What's the Weirdest Thing You Collect?

Ever since Junior High, I've collected something that I've never known anyone else to collect. I'm sure I'm not a unique snowflake by any means — I probably just don't know that many people — but every new place I go, I collect…

…a bag of sand or dirt! I love the idea that what I collect will forever be changing. That the time of it's collection it has a certain ph level and contains traces of the history that came before it (and I never really got into the whole shot glasses thing).

I take samples home in ziptop bags or old pill bottles. Currently my collection has been stashed away in a shoebox in my closet as I've been hunting for the perfect vessels to display them all in. I envision them someday being a visual representation of the good times and the bad: including the time my luggage was lost for 4 days in New York and my trip to Alabama to rebuild houses — it will all be there.

So am I the only one that collects something odd? What do you gravitate towards? Stuffed animals? Vintage dishes? Striped socks? Mirrors?

Put it all out there and share your collection with us!

Image: Flickr member Ryan Leighty licensed for use by Creative Commons

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Sarah Trover has lived all across the Midwest and currently calls the hot dog-laden city of Chicago home. She rides scooters and seeks out kitchens that make the best pie.

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