Collections - Thinking out of the box with an off the wall approach

Introducing my bottle cap collection
Introducing my bottle cap collection

Bottle cap collecting

Collecting has been a way of life for ever. Cave men probably collected shinny rocks, and dinosaur bones to show off to their hairy friends. Museums are full of all kinds of collections. Just about anything compiled into a group for show can be a collection. Some of the more contemporary collections are collecting stamps, coins, gem stones, model trains, photographs, antiques, medals, cigarette lighters like Zippos, knives, and music in the form of records, tapes & CD's. People collect beer coasters, porcelain figurines, bottles, jewelry, baseball cards, Bryer horses, sea shells, sports memorabilia, and the list goes on for almost as many things as there are in this world. People with a lot of money to spare & burn collect more expensive things like artwork, cars, and other exotic things. Just about anything someone can think of can be collectible. There are even those here on the hub pages who look like they collect followers, which isn't really all that bad of an idea. you would definitely get more feed back that way.

Many people around us have turned collecting into a hobby, which is defined as "a pursuit of interest undertaken for pleasure during one's leisure". However it's hard and also rare to turn a hobby into something you can do for a living. But there are exceptions, and success stories out there in this world. Don't get collecting confused with gathering, and hoarding, which are something totally different in life. From what I've seen on that reality television show called "Hoarders", those people are mostly simply folks who are too lazy to take out their own trash, and it piles up around them. I'm also not talking about collecting aluminum drink cans along the highway to turn in for recycling cash, or Coca-Cola reward points here either.

Back when I was a kid I started collecting beer cans. I joined The Beer Can Collectors of America, and went to all sorts of beer can conventions (Also known as a Canvention). My very first beer can was a Colt 45 16oz can. My collection grew and grew until I finally hit well beyond a thousand different cans. The big problem is that a beer can collection of this size took up a lot of space and I do mean an a lot of space & room. So I started thinking outside of the box for other ideas, and then one idea hit me like a truck. Why not bottle caps, and in particular bottles caps from good old beer bottles. Collecting bottle caps from beer bottles would stay with the theme of beer memorabilia, and oh what space a collection like this would save. Bottle caps are inexpensive, can be found on every beer bottle, and sometimes you can find them just laying on the ground where people toss them after they open their bottle up. So it was born, my idea of bottle cap collecting. An old neighbor of mine once told me that this collection of bottle caps would be worth a lot of money one day. But really, come on they are just bottle caps! Here in this hub you will find some of the bottle caps that I've collected, inserted into Styrofoam, and mounted into frames for hanging on the wall. Collecting bottle caps is certainly among fun things to do when your bored, and thank you for stopping by.

Some new laws in big cities requiring a wave of plastic beer bottles and bottle caps may soon make the beautifully painted metal bottle caps that we became accustomed to a thing of  the past.
Some new laws in big cities requiring a wave of plastic beer bottles and bottle caps may soon make the beautifully painted metal bottle caps that we became accustomed to a thing of the past.
Until then grab yourself some loose bottle caps & start collecting
Until then grab yourself some loose bottle caps & start collecting
There are tons of beautiful novelty beer cans out there, but you need a lot of space to be able to display them.
There are tons of beautiful novelty beer cans out there, but you need a lot of space to be able to display them.
I wanted to throw this photo of a collection of Burger King & McDonald's happy meal toys in with this hub as well, since these toys were also out of their boxes.
I wanted to throw this photo of a collection of Burger King & McDonald's happy meal toys in with this hub as well, since these toys were also out of their boxes.

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Name some of your collections 12 comments

mackyi 4 years ago

When I was a little boy, I use to collect the rubber/plastic seals inside soda bottle caps. I remember collecting over a thousand of them. I then join each of them to make links of a long chain.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Everyone has to have a hobby.

Good writing with a point.

The Frog


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Credence2 4 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

I used to collect TV Guides to represent each different geographic, broadcast service areas that I wisited when travelling as a kid. People can get bizarre with their collecting....


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elle64 4 years ago from Scandinavia

I would like to collect small pillboxes- and I have started with one, hopefully I will get a few more.


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Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

Really enjoyed this...brought back memories. I had a very impressive collection of timbles from all the places I've visited. I have moved around a lot because of my job and also travel a great deal both personal and business....on one of the moves the movers lost my collection. I use to miss them but soon realized they were really dust collectors...and that is something I don't want to collect.LOL


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jandee 4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

Hello,

I have too many hobbies,collecting is deffo my favourite,

jandee


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Pannonica 4 years ago

This is a great fun hub, I love your style of writing. I too, like everyone collects 'stuff'. It all helps to bring back our happy memories of our lives and yesteryear. Thank you, voted up.


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farmloft 4 years ago from Michigan

I like the out of the box thinking. Voted up.


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coffeegginmyrice 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

The bottle cap collection is neat! Will share!


missy 4 years ago

How about collecting dust bunnies? LOL


hkcaps 4 years ago

Interested in trading for or selling some of your collection? If so, email me at hkcaps@gmail.com. Thanks!


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Rosana Modugno 4 years ago from 10th Kingdom

That was fun to read. Thanks for sharing!

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