Monday, 18 January 2021

Something I collected as a child

 This particular topic by Long and Short Reviews was easy, as I had a fairly extensive collection as a child, sadly having long since been thrown away.

Keyrings.

All my friends collected them, and we would take our collections round to each other's houses and swap them. I can distinctly remember one friend who had a lucky rabbit's foot she had got from a trip to Disneyland, which unsurprisingly she was never willing to swap out no matter what I offered her.

My personal favourite was a small paperweight containing underwater items such as a shell and a starfish, plus a little egg timer. I can't remember who I got that from but I valued that one with my life. There was also a skeleton with green jewel eyes which I think everyone had some variant of, and for some reason a hotdog that I refused to let anyone have.

These days I collect autographs. I'm a member of two autograph collectors' forums where we share addresses and successes from writing to celebrities, and I have a fairly vast collection now including two prized personalised photos from Alan Rickman and Gene Wilder. I even got a two-page handwritten letter from Tatiana Maslany just before "Orphan Black" became successful - fairly rare from any celebrity.

So what did you collect as a child?

24 comments:

  1. Okay.. autograph collecting is cool. Where do you display them? My post is here if you want to stop by: http://jhthomas.blogspot.com/2021/01/wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge_20.html

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    1. I keep them in files so they won't fade. There are hundreds of them now.

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  2. How interesting! I enjoyed reading about your collections. I hope you can stop by:

    https://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2021/01/wednesday-blogging-challenge-my.html

    Colletta

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  3. That skeleton keyring sounds really cool.

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    1. There were a lot of them about at the time. I think everyone had one.

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  4. I used to collect autographs ... it's fun and challenging! It's neat that you received that letter. You're right, that IS something rare. Hold on to that sucker! I'm here today: http://www.mariannearkins.com/wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge-something-i-collected-as-a-child/. Thank you!

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    1. Believe me, I will! I've had a few personal responses but that one was the best.

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  5. Wow! I used to have a rabbit foot keyring as a child. I considered it lucky and would never swap it out for anything else, either. Fun post!

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    1. I think it was more the memory of Disney that made her keep it, but I don't blame her. I wouldn't either.

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  6. I've got loads of keyrings. I don't consider them a collection, they just clutter up a junk drawer. Most are from car dealerships that came with the car when I bought it. https://pmprescott.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-good-goddess.html

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  7. Trading collection pieces is a great part of the fun? And I love Alan Rickman. I am sure you treasure that autograph.

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  8. The hotdog keyring must have been funny!

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    1. I don't know why I was so fond of that one, but I was!

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  9. Collecting keyrings is awesome. I haven't heard of someone doing that before :)

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  10. Very cool. I still have my keyring from Cedar Point (an amusement park) that's a rabbit foot.

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  11. Huh. Now that you say that, I remember having a rabbit's foot in my childhood -- maybe from a roller-skating rink? It wasn't really part of a collection, though, and I have no idea what became of it.

    I couldn't come up with anything, so I just did "get me through 2021" book suggestions...

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  12. WOw, that's interesting. My mom got Liberace's autograph on a napkin when he was playing a venue she was at. I still have it somewhere. LOL Thanks for sharing. Here's mine.https://www.tenastetler.com/something-i-collected-as-a-child-lsr-blogging-challenge/

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