So besides the obvious answer: books. I collect all kinds of things. I get pack-rat tendencies from my Dad. If he sees something and it might be useful at some point in the future, he takes it home with him. Sometimes he even actually ends up using whatever it is. Most times, it just ends up as part of the clutter.
I collect toys, but other than My Little Pony, I don’t collect any specific toys. I have around 350-ish MLP G1’s, and various random other generations. I’ve started collecting Funko POP, but I’m super picky about which ones. I have the 1966 version of Batman and Robin. And 4 of the Avengers: Loki, Iron Man, Black Widow and Hawkeye.
I have a bunch of different stuffed animals. Whatever looks cute and catches my eye. Everything from dragons (of course!), to cats and horses. Including some anime characters like Kyo’s cat-form from Fruits Basket, and a few of the old Sailor Moon plushies.
I also collect yarn. At the moment I have more yarn than space to store it almost. I have 2 covered baskets to keep unused skeins in, they’re 2ft tall, 22in wide and 17in deep. One is filled to the top, the other is so full the top doesn’t close well anymore. I need to start doing lots of crochet soon so the baskets empty out…and I can buy more! *laughs*
I had a porcelain doll collection, but I haven’t seen most of them in 15 years. They’re hopefully still in storage with my mom, but it’s possible she’s gotten rid of them by now. Haven’t been able to get her to answer the question “Do you still have X?” I do have 6 that could start a new collection for me that I’ve gotten in the last few years.
I collect all things Dragon and Faerie as well. And if I can combine the two it’s even better. (Though honestly, dragons are my all-time favorite. Unless they’re Asian dragons, never really liked the look of those…) I have t-shirts, stuffed animals, and statues. One of my favorites is the one Dad gave me for my birthday 2 years ago:
And finally, I collect sharp pointy objects. I adore daggers and throwing knives. I have one throwing knife that looks like a batarang. 3 regular throwing knives, a bodice dagger, an eagle-hilted dagger a bit longer than my forearm, and somewhere I have a knife that is concealed inside a writing pen. (I’m not 100% sure I still have that one. It was a gift from an ex and may have been re-homed. I can’t remember.)
Mom decided when I was a teenager that I needed to collect something. Instead of adding to collections I’d already started and liked, she decided I “needed” to collect salt and pepper shakers. So for a few years, any time a holiday or occasion happened where she could gift me something, I’d get salt and pepper shakers. I got pigs, geese, and I don’t remember what all. I wasn’t interested and so they’d usually end up re-gifted or donated places. Don’t remember how I got her to stop giving them to me…
So what all do you collect? Did you decide on your collections yourselves, or did someone decide you “should” collect something and start gifting things to you? Does it run in your family? What is your favorite thing to collect?