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05-02-2015, 06:51 AM
Are you a collector?
I don't really consider myself a collector of any type - but, I do have a couple of what a buddy of mine calls "collecting fetishes"....

Coleman lanterns. Dunno why - I just started buying them at garage sales a few years back - to have on hand for when the power goes out.. I kept finding nice ones, and kept buying.. Over a dozen of them, dating back to 1949...I've never paid over 20 bucks for one.

J.C. Higgins 20-12 -- 12 gauge pump. My dad had one, when I was growing up (he still has it) so I grew to really like it. It's what's called a "Store branded" gun. It was built by Hi-Standard (model 200) then sold through Sears under the Higgins name. A good solid single bar slide, steel receiver shotgun. I've never spent more than 120 bucks. I have 5, and gave one to my sister.

Flashlights. It all started when I worked at a gun store - and bought a fancy Surefire "tactical" halogen bulb unit. A whopping 80 lumens. The most recent acquisition is a 4 "C" cell, 1000 lumen, focus beam LED unit. Hard to believe we thought 80 lumen was bright.
I have no idea how many flashlights I have. Probably 50 or so, scattered all through the house, garage and out buildings.

So what are you happily hoarding??

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05-02-2015, 07:18 AM (This post was last modified: 05-02-2015 07:27 AM by Free Thought.)
RE: Are you a collector?
I hoard commemorative and foreign coins.

Oh, for funny points; I went through a phase a few years back where I collected screws and bolts; if I found one on the ground, I took it. Much to the confusion of others.

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05-02-2015, 07:45 AM
RE: Are you a collector?
Yes, I collect old and useless objects from my childhood that I find in the basement. I never want to throw them out. Tongue

Seriously though, I don't think I actually collect something. But if I would, it would be marble balls or Micro Machines.

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05-02-2015, 09:05 AM
RE: Are you a collector?
(05-02-2015 07:18 AM)Free Thought Wrote:  I hoard commemorative and foreign coins.

Oh, for funny points; I went through a phase a few years back where I collected screws and bolts; if I found one on the ground, I took it. Much to the confusion of others.

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A guy I knew was on the USS Panamint - and got to go ashore in Japan immediately after the surrender.... The place was decimated -- and for a handful of nuts and bolts - he got dinner, a bottle of sake, a place to sleep, and some company for the night...


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Hang on to yer nuts...

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05-02-2015, 09:21 AM
RE: Are you a collector?
Lord of the rings/Tolkien things. Books, memorabilia, etc. I have some cool stuff.
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05-02-2015, 09:22 AM
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I also have a small collection of Wade tea figurines.
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05-02-2015, 09:26 AM
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(05-02-2015 09:21 AM)Hobbitgirl Wrote:  Lord of the rings/Tolkien things. Books, memorabilia, etc. I have some cool stuff.

Wow, I never would have guessed that. Consider

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05-02-2015, 09:30 AM (This post was last modified: 05-02-2015 09:34 AM by Chas.)
RE: Are you a collector?
I have no real formal collections, but I used to be a serious watch collector/trader.
Also have some old or interesting coins and notes and some old guns.

I definitely seem to acquire stuff like tools, computer stuff, camera gear, and books.
Lots of books.

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05-02-2015, 09:50 AM
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I “collect” images of fish species. I know that may sound strange BUT I have been on a quest to recreate a study done over the course of 9 years in the Florida Keys back in the 1960’s. A Marine biologist collected/identified 517 species during that time and I have been trying to photograph as many of those as possible. The guy has been published in National Geographic and has a list of credentials a mile long.

I’m up to 252 plus 22 he never saw! Many I will never see because of depth or life cycle but I hope to “collect” at least 300.

This past month I met him, he is in his late 70’s early 80’s. We talked for a while and as we were getting up to leave he says to us, “It would be interesting to compare my findings from then to what you are finding today. Would you be interested in co-authoring a paper with me?”

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05-02-2015, 09:52 AM
RE: Are you a collector?
(05-02-2015 09:50 AM)Full Circle Wrote:  I “collect” images of fish species. I know that may sound strange BUT I have been on a quest to recreate a study done over the course of 9 years in the Florida Keys back in the 1960’s. A Marine biologist collected/identified 517 species during that time and I have been trying to photograph as many of those as possible. The guy has been published in National Geographic and has a list of credentials a mile long.

I’m up to 252 plus 22 he never saw! Many I will never see because of depth or life cycle but I hope to “collect” at least 300.

This past month I met him, he is in his late 70’s early 80’s. We talked for a while and as we were getting up to leave he says to us, “It would be interesting to compare my findings from then to what you are finding today. Would you be interested in co-authoring a paper with me?”

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Very cool!

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