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I was reading an open thread on Shakesville about what people collect. Then I started wracking my brains about my own collections.

I’m actually not much of a collector. This may seem like a hypocritical statement, given the sheer numbers of my doll population; however, I don’t consider my dolls a collection. To me, the term "collection" denotes a group of objects that mostly just sit there being admired. While some of my dolls sit there, looking pretty, I play with most of them. They’re my toys, of which I happen to have amassed a lot.

Anyway, in the past, I have collected the following:

  • Stamps
  • Amusing epitaphs
  • Books about twins
  • Labyrinth memorabilia, especially ephemera
  • Pulp paperbacks from the 1950s and 1960s about queer women ["lesbian pulp"]

I currently collect the following:

  • Songs about queer and/or trans subjects
  • Rements

I have a small selection of my Labyrinth ephemera [novelization, Labyrinth Photo Album, French lobby cards, Japanese program, Goblins of Labyrinth, comic adaptation {I think}] on my bookshelf, but that collection is no longer active. I also still have a few of my lesbian pulps, but that collection is no longer active either.

Now that I think about it, I could easily sell or give away most of my Labyrinth ephemera. I have, can find or can make digital copies of a substantial portion, although I would keep the Photo Album just for nostalgic reasons. As for the pulps, I can scan the covers [sometimes the best parts!] and find some special collections in which they could be preserved and referred to as a part of twentieth-century queer history.

I’m also thinking that I don’t use most of my Rements either. All those detailed 1:6 scale models of specialized food etc. just sit in my storage containers. When I do use some of it, it’s the basic stuff, like plates, cups, bowls, silverware, pots, pans, kitchen utensils. If I do use the food, it’s fast food, sweets, drinks of all types.

Okay…time to clear out the Rements!

…And my closet too, while I’m at it.

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