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My mother was a thimble collector -- over a period of twenty years or so, she amassed an enormous collection of the little do-dads. I'm not a thimble collector, but after she died I inherited her collection, put them in storage, and really didn't think too much about them for the next twelve years. But after our move back to Texas last year, we decided it was time to do something about all those crates of thimbles stacked in the garage.
So, lately we've been doing a LOT of thimble sorting around here. There are hundreds (quite possibly more than a thousand) of them to get through, and some I'll want to hang onto myself. Like these Alice in Wonderland thimbles (I do collect Alice stuff) -- some of which have lovely blue elements. (Sorry about the photo quality -- I took it with my cell phone camera. You can see more detail if you enlarge it by clicking on it.)
Here's another shot of some of them spread out on the hubby's workbench.
And one more, a little closer up. Definitely some touches of blue there.
I have a feeling you'll be seeing more thimbles, here at Joysweb in the coming weeks.
So, do you collect anything? What? Why? How did you decide on what to collect? And how big is your collection?
I definitely inherited the collecting gene from my mom -- dolls, books, bookmarks, paper dolls, coloring books, comic books, postcards, greeting cards, stamps, Teddy bears, cat figurines, decorative nutcrackers, Hallmark Christmas ornaments, blue and white Pyrex ware, vintage clothing, Enid Collins handbags -- I've collected all these things at one time or another. My collections are vast and still growing. Good thing we have some room to spare in the garage!