I may have mentioned it before, but honestly, I don’t remember if I ever did. Either way, my husband, Rob, collects watches. Vintage watches.
A few years ago when his passion began, it surprised me and I remember asking him when he became so interested in watches. He told that even as a little kid, he used to collect things — which I found totally adorable — and watches was a more age appropriate collection to build as an adult, and something he’s become very well-educated and passionate about. I understand building a collection, but I still couldn’t figure out why he settled on watches. What is it about them that makes him tick (hehe, pun intended)?
For him, it’s all about the thrill of the chase and the hunt to find something that can’t easily be purchased or found. The unique and personal stories behind the watches and the stories of how he found the watch is what makes his collection all the more meaningful.
It made me think — do I collect anything? Other than clothes, shoes and handbags, there was nothing I could really think of. But, I really like the idea of collecting. It can turn any outing or trip into a treasure hunt and lead us places that we might have not ventured into otherwise.
In past years, we’ve found ourselves in countless vintage shops on our trips, poking around in all the knick knacks to see if there was anything to be found. Usually we leave empty-handed, but not always! And it’s those few times that you find something really unique and special that make the whole process all the more fun!
On one of my (many) trips this year, I started thinking about my own collection. What are things I really love and are they worth collecting?
I like the idea of collecting art, but I’m not sure if I have the budget or wall space for it right now, hmm… buying a piece of original art is on my 30 before 30 list though! Chassity Evans has an amazing collection and is living proof that a beautiful collection doesn’t have to break the bank — I’ve spied several Etsy and Minted pieces in her house amidst some originals too.
A few other thoughts about collections popped into my brain….
One: I realized I actually do have a few collections. The difference is that instead of collecting one specific item, I have small groupings of things that remind me of something special like a fun trip or a memorable time of our lives, or even something that simply inspires me.
I have a small collection of shells, coolie hats actually, from a trip to Mexico with my mom and two glass pocket watches (can you guess where that idea came from?) from our honeymoon stop in Hong Kong. The latter is a very small collection, but a collection nonetheless! Both of those take me back to those moments and bring up all kinds of good memories and feelings.
Two: I think I collect books — coffee table books and cook books to be more precise. I say ‘I think’, because it’s not something I actively do or seek out, but I do love them. Especially the beautiful ones with gorgeous photography, unique perspectives, dreamy interiors, exotic recipes and unknown places that temporarily remove me from my everyday life. I think they spark creativity and I’m always okay with that!
They also end up telling a bit of a story. It’s funny to look back and see how I’ve changed by seeing what I was once interested in and how my interests, style and general outlook has shifted over the years. The more I think about it, I should probably really pay more attention to that collection. It’s not a very expensive one and is really fun, easy and provides entertainment for years to come.
At the end of the day, having a collection is really just another hobby, isn’t it? I’ve always had numerous hobbies, but lately I’ve been finding that some of my old hobbies like painting and knitting just don’t bring me the same amount of enjoyment as they used to. But, maybe focusing on my newer collections will!
So tell me, do you collect anything? Did you collect when you were a kid — doodle bugs maybe? I think my sisters and I did that once, ha! What do you collect or if you stopped, why? I’d love to hear your thoughts and experience with collections below, so chime in!