Impact By the Numbers
Is 2015 shaping up as the year of the collection? It definitely seems like it as I am seeing more collections of interesting items available at a variety of venues. So the question is how to get started?
One way to begin is to look around your own home. Do you have an old world globe that’s out of date but that’s still sitting on a shelf? This could be the nucleus for your own collection.
Photography from Real Simple.
Or did you inherit a collection started by your mother or other relative? Below is a multi-generational collection of miniature candlesticks, illustrating how different materials and different eras can be effectively combined.Photographed by Way2Finds.
Personally, as someone who loves to go to estate sales, out of the way flea markets and wherever else my collector’s wanderlust takes me, I’ve often been drawn to an object but have no immediate “why” or even more importantly “what” I’d actually do with it. Then the idea dawns on me. It’s the start of another collection.Photographed by Way2Finds.
Because I have a few of my collections displayed at home, friends sometimes ask me for tips on how to begin creating their own collections. There is no real road map. Basically I recommend starting with something that you are drawn to, that you love, and then keep your eye out for more items that you can see combined with this in interesting ways. Once you feel you have enough of whatever it is you’re collecting then you’re ready to display them. Don’t be afraid to be bold and let your creativity shine, just as these collectors did.For BelgianPearlls.blogspot.com, photographer Claude Smekana, stylist Magda Desmet. Photo of collection of vintage fishing reels from househome.co.uk.
Check out our Collections board on Pinterest or share your own on Instagram, using #Way2FindsCollects. Happy collecting!
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