Desirable (?) Collections

There I was up in the attic looking for some Tupperware I stored away in the 1990s -  my young neighbour having shown some interest in the brightly coloured plastic containers - when I came across a box of what I can only describe as "sundry items". There were albums, ornaments and postcards in varying stages of deterioration.

Word of advice. Never admit to collecting anything. Not unless every birthday and Christmas you want to be given more of those ‘desirable’ objects long after your herd of elephant ornaments has packed its trunk and trundled off up to the attic.

I myself have been guilty of taking the easy way out, buying gifts with little thought, because what could be easier than to find a present for a collector? 

 I don’t suppose children these days collect stamps but everyone did when I was at primary school. It was quite exciting finding stamps for all the countries and sticking them in your album…exciting for about a week.

A couple of terms later with those albums consigned to the darkest reaches of a bedroom cupboard behind the jigsaw puzzles with one piece missing and the counter-less Ludo sets, fond elderly relatives were still giving me little packets of brightly-coloured stamps, from countries like Sverige, Ruandi Urundi or Helvetia.

In my 20s there was a brief period when I collected ornaments shaped like shoes and handbags. I still have them somewhere and harbour a hope that one day people will suddenly wake up and decide that all they want to make their life complete is a four-inch high pottery handbag with matching shoes and is willing to pay a ton of money for the privilege.

Dinky toys are another collectable and these little cars which cost a few pence in the 1950s are now worth hundreds if they are in good condition. My brothers had dozens of these when they were young - if only they had kept them, preferably in their original boxes. But like all normal children they threw away the packaging and played with the toys until they fell to pieces.

Then I came across a story on the internet about a Winnie The Pooh fan. Unlike most people, her passion for Pooh (ew!) never waned and over the years she spent $100,000 on Winnie the Pooh memorabilia.

Although no value has been put on this pile of Pooh, among her 8,900 items is a limited-edition bee worth $1,000 and bears dating back to 1960 which could also be worth hundreds of dollars each.

So I’m back up to the attic to look for my box of ornamental shoes and handbags. Maybe among them is a rare facsimile of a Christian Louboutin shoe which will make me enough money to go out and buy a whole wardrobe full of the real thing.

I live in hopes. 

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  1. Had to smile at this. It is so easy to buy for someone who is a collector but it gets old pretty quick when you are the collector. I use to collect foxes and mercy they are everywhere I look. I finally cried uncle and said I was now collecting gift cards:)

  2. I think what makes those items desirable is that they are now hard to find. If more people took care of their toys when they were kids, toys in good condition would not be the collector items they are today.

  3. Put those Tupperware bowls on e-Bay as Mid-Century Tupperware and you might get around $25-$30. Mid-century anything are what people now are looking for.

  4. My mom had that exact same set of Tupperware in the 70's. :) XO

  5. My collections are books, which are probably worth something only to those who like the same authors I do, and DVDs which might be worth a fair bit eventually, since I have complete collections of several TV series and of movies where there were sequels made. A nearby neighbour has a collection of Garfield cats which currently numbers 44 I think.

  6. A friend once asked people to stop giving her cow themed items as her kitchen overflowed. lol By the way, I had to look up Ludo. Interesting! Thanks for the giggles.