What do you collect?


Do you have a hobby or tradition of collecting something interesting? I used to love collecting items when I was a kid… from stickers to old perfume bottles (which gave off such a collective heady pong that I eventually scrapped that!)… I’m not a fan of too much clutter, but I do like meaningful collections 🙂

About two years ago, Ninja and I suddenly decided to start a tradition of collecting fridge magnets from our day trips and other travels. We don’t have a massive collection, but it’s colourful and unique and grows a little bigger each year.

Our magnets so far

Our magnets so far

The first magnet with the dangling metal skulls was what started it all: a souvenir from our trip to Sterkfontein Caves at the so-called ‘Cradle of Mankind’ just outside Joburg. The next was from a romantic long weekend we took to a log cabin in Dullstroom (briefly mentioned here).

The next five magnets are all from highlights of our last long holiday along South Africa’s West Coast: the Butterflies for Africa butterfly sanctuary, the Durban waterfront, uShaka Marine World and the birds and crocodiles we saw at CrocWorld.

In the next row you can see magnets commemorating our trip to the Montecasino Bird Gardens and the South African Lipizzaners. The tiny bird magnet is from the Sasol Bird Fair, and the ratty is from the World of Dogs and Cats (WODAC) pet expo this year.

The rat club stand at WODAC sold the cutest ratty magnets, so of course we got the whole set :mrgreen:

Rat magnets

Rat magnets

In case you can’t read the text on them, the sayings are:

  • A balanced person has a rat on each shoulder
  • GGMRS – Gotta Get More Rats Syndrome
  • Rat addiction is not fattening
  • My rats live here, you don’t
  • The rat race is over. The rats won!

So, what do you collect? 🙂

5 responses »

  1. We’re collecting fridge magnets too and postcards 🙂 Plus I am a “book worm”, I’m collecting books. I’ve got a whole collection of fairy tales (Grimm, Anderson, …)

    • Ah, I bet you have some awesome magnets from all your travels! Books are wonderful to collect – I could never quite agree with that quote that says “Bücher und Freunde soll man nur wenige und gute haben” 😉

  2. That’s a super cute thing to collect and you can happily display them on the fridge! Besides Rilakkuma, I was always a fan of postcards! Those are very unique magnets, very lovely! The rattie magnets are my favorite

    • Ah, that’s a fun one… there are so many lovely postcards out there. Do you only collect from places you’ve been or ones you’ve received in the post? I’m sure they’d make a super collage 🙂

      • Oh you know it might be both because my sister sends me a lot where ever she goes. But I like to buy a postcard where ever I go and send it to her.

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