Collection: a number of things collected or assembled together. things gathered in to a mass or pile. see also: Accumulation
I collect stuff. I think we all do in some way. These days it seems the only things that I collect are laundry, sports equipment and crumbs in the kitchen BUT… BK (before kids) I did acquire a few collections that I adore to this day and someday would like to start up again.
The problem is that I seldom find myself wandering around a vintage store or antique market these days and if I am I’m usually so overwhelmed I end up with nothing but a soft pretzel and a latte.
When collecting, I tend to display them in groups. I also try to find uses for some things too while they’re in the group. (like for storage etc) It’s function, order mixed with a little chaos.
When we purchased our first home, (a 1920’s cape cod that was full of cute details and lots of wainscoting), I already knew it would be colorful; Brightly colored walls and white trim. But I wanted to balance the walls with some white.
Milk Glass, and lots of it would fill my red and white kitchen! I have loved milk glass since I was little and have a few pieces that used to be in my nana’s house as well. In our second house the collection is more broken up, but still collections in their own right.
The dining room holds vases on display and the rest I use for entertaining, but it can still be seen and adds bright white accents to the room.
Moving upstairs I use a few pieces to hold jewelry and in the bathroom to hold hair stuff. There is even a beautiful lamp that used to belong to my friend’s mom-mom. Her mom knew I loved milk glass and when she passed, gave it to me because she knew I’d display it. Pieces that belonged to people I know are my favorite.
In the kitchen I have a few vases in the corner to hold the plants that I kill every 5 months. I try so hard but I’m not the one with the green thumb. P.S.- How fantastic is that pic in the background of my nana and her 2 sisters at a graduation party in the 90’s? I especially love the plastic Miller Lite cup. It’s probably whiskey. You go aunt Caroline 😉
Moving to another collection. When I got engaged, I didn’t register for China. I wanted to collect vintage Pink Depression Glass instead. This is collection that I would truly love to grow. My mom and dad gave us enough at my shower to use for small dinner parties and I love them. They are so dainty and we really don’t use it all that often but when I set the table with them, it really looks beautiful.
In the “wearable” category, I have several collections. When you like the way something looks on you, go for it right? Ha!
Well, I know we’ve discussed this one before…
Vintage bags. Colorful and sometimes straw or wicker. I also have no means by which to display them yet. You see, I STILL haven’t finished my closet. So, here they are from 2 different points of view. Closet floor and foyer floor. Worth noting: that little gold sequin mesh bag? from my senior prom 1993. I bought it at a thrift store back then, circa early 80’s. It accompanied me with a long red halter dress my mom made, gold platforms and gold vintage 1960’s gloves. Use your imagination. Photo is sooo not available….
A super favorite item I used to request as a gift or buy for myself once in a while were fashion coffee table books. I had quite a collection going. Truth is I know there are more somewhere but as I said before, the closet is not finished. So right now I have them tucked away in corners. Some of them hold up my vintage bags and jewelry vessels as well. I haven’t opened them in a long time. Soon… when there are no sporting events to attend. For now I like to look at them stacked, and waiting to be re-read or discovered by a new fashionista someday….
Let’s talk anchors. I like anchors. All kinds. (It’s a boater thing). So I’ve started to accumulate some in the jewelry category. After I had our son, my husband bought me a very dainty diamond anchor necklace that I rarely take off and the collection grew from there.
For our wedding I bought all of my bridesmaids a vintage pin and a vintage beaded handbag. A lot of them still have them today and often message me when they wear them. That was the point; to evoke a memory.
Collections are cool. Little personal snippets of a life curated.