Most collectors can remember their first collection. Perhaps it was stamps from your grandfather, paperweights, trains, or even something more quirky like rocks or bugs.
I’ve found it’s a distinct personality type – those that like to collect and those who don’t.
Sometimes the same circumstance that makes a collector, makes another person a non-collector. Both my parents and my husband’s parents lived through The Great Depression. My mother, who was just a little girl at the time, reacted by wanting to collect more and more, and had an appreciation of things – clothes, antiques, dishes, ornaments – anything that money could buy and was worth something. My husband’s mother reacted by not collecting anything, not desiring to own much or be in debt, knowing or thinking that it may be taken away at any moment.
I inherited my mother’s love of collecting, and have collected many things over the years. One of my first was collections was at age 12 when I collected pretty paper napkins we received in restaurants during a trip through Europe. The napkins featured florals, imprinted pictures, even lace edges, and they were different from anything I had seen in the States, so I made a folder of them and kept them for years.
Another one of my first collections was purple- or amethyst – glass. It started from my grandmother, whose favorite color was purple. She had several decanters, glasses and bowls that I distinctly remember her using at Sunday dinners.
After she passed, the glasses were given to me, and I proudly use them, and remember her.
Here are the triangle shaped purple glasses with a clear square at the base. I haven’t been able to find the maker or the pattern as of yet, but perhaps a kind reader could tell me.
I love using her glasses and have several purple dish sets, including Spode and both the lilac and plum Fiestaware. I just recently found this set of purple Arcoroc dishes – eight dinner plates and eight salad plates. I find it difficult to find purple and pink these days, so I was thrilled to discover these.
Here I’ve paired them with reproduction floral rose plates from the Albert and Victoria Museum. I bought them at Marshall’s, of all places.
The purple and silver plated-trimmed candlesticks are from Ralph Lauren and the two baskets are by Fenton.
What is it that you collect?