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