Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Colectable (otherwise known as 'The Star Wars post')

I collect books. Not consciously. I didn't start out thinking "hm, I want to collect something. What should I spend my time, money and space on?" I just read. A lot. I read around 150 books a year. More on good years. Less on busy toddler years. I love books and I keep my favorite, my friends, around.  A few weeks ago I posted some shelvies. We actually have 9 bookshelves that hold books. plus there are five boxes of books that we don't have room for.

My son, Mini-Engineer collects things. I don't know where he got it from.... (whistling into the wind)



He picks up rocks and leaves and shells and takes them home to collect. The stickers he gets from doctors' offices and grocery stores he carefully peels off his shirt and puts them on a piece of paper so he can keep them.


My husband however is the biggest collector of us all. He likes StarWars. A Lot.  I'm going to put in a disclaimer here. We are not hoarders and we throw things out on a regular basis. Just not books or Star Wars. Also, he is not the type of person to dress up to go to comicon (though he would probably like going) or to the movies. He just enjoys the 'historical documents'.

We have ships on our ceilings


We have dioramas. No, they don't get dusted often.

We have original packaging displays.


We have pictures, yes, those are his ticket stubs at the bottom.
We have toys for the kids.

















And we have boxes

And more boxes


of Star Wars we don't have room for or don't want the kids to destroy.

We live a Star Wars life. And it's a good life.

What do you collect?

28 comments:

  1. I love it! You need to put up a picture of his Darth Vadar cape--it is the best!

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    1. Oh! I forgot the cape, and the lightsaber, and the four different versions of the movie.....

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  2. Wow! That's quite the collection. We don't have any neat collections like that. I have a couple small collections (even my book one isn't huge). I think my hubs just collects everything though...maybe classify that one as memories ;)

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    1. Memories are the best collection. They're the only one that will always survive, never get destroyed and you can take anywhere with you.

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  3. Sara, I had no idea the love of Star Wars ran so deeply in your house! I'm glad there are things for the kiddies to enjoy and things reserved for less sticky fingers, years down the road. With such a well-loved collection, there should certainly be both.

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    1. Well, the love is on hubby's side. My side is more tolerance. :)

      We believe there is enough Star Wars for everyone.

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  4. If your husband enjoys it, awesome that he has a Star Wars collection. My husband had a hard time letting go of things "in case we needed them." I'm in a real donating-to-charity and getting rid of what I don't need stage. So I'm not trying to collect anything. Wow! You read a lot of books in a year. That's awesome.

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    1. He's not as obsessed as the pictures might lead people to believe. He doesn't sit and gloat over them or ignore 'life' for StarWars, but he does enjoy it. I hear you on the 'in case we need them'. Hubby saves every empty box he can. Sometimes I sneak into the garage and throw out a few at a time.

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  5. Stamps, some first edition books, pottery, reference books, cookbooks, general reading books, books, books, books. I have an entire room set aside as a library. 7 books shelves? Try 25.

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  6. Wow! That's a ton of Star Wars paraphernalia. I used to collect pewter figurines, but since having kids I pretty much stopped collecting anything but white hairs. ;) My hubby collects video games and has a ton for Nintendo that are worth pretty decent money.

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  7. LOL! I'm a book collector, too. My hubby is more into tools to work on the house. At least the tools live in the garage. ;-)

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    1. Tools are an excellent collection. Hubby has quite a few of those himself.

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  8. Ha! Books, definitely books! I have a book problem, too. I can't say I want to fix it, though :)

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  9. You know what I think, Sara? A family that collects together thrives together. LOL.

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    1. Well, either that or they end up in intense arguments about who gets what. Not that we do that.

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  10. 150 books a year! And I thought I was a big reader. :) I love the Star Wars paraphernalia. We don't collect much. I think my husband was a monk in a former life; he'd be happy with a tatami mat and a spoon. If I'm not watching, he'll donate All The Things to Goodwill. Except, of course, HIS books. His science and philosophy books. Lord knows we have a collection of those ...

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    1. There are days when I would gladly go fro a tatami mat and spoon. And bookshelves of course.

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  11. Recently I've been collecting various synthesized instrument plugins for ProTools, which is audio recording software. The one I most recently got was called "Rise & Hit," which has all kind of "swoosh-bang"-style sound effects often heard in action movies. It's an expensive habit -- probably it would be cheaper to switch to movie merchandise.

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    1. Yes, but you make some pretty awesome things with your collection. Starwars just sits here collecting dust.

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  12. A star wars life is definitely a good life.
    I'm impressed by how many books you read a year. I'm thankful for my kindle because I was running out of room to store my books.

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    1. I love my kindle. Not only does it prevent my husband from leaving me due to bookshelf related arguments, I get to take my whole library with me when we travel, rather than having to decide on just a couple books then 'forgetting' to pack some of our clothes or toiletries so there is room for them.

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  13. HA! I love the Rancor with the pacifier!
    My son has Autism and collects all sorts of leaves and bottle caps.
    I collect movies. A lot of them are on VHS and in boxes.

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    1. Even Rancors have those kinds of days. Actually I'm pretty sure I have a picture of the Rancor with two binkies but I couldn't find it. Movies are good to collect. You'll have to upgrade from VHS though.

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  14. We also have thousands of books stored in boxes in my house. Nowadays, though, I prefer to store them on my kindle app. ;-)

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  15. Books! I didn't want to box any of them but DH said we needed living space...and now that we've moved they're all in storage and I miss them! Already have two bookshelves going here.

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