Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Another Tuesday–No Tips Today

I seem to have run out of tip ideas for the moment. My immediate thought was to write about collections. What do you collect? Where to you find your treasures? How do you store them?

I’m sure we all have a few of several different things, and I’m not sure just what constitutes a “collection”. If there’s a definitive number I haven’t heard it.

My collections seem to be growing, but the space in which to store them is not. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to expand your space?

One collection that everyone who knows me knows about is my Santa collection. I try to buy a new one each holiday season, and have nearly 50 at last count. Taking them from their storage boxes and putting them on display each November is such a pleasure!

I have the most collections, though, in my kitchen and dining room areas. There are the many salt and pepper shaker sets that I keep in an antique metal cabinet. It was always in my house when I was growing up, and I was lucky enough to get it a few years ago, painted it a bright yellow and it sits in my sunroom just off the dining room.

My teapot collection sits above the kitchen cabinets, and they’ve come from many sources. Some were my mother’s, others were gifts, others my purchases. On a wooden shelf unit are the sugar & creamer sets. A combination of the 2 is the teapot, sugar & creamer set that I bought with S & H Green Stamps many years ago. Remember those?

The number of cake stands is currently 9 – one of which was my grandmother’s and several were my mother’s. One is quite different – a square. What a lovely way to present a cake!

And my treasures in the kitchen are a cookie jar from my childhood and a Hoosier Cabinet (photo below) that my husband bought as a birthday gift 15 years ago. Are you familiar with them? Sometime I’ll do an article about them and their very interesting history.
I’d love to hear about your collections and treasures, particularly those relating to the kitchen! As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome. Thanks for reading!


  1. I don't have a collection, but I do have a treasure. It's a red step stool style chair that I used to sit on when I visited my grandma's house. It's one of those old fashioned stools made from metal and I have so many memories of me sitting on it, listening to my grandparents talk, eating meals. It means the world to me to have it and to be able to see my children using it today.

    1. Hi Shannan! I'm glad to hear from you. I know exactly what type of chair/stool you're talking about. Those old treasures just make your heart feel good, don't they? They bring such great memories, and now you're making memories with your own children! Take care.