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.
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.
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.