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The Collectors: Collection-a-Day With Lisa Congdon

Nov 12, 2010

by rikrak

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I wonder — what inspires us to collect things? Why are we fascinated to define, seek out, embrace and create groups of curious goodies? Today we’re talking the theory of, and the philosophy behind, what inspires one of my modern-day collecting favourites: artist, illustrator and collector extraordinaire Lisa Congdon.

On January 1st of this year, Lisa began a fabulous adventure entitled A Collection-a-Day, 2010. The result is an on-going curatorial masterpiece that has captured the collective imagination of many! It’s a delight to welcome Lisa and her many magnificent collections.

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Who are you?  Lisa Congdon

What are you collecting? Everything I can get my hands on that is in some way beautiful or interesting

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What do you love about collecting? The hunt!

When did you start collecting? With Madame Alexander dolls when I was only four years old.

How many collections do you have? Depending on how you categorize things, I have somewhere between 80 and 250 collections.

Tell us about your collection-a-day project. On January 1, 2010 I decided to start a blog project in which I would photograph — or occasionally draw or paint —and post one collection a day for every day for the entire year.

Why did you start the project? Since I was a young girl, I have been obsessed both with collecting, arranging, organizing, and displaying my collections. The project is my attempt to document my collections, both the real and the imagined. I embarked on this project because I love my collections, and wanted to document them in a way that makes sense to me. I’m happy to share them with whoever might be interested.

Collectors_Lisa_4.jpgWhere do you find your collections? I frequent flea markets, thrift stores, junk shops, garage sales, giveaway piles, and family attics to find new additions to my collections.

Where do you keep them? Just a few are on display in my house, but most are filed away in envelopes and boxes in my art studio.

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Which collections is your favourite and why? My favorite is probably my eraser collection. I mean, who collects used erasers? But they are so special, and each eraser has a story I will never know.

What’s an interesting story behind one of your collections? People might be interested to know how I began collecting vintage school supplies. Seventeen years ago, I got my first teaching assignment in a fourth grade classroom. I took over for a teacher who had just retired after 40 years. He had so many old materials and supplies in his room! They were too old and out of date to use, so I asked the principal if I could keep whatever we didn’t throw in the dumpster. She said it was okay and I got some real gems from that classroom. It was the beginning of one of my oldest collections.

What do you think attracts folks to collections? I think people enjoy the sense of nostalgia and connection that comes from collecting.

What is it about your fabulous project that you think draws others in? I think the nostalgia I mentioned is part of it; most of my collections are vintage things. People love the vintage typography and packaging too. But I also think people are drawn to the arrangement of mostly everyday objects in an interesting way, especially how they are photographed.

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Collectors_Lisa_1.jpgWhat else do you collect? Some of my other favorite collections are mid-century kitchenware from Scandinavia and Japan, and I also love the old handwritten letters I’ve collected for my ephemera collection. I have so many amazing collections that it’s hard to choose a favorite.

What collections would you like to add? I’d like enough mid-century Danish furniture to furnish my entire house.

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So inspiring! Thanks so much, Lisa. In other wonderful news, Lisa’s collection project is about to become a book too! Be sure to stroll through her gorgeous art shop for goodies you’ll surely want to add to your own collections.

How about you? What do you collect? I’d love to hear, please post in the comments below.

I’m Kristal Davis (a.k.a. rikrak) and I just love seeing what folks are collecting. I guess I feel it tells us a little bit about what inspires them. The Collectors series, first published on my own little blog, the rikrak studio, is 11 and a half quick questions with a wonderful artist on what they’re collecting — apart from their art supplies!.

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151 comments

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique said 8 years ago

    I like that first picture. It's so bright and colorful. Happy collecting!

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous!! I fear my collections are taking over!

  • gretchenpearl

    gretchenpearl said 8 years ago

    Love this feature!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 8 years ago

    "If one is good, then 1000 is even better!"--JH All that Catherine Holm enamelware. Sigh... Thanks for the peek into your life.

  • KristinaLici

    KristinaLici said 8 years ago

    Wow!The kitchen colection is amazing!

  • HelloShoes

    HelloShoes said 8 years ago

    I love these odd and beautiful collections:)

  • creativityismessy

    creativityismessy said 8 years ago

    Great feature!

  • SweetandDandyVintage

    SweetandDandyVintage said 8 years ago

    The kitchen items are FABULOUS! LOVE all the retro bling!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 8 years ago

    Collecting is so enjoyable!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 8 years ago

    Collecting is so enjoyable!

  • CathodeBlue

    CathodeBlue said 8 years ago

    Whoa! My eyeballs are salivating! :)

  • DonnaWalker

    DonnaWalker said 8 years ago

    Fun collections! I think arranging is part of the addiction.

  • karenjcreations

    karenjcreations said 8 years ago

    Love it! :)

  • MaximumBlinds

    MaximumBlinds said 8 years ago

    So Simple. So visually appealing. Just wonderful!

  • lltownleyceramic

    lltownleyceramic said 8 years ago

    They titled this exhibit as his "astounding problem", but I peronally think it's pretty cool, not a problem at all: http://www.belmarlab.org/ex_novick.php

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 8 years ago

    Love to see the different things that people like to collect :)

  • WoodPigeon

    WoodPigeon said 8 years ago

    Wonderful to see all of the stuff grouped together.

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 8 years ago

    Love this! =)

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 8 years ago

    I like it when mundane things turn into art with just the right amount of arrangement and care.

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin said 8 years ago

    Beautiful I like collecting things also best wishes

  • ohbuoy

    ohbuoy said 8 years ago

    I too must photograph many of my collections. It seems to be the only way to love them, & yet let go.. I worry about where to put it all. Wonderful post, Huge fan of your work Lisa!

  • allthepreciousthings

    allthepreciousthings said 8 years ago

    Love this post - I'm a collector, too

  • heatherfuture

    heatherfuture said 8 years ago

    YES!!! I've been drooling over Lisa's collections (and lovely photos) all year. Thanks for this wonderful article and great interview! :D I collect vintage purses and all sorts of musical instruments, as well as lots of cute old odds and ends.

  • HomemadeZen

    HomemadeZen said 8 years ago

    neat collection!

  • DecoFamara

    DecoFamara said 8 years ago

    Nice Plate Collections.... I collect Postcards from arouns the world.

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 8 years ago

    I'm so excited to see Lisa's collections featured! Her collections are fascinating, and thanks to her beautiful photographs, we all get to enjoy them. Thanks Lisa! P.S. Lisa has the best plate wall ever, and I envy her gigantic Cathrineholm collection!

  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals said 8 years ago

    Nice collections!

  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals said 8 years ago

    Very nice collection!

  • DevineCollectible

    DevineCollectible said 8 years ago

    That's how I got started, collecting things! Love sparkles... peace, DevineCollectible

  • brienna

    brienna said 8 years ago

    Lisa, what wonderful collections; I'm also very fond of erasers and used to have a huge collection as a child. I very much adore yours, thanks so much for sharing.

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions said 8 years ago

    What fun! Do you collect pin cushions? I have them. LOL!

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 8 years ago

    so great! love Lisa's work :)

  • heidiburton

    heidiburton said 8 years ago

    I'm mad about collections! My personal collections involve mostly cabinet card portraits, buttons, and keys. Lisa's collections are fascinating and such a great idea too with the collection-a-day! Particularly love the way she arranges the items. I made a treasury about collections a while back http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4cad298f0d276d9116390cce/inventory :)

  • WinchesterLambourne

    WinchesterLambourne said 8 years ago

    Beautiful! I used to collect coins.

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 8 years ago

    Collecting can be so fun!

  • prettydarncute

    prettydarncute said 8 years ago

    I love all of your collections and the photo's are exquisite. As a seller I have to be careful how much I pick up at estate sales, thrift shops etc. I list them for sale on Etsy. But I tend to keep my treasures out in my home to show off. But as soon as one is purchased I do have to let go and mail them off. So I try not to love them too much. I am trying to make income since being laid off.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 8 years ago

    Love this feature!

  • jmijewelry

    jmijewelry said 8 years ago

    I had an antique shop so I know something about collections. They can easily get out of hand for the space you have! :) I now have mine under control since I am making jewelery. Now I collect beads and jewelry! HA! That's why I am doing Etsy. I am almost to 100 pieces listed. Hope to be by the end of the weekend. YAY!

  • vintagedchic

    vintagedchic said 8 years ago

    what original things to collect! you even beat me- awesome!

  • BelieveJewelrySupply

    BelieveJewelrySupply said 8 years ago

    Glad to know I am not the only one obsessed with collecting lots of things!! :)

  • BellaBellaCrochet

    BellaBellaCrochet said 8 years ago

    Fun! Fun! Fun!

  • whoop

    whoop said 8 years ago

    To name a few... I have a Pyrex collection that is completely out of control, a vintage chair collection that is under control, and a vintage picture frame collection that has just begun! Yay collecting!!!

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios said 8 years ago

    Neat! I like "collecting", my husband calls it hoarding, lol. xoxo

  • pinart

    pinart said 8 years ago

    Beautiful and colorful... Love it!

  • Bohindia

    Bohindia said 8 years ago

    Thank you for this wonderful article, you may have just changed my life! I find collecting very interesting. I see myself as a bit of a minimalist and only really collect things that are of function to me. I've always seen the beauty in collecting and admired all the lovely collections that I've seen but I personally just can't do it! I LOVE buying things but I also LOVE getting rid of things. I tend to stick by the whole idea of buying something new, throwing away something old. My method to keeping my house in balance. However, I'm so very glad to have read this gorgeous article today because only a couple of days ago I created a studio in the back room of my home and now I've found I've got soooo much storage but nothing to fill it up with! So I'm thinking I'm going to work on my need for minimalism and let it gooooooooo and just collect something I love (and there's so many things I love)... I know once I get started I won't be able to stop :-) Thank you!

  • choisette

    choisette said 8 years ago

    thanks for reminding me to tivo 'hoarders'.

  • SweetMoonlightShop

    SweetMoonlightShop said 8 years ago

    beautiful collections. i love those erasers and plastic bread sealer thingamabobs (what are they called?).

  • sfgirlbybay

    sfgirlbybay said 8 years ago

    i love your bread tags for some reason. so colorful! :)

  • pinart

    pinart said 8 years ago

    beautiful and colorful... love it!

  • handstosew

    handstosew said 8 years ago

    I love this article. I too am a Collector. Mostly things that involve many colors. When I see a piece of fabric that I adore, first thing I do is check out all the colors it comes in, and proceed to buy them all. Same is true for threads, which are on my sewing room wall on a rack - lovely to look at on a gloomy day. I have cupboards and cupboards full of FiestaWare - all colors. I also love collecting Pyrex Ware from the 50's. There were so many pretty colors back then. A new found collection that I started is right here on Etsy. I also knit, and when I came upon baahurrah, (I think they're a husband/wife team, but don't quote me), and their absolutely beautiful hand made wooden knitting needles. You choose the color knob on top, along with the size and length you need. I have them sitting in a canning jar in my sewing room. Yet another colorful collection to gaze at. I could go on and on, but will leave room for someone else. Happy Collecting everyone!

  • rawartletterpress

    rawartletterpress said 8 years ago

    the bread tags took my breath away - and based on the comments, i'm not alone!

  • oguerrero

    oguerrero said 8 years ago

    Lovely collections :)

  • KikiLaRu

    KikiLaRu said 8 years ago

    Fascinating!

  • VeronicaRStudio

    VeronicaRStudio said 8 years ago

    I love collections! I currently collect blue art that catches my eye for a gallery wall in my bedroom, sterling silver hearts and enalemed copper bowls by Jose Pineda.

  • VeronicaRStudio

    VeronicaRStudio said 8 years ago

    Oh, and I love all the plates in the background in the first photo!

  • 41Hawthorne

    41Hawthorne said 8 years ago

    It is fascinating the diversity in what we each collect...what makes our heart race. Talking about school supplies, in the same vein, I love the old wood base papercutters, I use the platforms for plants on the windowsill. Love them, but not sure why.

  • stuffstitchandpaint

    stuffstitchandpaint said 8 years ago

    Fabulouse and inspiring, it makes me want to puruse the vintage Etsy items.

  • Fivendime

    Fivendime said 8 years ago

    Very interesting-I love the colorful kitchenware in the first photo.

  • vivikas

    vivikas said 8 years ago

    haha - cool collections!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 8 years ago

    I love those beautiful colorful pots and pans and other things in the top picture. I have always loved colorful kitchenware as well. I remember that was what I loved so much about vintage pyrex were the colors.

  • mrhudon

    mrhudon said 8 years ago

    Fun stuff, I've always been a collector of something!!

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 8 years ago

    What an ispiring artical. I have to agree that the hunt is a fantastic part of collecting. Thanks for sharing.

  • kissadesign

    kissadesign said 8 years ago

    One can never have too many collections, right? (That's what I tell myself anyway.) Love this article! And the thrill of the hunt!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 8 years ago

    I've been collecting all my life but never the items that you collect! Great article !!

  • coolstuffartgallery

    coolstuffartgallery said 8 years ago

    LOVE the Catherine Holmes. Im a big collector of mid century. Cool Stuff!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 8 years ago

    Ah - I'd love to frame all those top few and display them!

  • fashionL

    fashionL said 8 years ago

    Great!!!!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 8 years ago

    So cool! I never thought much of bread tie-tags until I saw how beautiful they could be en masse!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 8 years ago

    i used to collect post cards. now all i have left are a bunch of popeye post cards

  • BellaPuzzles

    BellaPuzzles said 8 years ago

    The bread tabs made me laugh. My husband has been collecting them for decades. I look forward to reading your blog, Lisa.

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 8 years ago

    Fun! I never knew a fistful of bread bag tie tags could look so pretty all together that way.

  • weatheredsilo

    weatheredsilo said 8 years ago

    I am blown away by these collections and your design aesthetic! Thank you for these lovely images. Cheers, Mandy

  • exotictobaccotools

    exotictobaccotools said 8 years ago

    Fanciful oddities are a must!

  • GreggoryWoodworks

    GreggoryWoodworks said 8 years ago

    wow very neat and tidy not at all like one might think when hearing 80+ collections...this is spectacular!!

  • vintageblueridge

    vintageblueridge said 8 years ago

    My Daughter collects erasers!

  • lulusmuse

    lulusmuse said 8 years ago

    interesting!

  • JesseMosher

    JesseMosher said 8 years ago

    very interesting

  • Tiah

    Tiah said 8 years ago

    I love the plates on the wall. I have been looking for inspiration for my kitchen, just found it. Thank you!

  • lostdaughters

    lostdaughters said 8 years ago

    one of my favorite articles yet <3

  • matinlapin

    matinlapin said 8 years ago

    Fantastic collections! Only *slightly* bigger than all of mine!

  • ManoBello

    ManoBello said 8 years ago

    Wow...you just made me realize that I also have a bunch of "collections"...I just didn't think of it that way...COOL! (: Inspiring...LOVE the erasers!

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 8 years ago

    The Catherine Holms lotus pattern kithchenware is just fabulous!! Love the article!

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 8 years ago

    Neat - 0 ! I was drawn to the erasers. I just want to bite them. Have you found any with the teeth marks?! HA!

  • GoodLookinTreasures

    GoodLookinTreasures said 8 years ago

    As I grow older and my everyday life changes, so do my collections. I'm sure every collector would agree that Etsy offers wonderful buying options for anything a collector must have!

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 8 years ago

    The primal hunter/gathering instinct is probably alive & well in most of us. I've always loved & collected old erasers and vintage/antique dice. I have little boxes containing miniature 19th century bone dice up through 1960s plastic childrens games dice. The minis are my favorite! Small items are perfect for small spaces but not so much the larger objects. Terrific interview.

  • UniqueCatVintage

    UniqueCatVintage said 8 years ago

    That's nice but it seems to me to be hoarding tendencies if people collect that much. I, too, was a 'collector' growing up. I saved all sorts of things that I look back on now and I cannot believe it. One day I had a wakeup call and realized that my collections were interfering with my life. Btw, I'm not saying this is true of the poster, but it gets to a point where it isn't healthy. Now all I have left is my mini-eraser collection (I did this when I was a child and they fit in a large glass jar) and some of my cat figurine collection (I only saved the nicest ones). I'm so glad that I only kept the 'collections' that mattered most to me. I will collect again someday but if it's anything I have to hide away in envelopes or boxes, then it's not the collection for me. I want collections I can share with the world! (btw, no harm is meant in my comment)

  • VintageOrphanage

    VintageOrphanage said 8 years ago

    These are great pictures! I totally get what she said about wanting to display and organize everything, but realizing there just isn't a feasible way to do it properly. My collection of vintage is what got me selling here in the first place. Such cool things don't deserve to be trapped and hidden in storage boxes. Sadly, I can't display them all, but someone should! But I love that her collections aren't just fine antiques or toys...she has the same types of things I collected as a kid, but then tossed when I got a little older, and now wish I still had! Shaped erasers, pins, pen parts, and a jar labeled "shiny things," for example. :)

  • 5280bliss

    5280bliss said 8 years ago

    i absolutely ♥ these collections! quirky and fun fun fun!!!

  • stoneaddict

    stoneaddict said 8 years ago

    Glad to see I'm not the only crazy-collector-type!

  • WildWillow

    WildWillow said 8 years ago

    We regret so many things of my Grandmother's that we didn't value at the time she was downsized to move to the city. Today I have a number of collections but my dog figurines are my favorites. One will catch my eye during the day and, even if a bit dusty, never fails to elicit a smile.

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 8 years ago

    Sooo colorful!

  • DaphneDays

    DaphneDays said 8 years ago

    Really cool collections and super photos.

  • pinklady11

    pinklady11 said 8 years ago

    my main collection is

  • pinklady11

    pinklady11 said 8 years ago

    never mind, my computer is acting all janky today

  • WoollyPoPo

    WoollyPoPo said 8 years ago

    I love the way the repetition of the shapes and the absence of context allows the brain to recognize the beauty in these everyday objects. Just the subtle changes in the blue golf tees! This is my kind of art :)

  • DotD

    DotD said 8 years ago

    Your collections make you and the rest of us happy....glad you shared them!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 8 years ago

    Really interesting arrangements, I like the dice one in particular with it's contrasts of colours and shapes. I'm sure it becomes a challenge to display your collections after a while! I don't really have th room to collect things!

  • ViviansKitchen

    ViviansKitchen said 8 years ago

    How absolutely fun! Love the bread bag clips. So cool.

  • fromlosttofound

    fromlosttofound said 8 years ago

    If I photographed all of my collections and then got rid of the actual collection and saved the picture, I could cut down on space by a lot! Could I enjoy it as much? I don't know, but from these photos, it's worth a try!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 8 years ago

    OMGosh - I have collections all over the house and didn't even know it. How fun is this. Congats on the book!!

  • birchandbird

    birchandbird said 8 years ago

    Oh my...don't get us started!

  • Sensibilities

    Sensibilities said 8 years ago

    Love all of your collection!!! I definately have a few collections of my own that I didnt know that I had. :)

  • dahlilafound

    dahlilafound said 8 years ago

    I love these collections, especially the erasers & the bread bag clips. All neatly lined up for show. It's heavenly. :-) dahlila xo

  • vintagegirldezigns

    vintagegirldezigns said 8 years ago

    Nice collections and I like the way they're arranged and photographed. I collect vintage bottles, vintage pewter and baskets ~ the thrill of the hunt makes it fun!

  • OhDearWatson

    OhDearWatson said 8 years ago

    Love collection a day... and I especially love those cathrineholm pieces!

  • CreativeButterflyXOX

    CreativeButterflyXOX said 8 years ago

    I love all the color combinations :)

  • msquaredj

    msquaredj said 8 years ago

    great!! i love collecting all sorts of things! anything and everything!

  • deLoop

    deLoop said 8 years ago

    Who would have thought those bag ties could be so pretty :) very cool!

  • elmstreetmarket

    elmstreetmarket said 8 years ago

    Very interesting! And I remember her wall from a Design*Sponge sneak peak!

  • piratejayne

    piratejayne said 8 years ago

    Getting up at 5am armed with coffee and a pair of comfy shoes. Row after row of venders displaying their wares. And somewhere in that swirl of color, there is an object that you must have. You know its there, hidden beneath layers of dust maybe, but it is there. All you have to do is find it. Yes, I believe the hunt is the best part of all.

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 8 years ago

    love the fondu pot collection, such great colors and shape

  • magalerie

    magalerie said 8 years ago

    Great article ! Thanks a lot for featuring my pebbles photo. I collect pebbles and drift wood :)

  • LoveButtons

    LoveButtons said 8 years ago

    I love reading about other people's collections - fascinating and wonderful. I don't collect things, though, except for buttons, oh and fabric ;o)

  • Gynx

    Gynx said 8 years ago

    Cool collections!

  • Everydayness

    Everydayness said 8 years ago

    Nice idea! The collection format is very appealing.

  • doingitherself

    doingitherself said 8 years ago

    Um, that Cathrin holm collection is beyond amazing. I envy you! I've got my first 4 pieces and I can't get enough.

  • avesattic

    avesattic said 8 years ago

    If I had the room, I'd be a collector of many things. As I get older I seem to want to downsize, but still want to collect a few things. I love the sea of plates on the wall. Doesn't take up walking space on the floor.....hmmmmm.....gives me an idea. Love the bright colors too. Thanks

  • laurelsbylaurie

    laurelsbylaurie said 8 years ago

    My husband has a bread tag collection, lol. Of course, my collections of vintage handbags, vintage gloves, small collection of Fiestaware, my size 3 collection of Levis I can't fit into anymore, my matchbook collection that was started in the 70's, my gum wrapper collection from early elementary school, are much larger than his. But we are a collecting kind of family. My son's of course have their baseball card collections. This is a fun article to relate to!

  • Lindensage

    Lindensage said 8 years ago

    i am not alone...;)...don't get me started!

  • dessertfirstdesigns

    dessertfirstdesigns said 8 years ago

    I love her collections! Great article.

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 8 years ago

    Two of my favorite ladies in the crafty scene :) Super cool, thanks bunches for this article, I love seeing what other people collect too. Cheers!

  • TheVintageApartment

    TheVintageApartment said 8 years ago

    One of my favourite collectors! Yay to this article! That first photo, of Lisa with her Cathrineholm collection makes me somewhat envious. So much colour & prettiness! I collect vintage things. Books, vases, juice glasses (my favourite things to collect), tiny things, Fab trays, ... the list goes on.

  • lalalandArt

    lalalandArt said 8 years ago

    fun collections! we love the first picture: so colorful! great article!

  • Signoraluna

    Signoraluna said 8 years ago

    Wonderful! I love colours!

  • Avarae17

    Avarae17 said 8 years ago

    Love it Lisa!! I collect First Aid boxes! From car boots,jumble sales, thrift stores. Think it was because my mum would never let me go into our family first aid box as it was full of prescription drugs (so she says!!) Keep collecting! xx

  • reiter8

    reiter8 said 8 years ago

    I love the simple, graphic way she lays out her collective items. It's always a visual pleasure to stop by Lisa's blog and take a peek. It's also fun to see the spectrum of collections. The mundane plastic bread bag closures are worth a second look when grouped together. Nice article. Thanks Rikrak!

  • MarKhed

    MarKhed said 8 years ago

    great article! love the images too!

  • susissatchels

    susissatchels said 8 years ago

    There is no telling what people will collect.... and then make a piece of art out of their displays

  • karuski

    karuski said 8 years ago

    Inspiring, I enjoy seeing these pictures! Although myself I have noticed letting things go instead of keeping them can be relieving. That has been just my personal experience. ps. I still love having lots of vintage buttons, that's my collection I can't give away.

  • recycledparts

    recycledparts said 8 years ago

    I thought I was the only one that collected bread bag clips!

  • NotYourGrandmothers

    NotYourGrandmothers said 8 years ago

    All so clever!

  • courtneyorillion

    courtneyorillion said 8 years ago

    I love a collection that is displayed well. It makes it all worth while. Courtney Orillion

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly said 8 years ago

    I LOVE this article!!! I always love to read about people who are as obsessed as I am about collecting, flea markets, thrifting, etc. Your collections and photos are fabulous!!!

  • deepfried

    deepfried said 8 years ago

    Who knew bread tags could look so interesting. ha I collect things of a different nature but do enjoy arranging and displaying.. There's a fine line between organized collections and a hoarding nightmare.. Im on the verge. haha

  • IslaNewYork

    IslaNewYork said 8 years ago

    Eraser collection for the win!! Totally used to have a pink pearl eraser!!

  • museumshop

    museumshop said 8 years ago

    Collectors are special people.

  • museumshop

    museumshop said 8 years ago

    Collecting is FUN

  • ShimmerandFizz

    ShimmerandFizz said 8 years ago

    wonderful article... and such interesting collections.

  • Czenyu

    Czenyu said 8 years ago

    Really like your lens, wishing you all best :-) http://www.czenyu.com/zenyu

  • rubarbginger

    rubarbginger said 8 years ago

    Lovely, i collectphoto's, vintage brooches and vintage sugar bowls x

  • JoannasTreasures

    JoannasTreasures said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this. I've got a collection of matchboxes somewhere from various bars when smoking was still allowed indoors in UK. There's some fantastic colours and designs. You've inspired me to hunt out the collection now and frame them.

  • GeorginaKay

    GeorginaKay said 8 years ago

    Love these articles! I collect a series of specific 1960's mice in various objects. I am a serious collector and daily am on the look out for new ones!

  • SizeMedium

    SizeMedium said 8 years ago

    Oh, I love this!! It's amazing what people collect, isn't it? As a child it was smooth pebbles and glass that had washed ashore. As an adult, buttons! And I hope to have a lovely teacup collection :)

  • mandinka

    mandinka said 8 years ago

    Lisa's blog is wonderful! I have a small vintage suitcase collection. And as a side effect of my work, I love collecting suit coat labels.

  • bstudio

    bstudio said 8 years ago

    The same item but different, it's so fascinating! I collect small bird figures. I love mid-century modern stuff too.

  • PaperUlixis

    PaperUlixis said 8 years ago

    LOVE these collections! great post!

  • GrandAndTaylor

    GrandAndTaylor said 8 years ago

    Such a great idea! I agree with others that the photographs are almost better than the actual items. But of course that does not mean I am about to part with any of my collections :) Thank you so much for sharing all the loveliness.

  • ParadisePie

    ParadisePie said 8 years ago

    I really love the photos of the golf tees, the erasers and the bread bag tags. It is wonderful to see the beauty in what we are surrounded by everyday and might miss. I like collecting too. I have a HUGE button collection, a collection of vintage hand-sewn embroideries and linens, postage stamps, beads, fabrics, notions, vintage postcards, vintage aprons, jewelery, images, and best of all is my donkey collection. I have all kinds of donkey things including poetry, books, images, stuffed animals, scrap books and more. I enjoyed this article. Thank you!

  • anadiazarte

    anadiazarte said 8 years ago

    Great collections!

  • PersonalizedGiftsbyJ

    PersonalizedGiftsbyJ said 8 years ago

    Collecting is great. You have shown some gret collections.

  • santosleather

    santosleather said 8 years ago

    Oh so COOL ! Amazing stuff !!!

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