Are you a Collector?

Guest blog by Deb Marlowe, author of Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick

Lord Marland, the hero in my new release, Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick, has a nickname.  Society has dubbed him The Marauding Marquess, thanks to his conquests on the battlefields and in the bedrooms of Europe.  But Braedon is home in England now, and he is also known for his interest in antiquities.  In particular he’s become famous for his collection of ancient weapons.

The antique arms—both fragile and deadly—are more than just his passion.  They also serve as a window to his soul, a peek at the way he views the world and his place in it.  They are a force of destiny as well, for when he somewhat reluctantly hires Miss Chloe Hardwick to assist him in cataloguing and displaying his treasures, he inadvertently changes his life—and his worldview—as well.

In writing Braedon’s character, I wondered if the same principle would hold true in real life?  Does being a collector—and specifically, does the object of your fascination say something about you as a person?

I didn’t have to look far for an answer.  I come from a family of collectors.

My great-grandmother had a huge collection of salt and pepper shakers.  She owned hundreds of sets based on an amazing variety of subjects.  Of course, I only knew her when she was older, but when I think of her I remember her as both funny and fragile.  The same could be said of many of her collectible sets.

salt and pepper shaker

My grandmother collected several kinds of glassware, but I most remember her huge set of Fiesta Ware.  Yes, she even had the dangerous red ones.  :)  She kept them in a hutch and only got them out for special occasions.  I would describe them as colorful, fun and casual—which are only a few of the ways I would describe my wonderful Grandma.

fiesta ware

My sister has several collections going at once, but the one she started first was Dreamsicles.  Aren’t they cute?  They are small and quiet and kind, just like my baby sister.  :)

dreamsicles

I only have one collection—my Christmas Nutcrackers.  I’ll let you decide what that says about me.  :)  I love the ballet and I have a large group of history and literary themed specimens.  My favorites include Shakespeare, George Washington, a Regency dandy, Robin Hood, and the Buzz Lightyear one my kids got me.

bewitched

How about you?  Are you a collector?  What is your passion?  Do you think it says anything about you?  Share and I’ll donate a copy of Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick to a randomly selected commenter. (Last chance to enter June 8, 2012.

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36 thoughts on “Are you a Collector?

  • June 5, 2012 at 5:24 AM
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    Ok, when my husband & I got married we started collecting snow globes for every fun place we go. So, we have one from sea world, San Diego zoo, the wild animal park, Hearst castle, Disneyland, the USS Midway, Hogle Zoo & South Padre Island.

    We also collect the gold Christmas ornaments that are super thing for every state we lived in. Except Cali, we have about 4 or 5.

    It says we like to collect memories of what we did.

    countessofmar(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    • June 5, 2012 at 6:14 AM
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      Good Morning, Melody!

      Ah, those are the lovely collections–memories! Great idea, and you share it with your husband. Awesome!

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  • June 5, 2012 at 5:35 AM
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    I love going around to Estate sales and yard sales. But I do collect Depression Era dishware and glassware. And compacts from the 30’s-70’s. I don’t know what that says about me except I loved the old days and reading about them. :)
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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    • June 5, 2012 at 6:15 AM
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      Hi Carol!

      There is a lot of that sort of glassware in our family because my grandparents both worked in glass factories at one point. Some really lovely pieces are out there! Too bad we can’t share photos of our collections here…

      I’m glad you like reading about the old days! Me too!

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  • June 5, 2012 at 5:56 AM
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    I love collecting things that have butterflies on them. I have jewelry, plates, vases, pictures, books, etc. The more colorful the butterflies are the better I like it. Not sure what it says about me, but I hope it means I am young at heart.
    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

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    • June 5, 2012 at 6:16 AM
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      Hi Anita,

      That sounds like a gorgeous collection! So bright and happy. I’ll bet it does keep you young at heart!

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  • June 5, 2012 at 6:17 AM
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    My collection is books. Lots and lots of books. I don’t even want to psychoanalyze what all those romance novels say about me.

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    • June 5, 2012 at 6:34 AM
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      Oh, yes, Patricia. I’m right there with you. And I won’t even mention my shelves of research books. I tell my dh that those are not a collection–they are work tools.

      Yep. That’s what they are. :-)

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  • June 5, 2012 at 7:22 AM
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    I collect bigger antiques. I have a wood burning stove that we use as an entertainment center, I have a beautiful Hoosier cabinet and a porcelain topped kitchen table. We also have a bedroom suite that was my husband’s parents and a 150 year old side table, a Seth Thomas shelf clock and a round mirror that were my grandmother’s aunts. I guess this says I love the traditional things in life and family.

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    • June 5, 2012 at 9:40 PM
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      That sounds lovely, Donna! I have my great grandmother’s cedar chest, which I love. We have a wood burning stove too, but we use it as a wood burning stove! :-) It’s kept us toasty several times when the ice storms hit and the power stays out for days.

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  • June 5, 2012 at 8:22 AM
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    I collect books–not just romance books but books on history. Though I have been tempted to give them up, I just can’t part with them.

    Please enter me in the giveaway. Thank you.

    annfesATyahooDOTcom

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    • June 5, 2012 at 9:37 AM
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      Love your handle, SoftFuzzySweater!

      Books are the one collection I’ll never give up as well!

      Good luck in the giveaway!

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  • June 5, 2012 at 9:36 AM
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    I don’t have any collections, unless you count a huge amount of pictures. I do like looking at what other people collect but I am trying to downsize what I have.

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    • June 5, 2012 at 9:39 AM
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      Hi Maureen,

      Are your pictures of family or are they art photos that you’ve taken? I’m fond of family pics, photos of my travels and my garden!

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  • June 5, 2012 at 10:28 AM
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    I like to collect books.

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  • June 5, 2012 at 1:18 PM
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    Thanks for a great post and giveaway!

    Not to be a total book nerd, but I collect books. I think I have well over 2000? and about 1/4 of them are the TBR pile (and that’s not counting the books on my kindle!). Sigh. I know, I know. My long suffering and good natured bf just builds me more bookshelves and doesn’t complain about the house being over run by my books. Heaven help us if there’s a fire!

    efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

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    • June 5, 2012 at 1:38 PM
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      Wow, erinf1! I think you win the book collector award! That is an impressive number!

      Good luck on acquiring one more! :-)

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  • June 5, 2012 at 1:40 PM
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    I collect hummingbird wind chimes—–don’t know what this says about me.

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    • June 5, 2012 at 1:42 PM
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      That sounds like a lovely collection, Estella. I have a friend who collects all sorts of hummingbirds.

      I just watch them flit about my garden! :-)

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  • June 5, 2012 at 1:49 PM
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    I collect books. Lots and lots of ‘em. Can’t help it; I love to read! But I also collect comic books. Right now I’m beginning to get rid of most of the collection (90% of everything is trash, as we all know, and thus there’s no reason to keep it around). I have a few dollies—I mean, action figures—of my favorite comic book/sci fi characters, with a concentration on Wonder Woman, in whom I specialize. I love strong female characters, and if they can involve themselves in fantasy and/or sci fi settings, so much the better! I’d say I also collect fridge magnets from exotic places I visit, but I haven’t visited that many exotic places. Still, I try.

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    • June 5, 2012 at 9:38 PM
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      Interesting, Carol! I like comics and graphic novels, but have no idea of the value of any of them.

      I love strong female characters too. One reason why I’m enjoying Game of Thrones..

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  • June 5, 2012 at 2:14 PM
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    I used to collect Precious Moments. I stopped that and now I collect books, lots and lots of books. The best ones I have are from 1898.

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    • June 5, 2012 at 4:17 PM
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      Hi Joanne,

      I thought there would be more people citing collections of Precious Moments and other traditional collectables, but books is winning hands down! Do you still keep your Precious Moments?

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  • June 5, 2012 at 2:24 PM
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    My most noticeable collections are the variety of teas I have and my books. The only conclusion I can draw between the two is that I’m often hyped up on caffeine in order to stay awake reading my favorite books. =)

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  • June 5, 2012 at 3:33 PM
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    I have a collection of glass doorknobs. some of them have been in the sun while attached to the door and have turned purple. most I obtained in the West from old houses. I often wonder who turned them to open a door when they were in use.

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    • June 5, 2012 at 4:19 PM
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      Wow, Joye. How unusual. I love that! You could really let your imagination run wild!

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  • June 5, 2012 at 7:55 PM
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    I will admit to have a small addiction to collecting crafting supplies. And books. And office supplies. And, yes, I do think it says something about me!!! jepebATverizonDOTnet

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    • June 5, 2012 at 9:42 PM
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      Yes, Jen–office supplies! There is something so seductive about the idea of being so organized.

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  • June 5, 2012 at 9:13 PM
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    For Christmas I collect Santa statues. I also have a few collections from my parents – Mom liked the David Winter cottages & Dad liked Cardinals.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

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    • June 5, 2012 at 9:43 PM
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      My mom collects Santas, too, Diane. She adores them. I think that’s where I got the idea of the Christmas Nutcracker collection. It lets me indulge for a few weeks, then I can put them away and have clean lines again. :-)

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  • June 5, 2012 at 9:17 PM
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    Books are it for me. My mom loved to collect things, and I think that as a result I had a complete over-reaction the other way. Any time my house starts to feel “cluttered” I start getting rid of things (except my books, of course).

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    • June 5, 2012 at 9:44 PM
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      I have the same sort of reaction, JenM. My one collection is only out for a few weeks. And the kids know they’d better start picking up the house when Mom starts to get jittery from the mess…

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  • June 9, 2012 at 2:17 PM
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    I love going to car boot sales and antique shops looking for something to take my fancy. So far I have got myself an antique silver ring that is in the shape of a rose without thorns, so I guess it’s an old ring that meant a romantic attachment to someone special (or at least I would like to think so) and a few old editions of famous science fiction novels.

    The ring always reminds me of the Knights of Solamnia from the Dragon Lance saga.

    armanddesigns(at)gmail(dot)com

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