Not much collecting anymore, in my teens and childhood, I passed through these:
- Fossils (Still have my collection)
- Butterflies (Dried and mounted)
- Bottle Caps
- X-Men Playing Cards
- Pokemon Cards (Yeah I know, right? LOL)
- G.I. Joe action figures
- Rocks/Minerals (My prize specimens include a small piece of pyrite and a spur of quartz crystals)
- Mushrooms (Yes, LOL, when I was in elementary I'd go around hunting for weird mushrooms then transplant them into a little area filled with rotting corncobs for them to grow on... dangerous hobby LOL).
- Leaves (I'd iron them until they were really dry then laminate them )
- Bones (especially that of small animals, I once found a dead mouse and buried it carefully so that I could come back later and get the complete skeleton. best find for me was a shrew skull)
- Once went crazy for little plastic lobsters that were one of the free toys inside a brand of cheese puffs here. I'd go through a lot of those and discard all other toys just to find different colored lobsters.
- Anything weird... and preferably natural, from feathers of strange birds to a piece of a sea urchin armor to a large scale I once pried off a parrotfish we had for dinner.
I'm sure there were more, LOL. Including some collecting frenzies that lasted for only about a few days (like postcards), but those are all I can remember for now. I'm a packrat.
In my preteens, me and my brother once started collecting what we called 'treasure', composed mainly of crystals that we found among rocks. We placed it in one of those tiny felt-lined ring cases and pretended that we were very rich. Then one day... we found one of Mom's drawers unlocked...
I'm still VERY ashamed at what we did. LOL!
We took out her (THANKFULLY FAKE) jewelry and pounded away at the rings to extract the large pretty 'jewels'.
OMFG, I can't believe Mom didn't kill
us because of that!