A dear friend of mine had such enthusiasm for a collection of elephants she’d seen. “I’d love to have a collection like that,” she told me. So when her birthday came, I thought what should I get her? I found elephants – with the trunk curved up because that meant good luck. And her collection began.
Any time I was in a thrift store, an antique shop, a garage sale or a jewelry store, I had a mission – find my friend another elephant for her collection. And it was growing. So much so that she had to invest in a curio cabinet to hold the 60 plus elephants she had collected.One day, just before Christmas, I brought her a gift. Yes, another elephant – and she cried. “I don’t know how this started, but for years everyone gives me elephants for my birthday and Christmas. Elephant jewelry, elephant stationery, elephants on shirts – on everything!” she said through her tears.
|The lower left corner has my first dishes.|
“It’s my fault,” I said, giving her my final elephant gift. “Don’t you remember when you said you’d like an elephant collection?” Of course she didn’t, but she was happy to know how it started and that it could end.
Some people are collectors; some hoarders. I keep things I like, and for the most part, they’re valueless to anyone else but me. But I loved perusing for those elephants. Why not collect something for myself? I like miniatures and had my children’s dishes from when my mother pulled them out of the soapsuds she used. Remember those days when a toy came with a product?
So have you a collection you love? Have you tired of it and
wish people would stop buying you those frogs, owls or Star Wars figurines that
you get every time you open a present? Be aware that any comment might get another addition to your collection!
|This children's set dates back to around 1915, my oldest set.|
Although my collection does include several full sets, most of the thirty plus contain just the teapot, creamer and sugar dish. They’re in porcelain, metal, tin and glass and come from Japan, England and Germany as well as the USA. I love when I find a set made from the same mold with different decorations. On several occasions I’ve had the opportunity to display them and women from three to ninety enjoy all the memories they invoke.
|My granddaughters play with the tin items in the foreground and the "imitation" silver set. Note they are unbreakable!|