I can’t believe I’ve made it this far in the blog challenge and the end is near! Today we’re talking about collections. There actually are a few things I like to collect even though I’m on a mission to streamline our belongings so there is less to move up and down stairs next time we switch apartments.
1. Nail polish. I absolutely love nail polish and started my collection years ago when I first became and Avon Representative. It’s easy to get the newest color trends when I pay such a low price with my Rep discount! I feel like I have a loyalty to the brand, why buy else where when I can get it from myself at a good price? I like getting at least one new color from each new collection.
2. Lipstick and lip gloss. Again, another habit started with my Avon Rep status. I used to be intimidated by lipstick but having those little bullet samples to test out helped me overcome that feeling. I am very confident with wearing lipstick and don’t feel it’s “too much.” I also like lip glosses because they are so sheer and pretty.
3. Greeting cards. If you give me a greeting card for a special occasion like my birthday or graduation you bet I’m going to keep it! I have greeting cards dating back to middle school from my mom and sisters. I recently looked into creating an album to preserve these cards. I’ll write a DIY post for next month!
4. Flattened pennies. When I visit a new place and see one of those penny flattening machines I must have one! It’s a tiny souvenir that usually costs me 50 cents (51 if you count the penny) and I’m searching for a way to store these nicely. If you have any ideas please let me know!
5. Shot glasses. The other must have souvenir I purchase when I go to a new place. I either get a penny or a shot glass. I know they are both kitschy touristy things but I allow myself to indulge in those mementos. I own a fairly small collection of shot glasses but one day when I own a house I’ll have a special cabinet built to display them.
In my mind I imagine the shot glasses and pennies being these great conversation starters, is that silly? I just remember my step-grandparents house with their interesting little knick-knacks like a spoon collection and tea cup and saucer collection. Each item had significance and were very nicely displayed. It wasn’t old junk collecting dust in a garage or attic. I feel most collections should have stories attached to them and that is what makes a collection worthwhile. It’s not just having things for the sake of having them.