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   Posted 5/11/2009 11:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Some of us are just plain 'packrats'. I thought I was bad until I married hubby. He claims to be very neat and tidy and usually is BUT...some of the goofy stuff he has neatly filed away is just a bit more than packratting. Things like notes he took in college...over 40 years ago! Colored paper from the same generation??? But it's filed under "Colored Paper". Even empty folders from back in school times. OK, I have my 'things' too but....lol rolleyes

Now, if you are truly a collector of something specific then that's fine with me.... well, within reason...lol No collecting boyfriends/girlfriends. blush I think most of us have collected something in our lifetime. Have you ever had a collection of some kind? If so, what was it? I have always loved stuffed animals. As a kid I didn't care for dolls but I did love stuffed animals. As I got older and began a family that is one gift I loved to receive...it still is... good quality stuffed animals. I love the Gund brand. Now hubby and I collect penguins and yes, many of them are stuffies. I am trying to collect smaller and smaller ones due to space issues but then last Christmas when hubby and I were shopping at Costco...there she was! A HUGE, darling stuffed penguin. Her eyes kept following us and I know she whispered hubby's name because he went right for her. And being at Costco she was a great price. Yep, she's about 3 feet behind where I'm sitting right now and very content, I must add.

What do/did you collect?
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   Posted 5/12/2009 12:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, I am collecting a lot of stacks of paper of various sorts, but somehow I don't think that's what you mean! :-)

My mother collected hummels, and I had a small collection, so when she died I got hers and mine and they're all together in a curio cabinet. But something that's mine alone are storyteller figures. They're mainly created by Native American populations, especially in the southwest, and I don't have a lot of them - around 8 or so. I bought most of them on a trip I took to Arizona and New Mexico back in the 90's - before CP. I'm so glad I took a few of those trips before my body went downhill!


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   Posted 5/12/2009 12:35 AM (GMT -6)   

I have helped my wife collect Precious Moments. She tells me which ones to buy and then I help by buying them for her. She has too many for the curio cabinet so now I have to find a matching cabinet.

On my side I will tell a little about me. After we were married 27 years ago, I kept a file with pictures of a past relationship. I told my wife about the pictures before we ever dated because I tried to scare her off as my past was not a nice one. I had a son but never saw him as I was off the coast of Nam and since I was not married the militay lawyers told me to sign adoption papers which I did. I kept the pictures of this girl and told my wife someday I would meet the son I never saw and he might want the pictures. It happened about 6 years ago as he found me through a search. His mother refuses to have any contact with him but I sent him the pictures which has meant so much to him. I took my family to meet him and his wife and baby. What a wonderful wife I have who let me keep those pictures.

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   Posted 5/12/2009 1:36 AM (GMT -6)   

I have an original Borden Elsie the cow stuffed aninal, I got it for my very first Christmas 1951 and I only take it out at christmas time, it looks like it is Brand New! I will have to take a picture of it and send to you!

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   Posted 5/12/2009 2:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I collect mail...lol I'm always telling myself that I will get a paper shredder...lol
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   Posted 5/12/2009 2:25 AM (GMT -6)   
It's good to see you post - tell us on another thread how you're doing! And the paper shredder - I have two; doesn't help. LOL

Fatherjohn - that story was so touching. And I can tell you as someone who's adopted that meeting you and seeing those photos was probably more meaningful to your son than he even knows. I remember when I found my biological mother when I was in my early 30's; the most profound thing was looking into the eyes of someone who looked like me and knowing it wasn't by coincidence. Ok, enough sentimentality for this thread!


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   Posted 5/12/2009 6:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Boxes & boxes of dead animals! I have furs and feathers from so many different animals & birds I couldn't begin to count them! No, I'm not some sort of freak, well maybe? I started collecting this stuff when I was 9 or 10 to tye my flys! You know, I take a fishhook, put it in this vice that holds it tightly, wrap some thread around it and then wrap fearhers, fur, tinsel and any number of other stuff around the hook to make it look like an insect or little fish. Then I go flyfishing and try to trick whatever kind of fish I'm after into thinking it's the real deal with a flyrod I built myself. 95% of the time I fish with barbless hooks as to not hurt the fish so I can release it to live out it's life or so someone else can catch it and hopefully let it go. The 5% of the fish I keep are usually the best eating and I try to eat them fresh because there so much better than frozen. I never keep more than I can eat while fresh unless it's a big fish from going offshore trolling w/ friends and get a tuna, wahoo, dolphin or the likes. Thats not real fishing though! Back to the dead animals, some of the things I have were legal when I was a kid but now are endangered and I also have feathers of some protected birds. The protected bird feathers I got from a good friend w/ a fish hatchery in Alabama who shot them for eating his fish. I don't condone this practice but they were already dead, why let them go to waist? Back when I worked for the state fish hatchery, the supperintendand used to do the same thing! Shoot the birds eating the fish, he even shot me w/ his shotgun once while I was standing near a fishpond netting fish! They had to dig 6 pellets out of my shoulder. He said he was sorry, he didn't see me. Anyway, my wife puts up with all this stuff but she's right, I have more than I'd ever use in 10 lifetimes! Playing with feathers has given me a real fasination with bird. I love looking at and watching them. I even have a couple parrots for pets. I guess I'm just kind of weird.
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   Posted 5/12/2009 7:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Chutzie, I guess I would be a paper collector,too. I always keep cards and letters. I don't know why, I just do. I am kinda sentimental in that way. And I also have stacks of different assortment of papers-school papers from my kids,mail I haven't thrown away. Just basically way too much stuff. I really need to downsize as I don't have room for all this stuff. I have always used duplicate checks. I also have all of those from years back. I need a paper shredder,bad. I would probably break one with all this excess stuff. I am definitely a pack rat!!!lol That goes back to one of these days...
The doctor I work for is also a pack rat. He is a super guy and a fabulous pediatrician. When we moved to the location we are in now(some 8 years ago) he acutally had a old Time magazine with Michael Landon on the cover in his office!!! He is difinitely a pack rat of paper. My aunt came by the office to see me one day at lunch time, his office door was open, so she saw the inside of his office. She said it looks like 3 filing cabinets exploded!lol
I have laughed about that many,many times. He has stacks of paper everywhere-on his desk(you can barely see the wood),all around the floor etc...For the most part, he does know where everything is believe it or not. Super,great guy though... I miss work...

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   Posted 5/12/2009 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   

I have a collection of Precious Moments and now I collect Angels, I used to be a packrat moved 3 x's in one year, now my motto is if I don't use it in a year...its a goner!!!  My hubby, well, I think he has all his Tennis shoes from 17 yrs ago lol, when he gets new ones his famous words are I'll use my old ones to mow the lawn NOT, he always uses his nice new ones!!!


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   Posted 5/12/2009 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Pete -
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   Posted 5/12/2009 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to collect stuffed animals, especially cats & horses. Now I just collect, or accumulate, pillows & blankets!

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