What do you collect? Comment & Win!

22 Nov

My guest co-blogger this week is “Ditchthebun” from Sydney, Australia. Her blog is interesting and a lot of fun.  Thank you Ditchthebun!

BARB:   Everybody has a collection of some sort.Over the years, I’ve collected travel brochures, ceramic clowns, Mardi Gras comedy tragedy masks, Playbills, water globe souvenir pens, New Yorker Magazines, hot air balloon art prints, vintage postcards, and scented erasers.


I’ve known people who’ve collected china teacups, ceramic salt and pepper shakers, Lladro Porcelain figurines, Swarovski crystal, Rubik’s cubes, Barbie dolls, rock concert tee shirts, Netsukes, first edition books, playing cards, Beanie Babies, owl-dog-cat-bluebird chotchkes, toy elephants, swizzle sticks, refrigerator magnets, ex-husbands, and pet ashes.

Sloane Crosley described her cache of plastic ponies in the essay “The Pony Problem” in her hilarious New York Times Bestseller I Was Told There’d Be Cake published by Riverhead Books.

Ditchthebun collects ice-cube trays and molds. I find this fascinating, then again maybe I don’t bake or entertain enough.



We actually bought one for my cousin who is studying to be a doctor. It was basically a gag gift. Apparently he uses it all the time. His medical friends loved it so much, he asked me to get him more for them. Somehow I ended up with a spare.

“Oooh BrAiN fOoD!”

BARB: I hope that’s chocolate.

Chillbots Robots

Technically I think my fiancé bought these to give as a gift to a friend of his, but somehow they never got further than our house. I think he’s getting as bad as me now… he called me in the other night to show me a space invaders ice-cube tray.

Gin & Titonic

These were bought for use at one of my parents’ New Years Eve parties the year of the dreaded Y2K. The theme was World’s End and these ice cubes were in a punch bowl labelled “Going Down with the Ship.” I still have no idea what she put in that punch, but it tasted amazing and made my head all tingly 😀

BARB: I’d like to see Leonardo DiCaprio ice cubes. Use your imagination.


Originally these heart trays were bought to make rocky road hearts for bon bonnier for our wedding, but a few last minute stresses have severely limited our time so we’ve gone with something far more simple.

BARB: Simple like Twinkies or Hostess cupcakes?


These were for my brother’s birthday party. I still claim them as my own, but they are rarely home these days.  Every Easter I make them into chocolate molds and decorate the top for my brother.


Honestly I don’t think there was a rhyme or reason behind getting these. I thought they were cute and the tray cost $2 so I thought why not?! Mostly use just for myself in a drink on a Friday afternoon after work 😀  (Or when someone has forgotten to fill the regular ice tray yet again and is desperate for ice – you know a macho man is desperate when he has chubby penguins floating in his scotch and coke).

BARB: Penguin ice cubes – perfect for a global housewarming party.

Baby Feet

This has been used several times for baby showers, baby naming days etc. I think technically it is supposed to be used for fondant, but I don’t really like fondant.  So I have taken to making milk, dark, white & marble chocolate feet. They are a huge hit.

What do YOU collect? We’d love to know! Let us know briefly under “Comments” and win a new copy of The Beverly Hills Organizer’s Home Organizing Bible: A Pro’s Answer to Your Organizing Prayers.

*Winner will be selected on December 1st, 2011. Good luck!

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21 Responses to “What do you collect? Comment & Win!”

  1. aftertheshow November 22, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    I collect concert ticket stubs (and sometimes the accompanying concert wristband, if there is one). I keep them all in a gold box, and I’ve been collecting them for the last 8 years.

  2. Agata Stanford November 22, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    The only thing I can’t resist collecting are coats! That’s right, I may wear lots of different shoes, but I have a thing about coats. When I see a sale or a vintage or thrift shop, I can’t resist the old furs, I just have to spend the ten bucks. They bring to mind my childhood years, sitting in church on Sunday, and before me in the pews ahead, old ladies in tattered old minks. Like I was at a zoo, or something. It’s like wearing my old Aunt Carmela.

  3. Dana Leipold (@me_randomchick) November 22, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    I collect chocolate candy wrappers because I eat so many of them. My collection is now twelve feet tall! 🙂

  4. funnynotslutty November 22, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    I have over 10 kinds of Mod Podge! Gloss, Matte, Hard Coat, Fabric, Outdoor, Sparkle, Matte Paper, Gloss Paper, Silver, Gold, etc.

  5. Susie @newdaynewlesson November 22, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

    I collect salt and pepper shakers. I started the collection when years ago my husband started traveling around the world for business and it was something he could usually find easily enough.

    It’s in a big cabinet in my dining room and a great conversation piece.

  6. Suzy November 23, 2011 at 3:11 am #

    I collect postcards which I keep in a revolving postcard rack in my living room. I also collect old microphones, which I have on display in a bookcase with all the comedy books I collect.

    I also collect hideous ex-boyfriends.

    • ditchthebun December 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

      LOL Suzy! I think we all have collected a few hideous ex’s in our time 😀 I like to take the point of view that yes it was sad that I dated them, however, how smart am I to realise their hideousness and discard them in order to add them to my ex-files 😀

  7. Dawn@LlightenUp! November 23, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    I don’t collect things anymore. In fact, I try not to collect things – I am the anti-collector. Fun post!

  8. southmainmuse November 23, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    Gosh…as for this time of year, I collect alligator Christmas ornaments. I have a big white tree that I put them on. (Finally got that epiphany that they would show up better on white than green tree). And I just collect alligators period. Had a friend come through my house for first time and say “wow. you really have a lot of alligators.”

    • harlan petersen November 23, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

      I never heard or saw that type of ornament before. You may be Unique!
      . . . and open up a whole new category type for ornaments. EXCEPT FOR FROGS, reptiles and amphibians have been quite neglected.


  9. BARB BEST November 23, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    Thank you guys! Interesting collections!

  10. Joanie November 25, 2011 at 6:43 am #

    We have a 90-year old house and a 8-year old yellow lab. I collect dust and dog hair! Unfortunately, the two are quite compatible together.

    • ditchthebun December 20, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

      Well… compatible unless you have allergies 😀

  11. Paige Kellerman November 30, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    LOL..those were all great. I really loved the little ships? …is that what they were?..haha I don’t really collect anything except old movie ticket stubs and concert stubs. And by “collect”, I mean I find them stuffed in random boxes and jacket pockets…

    • BARB BEST November 30, 2011 at 11:05 am #

      Thanks, yes the little ships were “The Titanic” cruise ship = disaster! The Gin and “titonic” ice cubes are popular!

  12. Steve Kramer November 30, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    First, let me begin by saying I only collect mold, if it’s growing on cheese in the refrigerator. Okay, so here’s goes nothin’… I collect Los Angeles Dodgers anything and everything. Too bad the Dodgers won’t hire me to be their owner. I used to collect postage stamps from around the world, until I learned while watching Pawn Stars that they are worthless. I used to collect sports trading cards too and stored them in hopes that one day they will be worth more than a penny apiece. I still collect music CDs and music cassettes, but never listen to them. I collect postcards of my hometown, Huron, SD and post them on my Website. I draw cartoons and post them on my Website, but I don’t consider that a collection because I drew them. I didn’t collect them. Or did I? I used to collect QSL Cards from shortwave radio stations from around the world proving I listened to them by sending them a listening report and getting a QSL Card from their station in return. I still collect maps. I don’t own a GPS, but I’ll never get lost! I used to collect NatGeo magazines, until I found a DVD with every issue from 1888 to the present on sale at Costco for only $45. I almost forgot that I collect books, mostly non-fiction. God only know how many books I have donated to the library for library books sales. My personal favorite is I collect dust, which is bad for me since I’m allergic to dust mites. Ask any allergist, he/she will tell you.

    • BARB BEST November 30, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

      Beautifully comprehensive, Steve. BTW I love your testimonials, cartoons, and funny material at your website http://www.stephenkramer.com/ Like I always say, “A man who is a lover of Bassett Hounds and has a stash of Bassett Hound puppy pics has a special spot in my heart!”

    • ditchthebun December 20, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

      A true collector!
      As far as the cartoons go I believe you are the only person in the world with the complete collection of Steve Kramer artworks… unique… 😀 So I think you could count it as a collection, however, the only way to continue/grow your collection is to continue drawing. Upside is that you are in complete control of your collection… downside is that you can’t be cranky at anyone else for taking their time to release the next one. 😀

  13. Lydia @ See Beautiful November 30, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    Oh my goodness, this is hysterical! I love those ice tray. What do I collect? That’s easy, I collect dust. I don’t mean too, but it’s there right after I dust. Dust bunnies poke their head right back out at me.

    Popping over from Greetings from Texas.

    Happy seeing beautiful!

    • BARB BEST December 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

      Thanks Lydia, oh Lydia, the Tatooed Lady! (Groucho Marx made me do it) Love Megan at “Greetings from Texas!”

  14. ditchthebun December 20, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    These posts are great. I did almost buy another ice cube tray the other day for my Star Wars obsessed cousin: http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/kitchen/e845/ but I behaved and put it back… Instead I made him gingerbread in the shape of smartphones, lifesize and all!

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