowadays. I have found them on ebay, Goodwill stores, thrift stores, antique stores, and actually bought one from a private party when I was at their house for a party. It was her mother's and she really did not know what to do with it. But I sure did. I have strawberry, lemon meringue, chocolate, blueberry, kiwi, peach, banana, rasberry, pumpkin, pecan, cheesecake, birthday cake, etc etc. I also found an amazing dessert display case from the 1940's, that was used in a diner in Southern California. I just cannot get enough:)

Meghan said...

Vintage glasses, vintage clothing, records, bakelite bangles, vases, old kitchen items, books, vintage group photos, tune totes. I could go on for awhile.

Andy's Attic said...

My collections are many and varied.
Flower rogs in metal, plastic, ceramic and figural. Vintage vases that look like a violin. Small vintage flower pots, mexican baskets, vintage letter openers, the letter "A", vintage pictures of Mt. St. Helen's and Mt. Hood, Washington state memorabilia, wood boxes with drawers, vintage framed motos about friendship,laughter, and smiles and other things :>)
Annette

La Dee Da Design said...

Racks and racks of Vintage clothes and buckets of vibrant, Vintage Barkclth.......and I can never have enough of either.

laurie -magpie ethel said...

What don't I collect? My favorite collections are probably vintage storks, birthday candles in original boxes and squeaky toys.

I do a weekly collection challenge post on my blog (see left hand sidebar) and have shared 104 collections so far).

Dianne / D-R Designs Jewelry said...

You could classify my collections under the heading "Anything that Sparkles". I collect vintage rhinestone jewelry, cut glass stemware, vases and perfume bottles, and any light fixture or candleholder with prisms. Seeing the way these beauties catch the sunlight always makes me smile.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Anything that catches our fancy, but if we'd have to nail it down to a few it would be transferware, Silver, Silverware, Old linens, vintage planters, embroidery for pillows, chairs, oh-so many mirrors and especially old garden cement statuary & planters...oh my!

Jan said...

Flatiron & cast iron trivets. I display them as a border in my kitchen. Wish I had a blog to show you a pic because it is a really good graphic style using a vintage item.

Tobey said...

I have many collections, owls, vintage dog statues, coal oil lanterns glass and metal, embroidered table cloths and pillow cases,tea cups, milk cans. I guess my favorite collection are my Toby jugs, because my name is Tobey and it was my grandfathers last name and he was very special to me. I have a posting of all of my collections on my blog if you want to see pictures.the posting is Some of my favorite things, tobeys treasure.com
thanks Tobey

Janice said...

I am always looking for floaty pens or mechanical pencils, the ones with the oil in the barrel and floating objects inside. The older the better. My favorite are the advertising pens with things like a small Singer sewing machine or a tiny gold Oldsmobile floating around inside.

LuAnn said...

Well, where do I begin as I have so many collections--vintage planters, vintage lace, vintage sewing items, hardware, Little Golden Books (especially the ones from 50's and 60's), just to name a few. I have what my husband says too many of each but I just can't seem to help myself especially with the Little Golden Books. These are for our first grandchild-right now she has about 100 of these. Duplicates are given away-(too many to remember which ones I have)

linda said...

Yellow figural planters mostly animals mccoy shawnee Haeger whatever catches my eye. This is where i started there a lost a mini collections also.

Anonymous said...

HI KATHERINE.
I COLLECT CARVED IVORY PIECES. I HAVE COLLECTED OVER 40 YEARS. SINCE I COULD NOT HAVE A SAMPLE OF EVERTHING PRODUCED I HAVE LIMITED
THE PIECES I COLLECT NOW TO MEIJI JAPANESE CARVINGS OF FRUITS AND VEGGIES INLAID WITH CORAL, MOTHER OF PEARL AND SEMI PRECIOUS STONES
IN THE FORM OF INSECTS. THIS TYPE OF EMBELLISHMENT IS CALLED SHIBAYAMA.
THE FUN IS IN THE HUNT!!

Recycled Rita said...

I love so much!
I love made in USA pottery, fiesta, McCoy, Usa, etc...
I also just started collecting silouettes and
I have quite a few vintage roosters... I just plain love vintage!!!

Littlefoot said...

I have a large collection of miniature souvenir canoe paddles, and regular size canoe paddles. I also collect small metal fishing bait boxes. My fun collection of vintage birch bark teepees and totem poles, I've created a small Indian village with them. Our house has an Adirondack/cabin theme to it. My largest collection is probably my green handle kitchen items. I've run out of room to hold them all.

COTTAG3 said...

I've collected silver or glass salt and pepper shakers for years. I display them in the coolest old cabinet and a huge old jar. You can see them here: http://www.cottag3.com/search/label/salt%20and%20pepper%20shakers
I also collect old letter 'G' and number '3' for family reasons. You can see those here:http://www.cottag3.com/2012/04/quick.html
Finally, I collect old jewelry tools. My father and uncle were manufacturing jewelers so I started with his old tools, scales, bench, loop, etc. To see just a bit of that, you look here:http://www.cottag3.com/2011/06/started-out-as-this-ended-up-as-that.html
Collections are just so much fun and often have special meanings behind them.

Lynda said...

It took years of hunting at flea markets and collector shows {before there was ebay} but I have a collection of Large Letter Linen postcards from the state capitals of all 50 States. I also collect world globes and vintage Christmas items.

julieann said...

I have a Love for head vases that can often be very expensive so I have only a handful. I love perfume bottles and have around 30 on display in my bathroom. I buy mirrors all the time and I have no place left to hang them. It does not stop me from buying them. Anyone need a mirror?
The list goes on... childrens hand knit sweater sets, floral frogs, miniture tea cups, rolling pins. green pottery, scales, old cameras, 1920 -1960 jewlery.
I became a collector as a child and my then collection of horses is now my daughters. It's in my blood and I think I passed on the disease. I enjoy the thrill of the hunt but also feel so good about using and loving pc's from the past.

Pixie said...

I'll admit to a wee fascination with vintage, childrens, watercolor tins. My favorite is an English "Paint Box" that reads "Cheeky Chimp Painitng Co." I only have about 12 of these elusive tins including a Crayola set from my own elementary school days.

Also luv the hunt for vintage English biscuit tins. Florals, shapes, with knobs or without.

Should also mention my fascination with vintage cake decos, painted cake carriers and one totally awesome, rotating cake plate that actually plays the Birthday song!

www.etsy.com/shop/PixieGoes2Market

tikiranch said...

Vintag spraycans great graphics and such a unlimited kinds, cleaners,paint,xmas snow,cleaners.

creekside rummager said...

Vintage Metal - galvanized, wire, iron - it truly is what makes my heart go pitty-pat. I also collect white ironstone, mirrors and other things - but metal is my #1 thing.

Chikita1112 said...

Vintage Barbie dolls make me go gaga. I have probably 20 of them and am always in search of clothes and accessories for them. Also old christmas ornaments that I actually hang on my vintage pom pom aluminum Christmas tree! Oh the joys of that spinning tree...my kids wear sunglasses because it creates a disco ball effect in the living room in the day. haha.

Jean @ www.thebackyardbungalow.com said...

I love old coverlets, but they're getting harder to find at reasonable prices. Old square jars filled with sewing notions. Coffee tins and grinders, and furniture. But mostly, I just like finding the new and different.

arkie said...

My husband collects "junk" while I collect "treasures" or maybe it's the other way around? We both love things from our childhood. They evoke wonderful memories as they adorn our small home. I have aprons, pressed glass, silverware, cross stitch, and lots of books. Also, you will find, some clocks, bears, pottery, banks, etc. Maybe we have a problem?

The Sunshine Grove said...

I first fell in love with Nest Stone Diamond Carousel dinnerware when I saw it at an estate sale. My collection started with two dinner plates, a salad bowl and a mug. Searching at flea markets, online and other estate sales I’ve grown my collection to almost a full setting for 8, the casserole dish and serving plate. I keep my fingers crossed for one of the more harder to find pieces like the coffee pot, tea pot, butter dish and of course the matching glass rock tumblers. I haven’t found much historical information on the line other than that it was produced in the 1960s. I’ve blogged about it and had others ask me questions about my own collection. I don’t collect it because it is rare, I collect it because I truly love the pattern.

Anonymous said...

Vintage suitcases and enamel tubs, pans & etc.

AndeM1 said...

White ironstone....particularly butter pats....don't know why....I am obsessed with them.....I am beginning,slowly, a quilt collection......
Andrea in Illinois

pathtojunkentreasure said...

There are a few things I LOVE! Hammered aluminum pieces which I have about 200 pieces now. I had to sell some to make room and at one time had about 300 pieces. I love milk glass and have about 200 pieces of them also. I love vintage Santa Claus and elves, vintage tablecloths and doilies which I have about 300 or more pieces of and use often and costume jewelry which I can't even begin to count the number. But, my favorite pieces are by far hammered aluminum. All because my mother gave me 1 piece many years ago.

Charla said...

Cherries! Especially for the kitchen - also includes mason jars and plates with churches on them.
My guestroom collection has a travel theme - vintage suitcases and trunks, thousands of stamps that I have framed, and maps.
(reading everyone elses collections makes me want to see more...)

Shara said...

My Mom used to say that I have a collection of collections. Currently, I am collecting brightly colored vintage tablecloths from the 1940's and 50's, Redman picnic baskets and Matte white and pastel art pottery. Vintage holiday items are a very favorite of mine. I specifically love vintage Chocolate Coverd Cherry boxes, German paper eggs, Gurley Candles and Shiny Brite ornaments.

Rachel Knoblich said...

I started collecting boy scout items for my hubby because he works as an Assistant Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America...he didn't want me to start collecting, but I can't help myself. I am very cheap...so our collection isn't huge. I am hoping someday to redecorate his office and display the items uniquely. When he gets something new his employees usually notice.

Gayle from Vintage Farmhouse said...

I'm always adding a new collection, currently my heart jumps at italian alabaster trinket boxes, lacquered boxes and vintage lamps. My biggest collection is aqua McCoy pottery with over 50 pieces. I love the way a collection makes a statement when all massed together.

Story Tellers Vintage said...

I'm a sucker for an old vintage vinyl record...just can't help myself, although I've started selling some of them at shows now.

Love reading all of the different collections here! Can't wait to read the article in the next issue!

http://www.storytellersvintage.etsy.com

deb musick said...

I have several favorite collections. Scottie dog anything. I have 2 actual dogs that are my babies. But I love the vintage items from the 40's. FDR had a Scottie which brought a craze of them in advertising, books, bric-a-brac, etc. I have found some in old jewelry and even Cracker Jack prizes! I also collect vintage cameras I am a photographer, so I am always on the lookout for the old Kodaks or the old, huge polaroids. I have a huge collections of Franciscan Apple dishes--most from the 50's. I probably have service for 25-30, with many wonderful serving pieces. One set was my mothers. One set belonged to the mother of a dear friend. Some I have acquired from yard sales, flea markets, and junk stores. I have a few new pieces I have bought to complete a setting. Love these happy dishes!

JunkStuffTreasures said...

I must have 1000+ hankies! I just can't resist the colors and graphics AND they're easy to sneak into the house!

Also, green pottery. I have so many pieces which are NOT displayed due to display constraints (meaning my husband won't spring for bookcases or shelving).

I'm also a Christmas ornament hoarder (so many that I have to put up 10+ trees).

Admitting you have a problem is the first step to curing an addiction, isn't it?

cathy said...

My collections include 100's of vintage table cloths, aprons,metal picnic baskets, vintage material, buttons, flower frogs, white ironstone, pitchers and creamers, dishes, swanky swigs, old suitcases, vintage books which includes how to entertain and various gardening books, alarm clocks, enamel flower pins, vintage radios including transitors
kinda crazy huh?! But very fun!!

averyann said...

It seems I have come to the point that I collect just about everything! But, when put on the spot to name a few favorites...I would have to say finials, doorknobs, old photos, and buckles. Any one of those items can stop me in my tracks!

Anonymous said...

I love collecting tea cups and saucers, 40's and 50's tableclothes and linens

Mitzi said...

My mother has a gorgeous collection of oyster plates and majolica pottery. I collect sequin covered faux fruit and baskets made from safety pins and plastic beads. Kind of kitschy, but fun!

Shannon Kirby said...

Well, Rob and I collect many things. Cast iron stove top humidifiers/urns; pond boats; hood ornaments and different colored mercury glass rose bowls to name a few of them!Yes we are addicts of sorts but its nice to share the passion of collecting with my hubby. That way he isn't bored to tears when I want to stop at every antique shop or estate sale I see ;-)
xxoo-Shannon

Jane said...

I love Wilton Armetale. Not the new stuff- but the old stuff. I love the feeling when I see a piece mismarked as pewter and can grab it for near pennies to the dollar!

Tess said...

I love seeing faces from the past- I can't help myself when it comes to old photos and postcards. Cabinet cards, CDV's, tintypes, stereoviews...they all come home with me!

Sheet music, Victorian fashion plates, trade cards, and pretty much every kind of ephemera are also all favorites :)

sweetpea said...

antique dress forms, antique grain sacks, antique monogrammed nightgowns, brown and white transferware, real bird nests and wasp nests. as an antique dealer, I get first dibs on great stuff like architectural pieces from the 1800's, which is another of my fav things to collect.

hugs

Mona said...

I have finally decided I am just a collector of collections....I have collected since I was a little girl..bone china dogs, bone china flowers, green pottery, then white pottery, flower frogs, china, silverplate, flowers, trees, old jewelry, vintage fabric, and tablecloths,Paris prints,and the list goes on and on and on...oh yes, books, cookbooks, kitchen utensils.....LOL I think I need help...but my house is my home and I think it is beautiful....
Happy collecting....
Mona

Lauren said...

I inherited my Great Grandma's owl collection, and can't resist a cute, kitshy owl to add to it. I makes me feel like my Great Grandma is there with me, and just as excited as I am to find another owl to the collection.

Erin said...

Vintage horse stuff, souvenir mugs (practical AND cool), dolls from 1930s-1950s, and vintage teen career romance books, of which I have very, very many.

http://childofthevine.blogspot.com/ said...

White McCoy Pottery! I have almost 400 pieces of it!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it, even the imperfect pieces, because they've been used, loved, and maybe even abused...but once you place a beautful floral arrangement in a chipped piece...no one is the wiser! They've been used for Weddings, Showers, Mother-Daugther Banquets and other celebrations! Collecting something that was made solely in my home state of Ohio...has me smiling knowing I'm preserving a little History for someone else to enjoy down the road! :)

Whimsy Antiques said...

my top 3 collections:

*old wood bowls (with original paint)

*old wood pins/skittles (with original paint)

*old watering cans

Karen

Patty D. said...

Vintage cameras - particularly from the 40's and 50's get my motor going. I see one and I have to have it even though I have way too many of them.
I start panicking that someone else will beat me to it. I also love old unusual chairs and ephemera.

Faire Notions said...

I'm a sucker for milk glass. Especially if I can find a piece not in my collection. The feel of an old hob nail glass in my hand is like a mini massage. I love it's clean simple looks but surprise! a closer look reveals beautiful patterns embedded and sometimes you will find different one inside than the outside.
Lisa

Paulette said...

Things with dials, numbers, cogs, knobs, buttons, gears, wheels and springs! I've got collections of license plates, typewriters, cameras,phones, and am currently working on clocks and pocket-watches. Oh yes, and suitcases! Visit my blog at http://myjunkobsession.blogspot.com. to see some of my collections.
Heading out to visit my favorite junking spots now...wish me luck.

Margo said...

My latest obsession seems to be the little miniature metal mesh or chatelaine purses. Some as tiny as 2x2 inches. I also like the metal shell bags and even a little celluloid coin purse if it's tiny. I like to make necklaces out of them.
Margo

Anonymous said...

I collect vintage barware from the 50's and 60's, especially mixing glasses with drink recipes and cool retro graphics.

Cindy Craine said...

Oh Lordy, what do I not collect! It makes it so fun when you go to flea markets and events like Junk Bonanza and find one more piece to add to your colloction. This is the short list:

MOTHER OF PEARL BUTTONS-60lbs or more
Vintage wedding cake toppers
vintage wedding photos, 1900s-1950s
vintage wedding dresses
Bridal lace
lace
doilies
1950s tablecloths, about 80
vitage dominoes
vintage cameras
vintage valentines
vintage school yearboks 1912-1950's
vintage gumball charms, hundreds
vintage ledgers, stores, masons,court 1900's-1950s
vintage horse ribbons
vintage jewelry,broaches,earrings 40s-50s
petticoats
vintage DOLL HEADS
old war letters

and that's not all. I have photos of my studio on my blog if you want to check it out. Just click on the box in the header that will send you to flickr. Come see me! xox-cindy craine Lillyslace.blogspot.com

Wendy moore said...

My husband would say I was a hoarder of many things lol, I collect many things, keys (have hundreds of vintage keys all types the rustier the better) vintage cards, pictures, photos, postcards, vintage receipts, old letters, antique cash books, lace, linen, trunks, suitcases, buttons ( have hundreds) Old music sheets, I collect old crusty white architectural salvage items, old card games, Vintage dresses, dolls, army bags, vintage rhinestone jewlery, Limoges china (partial to the pinks shabby chic) maybe my husband may have a point!

Beach House Living said...

Silver plate. I love old teapots, trophies, sugar bowls, creamers, etc.

Nautical things.
Round hatbox suitcases and train cases.

Becky & Mike Roesler said...

I have to have Vintage American pottery! Adore Camark from Arkansas in matte periwinkle blue, white, or apple green. But I will buy other vintage brands such as Haeger if the color's right and it's matte finish. I've been collecting this for 42 years, and it still takes my breath away when I see it. I also am nuts for vintage Fisher Price wooden pull toys and I have a wonderful, ever-changing collection. I've been selling these on Etsy recently. We are vintage dealers in Texas. Our blog is www.retrofitstyle.com/blog

Liz said...

Hi!
I can't pass up an autograph book (always pre 1900), fabric print blocks, ledger book or birdcage!

Sherry Winchester said...

I get weak in the knees for tableware, starting with the dishes and stemware, and on to flatware, and going right down to the linens...I could set my table for Christmas in at least 50 different ways, what with all the great stuff I've found...Makes for difficult storage, though...er, how many sets of dishes will fit into that one cupboard? Believe me, I could answer that!

Anonymous said...

I have many collections,but by far the favorite one is my vintage children's watering can collection. I have about 40 so far that I've collected over many years and from many states, with a few just recently from ebay to round out the group. They have great graphic appeal and remnd me of a gentler time. I also have a great collection of vintage nursery vases ~ they have wonderful colors, whimsical motifs and the best thing is there were so many made that the "thrill of the hunt" will be there for many years to come!
Thanks so much!

CapeBretonLiving said...

Small flower vases or vintage bottles, old wooden window frames or any folk art object that will brighten a shelf or window sill..

PurpleTucker said...

Red glassware, anything crochet related especially old patterns, vintage glass decanters

DebbieSFL said...

Whitman's candy tins, old MOP buttons, and white and/or blue linens--make my heart go pitter-patter!

LizlovesVintage said...

Hi Christine,
Lately, it's been wicker wine bottles. I scored on my first one this weekend. Love at first sight you could say. Now, I'm hooked. Certainly, I'm adding it to my list. I have many collections but, my biggest is my Milk Glass. Second: Vintage jewelry. I've lost count on both collections.. I'll get back to you :)
Stop by my Blog: http://www.lizlovesvintage.blogspot.com
xxx Liz

marla said...

As many others that have commented, I collect many vintage & antique items - but my fave passion is for the 'syroco' type (pressed wood) vintage souvenir 3D plaques/trays. Made by many different companies, they were 1st made by the Syroco Co. in the early 1930's, and copied until the 1960's or so. I love them because they are fascinating to look at - highlighted sometimes with paint, they depict vacation spots such as yellowstone National Park, Pike's Peak Region, etc. Reminds me of people having FUN on vacation!

Anita Spero said...

I am an artist, and I love to reclaim, re-purpose and re-invent furniture, decor and art .I love collecting old paint brushes. Big thick old brushes. And I can't keep away from old bottles. They need a certain look...almost medical.
And I will pick up lampshade frames.I make them into lamp art pieces. I love ornate frames old, vintage, antique . I weather them with homemade paints. You can see them on my Etsy
http://www.etsy.com/shop/AnitaSperoDesign

circadee.com said...

yellow McCoy planters and teal/aqua mixing bowls. These collections look great grouped together or displayed separately. Currently they are both on display in 2 different rooms.

Leslie said...

I have a lot of colletions. Let's see whereChristmas ornaments to start...

Snoopy and Peanuts ornaments (Hallmark, Charles Adler and other various ornaments)

Looney Tunes Christmas Ornaments

Eiffel Towers

Roosters

Owls

French Advertising Posters

Pyrex (lots and lots of Pyrex)

Mikasa Creamers

Santa Clauses

I think thats all.

Leslie

Deborah said...

I collect folk art from all the countries my husband and I love to visit. Then I add to the finds from my local flea market. I have Quimper pottery from several visits to Brittany, Japanese folk toys,Peruvian and Bolivian textiles, retablos and ex-votos from Mexico, Cuba and Guatemala, baskets and wood carvings from New Guinea,brass and wood housewares from Nepal. It's a wonderful way to keep memories fresh.

Barbe @ Beez Rental Designs said...

Hello,
Don't know if you're still "collecting" info but I collect cobalt blue glass, blue & white ceramics and china, and roosters. Thankfully, I've found rooster pieces that include my cobalt blue!
I love your blog but have yet to find your magazine. I'm in CA, where should I be checking?

TexasBarb said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Vintage especially childrens things and old Epemera of every kind !I have hundreds of vintage childrens books with wonderful graphics, precious childrens clothing, hats and bonnets, shoes, Old small baby dolls, baby books,Old toys and games, 100's of old photos, from 1800's up with interesting people, places or subjects. Cute Babies and children with old toys or animals.

I can hardly pass up old Ephemera. The art and graphics were so beautiful and I have probably thousands of pieces with books, Old prints,sheet music, Old books with etchings, prints or maps, advertising, letters and letterheads, magazines, newspapers, vintage movie stars memorabilia, postcards,playing cards, scrapbooks, school things, programs,Vintage CARDS! Endless list for that category! I have boxes of Vintage linens,(just got three more boxes full for $50!Table cloths,sets,linens, Victorian knickers, old textiles, etc.) a wire rack of Old maps and posters for $3.00, a case of vintage AA uniforms for $5.00!Old fly fishing supplies for $10 a bag)Awesome estate sale!So exciting!
Also...old fabrics,lace, hankies, old sewing notions and packaging,Old patterns, Kitchenalia and old Aprons. Industrial looking metal office supplies, metal and wood boxes, old globes, vintage office supplies and labels, label makers,etc. Containers and cases. Military stuff, Airline memorabilia, old pins and trinkets, watches... And EEK! I just realized thats not even all I collect!
I love groups of old interesting things, and I have boxes of collections.I didn't have much growing up so maybe I make up for it now! Lol. But I don't buy often and will not spend much for what I get so it's an even bigger thrill to score a group of items for just a few bucks. I live in an apt. and so when I buy something I have to end up keeping it boxed up most of the time then put it in storage.
I just started looking on Blogs today for some inspiration for organizing and decorating.I've seen your Blog in the past and love it! I need to get an Etsy store to weed down my stuff and share the goodness with some of you creative people out there !

Lizzie said...

wow, I really had to think about this one because I don't have room or money to collect. But i can't pass by an old local yard stick. I love them and I also love flower frogs. I hardly ever have cut flowers but love frogs. Something from my past I guess.

Jazze Junque Inc. said...

I love to collect for myself Vintage 1950's Plastic Christmas decorations. I collect to sell at my shop cookie jars and retro kitchenalia for Jazz'e Junque in Chicago. I do look for vintage kitchenalia for the Retro Kitchen Museum in Jazz'e Junque.

Jazze Junque Inc. said...

I collect vintage 1930's to 1950's children's kitchen toys. Working electric children's stoves. For The Retro Kitchen Museum in Jazz'e Junque. WWW.JAZZEJUNQUE.COM

Walter Silva said...

I collect vintage Golden Books and Vintage Fisher Price Pull Toys!

emily ruth said...

hearts, letters & globes! can't wait to read the article...

antiquejunkie said...

I collect many things. My sisters say that if I buy more that two of anything, I have to start a new collection. I have Barbies, buttons, marbles, creamers and small pitchers, miniatures, Texasware bowls, Pyrex, and Fenton glass. My favorite is the collection of mid-century swung vases. I have over 100 that range from about 6 inches tall to over 36 inches tall. My family affectionately calls them my "ugly vases" because they didn't like them at first, but noe they are quick to point them out when we are junking.

advert-fashion said...

I love the vibrant colors,

Funky Junk Jennifer said...

Vintage Christmas light up blow molds. Vintage pink christmas decorations. shiny brights, old tattered ones too.