The Collector's Nook
What's in your curio cabinet?
Since human society began, man has been a "collector." Early humans most certainly
started collecting in order to survive as members of a "hunting and gathering society". Then, as civilization developed and mankind could settle down in one place, humans became serious collectors.
The amount of things a person acquired became a sign of wealth. Such wealth in turn requires more space to hold all of those items. Today this natural human tendency continues in our everyday lives and is especially obvious among those of us who make collecting our hobby.
As a former social studies teacher with training in history and anthropology/archeology and world traveler, I have always been interesting in the things which societies collect. I want to know how they were used, what they meant symbolically, who made them, and so on. Most collectors, at some point
want to know the history of the items they collect, the variety of forms they take, who made them, their value, and so on.
The purpose of this website is:
1. to explore some of the collectibles I have been privileged to acquire
over many years of collecting. I will share what I have learned along
2. to offer books on particular collections that I have written myself or
would recommend to anyone seeking more in-depth information
3. to host a forum or blog named Wisps of Wisdom where we can discuss
issues related to collecting. Issues would include how to care for
collectibles, where to find them, how collecting affects our lives, and even
how to get rid of the excess baggage of our collections when we finally realize that we have
collected more than enough and need to find ways to become collector minimalists!
This website is very much a work in progress. Please stop by again to see what has been added.
Last updated Feb. 1, 2011