The shelf above our tv holds a collection of similar flea market items.
Some of the comments I hear most often about collecting is, "I don't know what to do with these things when I get home with them. How should I display them?" or "There is no rhyme or reason to my collecting...I just buy what I like then I don't know where to put them."
Truth is, we all feel this way in the beginning until we start grouping like with like. Like object, or like materials, or even things that are just the same color. Then we begin to see that we do have a system in place when we are buying. We just need to get organized.
I went around my house and snapped a few photos of some of my collections...I don't have a lot of time or money tied up in these but I sure have had a lot of fun both buying, digging, and displaying.
Conch shells from Rick's many trips to Portsmith Island
You've already seen some of my soda bottles in the dining room....I have bottles everywhere!
Bottles over the bathtub
...and bird's nests. I especially love the ones made from our horses hair.
...and even more so the ones made from Ginger's mane...she's been gone for 2 years now and it's such a sweet day when an old nest blows out from somewhere near the barn made with her hair.
This old metal cabinet came out of the trailer. I love, love, love it! Rusty inside and out.
The door fell off and I'm using it as a shelf in the shop.
...and some of my old readers have seen my advertising tins already too. I have completely run out of space here and will be filling up the rusty green cabinet with any additions.
These little Mexican chairs sit at the foot of the stairs. They took me a long time to place for some reason...like 10 years...but I love them here.
And lastly the mason jars.They came out of the old homeplace that was still on our property when we bought it. The lids I found in the old hog lot which is now part of the rock garden behind our house.
Just remember, like with like. What can you re-arrange today? Have fun!