Collecting Things

I wonder why it is I collect these little things. I know many people would regard my collecting as bothersome cluttering, but this does little to hinder my habit.

I like graphics, presentation, memories, details, sentiments and colours and all these things resonate with my urge to collect things…

I like vintage carded haberdashery. Everything looks so tidy and practical and their graphics are just perfect.

I found these in a hotel hospitality tray in Spain. Lovely and lively aren’t they? Some collections I have are just temporary but thanks to photography, I can stare at them for longer.

Tickets and travel cards. These all have memories and adventures attached to them and I cannot bring myself to part with them. The travel cards will be used again so I cannot class them as clutter. Yay!

Character stamps. Hello Kitty from Japan and Moomin from Finland. Much more interesting than the Queen’s head in my opinion.

Jokers. I started collecting these about 12 years ago but life was troublesome for me back then and events conspired that would result in me losing a collection of 20 fine cards. My collection was revived by two friends who gave me a wonderful selection of Jokers on my last birthday and I have continued to collect then again since.

Jokers joined the pack of modern playing cards at around 1863. I was inspired to collect them after reading Jostein Gaarder’s Solitaire Mystery.

“A joker is a little fool who is different from everyone else. He’s not a club, diamond, heart, or spade. He’s not an eight or a nine, a king or a jack. He is an outsider. He is placed in the same pack as the other cards, but he doesn’t belong there.”