Some of my somewhat bizarre collections:
1) Medical artifacts & antiques:
These include items used on myself during my own surgeries: Craniofacial implants, facial bone plates and screws, the syringes I ate with whilst my mouth was wired shut, some endotracheal tubes and other anaesthetic equipment used on me, and even my old bone-conduction hearing aids that resemble Walkmans (battery pack, cord, and skull vibrator mounted on headband). I even have the surgical and anaesthesia notes from almost all my surgries (20+ surgeries), from my birth in 1975 to my last craniofacial procedure in 1996. (Background: I was born with Treacher Collins syndrome and have had 20+ procedures to correct the skeletal deformities of my face and new outer ears as I have no functional ears).
I also have medical antiques, including glass syringes of all sizes (the cream of my collection) from the US, the USSR
, the UK, Ireland, etc. Other medical antiques include black rubber anaesthesia masks, surgical instruments, even silver tracheostomy tubes (similar to one I had as a newborn). Medical books also comprise my collection.
2) My musical instruments:
My antique (1914) Hobart M Cable upright grand piano, a Yamaha Clavinova, an Epiphone Hummingbird, a trombone from John Philip Sousa's band, and even a GREEN violin!
3) Best Western motel artifacts:
As a child, I often stayed in a Best Western motel (Best Western Stuckey's Carriage Inn) in Illinois on my way to St. Louis for my surgeries. So I have a soft spot for Best Western! My collection includes a water glass, a tray for the ice bucket and water glass, a bar of soap, two ashtrays, some illustrated BW
hotel directories from 1995, 2007, and 2008, and even an old room key from the very same motel I frequented!
4) Anything Snoopy or Curious George-related:
As a child, Snoopy and Curious George were idols to me, and I still love them. I have several plush Snoopys including a 1969 musical Snoopy for babies, and a production-sample "Camp Snoopy" plush Snoopy from 2003, in mint condition with its "Production Sample" tag still on it (SKU 4064).
I also have several plush Curious George toys, including one in his normal red shirt and one in an astronaut suit and one in a rocketship. There is also a tiny plastic George with a parachute that can hang from the ceiling or wherever. I have my "Curious George Goes to the Hospital" book someone gave me back in 1982 when I was hospitalized. I also have the 60th Anniversary Edition, "The Complete Adventures of Curious George" book.
5) Toy campers/RVs:
I have a large, near-mint Tonka (22" long) Winnebago Indian motorhome whose roof opens up to reveal a detailed interior (intact), and it includes poseable "dolls" of a man, woman, and dog (these came with it). Other toy RVs include a smaller Tonka class-C motorhome, a British "caravan" not much larger than a Matchbox car, and several others.
Other things I collect include anything relating to a 1978 Chrysler LeBaron Town & Country station wagon (my family's old station wagon long ago); it's my dream car. I have several adverts, a dealer brochure, a dealer catalog for 1978 Chryslers, you name it. Now all I need is a real
1978 Chrysler LeBaron Town & Country, in GREEN!
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)