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list 9: things i collect

March 21, 2010

We all have things we can’t get enough of, silly little object we collect. For some people it’s shoes, others salt & pepper shakers, Wade Whimsies, keychains. Whatever floats your boat. I’m by no means an oniomaniac. In fact, I rather hate shopping. But put me in a garage sale or antique shop and 9 times out of 10, Imma comin’ out of there with somethin’.

Liste numéro 9: Things I have a little weakness for.

Flowers. Fresh flowers are a weekly purchase. The ranunculus are now in season and I am beside myself with joy.

Hats & Scarves. There have to be at least 30 of them lying around this apartment. Thick wooly knits, colorful silks, wide shawls, super long wrap around your neck 5 times, thin striped, patterned and plain… Winter hats, straw hats, funky hats, running hats, plaid hats. You name it, I got it.

Jars & Bottles. The older and more warped, the better. Royal blue bottles, soft milky jars, beer brown, wine green.

Clocks. Vintage ones preferably. I only own a couple of them because I keep myself in check. But if I could, I would have a house full of them. Tic Toc Tic Toc. Also, I totally need one of these.

Pyrex. You sell pyrex, good price? I buy. I mean, who in their right mind could resist those colors? It is a scientific fact that pancakes taste better when the batter is stirred in Pyrex.

Train tracks. While one certainly can’t collect train tracks, I am addicted to them. They are the ultimate feeling of freedom. Put me on the tracks with my camera and you just lost me for a few hours. Definitely more dangerous than antique shops.

Shawnee pottery. See that deer piece on the left side of the shelf beneath the clock? That is Shawnee pottery, manufactured in the 1930’s. My grand-ma collected it, my mom collected it and now, so do I.

Coffee cups. Ideally filled with espresso. I like an eclectic mix of mugs in my house, purchased at garage stores, trendy shops, pottery studios. I even have a vintage mushroom mug that used to live at a kitchy fusion restaurant east of St-Denis, where it sat on the table holding sachets of sugar. I fell in love with it and asked the waiter if I could buy it and he said “Honey, just put it in your purse, I won’t even notice”.  When they get chipped or broken (as they inevitably do in these accident prone hands), I give them a new life as pencil holders or vases or a place to put my chopsticks and utensils.

Cameras. The fact that I just purchased a Pentax K1000 and a Yashica Electro last week is proof of this fixation. So far, there is the Canon Rebel, two polaroid cameras, one Kodak Duaflex, one Holga and now these two pretty little 35mm numbers to add to the collection.  Meow.

What’s your current obsession?

15 Comments leave one →
  1. March 22, 2010 8:29 am

    this post made my morning and put a smile on my face. ranunculus are one of my favorite flowers, and i too just purchased a pentax k1000 (and a holga!).

    my other obsessions are: graphic, screen-printed posters (i probably have close to 20 now, of course not framed yet), coffee mugs, other people’s photographs, cranes (they are littered about the dc area due to all the construction, and i find them fascinating so i keep taking pictures of them), cookbooks (i.cannot.stop), handmade wooden things (like spoons), and pottery (started when my aunt gave me some of her collection as she had too much).

    once we aren’t sharing our house, i anticipate the collections growing. chairs will be the next.

  2. March 22, 2010 9:01 am

    I love your collections!
    And I love the light on the train track photo.
    And I love your green wall and white shelf.
    And I love ranonculus as well.
    And I love your red shoes.
    I love that list:)

  3. March 22, 2010 9:09 am

    love your collections! and the waiter story cracked me up – that happened to me once when i wanted a candleholder from my table.

    me: old jars, vintage luggage, and handmade journals.

  4. Alison permalink
    March 22, 2010 11:09 am

    I love love love the picture of the green girl pottery and the flower. There be beauty there.

    I’ve seen those kit cat clocks in Saugatuck Michigan. Grand-ma loves them too but Grand-pa says one is never allowed across the threshold of the house. I’ll have to ask again but either there was one in Grand-ma’s house or her Grand-ma’s house. Something like that.

  5. Alison permalink
    March 22, 2010 11:21 am

    Oh and as for collecting I don’t really collect any more. But I do seem to have a weekness for beautiful flower pots. Even when I’ve not got no plant to put in them I like them around the house. They make me feel happy.

  6. Alison permalink
    March 22, 2010 11:21 am

    Oops I meant weakness. DOH!

  7. March 22, 2010 2:59 pm

    your stuff looks like my stuff – we are sisters 🙂 x

  8. March 22, 2010 3:20 pm

    So funny! I was thinking just last week about writing a post about small collections. I even took a couple of pictures, but they came out crappy and I never wrote the post. Hmmm…maybe I shall rethink.

  9. March 22, 2010 3:30 pm

    Love the train track picture.
    Cameras, scarves, notebooks, polaroids 🙂

  10. March 22, 2010 8:10 pm

    So happy I found you through “blog it forward.” Your thoughts and words on inspiration were really beautiful and your writing is just perfect. Thank you for sharing you run with us 🙂 xoxo

  11. Joliane permalink
    March 23, 2010 8:14 am

    Hello Jeanine!
    Comme j’aime ta photographie, quelle belle lumière!!

    Je dois faire un blog pour un projet… est-ce que tu aurais le goût qu’on s’organise un après-midi café pour que je puisse prendre un cours avec toi?

    Prend soin de toi!

  12. March 23, 2010 8:37 am

    makes me want to come and stay in your house and eat yer pancakes and covet your things. p.s: i have a kitkat clock!

  13. March 23, 2010 12:32 pm

    our houses are so very similar i think with so many of our collections nearly identical … it makes me smile 🙂 knowing that when i visit you, it will feel like home, hee hee


  14. March 26, 2010 7:04 am

    i have moved around so much i don’t really have too many collections here in london. mostly art, because it is small or can be rolled up into a cylinder and shipped.

    at home in new zealand, it is pottery. bowls, plates, mugs… some of it bought from the potters, some from thrift stores. and all second-hand furniture or bits that have been handed down to me from family (my grandmother’s table is a prime example of this).

  15. March 29, 2010 12:51 am

    I so love me some vintage pyrex.

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