Category Archives: Collections

Appreciating a Smaller Collection

As someone who has been an on-again, off-again collector, I understand the lure of things, and the excitement and, even joy, which comes from finding that perfect item to add to a collection. Other than a few childhood collections (rocks and marbles), I didn’t start collecting anything until my mid-30s when, with college loans paid…

Smoking May Be Passé, But…

Smoking may be passé, but you gotta love the smoking accoutrements: ashtrays, lighters, matchbooks, vestas (match safes), cigarette cases and boxes. My grandparents used to smoke and even long after they quit, a huge, black marble ashtray always graced their coffee table. After my Gram’s death my brother Dan acquired the ashtray and it now sits on his mantle. If you’re…

Vintage Charms? Yes, Please!

The Christmas I was 10 my mother gave me a silver charm bracelet with one charm…Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer. I was enchanted with it. The charm was engraved with the date and I knew there would be more to come over the years to fill up the bracelet. And there were. And the bracelet was loved,…

Birth of a Collection…or What Do You Collect?

You may not even remember when it happened…that moment you first saw IT…and were smitten!! And you bought IT. And then it seemed overnight that you began looking for more of IT. And buying more…when you could. That happened to me about 15 years ago with antique bohemian garnet jewelry. I saw my first one online at…