10 Awesome Things to Start Collecting

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As a child, I was an avid collector of piggy banks, coins, and rocks. I looked forward to show-and-tells where I could proudly display my collections. I think most kids have a collection of some sort, but what’s really fascinating are the collections people keep as adults. Do you have a collection?

Backpack Pins

Backpack pins are inexpensive and charming. This collection can travel with the collector and be continually displayed. Some collectors choose to focus on a theme, collecting Disney pins, political pins, or landmark pins.


Coin collections are cool because the coins are typically worth more than their intended value. Coin dealers can help appraise your coin collection and let you know how much it really is worth. It might be surprising to know that the 2004 Wisconsin state quarter could be worth up to $300 if the corn has an “extra leaf”.

Christmas Tree Ornaments

Every year at Christmas, my mom gave each of us kids a new Christmas ornament to commemorate the previous year. We got ornaments like ballerina dancers, cars, pianos, and school ornaments. She personally collected Hallmark Keepsake Frosty Friends ornaments. I always loved hanging our ornament collections on the tree every winter.

Coke Bottles

There are glass, aluminum, and plastic coke bottles. There are limited edition decorative bottles. Coke bottle collectors have a fun time collecting a variety of coke bottles and get to enjoy the tasty pop inside.

Cookie Jars

Cookie jars are a childhood staple. This collection is fun to look at and even more fun to open. While some collectors may just display their cookie jars on a shelf, other collectors might use their cookie jars to store fun snacks or find other ways to utilize their plethora of cookie jars.

Cutting Boards

One Texas resident has spent her life collecting cutting boards. Why? She wanted to collect something more unique. She collects cutting boards of all shapes and sizes and proudly displays them along her kitchen wall.

License Plates

Some collectors find themselves keeping their old license plates. Some people collect their own personal license plates, while others collect any license plates they can get their hands on. These plates can be displayed as a fun and colorful collection on any wall.

Playing Cards

You can find playing cards all over the world. Some collectors make a goal to collect playing cards from every place they visit. This collection can be used to play a fun game of poker and reminisce about a favorite trip as you play.

Postage Stamps

Postage stamps are not be used as much as once before, but they make for a fun collection. There’s actually a name for the collecting of postage stamps: philately. These collections showcase s small part of history, unique art, and can be worth a bit of money.

Salt & Pepper Shakers

Salt and pepper shakers come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and themes. There are seasonal salt and pepper shakers or salt and pepper shakers designed after characters. Collectors can use their shakers and rotate through their collection. It’s a fun way to add some character to your kitchen table at dinner.

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