As I eluded to in a recent post I have a collection of shot glasses. I don't really know how it started, but family and friends will bring me a shot glass from where ever it is that they go. My MIL brought me home one from Dublin. They are in a box now, awaiting the completion of the downstairs family room that will house a bar. But it got me thinking. Aside from that, do I collect anything. Not stamps or coins or anything along those lines. But I do have a collection of Pfaltzgraff. Yorktowne pattern to be exact. It started when I noticed that since my family had grown I did not have enough of one pattern dish to set a table for more than 8 people and I could not get more of the dishes I had since sadly the stores that carried my pattern had gone out of business (thanks to Wally World!). That may not sound like a lot, but my family has grown with spouses and children and I can easily need to set a table for 16 with just my family (parents and siblings and their families). So I decided to get a new set of dishes. I didn't know what I wanted but I knew it would have to fit easily into my country kitchen. I went looking and decided on the Pfaltzgraff Yorktowne. I ordered a couple sets from Amazon on a special deal for cardholders (essentially I got 2 sets of 4 piece place settings for $5 each with free shipping). Then some thrift shops and yard sales, plus I live 1/2 hour away from the Pfaltzgraff Outlet. Pretty soon my collection had grown to a respectible level. I have enough plates, cups and saucers to set a table for 35. I will find a piece here and there at yard sales or thrift shops. And I have gotten some pieces as gifts from other collectors. This is a useful collection- we use the pieces, it just doesn't sit around and collect dust. And I really do love the pattern and I think it fits in well in my country kitchen. I don't know why I didn't do this before...except that maybe I was happy with the dishes I had.
Here is a small sampling of what I have!