I think we collect two ways; unintentional collecting and intentional collecting. The unintentional collector acquires things through circumstances. By inheritance possibly, through marriage or maybe you just had one lovely resin rooster and suddenly every Christmas and birthday you are unwrapping yet another rooster.
That is how my Christmas nutcracker collection began. One innocent nutcracker given to me by my son when he was five years old. Now I have over fifty! I have written the giver's name and year given on the bottom of each one.
There are many people that collect purely for investment purposes, I don't know any personally, but they do exist. They buy something that will only increase in value. Perfection, rarity and re-sale is the goal of these collectors.
Re-sale is the last thing on my mind when buying things to add to my collection. My goal is to accumulate and KEEP my often imperfect things! I am an emotional collector and I believe the majority of collectors are. I, personally, get heart palpitations and my palms get sweaty when I spy something I love to collect!!! I will spend the last dollar in my purse to get that thing! Sometimes we emotional collectors buy items because it triggers a memory, fills the last piece in a set, or just because it makes us happy.
Today however, the trend is to keep things out and sometimes to even....GASP....USE them. EEK! Yes, sometimes things get broken, but I LOVE using beautiful things every day. These things begged to be used and touched. Items can be displayed in baskets, on a shelf or windowsill, on a mirrored tray, piled on a table, or just scattered throughout your home.
Collections can be great conversation starters, add personality to your décor and can be so much fun to accumulate. When I am out looking, I call it treasure hunting.
If you have a collection you love please share! Email your pictures to me and I will share them on my FB page.