I love a good collection, I always have. When I was younger, I used to love watching the 'Antique Roadshow' and in later years 'Cash in the Attic'. I was fascinated at all the weird and wonderful things that people collected. I admire the passion and commitment it takes to have a great collection.
I have collected things in the past, I dibbled in a pig collection, I dabbled in a snow globe collection but none of them lasted. I got fed up with the clutter and obviously wasn't committed enough.
As I look round my house, I realise that I do have collections, collections that have evolved unconsciously over the years.
I thought I would share my biggest love, my 'Emma Bridgewater' pottery. My love affair for her wares first began when I got married. I decided her 'Blue Toast & Marmalade' would be a perfect addition to my wedding list. I then started going to her factory sales, friends started buying bits as gifts and my collection just grew. It is now spread out all over the house:
In the china cabinet:Near the sink:
In the storage chest:
In the larder:
I got these out for Christmas:
On the kitchen counter, (holding tea bags and sugar):
On the plate shelf:
On the other side of the plate shelf:
Finally, in the kitchen cupboard:
The majority of bits that I have bought are now discontinued. This is good and bad. It is bad as I am neurotic about it getting broken. It is good if I ever wanted to sell it. The prices that some of my pieces are going for on ebay are obscene!!
Although I must say that since living in America my EB collection has sort of stopped growing. I have not seen it for sale anywhere in Colorado. You can buy it online from a few shops and I can obviously order if from England, (they do ship to America but you have to pay about $40 just for the shipping!!!). But the main reason is the price, in England it was quite expensive but not too bad. Here, once it is converted into dollars, I just can't bring myself to buy a thing!!!
Maybe Father Christmas will leave a little something in my stocking!!! (hint, hint Prince Charming!!!)