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Stupid things you collected

post #1 of 39
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I've been going through boxes of things from different parts of my life, and I'm amazed at the junk I've collected. I think I must be part crow.

Over the years I've collected:
  • magnets
  • key chains
  • stickers
  • gum wrappers
  • bouncy balls
  • ribbons
  • hair scrunchies
  • Chevron Cars
  • McDonald toys
  • Burger King toys
  • Beanie Babies
  • computer gadgets

So what collections have you wasted money on?
post #2 of 39
McDonald/BK toys
Beanie Babies
Unicorns
Magnets
Barettes
Swim suits
post #3 of 39
I recently came across a box in a closet I was cleaning with ticket stubs to every movie I had been to from 1998 to about 2005. I wouldn't call it a waste of money, but WOW did I see a lot of movies back in the day!
post #4 of 39
Let's see:
* Gum wrappers
* Key chains
* Snapple lids
* Pop tabs
* Chapstick/Lip Balm (kind of still have that problem)
post #5 of 39
I had the soda can tabs too, for the longest time. I was in middle school and by the end of the year everyone would give me their can tops. I had literally thousands and thousands of them, all strung up and about fifteen feet long.... I wonder what happened to them? I guess my mom must have thrown it out.

I guess I also used to collect mp3's back when they were free. I'd download songs I didn't even like, just so I could listen to it if I ever wanted.
post #6 of 39
LOL when I was about 6-7 I had a "smurf" collection -- consisting of about 6 or 7 smurfs. Other than that I don't collect these kinds of things. And sadly I have no idea where my smurfs are.
post #7 of 39
  • Teddy Bears and anything with a bear printed on it
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Key Chains
  • Knick Knacks of all sorts
  • Sets of Books

I wanted to add the things I am now thankful that I never started collecting. I always envied my friends who had those pretty pastel Precious Moments figurines. The first year of my marriage my husband bought me two and I thought I was on my way to a new collection. Thank goodness I never asked for more. I cherish the two he gave me, because they represent important events in my life. I want no dustables now so I am glad I didn't have to decide to get rid of them.

Oh - China Dolls, too. I still don't really know what to do with them.
post #8 of 39
As a kid:
-any sort of cat themed thing (figures and stuffies), Ugh! I am happy to say that I have finally purged all this stuff!
-fancy pencils and erasers
-patches from places I visited
-coins
-I had a smurf collection too (don't know where it went either?)
-feathers, leaves, and cool looking twigs (I know, my husband thinks this is really weird...I must have been a shaman in a past life )


Now:
-McCoy flower pots
-Tea pots (although I think my collection is *done*)
-Fortunes cookie fortunes (I like to give them out to people when they need a random perk)
-Books : (especially out of print SciFi and Archeology books)
-I still collect patches from places we visit and give them to DS
-DH and I started the tradition of collecting those rolled pennies from museums and zoos before DS was born, we still collected them, but now for DS

I like collecting patches and rolled pennies for DS because they are small and are reminders of trips. I'm terrible about collecting things though. I have a strong tendency for it and try to keep myself in check. I suppose that's the hazard of being an archaeologist.
post #9 of 39
elephants-figurines, stuffed (not real, lol)
post #10 of 39
i collect for my sister.........i get the indulgence of buying and finding cool things, she gets the clutter........

mushrooms, and elephants
post #11 of 39
I only really have two:

Toy horses. Seriously. They were everywhere in my room when I was a kid.
Stuffed animals. I think I had 2 refrigerator boxes full of stuffed animals when my mom sneakily donated them.

I just started a new collection though of those Call of the Wild wolf figurines. I've always wanted to collect wolf stuff and when I was a kid there were very few things out there. I'm letting myself pick a few select pieces of the Call of the Wild line and am going to put them on a nice shelf in my bedroom.
post #12 of 39
Sand from everywhere I traveled. My poor step-dad had been holding on to it for me for years. He moved to South America this summer and I told him he could toss it.

That's really the only thing I ever collected...
post #13 of 39
Rocks. I have rocks in every room of my house from every place I have ever been. Beach rocks, ocean rocks, river rocks. I have yet to collect a moon rock. It's gotten to the point that I am considering repatriating some of them back to the beach. I remember one time when I was repotting a large plant with my Mom and she asked if she could use a particular pile of rocks for drainage in the bottom of the pot. I replied "No! those are my GOOD rocks). She thought I was nuts.
post #14 of 39
David Winter Cottages. My dad gave most of these to me when I was growing up. He died 10+ years ago, and I still have all of the dumb things in boxes in storage. They aren't even worth any money that I can determine.

What should I do with them???
post #15 of 39
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Originally Posted by bowserli View Post
  • Teddy Bears and anything with a bear printed on it
Oh, I forgot that I did too! I love bears. I collected stuffed bears, and then I had quite a few bear figurines. I think they are all still at my mom's house. DS has my one special teddy but that is all I have here.
post #16 of 39
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Originally Posted by Vancouver Mommy View Post
Rocks. I have rocks in every room of my house from every place I have ever been. Beach rocks, ocean rocks, river rocks. I have yet to collect a moon rock. It's gotten to the point that I am considering repatriating some of them back to the beach. I remember one time when I was repotting a large plant with my Mom and she asked if she could use a particular pile of rocks for drainage in the bottom of the pot. I replied "No! those are my GOOD rocks). She thought I was nuts.
And I thought I was the only one!

I have old blue mason jars filled with rocks from vacation. Each jar is used only for a specific place and all are labeled.

I have recently been thinking that the jars must go. But then again, I always wanted one of those rock polishers......
post #17 of 39
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Originally Posted by Caneel View Post
And I thought I was the only one!

I have old blue mason jars filled with rocks from vacation. Each jar is used only for a specific place and all are labeled.

I have recently been thinking that the jars must go. But then again, I always wanted one of those rock polishers......
I want a rock polisher too!
post #18 of 39
Rocks and seashells (although I still think most of them are pretty cool).
Erasers.
Lip gloss.
Animal figurines.
Dolphin memorabilia.
Squished pennies from places I visited (you know, out of those machines).
POGS (remember those? It was a quick fad. I'm dating myself pretty specifically now ).
post #19 of 39
Wow! I am not the only one who has collected erasers!!! I have a few of the big Christmas popcorn tins full of them. I have favorites and I started b/c I liked the smell My mom still gives me erasers for my birthday every year (and I'm almost 30)

I also went through a spoon phase and still have a few shoeboxes full and have no idea what to do with them.
post #20 of 39
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Originally Posted by slsurface View Post
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-feathers, leaves, and cool looking twigs (I know, my husband thinks this is really weird...I must have been a shaman in a past life )

lol. that reminded me that DP and I have our collection of phallic looking nature items. The collection lives on our kitchen window and makes for quite the conversation piece
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