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In 1964 when I was a wee girl of 9, my Great Aunt Lily took me to my first church rummage sale. She gave me a few coins and let me peruse the tables of nicknacks and cast offs.

I found a tall Chinese vase, ornate, fragile and so thin it was translucent. 10 cents was written on its base. Nearby was a beautiful black tea pot, with shiny gold swirls and a pretty floral design. I paid a whole quarter for that piece.

I came home from that rummage sale experience a new woman! I had been bitten by the collecting bug. Since that Saturday morning so long ago, I have been a passionate detective always on the lookout for discarded treasures. By the way, I still have the old vase and teapot, and though Aunt Lily has been gone for decades, I think of her often when I find myself rooting around in dusty boxes of history…

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  • Born on March 2
  • Joined May 17, 2010

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In 1964 when I was a wee girl of 9, my Great Aunt Lily took me to my first church rummage sale. She gave me a few coins and let me peruse the tables of nicknacks and cast offs.

I found a tall Chinese vase, ornate, fragile and so thin it was translucent. 10 cents was written on its base. Nearby was a beautiful black tea pot, with shiny gold swirls and a pretty floral design. I paid a whole quarter for that piece.

I came home from that rummage sale experience a new woman! I had been bitten by the collecting bug. Since that Saturday morning so long ago, I have been a passionate detective always on the lookout for discarded treasures. By the way, I still have the old vase and teapot, and though Aunt Lily has been gone for decades, I think of her often when I find myself rooting around in dusty boxes of history.

The definition of the hobby of collecting includes seeking, locating, acquiring, organizing, cataloging, displaying, storing, and maintaining whatever items are of interest to the individual collector. If any of those attributes sound familiar, you've come to the right place.

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