I don’t collect much. I hate clutter. Don’t get me wrong, my husband has many collections that take up space in our house – he collects pint glasses, records, Heavy Metal magazines, t-shirts, etc. I have a few antique books, a few cute postage stamps, smashed pennies (the kind you make in souvenir shop machines), but until recently, I think the only true “collection” I could say I have was a coin collection. I started this hobby due to two influences in my life – my grandfather and my brother. They both collected coins and spawned my interest. I got more into numismatics when my grandfather passed away and I was given a portion of his coin collection. I treasured it. I added to it. I couldn’t spend my change without first checking out what I had in my hand for fear I was giving away something I needed for my collection, something valuable.
Sadly, due to our current circumstances (now five months of unemployment for my husband), in a desperate need to keep our family afloat, I have had to sell off some things of value – my coin collection being one of them. Fortunately for me, my brother still collects coins. Why does this work to my benefit? I couldn’t let something my grandfather started and passed down to me just disappear into oblivion. Instead, my brother generously purchased my collection; helping me and preserving our grandfather’s legacy. Thank you Rob. I love you dearly.
So now what do I collect? Only memories. Memories come in various forms – photographs, home videos, drawings from my children, music (on my phone). Some of these items come with something tangible, but even when the part I can hold in my hand is gone, a large portion still lingers in my mind and heart. That is the best collection I could ask for.
Oh, but old habits do die hard…and I still have trouble spending coins without first giving them a good look. 😉