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By now you have probably figured out that the house icon and the phrase House Tales means the post is going to have more to do with the house than it will with writing but everything that happens eventually finds its way into our writing so I guess it is all still connected. 

I have always been a collector of things. When I was a kid it was rocks and shells and bits of string or rubber bands and gum wrappers and Betsy McCall paper dolls I cut from the magazine. As I got older I went through phases, patriotic stuff, old advertising tins, miniature glass animals, stuffed bears, old kitchen implements. Now I collect blue and white china, cobalt blue glass (okay, and some green glass) and figurines that have something to do with writing or reading. Only the figurines appear to have gotten a wee bit out of control.

I unpacked them all last night. It took HOURS.

These are the writers. All 95 of them.


These are the readers. All 173 of them. That doesn't include the 50 or so more that are somewhere in the garage in their original boxes. Yikes!


I don't know where these all were at the other house because I look around here and there is simply no room for all of them. I planned to keep them in my office and the only place for them is the china cabinet which only has 2 shelves. So I am going to have to purge. (ouch, no, no....please not that.)

It is going to be hard because I have been collecting for a long time. I will probably keep most of the writers and a small amount of the readers. I can do Ebay but I thought I'd put out here to see if it would be worth me doing a small web page with individual pics of what I am going to sell to see if anyone is interested. Thoughts?

Here are some closeups:












Off to see how many will really fit in the china cabinet. I know it won't be big enough for all I want to keep.
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slatts
April 4th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
AMAZING! a world of writers and readers!
azang
April 4th, 2007 01:07 am (UTC)
If you had a good bit of space on one wall, you could build yourself a custom shadowbox for them. A grid of interlocking 1X2 or 3 then a piece of clear plexi screwed over the front of it.
Nice collection!
akamarykate
April 4th, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
Wow, that's an impressive collection!

Could you possibly keep more than you have room to display, and rotate the ones on display? I don't know what your storage situation is like, but that's the option I've gone with for my dolls. I just have to remember to rotate...but it's fun when I do.
artistq
April 4th, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
Wow, you have a very cool collection of readers!
amanda_marrone
April 4th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
I see smurfs!
kidlit_kim
April 4th, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)
That is pretty cool! I know you said you want to sell them, but I'll bet some school or library would love this collection! Is there any such thing as a writing museum? Doubt it, but that is one awesome collection. Maybe you could store them until you find them a loving home??
d_michiko_f
April 4th, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
I,too,am a big collector of things! We definitely are meant to be friends! :) I LOVE your writer/reader collectables! What a fabulous collection. Um...good luck finding space for them. ;)
quiller77
April 4th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
You have a Snoopy!writer! I love Snoopy. I have the book, "Snoopy's Guide to the Writer's Life." It's great.
heart_2_pray
April 4th, 2007 11:12 am (UTC)
That's incredible. My vote - Add a room to your new house just for your collection. :)
christinenorris
April 4th, 2007 11:32 am (UTC)
Wow, and I thought I collected stuff. My china cabinet has Disney stuff. All my figureines, plates, and odd and ends. I see a Pooh writer, and a Mickey at a typewriter, and an Eyore...it's like Where's Waldo!

These are SO cute. You could start up an adoption program :) LOL.
Or you could rotate them, like someone else said.
lindsey_leavitt
April 4th, 2007 02:23 pm (UTC)
I'm not much for collections, but I think this is seriously the coolest one I HAVE EVER SEEN! What a fantastic idea. Don't condense! It is just too cool.
lisayee
April 4th, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
Oh! Happy to see I'm not the only obsessive collector out there.
jonstephens
April 4th, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)
I say, "Become everyone's best (or worst, depending how you look at things) and give everyone one knickknack that doesn't fit on your shelves.
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