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Collecting: His treasures, add mine, full house!

Updated on March 28, 2016
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All my life, (71) I've been collecting odds and ends, starting with my tiny sewing machine. My new husband Bob collects too. Two bowerbirds!

Collecting is addictive

And your collections can take over your house if you are not careful.

Add to this, two collectors getting married and marrying their collections.

This quilt is part of my exhibition, entitled Collections, held in Perth, West Australia.

There are photos of some of my tins collection down one side.

Bob's stuff: Meet Jan T's stuff

Help! Our collections are too big!

When I first met Bobby he had more than 900 old tools. Also in his arsenal were two Cyclops® scooters and a pedal car.

Before long he had twenty Cyclops wheeled toys, and they take up far too much room to be on display, so were banished to the garage. I had to stop him from buying more or we would have had to move to bigger premises.

His bow saws are beautiful and are displayed on the dining room wall, while the tools which are mounted on old fence palings, come out from time to time.

I particularly like his spokeshaves, they are interesting as well as having lovely lines.

He has a new obsession: old Tonka toys. They fill the spare bedroom and are trying to sneak out into the hallway or the dining room. He does a fabulous job with his restoration.

Tonka Scraper before Bob tackled it

Tonka Scraper after he attacked it

What Jan T collects

  • Old china plates
  • Books, old or new
  • Kitchen gadgets (I'm the gadget queen of the west!)
  • Sewing bits and bobs from bygone days
  • Art Deco vases — pottery or porcelain
  • Old tins with trade names on them, like Arnott's Biscuits
  • Antique Australian furniture — I wish I had more room!
  • Ducks (I'll tell you later!)

    Psst! Here's the story

A few of my tins

Pottery vases - from days of old

A tiny Limoges style vase - my stepmother gave it to me

What Bob collects

  • Cyclops wheeled children's toys
  • Anything shiny!
  • Old hand metal working tools
  • Old hand woodworking tools
  • Bow saws
  • Old Tonka toys to restore
  • Animals

Spokeshaves - Old time hand woodworking tools


Used for shaping window ledges, chair seats

Three wheeler - Cyclops bike

Metal tools from a bygone era

Our country cottage
Our country cottage

We moved to much smaller house

We had to delete, delete, delete

Boo hoo!

We have had to sell/give away many of our collected treasures.

We still have too many, and as our next move will probably be to retirement living, many more will have to be deleted.

Some more of Bobby's treasures

His latest finds

A rare set of vise grips - Bob's new tool

Violin maker's plane - c. 1880


Bob is so pleased he found this on our recent trip to the South Coast of NSW

More of Jan T's keepsakes

One or two

Plates old and new - big and small


There's many, many more

Wall vases - from the 1920s (?)


The green and red one was my grandmother's and I got it after she died.

I bought the others, I just liked them.

Bob's on a mission to wear me down

His latest crazy idea is to get one (when did he ever stop at one?) old Victa mower to restore.

You know the one. The one with the petrol tank above the motor, and gravity feeds the petrol in.

You know the one. The one that was really rare.

You know the one.

I know what'll happen!

A yard full of Victa's. No, no and no!

What do you think?

Should Bob get his old Victa?

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© 2016 Jan T Urquhart Baillie

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 7 years ago from Australia

      @paperfacets: We have just eliminated some stuff in order to do some long needed renovations. I wonder when he'll start again, hmmm...

      Thanks for the stars!

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      Sherry Venegas 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      My husband has collections but he also has an open end collection. It is called "I might need this later." We can not manage our collections. They are in disarray. Entertaining story.5*

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 8 years ago from Australia

      [in reply to CollectorsCottage] I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for the *s

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      CollectorsCottage 8 years ago

      Another great 5 star lens. What a wonderful story! Welcome to the

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 8 years ago from Australia

      [in reply to 0ctavias0fferings] I'll get you for that ;>) Thanks for the presents.

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      ctavias0ffering1 8 years ago

      Sorry, I had to vote for Bob to get his Victa LOL 5* and a sprinkling of Angel Dust