- Squashed pennies. I don't buy the crappy ones in rest stops, where the choice is a Bible verse or an American flag, but I will buy pretty much any other one that I see. I like them to be mementos of an occasion, so if we're somewhere in particular (and let's face it, we usually are, if there are squashed pennies to be had), I want the location to be on the penny. In fact, even though I know it's ridiculous, I still regret the choice I made when we were in Petrified Forest National Park. They had an ugly Petrified Forest option or a nice Painted Desert option (the Painted Desert being part of Petrified Forest National Park), and I went for the ugly Petrified Forest option because that was, after all, the name of the park. But then we actually went through the park and I loved the Painted Desert way more than the Petrified Forest, and in fact remember it as one of the absolute best parts of the trip, and we even have a framed family photo taken with the Painted Desert in the background hanging in our hallway, and I wish I had gotten the Painted Desert penny. Oh well. Live and learn, right? And maybe I should look at this as an excuse to go back someday.
- Monopoly sets. Not just any, of course. I like them when they are meaningful or fun in some way. So, I have Toulouse Monopoly and Chicago Monopoly (Chicago is one of my favorite towns) and Millennium Monopoly and Retro Monopoly. I would love Denver Monopoly but I don't think it exists. Of the editions that do exist, I most covet National Parks Monopoly. So gorgeous.
- Beanie babies. I don't collect these anymore (the craze is so ten years ago, am I right?) but my mom owns a toy store, and I worked there during the height of the fad, and I ended up with quite a few of them myself. And I still have pretty much all of them. One thing that made me happy was that when they came out with the line of Zodiac beanie babies, the rat (which is the sign of 1984, when I was born) was purple. CHECK! I will definitely be holding on to that one for a long time.
- Photo frames and albums. Call me old-fashioned, but I still print photos. Not every photo we take, not by a long shot, but the shots I especially like. And I put them in albums and I frame some of our favorites. So whenever I see a frame or album that I like (though I've stopped doing this since we implemented the spending freeze), I buy it. Even if I don't use it right away, eventually I will. And I always do. Right now I have one unused frame and one unused album. That's as low as I like my reserves to get, really. So I guess I better hope that Torsten's company makes a sale soon, huh?
- One thing I would like to collect: pitchers. My mom collects these, and they are beautiful AND useful, and a great gift idea for her. My dad got her a beautiful flowered Tiffany pitcher a few years ago, and I'm thinking now that I'm an adult I should start collecting something lovely and grown up like pitchers that give people an excuse to buy you really nice things. And pitchers ARE useful, and we don't have nearly enough, though we do have one that we registered for and received as a wedding gift that I love love love.
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