That's My Jam - My Collections

In the book The Happiness Project, author Gretchen Rubin challenges the reader to start a collection. I thought "Great Idea!" Then I realized I actually already have a few collections. I just had never thought of them as collections prior to reading the book, I just thought of them as things I enjoy. I like thinking of them as collections now and do find that they bring me happiness. They give me something to search for, represent memories of where I have traveled, and fill my home with things that inspire me. I thought I would share my collections and challenge you to start a collection of your own.

1. Starbucks City Mugs

The City Mugs have been a staple collector's item at Starbucks for years. There are extreme collectors of these mugs that blog and have websites for their collections. The extreme collectors will search for a particular City Mug on eBay and pay big bucks to complete a series. I am not one of those collectors which why I probably never considered this a collection. I just enjoy getting mugs from places I have traveled as a souvenir. However, when I visited the first Starbucks store at Pike Place earlier this year, the worker there said I spoke like a true collector (pictured below).  So I guess I do know a thing or two.

This collection started six years ago when I was in Boston visiting potential graduate programs. I got this Boston mug and loved it. The City Mugs have various series and below are the series that I have collected.

The mug that started it all. This mug is part of the Architecture series. It is very hard to find this series anymore so anytime I see one of these that I don't have I get it. I love that it has statistics about the city on it.

The mug that started it all. This mug is part of the Architecture series. It is very hard to find this series anymore so anytime I see one of these that I don't have I get it. I love that it has statistics about the city on it.

I am not sure if these mugs have a particular name but sometimes cities have special mugs for various events or areas. I got this one a few years ago at the Cherry Blossom parade in D.C.

I am not sure if these mugs have a particular name but sometimes cities have special mugs for various events or areas. I got this one a few years ago at the Cherry Blossom parade in D.C.

Global Icon Series - These are my absolute favorite. I love the size of the mug and the design with the skyline on the back. Word is that they are phasing these out and I am so upset! Who knows, maybe I will turn into an extreme collectors trying to get these off of eBay . . .

Global Icon Series - These are my absolute favorite. I love the size of the mug and the design with the skyline on the back. Word is that they are phasing these out and I am so upset! Who knows, maybe I will turn into an extreme collectors trying to get these off of eBay . . .

The relief series. I love the look of these! 

The relief series. I love the look of these! 

The newest series of mugs the - You Are Here Series. These mugs are small and many people do not like that they are supposedly replacing the Global Icon series. There is actually a huge petition out there for Starbucks to stop making these. Drama!

The newest series of mugs the - You Are Here Series. These mugs are small and many people do not like that they are supposedly replacing the Global Icon series. There is actually a huge petition out there for Starbucks to stop making these. Drama!

2. Unique Lightbulbs

I am studying creativity for my doctoral program and the lightbulb is a known symbol of creativity. A few years ago, I went into one of my favorite Omaha vintage/thrift stores a and walked out with a huge lightbulb because I thought it would inspire me to study. That shop would always get in different lightbulbs and lights that I would pick up every now and then because I was drawn to them. I then started picking up lightbulbs whenever I would find one that was different or interesting. Lightbulbs are difficult to photograph so I will have to dedicate another post to showing my lightbulb collection when I learn to photograph them in a way that does them justice.  Here is a snapshot of a few I have on display.


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3. Knobs

Yup, you read that correctly. I collect knobs for doors and cabinets. I love this collection because just like the mugs, I use the knobs everyday. This collection started about three years ago when I was at Anthropologie and saw the beautiful display of knobs. I got some on sale for a dresser and loved them, it was like artwork. I soon couldn't resist buying them when I saw beautiful knobs go on sale. I really didn't have a use for them then so I would just put them in a basket when I got a new one and soon started picking up ones I liked at other places. None of the knobs matched but I figured I would find a use for them some day. Then when we moved, I put them up in the kitchen and all over the house. Here are a few of my favorites.