The Water Cooler – What Do You Collect?

June 22, 2018 12:00 pm · 47 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

Today’s question:

Everybody has collected things throughout the years. What’s one thing that you’ve always enjoyed collecting, and why do you collect it?

Talk about it.

Dawg June 22, 2018 at 12:27 PM

I used to collect ashtrays and matchbooks, I have a collection from many places that don’t exist anymore. Now that smoking has been banned in public places, there aren’t any ashtrays and matchbooks to collect.
I also have a refrigerator covered in magnets that I’ve collected over the years, and I have a collection of tee-shirts and ball caps from different places.
My favorite tee-shirt is from the Hogs Breath Inn when it was owned by Clint Eastwood in Carmel, and my favorite ball cap is from the Bucket of Blood Saloon in Virginia City, Nevada.

Lambie June 22, 2018 at 6:54 PM

We have that t-shirt too 🙂

Justyfiable Languor June 24, 2018 at 6:48 AM

Remember the Sambos at 4 corners? It had an ” Indian ” with a feather stuck in a headband. That diner was soooo smokey.

biggus thinkus June 22, 2018 at 12:29 PM


frambley1 June 23, 2018 at 1:02 PM

I collect HWs too.

Vintage Signs June 22, 2018 at 12:31 PM

I collect vintage advertising clocks and signs. I like the old time graphics. These items are getting harder to find. I have found some really rare and unusual clocks and signs right here in Concord at Henley’s Antiques on Clayton Road.

Cowellian June 22, 2018 at 12:46 PM


FirstLAst June 22, 2018 at 12:52 PM

Nothing. #minimalism

RunnerDope June 22, 2018 at 12:58 PM

Guitars, because I sometimes play them.

The Fractionator June 22, 2018 at 1:06 PM

Belt Buckles! Years ago got a belt buckle when I was on a business trip to Houston, Tx. and have been collecting them ever since. I like going to different parts of the country a getting buckles pertaining to that area.

Anon-2-U June 24, 2018 at 2:57 PM

I’ve been trying to unload a Wyoming Legend Bucking Bronco pewter buckle from 1984, it’s currently listed on eBay.

wave June 22, 2018 at 1:06 PM

I collect money….all kind….keeps me happy.

Libra93 June 22, 2018 at 1:17 PM

Porcelain dragons 🐲

Roz June 22, 2018 at 1:18 PM

I mostly collect vintage items I can use or display.
My favorite is 1900’s – 1950’s X-Mas Ornament
I think I was born in the wrong era,..LOL!
My home is like a livable little antique shop 🙂

Big A June 22, 2018 at 1:19 PM


Noj June 22, 2018 at 1:21 PM

Sea Glass.

Specifically, Davenport Sea Glass.

HappyPappy June 22, 2018 at 1:23 PM

Classic sport scars. Most fun you can have standing up!

Al June 22, 2018 at 1:44 PM

Swiss army knives, including the old models issued to the soldiers that has the year stamp on back of the main blade
Foreign currency notes of countries I’ve visited (the best souvenir you can get)

Mr.Bill June 22, 2018 at 2:13 PM

I collect keys, pocket knifes, and now earth quake supplies


Steve June 22, 2018 at 2:21 PM

Now that I have a son who is into toys, we collect a few things together. He loves the Cars movie toy line, and he also likes legos. When I was a child I collected comic books, baseball cards, and then Magic the Gathering back when it first came out in 1994. Made a nice profit on those when I eventually sold!

Patty June 22, 2018 at 2:46 PM

We collect Santas and also Department 56 Snow Village houses.

all work no play June 22, 2018 at 3:02 PM

My collection of the souls of my ex’s is tidy and complete. Now I’ve got a nifty (not so) little key chain collection going on…..

The Mamba June 22, 2018 at 3:03 PM


Fred P. June 22, 2018 at 3:06 PM

Social “security” & retirement…

Larry June 22, 2018 at 4:56 PM

Claycord needs a like button.Thats what I wanted to say thanks.

hmmm June 22, 2018 at 3:38 PM


Cowellian June 22, 2018 at 3:47 PM

Anybody we know?

Silva June 22, 2018 at 4:20 PM

Native American silver work. Glass. Beads. Fine paper. Rocks and minerals. Sea creature exoskeletons. Watercolor painting acoutrement. Memories.

Shasta Daisy June 22, 2018 at 5:35 PM

Smiles from friends.
Value is priceless.


Cowellian June 22, 2018 at 6:13 PM


Michelle June 22, 2018 at 6:09 PM

I started collecting Pez dispensers back in the 80’s. I don’t collect them any more, but I haven’t gotten rid of what I collected.

frambley1 June 23, 2018 at 12:46 PM

eBay was started by someone who’s spouse was a Pez collector.

ClayDen June 22, 2018 at 8:25 PM

Lapel pins from our travels and photos from same. I take lots of photos of other things as well, such as our 10 grandchildren and sports car races; the last time I checked I had something like 140,000 digital photos, the oldest from 2002.

Jack's Fan June 22, 2018 at 11:20 PM

Interesting thread!
Vintage fountain pens after inheriting a few from my grandfather when he passed, started buying them. Collection grows slowly… They are too expensive.

Bob June 23, 2018 at 1:34 AM

I collect spores, molds, and fungus

Rugsucker June 23, 2018 at 5:07 PM

Wind chimes, I stopped by a road side sale that sold flags & wind chimes upon getting out of the car there was a nice breeze blowing and all the wind chimes were each sounding off it was like a orchestra playing, I mean it sounded just beautiful so had to have 1 but it wasn’t the same after awhile of having it so I got another after 31 years buying 1 to 2 a year I think i have that sound maybe over 50 of them and my neighbors like them also.

Antler June 24, 2018 at 8:45 PM

Just if you are ever down that way, the town of Solvang, CA, has an amazing wind chime store. They also are skilled at resringing the chimes, should that ever become necessary.

KFPH June 24, 2018 at 7:48 AM

Rubber duckies and skulls. And key chains from all the places I’ve been.

Dr Jellyfinger June 24, 2018 at 9:34 AM

Ancient Arrowheads

CoCoOld June 24, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Just make sure to collect those arrowheads legally! You cannot pick them up from US lands or any California public land.

Dr Jellyfinger June 24, 2018 at 4:34 PM

I usually pick them up on eBay…. but if I find one on public land you can bet your butt I’m going to pick it up and keep it…. or maybe I’d give it to a Park Ranger .
What kind of fool would just leave it there in the dirt?

I also collect and use traditional archery bows, tho I no longer have time for refinishing & reselling them. I did manage to make it a profitable hobby at one point, but those items are getting harder to find these days.

Silva June 25, 2018 at 7:21 AM

I’ve picked up a few beautiful arrowheads on ebay made by highly skilled modern knappers.

Lena June 24, 2018 at 11:25 AM

Basically, what I have now could be referred to as a collection of junk. I’ve started half a dozen different collections, but three or four pieces into it I lose interest. I finally realized I had a problem and gave up on collecting stuff. I’m going to concentrate on selling it, instead. So far I’ve found that it is pretty much worthless.

Antler June 24, 2018 at 3:06 PM

Figurines, bronzes, and paintings of rabbits. But the rabbits have to be au natural ….. no cutesy clothes on them. Also paintings and prints (only) of fox and raccoons.
Solid metal refrigerator magnets from scenic sites I have visited (favorites ones are Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Falling Water” and “Kentuck Knob” homes ….. and also Yosemite).
One more thing and I’ll stop…. an antique pressed glass pattern called both “Oregon” and “Beaded Loop”. My maternal grandmother first collected the pattern, and the love of it has been passed down through the generations …. the collection expanded and only used on special occasions.
Oh, wait…. and I LOVE soft turtlenecked shirts (all sorts of colors….. except the purple tones…. can’t do purple).

Shygurl June 24, 2018 at 9:47 PM

I collect magnets from places I’ve been & I collect amberina glass pieces, beautiful reds/oranges& yellows.also collect ‘heart’s shaped rocks.

Robin D Gibson June 27, 2018 at 12:51 AM

I collect heart shaped anything

Robin D Gibson June 27, 2018 at 12:50 AM

I collect Kaleidescopes have almost 200 of them. They are pretty cool and a great showcase to people. My mother got me started in 1994

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