Collections are Things of the Past


There is a fine, fine line between hoarding and collecting. People hoard as a form of overcompensation to subconsciously convince themselves that they are prepared for whatever is to come. Maybe they’re afraid of letting go, or maybe they’re simply slothish and refuse to clean up. Contrarily, collections are a way of cherishing memories or moments or places in time. People collect things because it brings them joy and not a false sense of security. It provides an escape and gives them a glance at a past they want to past down from generation to generation. What do I collect? Spoons.

Souvenir spoons are fabulous. There are other types of collections; coins, stamps, postcards, playbills, baseball cards, thimbles, insects… the list goes on. Being a proud owner of a spoon collection myself, however, I’ll briefly cover some basics. Hopefully this will serve as an incentive for you to start your very own stock of an item of your choice. That’s the best part of this hobby; there’s literally something for everyone.

With spoons, the best time to add to your collection is during travel. Seeing that travel is pretty limited for the moment, it’s nice to look back at all of the places that I’ve been. There is some maintenance involved in this hobby of mine, however. Most spoons are sterling silver, meaning that they have to be polished annually to avoid tarnish. It can get a bit tedious if you have a large collection, but the results are well worth it.

Maybe spoons aren’t your thing; that’s perfectly reasonable. But there is so much more out there. Some collections are treasured, sentimental items. Others are just reminders of places or moments or people. Most have extremely low maintenance, and they will come to mean so much more to you than whatever you may have originally bought them for. Collections can only grow over time, be it in worth or in value. Take, for example, my spoon collection again. I inherited many of my spoons from my mother who had collected them herself as a kid. Now I’ve almost doubled our stock. She gets joy out of seeing her cherished spoons upheld, and I’m a happy conservationist so long as she funds my souvenir spoon-buying endeavors.

When I said that collections can go up in value overtime, I wasn’t kidding. Some people, such as myself, collect as a hobby and don’t plan on selling their things. However, many others decide to invest. Most spoons sell from between $7.50 and $11.00. Salem Witch Spoons, the souvenir spoons said to have started off the hobby, typically sell for at least ten times that amount in just 2020. In another ten years, the price will go up even more. So long as you keep good care of your collection, there’s going to be a market for it somewhere. 

We don’t have much to hold onto at the moment. Vacation plans have been moved, so you might think there isn’t anything you could possibly start collecting now. This is where I encourage you to think again and look around your house. If you’re passionate about something, there’s a chance that you have a lot of things related to it. When compiled together, those similar objects can become quite the collection indeed. You will learn to appreciate them and the stories behind them more than before.

In the end, it doesn’t have to be a spoon. It doesn’t even have to be a thing. If you really are determined, you will find something that appeals to you enough to save forever. Start now, and your memories will outlast even the collection itself.