If asked on the spot “what do you collect, if anything?” I think my instant reply would be that I don’t really. However that’s not strictly true, as some of these things below have occurred to me while thinking about making this post.
Moshi Monster Moshlings
Okay, so its not technically my collection and instead more of my children’s collection, but I feel like it might as well be mine half of the time. Both of the girls started playing on the Moshi Monsters website/game just over a year ago and at first my only payout was in the year long membership (this is optional by the way). However at around Christmas time the craze really took over, with my eldest daughter specifically, though both of them really, asking for many Moshi Monster related presents. I’m not even going to attempt to tell you how many moshlings they have, what they’re called, what different variety they are, or even any of the other gifts and toys. However I will say that these damn little moshlings get everywhere, multiple and never ever come to an end. If you can help it, never start the craze with your children. You WILL regret it.
This one didn’t spring to mind immediately as for the last 2-3 years my glasses collection has been wrapped up carefully in newspaper and stored in the attic. However I have about 3-4 medium sized boxes full of glasses, either bought from carboot sales, pinched from pubs, or collected free with a bottle of spirits. I used to be very proud of my Bailey’s glasses collection specifically as the glasses were so unusually shaped and I have to admit I just love something about a strangely or interestingly shaped glass.
I love Disney. This isn’t a secret. I also love the Disney Traditions collection of ornaments. While I’d like to say I collect these, I sadly only have 3 of them, however they are definitely something I am more than happy for people to buy me. The ones I have are Sleeping Beauty and Prince Philip, Tinkerbell, and Tinkerbell Festive Fairy. I once considered collecting the Disney Animator dolls too, however I ordered one for myself (Belle) and one for my friend (Snow White) and when they came they were fullsize dolls, rather than the inch or so I had expected them to be (must read descriptions better!). I do not have the room to be collecting fullsize dolls.
These are really the only few things I collect and even then collect is really a lose term. I suppose you could also class the Disney DVDs as a collection as we now have about a shelf and a half of those and continue to buy any that are missing. On the one hand I’m sure there are several other things I’d like to collect, however in rented accommodation, space has always been an issue. Also when money gets tight I’m nearly always looking to hock things and so unfortunately anything of value tends to get sold. Finally I’m not really a big fan of clutter and so that often means I don’t like too much lying around – which is exactly what collections tend to do.