Walking out the door of a local store I glance at a sale display of odds and ends. I spy it. A large white , metal, free formed bowl. Half off original price. Wouldn’t that look nice on a summer table on the patio filled with flowers? Or fruit? Or Chips? Or stop! Put it down. Exit the building.
I have of late developed a fondness for dishware. Beautiful floral pieces of china. Cups and compotes. Plates and tea pots I love them. At the same time I know I should be paring down such items from my life and pantries. But they sing a siren song and draw me in. Is it the beauty of their design? Their echo of grace and and lovely times spent with food family or friends? Or something else?
I am not alone in this collecting coalition. One friend is inexorably drawn to handbags. She only half jokingly had me promise to enter her home in the event of her sudden or premature demise and remove the bulk of her booty before her husband and children could discover the real size of her collection. Another friend’s husband, a card carrying re-cycle, re-use type has acquired quite the collection of second hand leather jackets. My own husband had a serious fling with duffel bags, the kind you put tennis racquets in. He had not only several for himself, but he also started picking them up for the kids and me. He was always looking for the perfect bag. One for just match play, one that would work as an extra suitcase for air travel, or hold multiple racquets. It was after a family intervention when he had brought me yet another bag that we finally convinced him to stop, since I don’t play tennis!
The world is full of collectors. Did you know the number of doll collectors is only exceeded by those who collect coins? Numismatologist or arctophile, pick your poison. Actually the latter specializes in teddy bears but you get the picture. Tea cups, baseball cards, stamps, movie memorabilia, stuff and more stuff. And open the door on a quilter’s closet and prepare to be overwhelmed by fat quarters, a quilter’s phrase for fabric squares.
It was said that Mother Theresa owned but two saris and a bucket to wash the one she was not wearing. I am making no judgement on collecting or anyone’s appreciation for whats-its. Just that for many of us some things draw us in and hold us fascinated. And in this we have something in common, even if my treasure is your “not another one of those??” I’m just say’n.