What Do You Collect?
Writers. We’re hunter-gatherers, filling up our homes with vintage violin strings and stuffed mice. My personal poisoned chalice is books and films, and film soundtracks, of which I have millions. Really, test me, see if I have the one soundtrack you’ve been searching for forever; ‘Harold & Maude’, ‘Krakatoa East Of Java’? Got ’em. This particular collecting habit was new to me, though. Hundreds of people (mostly quite portly males, it must be said), gathered together and united by a single passion.
Bottle tops. But not just any old bottle tops – those discs of metal that pressed into the corks on vintage champagne bottles. Apparently each region is different and certain years have a great cache attached to them, which accounts for their staggering prices. These stalls had thousands upon thousands of them and filled an entire town square, where they were pored over, bargained for and coveted by avid collectors.
What’s the most unusual collection you’ve seen or heard about? (Can nobody mention Reginald Christie though, just for the sake of propriety?)