Jake’s Sunday Post theme for this week, is ‘Collectibles’. This was quite simple for me, as I only have two collections to show you. There is quite a difference between collecting and hoarding, and today I’ve been so busy clearing hoards of stuff out of my cupboards and filling large garbage bags with all manner of unwanted, unneeded items, some to be sent to my mom’s church fete, and others for the animal welfare charity shop. All will bring in much needed funds, and rather that than cluttering up my cupboards and closets. I will sleep well tonight.
Collectibles are in Jake’s own words, “groups of items of a similar type that are acquired and saved as a hobby……the world of collectibles is ultimately limited only by the imagination and desire of the collector.”
Many years ago I started collecting bells, and at one time, I think I must have had over three hundred of them; china, ceramic, glass, crystal, you name it, I wanted it. Everywhere we went, I bought bells; from flea markets, china shops, souvenir shops, car boot sales etc.. People knew exactly what to buy me for Birthday and Christmas presents. When we moved out of our big house to our smaller one at the coast, I had to pare down my collection, and gave many away to charity shops and a few to friends.
Here is what I have left, and I’m sure that one day, I will have to give even more of them away.
These are my Princess bells, bought at Disney Land and Disney World.
Here are my Christmas bells collected over the years. My very favourite bell is the Royal Doulton, “Tidings of angels” in the centre.
There’s quite an assortment in this cabinet, and I just love the little angel bells at the top.
More bells on the shelves in my armoire which stands in the dining room.
I have a few more dotted around the house too.
My other collection is Teddy Bears. This is the Teddy family which sits all together in one of the bedrooms. The big brown bear in the middle, is the daddy bear who keeps them all in order. As you may notice, there are other little animals which they’ve adopted. The bull and the lion always have to be next to one another. That’s hubby and I, Taurus and Leo.
I nearly forgot these two, both bought for me by my son. The straw one was from a flower shop in Johannesburg, and the wooden one, he sent over from New York with a friend who was coming to South Africa on holiday. He wasn’t too impressed at having to carry a teddy bear in his back pack, but he owed a favour, so couldn’t really refuse.
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