Once word got out that she collected these things, it seems like elephant figurines started to multiply around my house like baby rabbits. They came in all colors, sizes and styles. Anytime anyone needed to get her a gift or souvenir, another elephant appeared. At some point, I think she realized that she did not really want to collect and display elephants but it was too late.
The elephant invasion stopped finally stopped when my parents moved after I left for college. My Dad was a real estate developer and my parents got to move into a model home. It was professionally decorated and came with everything except linens and dishes. The elephants were either sold at garage sale or donated to charity. To this day, there is not one elephant in that house.
I had a pez collection in my office when I was a lawyer. They are now in shoe boxes in a closet. I can't bear to part with them but I don't really want to look at them. My son had a beanie baby collection when he was an infant which was started by the elephant grandma. He was born right during the height of the craze and she could not stop buying them for him. They were dust collectors and worth way less than the original prices and were given to goodwill several years ago.
My kids now collect Disney and Hard Rock pins. They keep them in albums under their beds. They had quite a collection and when I started to add up how much we have spent on those over-priced pieces of metal, I get a little bit nauseous. At least they don't take up a lot of room.
Right now, the only thing that I really collect are shoes but they are useful and a necessity, so I'm not sure that this counts as a collection.
What do you collect? How do you display it? What other interesting collection habits do you know about? Please tell. Enquiring minds want to know.
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