I am not a collector. I don’t collect books, dvds, or cds. I borrow all of them from the library. I don’t collect t-shirts from vacation, coffee mugs, shot glasses, or even shoes. I have things that others have collected for me or that I have inherited but I didn’t start or add to these collections.
Why don’t I have a collection? Blame it on my parents. My parents collected too many things. I would have called them hoarders but not since the TV show. They did not live like but they did build shelves and display cases for their beloved collections. They became collectors for a variety of reasons. First, my parents were sentimental. Anything that they inherited could begin a collection. Second, they loved a bargain. If it was a bargain and they thought it might be worth something one day, my parents collected it. Third, it gave them something to do. It was the thrill of the hunt and before eBay existed. My parents would travel for miles to flea markets and antique shows looking. What are they looking for? They could be looking for something or nothing. They were just looking.
One thing that ignited their passion was collecting depression glassware and dishes. They choose a specific pattern and loved it. But then they cornered the market on that pattern. This is when collecting one pattern led to several patterns, then to several colors and everything continued to expand and multiply until no one was sure what they were collecting except perhaps everything. Eventually, all of us “kids” were asked to choose a pattern. I chose yellow and they chose the pattern. Therefore, even though I am not a collector, I have a collection and as of right now, the collection will not be expanding. The collection is utilized during Thanksgiving and Christmas.
My pattern is called Yellow Florentine 2 but I have a few other pieces that resemble it that are probably classified as a different pattern. I created my mini-curation project on Pinterest by looking for images of my parents various collections and I ended up finding my pattern which I have been told is rare and not as popular. My mini-curation has images of various items that are located in my actual collection.  Using Pinterest was very easy because it is very familiar.  I have browsed Pinterest in the past but never created my own board. Pinterest is a very popular social tool and has a large audience. It can be very personal or it can be used professionally. It is a very easy way to organize ideas, collections, well, basically anything.


The tech terms mini-curation project that I created is about Facebook and privacy controls. I utilized Scoop.it. It was quite simple to use and I quickly found items that were relevant. I like that I was able to include blogs, videos, and articles. It is a great way of sharing information.



When I was working on this project, I wanted to give Learnist a try but I wasn’t able to access it. I proceeded to Pinterest and Scoop.it to complete my project. I will eventually returned to give Learnist a try but I was disappointed it wasn’t accessible.



1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Suzy Collins
    Sep 17, 2013 @ 02:15:30

    SuAnn: I had to laugh when I read the reason why you are NOT a collector! My husband is a lot like your parents and I truly don’t understand the need to own so many things! Isn’t it ironic that we want to manage many different collections of things in a library? Your blog post is the second review I’ve read about Scoop It and I checked out your link. It does look fairly simple to use compared to Learnist. I probably need to look at Learnist again. It appears that you become the expert in your area of interest and you share your area of expertise through boards, like Pinterest. I’m sorry you were unable to access it.


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