So, what do YOU collect?

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  1. LizardKing

    LizardKing Alright Alright Alright Charter Member Supporting Member

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    After reading a recent thread in regards to the decline of gun collectors and people who collect anything in general it got me wondering... Surely we have some collectors in the forum.

    I've recently talked to several members about my new hobby of collecting vintage tools and was surprised to learn I'm not alone. I have amassed quite a collection in a relatively short time but I'm trying to narrow my focus to pre war tools. I actually just dumped 25 different listings on flea bay to thin the herd...

    I go to estate sales, yard sales, flea markets and have actually found a few vintage tools at gun shows. I enjoy digging through the dirty piles most people walk right past cause they didn't want dirt under their nails. Once I have it home it's exciting to brush off just enough to find a logo to research.

    I picked this up a while back and just got around to cleaning it up today. It's a Sherman Klove box from the late 40's. This one made 9 SK boxes in my collection and I've since picked up another to make 10. Once I have the box then I search to find the tools to make a complete set. Some days I may only buy 3 or 4 sockets, or just one ratchet. It's a treasure hunt every weekend!

    Anywho, What do YOU collect?

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  2. BurnedOutGeek

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    Whiskeys

    And too much other stuff as well...
     
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    STDs.

    They're on the rise.
     
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    amnesia Habitual Trader Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    This! Sadly most of them are expensive. Whiskey seems to be the least expensive hobby I have lol.

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    LizardKing Alright Alright Alright Charter Member Supporting Member

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    I don't do well "collecting" consumables.:)
     
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    Gator Parts guy Charter Member Supporting Member

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    I'm not sure if collect is the right word for me, more like accumulate.


    "I enjoy digging through the dirty piles most people walk right past cause they didn't want dirt under their nails."

    I have seen @LizardKing in action ( see below ). He went back the next day and bought the cabinet he's picking through.


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  7. draco88

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    I 'collect' random foreign coins and interesting ones I happen to run across.
    Nothing too special, but I do have some interesting pieces.
    A couple silver dollars from the 20s, and early 70s, a couple Bicentennial silver dollars, lotsa silver quarters and dimes from the 19-teens into the 30s.
    Foreign coins and notes from places Ive been or that Ive asked friends to bring back for me to include a random 1938 Third Reich 10 pennig piece in a handful of coins a friend gave me.
    Got a 3 inch thick 3 ring binder full of em lol
     
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    I have a handful of Dinky die-cast toys, and some of the model aircraft from Hallmark Legends of Flight.
     
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    GreatGazoo Li'l Green Guy Supporting Member

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    I wonder whether the decline in collecting is part of the same generational trend/shift from "things" to "experiences." I'm not certain whether the article below is the same one I recall reading, but it touches on the same topic more-or-less. I am a bit concerned about the darker side of this trend, which is to say that things and, perhaps, other people, become expendable fuel, raw material consumed for one's "experience."

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/blakem...-experiences-over-owning-things/#d455390522fc
     
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    HMP Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    @LizardKing I might need to talk to you about some tools that belonged to my great grandfather, there are things I dont know what the heck they are
     
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    Ungrateful relatives and house-guests.


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    East/West German, Austrian, Yugoslavian and some Warsaw-Pact militaria.

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    HMP Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    As for my collecting.
    Records are a big one, buy lots. Not so much with mainstream stuff, but when you get into some punk rock listings, there are so many color variations and, at times, I try to complete the collection by getting all colors released etc

    Used to do PEZ, still have them.

    USSR pins. I dont know why/how, but I just got to buying a lot of them at gun shows and then to other sources
     
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    Please do. The research to me is the best part. I've bought many things in the past just because I didn't know what they were. I actually helped a member research a tool last week.
     
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    HMP Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Ever get up around Winston?

    My grandfather was a machinist and maker of, if I understand correctly, weapons.
    He worked for the NSA at one point, but thinkthere were other jobs/careers beyond it
    I dont think any of these things are for manufacturing anything gun related, but there are some odd files and random stuff I dont know what they are.
    Maybe they're nothing special (at least not to anyone not connected to him/family), I dont know.
     
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    LizardKing Alright Alright Alright Charter Member Supporting Member

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    Maybe I should elaborate. Vintage tools is my current collecting hobby. I guess my first collection was baseball cards as a kid. At one time I was into shot glasses but kind of have that up. Coins, key chains, oil cans, and military trench art are still things I look for.
     
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    LizardKing Alright Alright Alright Charter Member Supporting Member

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    Closest I get to Winston is the Webb Road Flea Market in Salisbury normally but I wouldn't be against a road trip. Probably do me good to put my knees in the breeze.
     
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    HMP Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Oh you ride too?
    Maybe I can get you pics this weekend and go from there
     
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    Shot glasses lol....Im guilty, too
    But, I dont limit it to just shot glasses. I try to grab a glass/mug/shotglass/coke bottle from places Ive been.
    I probably have more glass Ive collected than anything else lol
     
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    @HMP, post up some pics and see if we can help identify them. I too have some odd tools from my grandfather.

    I collect too many things. My wife says that I take after my grandfather and that I am a pack rat. I tell her were are repurposers and he was a recycler before it was the in thing.
     
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    I sort of collect certain kinds of books, in a very small way.

    I do buy up lots of old American made hand tools when I see them, but they're really not for 'collecting,' as much as they are for use for me, and for handing on to my kids to use. I hate using the new Chinese junk. And I'm fortunate to have received some of the old hand tools from my Dad's side of the family. I have a couple of Disston saws, one from I think about 1880. I admit to using the circular saw more often, but some days I like to pull out the old saws and take a little more time with stuff.
     
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    Aside from bills and gray hairs, I don't collect much anymore. I used to be downright giddy about collecting ww1 and ww2 Springfield rifles of the 03 and 03-A3 variety. I've still got a few and about 40 various bolts.
     
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    Old hand planes for me. Got a few of the old wooden ones made in the 1800's. Hand saws too.
     
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    Mostly Bills, I have collectors calling me everyday.
     
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    My wife and I collect magnets. Whenever we travel somewhere new we try to buy a magnet. Not overly exciting, but it’s a good way to save memories.


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    Sounds good!
     
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    My dad collected watch fobs and I have half of that - I split it with my sister when he died.
     
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    My kids do smashed pennies. It is the way to go with younger kids! $0.51 for their “souvenir”.

    My son also does key chains and my daughter does pins that she keeps on lanyards.
     
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    Dust.

    I collect dust, and lots of it.

    My wife insists on dusting my office, but my view is that if I can’t see it (and I can’t) it’s not really there.
     
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    I'm collecting body fat. It's easy, I'm good at it and winter is right around the corner.
     
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    For a while, I collected those little plastic animals that you can fill with jelly beans. Push down on their head, they poop jelly beans.
    Had to tell the wife to pass the word, don't need any more since I started getting duplicates. Not much variety.


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    Dog hair, it’s everywhere. Biggest collection I have lol :p
    In all seriousness music, I’ve got a pretty extensive music library.
     
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    With the exception of the Above......everything I have seen posted til now. Anything before 1960 connected to my Southern Heritage.
     
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    I've got a small collection of relic firearms. I wish they could talk...................
     
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    Records, analog watches and cigars.
     
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    I collect ephemera. Weirder the better, and I try not to ever pay money for any of it, so I have two scrapbooks full of weird notes, pictures, postcards, and other things.

    Among my favorites are a school detention slip from the 1920's I found in an old book, some photos from India of two guys dressed like mods in a jeep, hand decorated envelopes (talking unicorns, spiders and glitter) some squatter left in an abandoned textile mill, and a scary tintype of an old woman found in an abandoned house.
     
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    Old school pocket knives, specifically electrician's knives and splitback whittler patterns. I also got into collecting vintage pliers for a bit. Before that, it was obscure 80s/90s metal/punk band T-shirts.
     
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    Not collecting much these days, ammo and reloading supplies on top of spare mags and shit is about it.

    Used to be a audio taper back in the day and built a decent size collection trading with other folks, and then via interwebs when tha became a thing. Been down sizing that a lot though.
    Was big into collecting records of a particular PNW band long ago, but sold most of that off years ago too.
    Maint thing now, seems to be injuries and new ailments, and barely into my 40s . FML. Heh.
     
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