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I'm not big on collecting things but I have a small hand bell collection, including the school bell that was used in the second school I taught in.  I also have and odd plate collection.  When I see an unusual or particularly attractive dinner or serving plate I'll buy it and use it for serving cakes, cookies, sandwiches, etc... So, what do you guys collect?

oh yeah, i used to collect Polly Pockets when i was younger. y'know, when they had them come in the little clip-closed compacts and the figurines were tiny. not the crap they have now, that stuff is just depressing because it was good the way it was.

i still pull it all out every once in a while and look at it for a half hour. i'd probably do that today but i have a feeling it's at the bottom of a pile

I totally agree! When I first saw a commercial for the new Polly Pockets..or whatever they are called now (Giant Polly's?)..I was outraged! I could never find the rest of my collection when I was still at home in Tx  (I kept one Polly and two little horses around)...someday I'll find all those things again!

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I collect Starbucks coffee mugs and horror DVDs: vampires, zombies, werewolves and eurotrash horror mostly.
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I guess I really do not collect anything. Or maybe, if you looked inside my purse, you would think I was a trash collector.  :D

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I collect Starbucks coffee mugs and horror DVDs: vampires, zombies, werewolves and eurotrash horror mostly.

Scuse my ignorance, but what does "Eurotrash" mean? I live in Europe and I've never heard it used here. Curiosity!

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It generally refers to B-grade European horror from directors like Jean Rollin, Jess Franco, Dario Argento, Lucio Fulchi, Lamberto Bava, Paul Naschy, Mario Bava......the list goes on!  It's generally a bit on the sleazy side.

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Storm, you seem to have excellent taste in horror films.  ;)b

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I think the things that I collect the most are books, papers, and Raggedy Ann dolls. I'm not sure how many dolls I have now as they're all in storage, but I love them. My favorite is three feet tall, and when I got her for Christmas she was taller than me. She's had several limbs and her head torn off several times, so she's tattered and mended. That's my emotional Raggedy Ann, the one who sleeps with me when I'm an emotional wreck. Yes, I'm 18.

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As goofy as this sounds, I actually collected star wars toys as a kid, to my late teenager years. It was ridiculous, but I still have a bunch of the stuff in my house. Any geek out there want to buy the stuff?

Goofy depends on which Star Wars.  I was big into IV, V, and VI.  My sister and I used to close ourselves in our windowless bathroom and battle with lightsabers in the late 70s / early 80s.

I actually have those toys from the first movies (late 70's-early 80's,) as well as prequel ones too. There's just too much of it at my house, mostly un opened.

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I collect ribbon and beads. I craft sometimes, beading mostly and ribbon gets used in my cake decorating a lot. but mostly, i just love to look at it :) I don't have much time to bead generally but I still buy them from everywhere. I have several pieces I've made that are only special to me because of where the beads came from. I also have the playbill from every broadway or off-broadway show i've ever been to starting back in 4th grade when dad took me to my first one :)

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oh AND I collect recipes and cookbooks of course! i have three cookbooks I've bought from goodwill just because they looked cool, one was actually a vegetarian one. I also have folders into which I sort recipes that get torn out of magazines/newspapers or printed off the internet. I have upwards of 200 recipes sorted into color-coded folders. In order for recipes to make it into my "permanent" collection, aka in my recipe book my sister made for me, it has to undergo a series of tests ;)

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If you visited my house, you'd think we collect cat figurines!  Actually, most of them were gifts from people who know I like cats and have some figurines and they didn't know what to get me, so . . .  I am buildinig a nice collection of veg*n cookbooks and if I find a novel like "Sunshine Rider" which bills itself as the "first vegetarian western", I'll buy it too.  I'm waiting for the writer of that book to publish the promised but not yet delivered second vegetarian western!  It's been almost 10 years (but I just discovered his veggie western book a month or so ago).  My DH collects books, obsessively.  I tell him he doesn't have to own every book in the universe and he tells me the same!  :-D

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I collect pin-up girl prints, decorative plates, and cook books. I inherited all of my grandmother's cookbooks when she passed away so I have a ton from back in the day. 

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Vinyl.

I don't have an official count, but I'd be willling to guess it's well over 3,000 records.

OMG, I love vinyl!  I lost all of mine in a move and then another batch in a flooded closet.  By then CDs were out, but I still bought a bunch on ebay.  Yesterday I drug out an old vinyl from the 80's and played it.  A couple of years ago I bought a Sony record player. 

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I keep the books I read and have a nice little library.  I have a large collection of music on CD, tapes and vinyl.  The last few years I realized I was spending my retirement and backed off on buying music.  My "wish list" is now quite high. 

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Books, books, oh and did I say books?  I belong to this website, Paperbackswap.com, I am so freaking addicted to it.  Along with books, I collect recipes/cookbooks.  So I have soooo many books, I too need to start a library. 
I used to collect time pieces (not just watches or clocks) but the really unusual time pieces.  When I graduated from high school, my mom bought me a crapload of mini clocks and time pieces, they were so neat.
Oh and I collect really unusual names, working on writing a baby name book (have been collecting unusual names for about 14 years now).
Oh and I do genealogy, so of course I have *collected up* two file cabinets full of info and notes, lol.

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I collect
cloth
items that interest me
books

love books love em love em love em

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I collect Eeyore things, Bumble things, and Hoops and YoYo things. We have too many collectors in our house. My daughter collects dragons, books (especially manga), and white tigers. My son collects Pokemon, Halo figures, Star Wars, and Nintendo figures. And my hubby collects the little green alien from Toy Story, Aliens, turtles, and Garfield. I'm surprised there's enough room for us, ha ha!

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I collect tons of books. Cookbooks, exercise books, bibles, I love the bibles, fiction, non fiction magazines lots and lots of magazines.....................

I also collect purses and Exercise videos or dvds

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I collect things from concerts. Anything possible from a concert is saved. ANYTHING (i have confetti, rubber bands that held shirts, stupid fliers that i got at the concert that had nothing to do with it...).
My faves are signed drumsticks with pictures on them (i have 2 and on each of which i have gotten people to draw a platypus, heh.), guitar picks, and set lists. Along with anything possible signed and armbands.

And stickers. I like stickers. Thought i wouldn't know if i should call it collecting or compulsively buying and using.

Coloring books/crayons - i refuse to get rid of old ones. I have a billion coloring books and crayons combined.

Pez dispensers

Anything to do with with artichokes, platypi, or VW vans. (if i ever found something that was a platypus in a van eating an artichoke i might freak the heck out)

And Hannah Montana things. Because i'm cool.

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I tend to collect books. Lately, I'm trying to unload as much of everything as possible in prepartion for a transatlantic move going from Holland back to the US. The only books I will keep are my vegan cookbooks, the rest will be given away. I'm also planning to buy an e-book when I get to the US, as it's easy to download books there and it means less trees being killed.

As I'm a recent vegan, this move is a perfect excuse to get rid of all the leftover non-vegan stuff in our house. My husband is a hoarder, something very genetic in his family, so I think it's worth the move just to force him to get rid of stuff. We literally can't afford to move it!

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