Yesterday we saw Siobhan and her wonderful majolica game pie dish, collected by her mother at the end of WWII. I was looking at the few pieces of majolica I've got, and thinking about the many things I've collected. Quilts, of course, but small, quirky things, too.
Whenever I go out to have a beer, I grab the paper beer coaster. My collection comes primarily from Pacific Northwest microbreweries. Some are warped, and some stained with dark beer, but that's OK. I like seeing the stains because they're from beer I enjoyed. Some of them are remarkably creative and colorful, particularly the McMenamin's coasters.
If I had to limit the collection to just one chain of microbreweries, it would have to be McMenamin's, a favorite in Oregon and the Northwest. I discovered McMenamin's shortly after I arrived in Oregon in 1998, and have enjoyed visiting the various pubs in renovated buildings filled with exuberant works by local artists.
So, that's one thing I collect, but there are many other little collections in progress. I'll write about them at some point, but what I'd really like to know is, what do you collect? How long have you collected? Do you collect more than one type of object? Post your comments below!