I don’t really collect things as such, more gather. I do have a penchant for vintage tins though – I suppose that maybe counts as a collection. I don’t like just any old tins – sometimes people “donate” tins to me and I know they mean well, but really I am only interested in old, interesting tins which don’t have too much damage and can still actually be used, rather than any old common or garden biscuit tin.
Hmm, OK. That’s a collection. That’s not even half of it. I usually pick them up in junk shops or charity shops, occasionally at a car boot sale if I go, which happens rarely. I should go to more, really.
Here’s my favourite tin, which I picked up on a market stall in York a few years ago:
It’s a little bit dented but still useable. And pricey at £3! But I love the colour and that it had obviously been well-used but taken care of.
I do occasionally like new tins, if they are interesting and will probably turn out to be collectable in the future. For example, a whole bunch of 2012 Diamond Jubilee ones, like this:
Love the illustration. It is from M&S, of course, who are really the kings of the new tin, in my eyes.
Oh, just remembered I do have a small collection of something else – Russian papier mache! I have a few urns and a couple of brooches but for some reason, don’t seem to have many photos of them. Here’s one in my living room. I got a bunch of them over time from a woman at a car boot sale who used to live in East Germany in the 70/ 80s and bought them from Russian soldiers.
What do you collect?
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