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What Can I collect

Updated on March 28, 2015

What Can I Collect You Ask? Ohhhh So Many Things!

What can I collect is a question I never had to ask myself. Collecting seems to be in my nature and over the years I have started so many collections.

Collecting has been around for a long time as a timeless hobby that anyone can get into. It's a fun activity that lets you develop and build your interest in different things you come across in life. You have probably wondered to yourself, what can I collect? The possibilities of things to collect is endless - it knows no bounds. From popular stamps, coins and comic books collecting, to collecting beautiful, bizarre and personal things like sand, sea glass and flowers, there is a wide range of items you can start collecting for an exciting hobby.

There is no definitive answers to the what can I collect question. I collect stamps, postcards from my hometown, Notgeld, sand, sea glass and many vintage things.

As you will see, there are a myriad of items that you can use to start your own collection and the beginning of a fun hobby. So if you're ever thinking, what can I collect - think about what's in front of you, or what you're passionate about, and see whether you can convert into a collecting hobby.

Vintage petrol can collection by Chris. P under CC BY 2.0 license.

Stamps, Coins and Banknotes

The most obvious answer to what can I collect

Stamp, banknote and coin collecting has always been an old favorite for many people.

With stamp collecting, apart from collecting postage stamps (mint or used), you can collect covers (first day covers, philatelic covers, advertising covers or commercial covers), booklets or various philatelic documents. Because there are so many stamps out there, you can choose to collect specific countries, topics or time period. There are many ways stamp collectors can get their stamps. Stamps can be obtained from personal mail, from friends and relatives. Current stamps can be bought from the post office. You can find rare and expensive stamps by visiting stamp dealers and auctions.

I have been collecting stamps since I was 8 years old

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Coin collecting is also a popular collecting hobby. You can choose to collect coins from a particular country or date, coins with famous people on them, rare coins, antique or medieval coins, unusual coins, historically significant coins or errors coins. You might want to try to complete a set, and have a coin for each year. Or invest in gold coins. It can be a cheap or very expensive collection depending on what you want to collect.

What Can I Collect? Cool Banknotes Called Notgeld

I collect Notgeld

Banknotes are tiny pieces of art and make for a beautiful collection. I collect German Notgeld because these are pretty cool and the topic are original.

Collecting Notgeld
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Collecting Autographs

Collecting autographs is a great idea and can give you exciting mementos regarding special events in your life. You can decide to stick to a theme when collecting autographs, such as Hollywood or athlete autographs, or choose to collect as many autographs from famous people as you can. There are different ways you can collect autographs, by attending concerts, shows, movie openings, award ceremonies, fundraisers, red carpet appearances, book launches, and sporting events, or by sending letter requests. You can get your hands on autographed collectibles as well.

Collect Beach Treasures

Sand and Sea Glass, fossils, rocks, sea shells and glass floats

Nature offers a lot of collecting opportunities. Sand collecting allows you to capture memories of your adventures by taking a scoop of sand from the beaches you visit. You can place the sand in jars, label them with the location and date, and keep them as personal souvenirs. While on the topic of the beach, sea glass collecting is another great possibility. Sea glass is nature's beautiful recycled material, and can be a treasure for avid collectors. These smooth frosted pieces of glass come in a myriad of colors, and can be found along the tide line at beaches. Kids might also love collecting rocks and seashells. I know my son does and he has quite a collection. It doesn't cost a dime unless you start buying unusual pieces. Fossils are also popular.

Glass Floats
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Collecting Sand -- The Basics of this Fun Hobby
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Authentic Sea Glass Jewelry
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What Can I Collect? How about Flowers? - Make an Herbarium

Another interesting and fun collecting hobby is to collect flowers – real flowers. Flowers get dry within a matter of days, but they still remain intact for many years if cared for properly. You can collect them for their beauty and the pleasant memories they entail. They might have come from an important gift to you, a holiday abroad, or a special occasion. You can keep them in jars, an album, scrapbook or a binder with protective sheets. Make sure you put a label with each flower, to remind you when you got it. Kids are born collectors and flowers/plants are something they can collect easily, so this hobby is not for grownups only!

Comic Book Collecting - I use to collect Thor comic books

Starting a comic book collection is another great idea for a collecting hobby. Comic books are filled with colorful characters, action and amazing graphics. There are many comic books you can decide to start collecting, from comic books that have become hit movies like Batman or Spider-Man, and Marvel DC superhero comics, to collections based on a certain artist or writer. You can check out and purchase comic books at local comic book stores, bookshops and websites.

I still have some of my cool silver age Thor comic books. I was a fan. When I was a little girl, my babysitter use to bring me her older brother comics from time to time.

What Can I Collect: Famous People and Character Memorabilia

There is a vast selection of collectibles when it comes to famous people or character. You can collect dolls, souvenir plate, figurines, magazines, photos and so much more.

Movies and Concert Tickets are Collectible Too!

Collecting movie or concert tickets is a great idea for movie lovers who can turn their passion into a collecting hobby. It will allow you to keep track of all the shows you've seen in your life: the good, the not so good and the bad. You can keep your tickets in a scrapbook, and with each ticket, have a note about how you felt about the movie or the concert, who you were with and the experience.

You can also start collecting vintage tickets, some are rare, some are even quite nice and colorful. Pick a group, singer or single movie and see what come up in auction.

Collectible and Limited Edition Dolls and Barbies

There is so much to choose from!

Barbie makes various limited edition dolls, the latest being 2 beautiful Elizabeth Taylor dolls.

Many groupies collect dolls of their favorite band or actor. Right now, The One Direction guys are extremely hot and their latest dolls (the One Direction Singing Dolls) sale like hot cakes.

Character dolls also make an interesting collection, especially with all those limited edition and hard to find limited release. One of the latest craze in doll collecting are the fabulous Monster High Dolls.

Paper Ephemera

Here's some more "what can I collect" ideas:

Postcards: I do collect postcards of my hometown: Plessisville in Canada. Inexpensive, you can start by buying postcards from the places you travel to.

Vintage photos: I have a huge collection of weird and wacky vintage photos. It's such a fun collection. Find a topic you like and try finding great photos to add to your collection. It's a quite affordable hobby.

Bookplates, antique maps, antique prints, matchbox covers, greeting cards, vintage sewing patterns, paper dolls, prayer cards, vintage ads and vintage chocolate wrappers are just a few paper ephemera you can collect.

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Shown here, from one of my vintage department store catalog
Shown here, from one of my vintage department store catalog | Source

I love Vintage and Collect Lots of Vintage Stuff

I love vintage. Not only do I love vintage, I also use vintage collectibles around the house:

Vintage tins are turned into flower pots and planters

Vintage linens grace my beds

My collection of vintage tablecloths are on my table when I have guests

I actually use my vintage porcelain service quite often

My food is stored in vintage glass jars and I have a beautiful vintage French lemonade blue glass bottle for serving water

I wear cool vintage t-shirts and when I wear jewelry (not often) I wear vintage jewelry from my collection

I buy vintage pottery to use as planters

To Anyone Who Ask What Can I collect?, What Would You Say? - What Do YOU Collect

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    • Gypzeerose profile image

      Rose Jones 

      7 years ago

      I can relate more to Frischy than I would like to admit! No, I collect a few out of print children's authors: Lois Lenski and the Freddy the Pig books. I want to build up a nice collection of stamps and coins, but just from my pocket change and the letters I get. Collectibles are an important part of eBay, so I have linked to your lens on my ebay lens.

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      7 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Oh goodness! If anyone glanced around my house they would think I collect cats, birds, paper and cardboard boxes. Oh, and dirty laundry. That's not good!

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      Susanna Duffy 

      7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Oh what can I NOT collect? I collect meteorites, fossil shark teeth, ceramic cat figurines, 1920s postcards, egg cups and vintage dolls. I also collect a lot of dust

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      7 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      Collect what you love.

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      poppy mercer 

      8 years ago from London

      Don't collect big things! I know someone who collects traction engines and antique farm machinery. He needs a whole field for his collection. I collect Rupert books and even they are starting to fill up shelves in an alarming fashion. Stamps sound much more manageable.

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      8 years ago

      I'm a collector of things, vintage tin containers, my first from 30 years ago. I've collected dolls, and still have a small collection, including Scarlet, from Gone With The Wind, in the white ruffled dress. I have a collection of teddy bears, have collected books, and a lot of classic movies. I no longer buy movies, and have recently donated several hundred to my animal shelter thrift shop. Have donated boxes of books too. Where there was once books, I've put some things I collect in the bookcase, and I have a curio with dolls in it, and carousels. Geez, and I have a collection of perfume bottles too. sighs ... No wonder it takes me forever to dust. I've been donating some of my tin containers too. Sweet idea ... there are so many things to collect! Sometimes, we don't even realize, we do have a collection. I even have a bunch of clocks, most were gifts, but I do love clocks.

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      8 years ago

      I'm the opposite- I am not into 'things' and don't collect anything. The few relics I have in my house are gifts or useful things. I donate anything I'm not using to charity shops.

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      8 years ago from US

      I love collecting vintage bottles. (all kinds) Nothing like running down on Saturday mornings to the antique shops in town to see if there are any cool new ones to add to my collection.

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      8 years ago

      Magic the Gathering cards! So many things to collect, and so little space! lol

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      8 years ago

      I mostly sell collectibles, but I do collect stamps, Boyd's angels, and some cat and mouse figurines.

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      8 years ago

      My mother has a wonderful collection of very very small nativity sets - a great collection because they're fascinating, each has a story of the artist who made it or what corner of the world she found it in, and the whole collection doesn't take up very much space. My favourite set fits into a walnut shell.

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      8 years ago

      Coins - so much to learn from them

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      8 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Love collecting - my latest is sea glass as I live at the beach! Nicely done and you have given me some new ideas! ~~~Blessed~~~

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      8 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Fabulous idea for a lens. I collect Daher Tins, Charming Tails Mouse Figurines, and used to collect McCoy pottery (still have a few pieces.) At one time, I collected unusual teapots, but gave the collection to my daughter. I also had some vintage dinnerware from Crown Pottery that I gave to another daughter. So, I've been a collector of one thing or another since, well...forever. Lovely lens on collecting. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      8 years ago from Canada

      I say this is a great way to create a lensography. Now with the Panda updates it is so important to have original material mixed in among the links and you have intermingled ideally lol.

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      8 years ago from Cyprus

      Wow, quite a lot of things here for collectors. I'm one as well, collecting mainly books (have about hm, over 1000 books right now), bookmarks, napkins...lots of stuff...*sigh*


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