Growing up, I had friends who collected silly things. Pogs, My Little Ponies, Pound Puppies and so forth. Me on the other hand? I was learning all about photography and because of it I now collect vintage picture takers of all sorts and enjoy it tremendously.
1. Cameras: Who knew that my love for my first camera would turn into a wall of collected pieces. To this day they still remind me of the times spent with my father learning to shoot a real 35mm film camera.
2. Costume Jewelry: My Grandmother always had fabulous pieces of costume jewelry and I even inherited a few later on in life. Now a pretty sparkle always catches my eye when I'm out hunting antiques and they're perfect for everything from table settings to apparel accessories.
3. Specific Books: My husband and I are always on the lookout for the Sesame Street books we read when we were younger. The art inside is fabulous and we're slowing collecting the entire set (though you can find them on eBay... we still enjoy the hunt). Carry on a similar tradition or teach your kids how to look for first editions!
4. Vinyl Records: There's something extra satisfying about digging through old crates of records and although it won't hold a toddlers attention, when it comes to older kids, it's like a scavenger hunt without any clues. Let them search through sections of children's music and watch their enjoyment flourish and grow through the years.
5. Plants: Teaching a child to care for something living is a big responsibility and before you let them loose with the family pet, try plants first. We rarely place more than one plant in a children's room, but if they're into caring for them, then there's no reason not to have more. Think about how lovely it would have been to move out on your own for the first time with an apartment full of green leaves and pretty blooms!
Do you have one to add to the list above? Make sure to let us know in the comments below!