It’s Hereditary – the Collecting Gene

You all know I love a good collection.


From my globes, milk glass, and mid century decanters to my loving cups and silver platters

well, let’s just say I probably need an intervention.


But I think I’ve created little monsters …

collecting monsters that is.

kids collections

You see, they have my eyes, hair and sense of humor but my girls have also inherited the collecting gene.

So I guess I can’t complain when I try to dust their shelves that are brimming with everything from water globes to piggy banks to perfume bottles … the list goes on and on and on!


Is there a cure for collecting?

Some sort of vaccination?


Forgot that – I’d much rather have a few dust bunnies than give up our collections and I guess there are much worse traits they could have inherited from me!

What did you collect when you were a kid?


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  1. Lol – my husband and I just had a discussion about the difference between “collecting” and “hoarding”. I had to educate him a bit. πŸ˜‰
    xo Heidi

  2. Awe, that is cute! Shane just started collecting gum wrappers(?), as long as it makes him happy;). Tell your girls I LOVE their collecions! Jen

  3. My little girl has a collection of snow globes, too.
    I collected stickers. A whole album filled with all sorts of stickers. I think I still have that thing somewhere.

    Have a good day!


  4. I’ve always been a ‘collector’ — I’ve just ‘refined’ my collecting through the years :) I USED to collect troll dolls . . . remember those anyone?? And Barbies and, well, LOTS of things. I don’t think there’s a cure :)

  5. I don’t think I collected anything much as a child, but I sure have a problem now. You let me know when that vaccination becomes available.

  6. My mom and dad were not collectors, but my aunt was…big time…and I got the bug from her when I was little…loved hanging out with her…trolling her neighborhood of Coral Gables, Florida…when way back when many a treasure could be found at the curb…She collected, crafted, made these incredible braided rugs and won contest in Key West for her shell art…i miss her….but as a kid, I spent my allowance at the 5 & 10 Cent stores…so dating myself…while my siblings went straight to the candy counter, I went to the “knick nap” department buying something for my room…yes, a disease in which I seek no treatment!!….How fun that your girls are into their collections….actually my son was a collector as a kid…but now…he is a minimalist!!!…

  7. I think I have that gene too. And just when I think I won’t start a new collection, something else grabs my interest. As you say, there could be a lot worst habits!!
    Mary Alice

  8. It so definitely is a genetic trait…I got the genetic dish collecting gene from my grandmothers…and I am so glad that it is shared dna in my family ha. There is no cure…providing we don’t cross into the hoarder category (which is a whole other disorder altogether by the way)…just sit back and enjoy the collections.


  9. Doc told me long ago there is no cure.


  10. LOL! I have two collectors here, too! They never met an empty cereal box they didn’t like. :)

    Have a great day rock star!

  11. Your daughters have the cutest collections. They will be just fine if they take after you!

  12. I agree that collecting is hereditary. My Mom was a collector of milk glass and depression glass both of which I collect. I have a few of the pieces she collected and I treasure them.

  13. I don’t know if I am a collector or an organized hoarder but, like my Dad, I see beauty, usefulness and enjoyment in most everything and I collect a lot of things. I take pleasure in giving time-worn and battered old things a new life.
    I do agree that collecting my be hereditary, but also may just be way you were brought up. Happy collecting.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  14. Oh Kelly, I’ve had the collecting bug since I can remember – from stationaries, to chocolate wrappers, tomy fave boy band paraphernalia, letters, stickers, you name it I collected it! There is no cure “sadly” only a unquenchable thirst for more! Hahaha! My little boy is into it too, and I indulge him nonchalantly! Ha! I’m in your club dear, and happy and proud about it too! Have a wonderful day!

  15. Well, so far, neither of my children have exhibited signs of the gene! And they’re in their twenties! Maybe it’s waiting. Hidden. Sure hope so! But you would have thought my furniture arranging and accessorizing gene would have reared its ugly head by now! I was rearranging my bedroom at ten!

  16. I too have a collector. Some are on display, some are in boxes under her bed. We always say that she’s going to end up on Hoarders some day. And her sister will be the professional organizer who comes to help her πŸ˜‰

  17. Trolls, trolls and more trolls. They’re tucked away in boxes but I just know they’ll be worth something some day :)

  18. I collected stuffed animals until I was 13, diagnosed with allergies and my mom threw them all away! I was traumatized. Ha! I made up for it as an adult in collecting teapots and tea sets for my kitchen, which I’ve now redone which hardly one in sight! I also collect scrapbooking supplies, apparently.

  19. I know I inherited the collecting gene from my grandmother. She loved cookbooks and cow bells. I now have her church cookbooks. Love them! And when my husband and I travel we make sure to hit the local bookstore. I have ones from Oregon to New York! Those church ladies have the best recipes! I agree…there is no cure. We’re hopeless!

  20. Unicorns! I can’t believe I am telling anyone this πŸ˜‰

  21. One of my daughters had a pig collection but the other two are not collectors or clutter lovers at all.

  22. I too live in a house of collectors! Luckily my husband has a large office so most of his collections live there (although there is not room for his 150 old metal lunch boxes – those currently live in our attic!) My girls each have their collections and mine are many! I just Swiffer the best I can and then move on! Life to the full, Melissa

  23. There is a blurry line between collecting and hoarding. And there are times I do believe I have gone to the blurry space. Both my parents were collectors who became hoarders late in life. Perhaps there comes a time when we just no longer have the will or energy to make decisions about all the “stuff”.

  24. I definitely got the gene from the women on my mother’s side. We can’t pass up a deal at a thrift store, or yard sale. However, this blog keeps me in check. I just buy things that I can blog about. I also can’t stand clutter so every 6 to 8 months I go through things and if I haven’t used it I donated it.

  25. I think there’s no cure for collecting, neither do I want one, my collections make me soooo happy! Nothing better than finding new/old pieces to add to them.
    I love those cute litte dolls!

  26. Carol Hess says:

    I know of no cure!!!! But why would you want to cure it anyway is my question??? I definitely get it from both sides of my family, so what can I do? When I was young I collected elephants. My Sunday school teacher went on a mission trip to Mexico and brought us each an elephant that was carved from stone back. But now I have soooo many collections. My largest collection is old tins of all sorts. I also collect peanut butter glasses, sewing baskets, blue vases and the list goes on!!!! I’m beyond an intervention!!!!!!!

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