And to go with the hobby post...
What do you collect? My list is frightening... but I've stopped most of them because I have run out of room in my house!
*My biggest thing, and still ongoing, is vintage table linen. I love the old white on white damask. I have a couple other vintage pieces like a bridge set and a cut out set but that's it. I find them at garage sales, estate sales and flea markets. My best find to date was an uncut set of napkins that had been stored since they were purchased they had never been washed and had the original sizing in them. It was 24 inches wide x 24 feet long, so that's a full set of 12. The same person had donated an unhemmed damask table cloth. It doesn't match the napkins and I paid waaaaay too much for it, but the same items would have been well over $200 in a store and these are brand new
. My sister is a professional costume designer, so she finished them all for me.
*Vintage serving pieces, including pieces of my Oneida silver plate. None of it is very good, I just like the look of it.
Vintage large and small appliances. My stove is from 1938 (I completely rebuilt it from two stoves), my fridge is from 1936 (I have a 2001 model in my basement). I also have old waffle irons, an iron, blender etc. That collection is pretty much finished, as three waffle irons are enough for one person living alone who never really makes waffles in the first place.
*Dr. Seuss books, the older the better. I had reconstructive surgery on my feet 10 years ago, so have 5 copies of the foot book.
vintage magazines. I started that one to use to the ads to decorate my kitchen, but I couldn't bear to cut them up.
Photography books like the "Year in Pictures".
comics - ElfQuest and X-Men, and a few other random titles
Old books, my oldest was a gift, printed in 1675 (no, that's not a typo)
*Coins and paper money from all over the world. Antique and modern.
*Vintage photos with Pit Bulls, when I have enough of them they are going to go up on my living room wall.
*power tools - mmmmmmm.... power tools
I think that covers it the ones with the * are the things I still seek out, but because nothing is modern I only get new pieces when I happen across them. I also won't pay much so I never go to "antique stores". I find much more satisfaction in finding "treasures" on my own.
If anyone collects vintage cameras, I have a pile of them. I was a photo major in college, so someone got the idea that I should have old cameras. There are two I am keeping but the rest need a new home. Pay the shipping and they are yours!
I probably have a few other collections that I'm willing to part with, I'll have to take a look around
maybe your collections will get a donation or two because heaven knows that I have too much stuff in my house!!!!!