One of my favorite times to buy for the store is when I am over the moon for (insert noun). Shopping for a collection of anything is incredibly fun and displaying items as a collection makes them more significant. Its that old power in numbers theory. At the store I tend to search for the more unusual and would die for the pieces from Philanthropist Henry Wellcome's collection of objects based on medicine...
Holy Water bottles c. 1700's
50 glass eyes
These items including mummies, photographs and over a million other objects now belong to the Wellcome Trust and sadly, not us. A popular collection:
Glassware. These bottles from Metropolitan Home are gorgeous and great inspiration for a first time collector. Well, we are all collectors I guess....
At the store we currently have collections of chinese checkerboards, vintage taxidermy, mid century dollhouse furniture (adorable!) and yes, colored glass bottles.
I started my first personal collection last year after finding the most beautiful hand blown, swirl glass, perfume bottle I had ever seen. I scowered flea markets, thrift stores and swap meets until I had about a half dozen unique treasures. Who knows how many I'd be at now if I hadn't found the remains of my first special bottle swept under the night stand by my house cleaner. My heart a little broken, I sold the collection and started fresh. The only prerequisite was that it not be a collection of teeny tiny breakable objects and that I keep them way up high on a shelf, out of the reach of 5' Elsa. And so it began......
Cast Iron Cigarette Dispenser
Anri Bottle Stopper
Cast Metal Piggy Bank
metal card tray aka ring holder
black glass ashtray
Blown Glass Liquor Decanter
I don't know whats going on in your worlds but things are a little nuts for me here. On days like today, when life gives you lemons, make a lemon drop, sit back and enjoy a few of your favorite things.