Throwback Thursday: What Did You Collect As a Child?

StampsThe child-like wonder of your youth may have influenced you to collect a number of different things while you were growing up. Or maybe you had a grand collection of just one thing. In fact, the hobby of collecting might still carry on with you today.

From baseball cards to dolls to stamps to insects, tell us what types of things you collected as a child in today’s Throwback Thursday!



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Rose Richardson October 14, 2014 at 10:40 am

Every Wednesday along with my milk money I had money for my stamps. I had a stamp collection and the school would allow us to buy different stamps to place in books which after being filled up could be exchanged for different gifts.


Renee Moore October 9, 2014 at 10:45 am

refrigerator magnets and pennants


Haneen September 26, 2014 at 3:03 pm



Anita September 26, 2014 at 12:47 pm

paper dolls that i made, their clothes, their home furnishings. ...Loved it.


James A. Fischer, RN, MSN September 25, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Creepy Crawlers, Mice, and Horror Figure Models.


Gwendolyn Williams September 25, 2014 at 1:57 pm

I use to collect marbles and jacks


Rashard Catten September 25, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Garbage Pale Kid cards, Baseball and Basketball cards, Comic books, Comic book cards, and Coins


Paul Schley September 25, 2014 at 1:03 pm

I collected anything Beatles. I've sold part of my collection in recent years but still have plenty left. I also collected coins that were older than me. At the time I worked at Reads Drug Store as a cashier and came across old coins at times.


Lori September 25, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Trolls, Barbies & Beatle photos!


Trudy Dashiell September 25, 2014 at 11:00 am

Nickels, postcards, and a few other things sporadically like stoneware from Williamsburg and stamps. I still have everything. Somewhere. EVerything. (Talk about clutter....)


Tammy Watson September 25, 2014 at 10:58 am

I collected panda bears (and I still do). My grandfather used to buy anything with panda bears on it from yard sales and I still have a coffee mug 25 years later.


Maryhelen Miller September 25, 2014 at 10:39 am

I collected sea glass from the shore of Lake Ontario. I had a beautiful collection


Katrina September 25, 2014 at 10:37 am

Breyer model horses. And as a teenager, anything to do with "Van Hagar" and Dokken.


Konnie September 25, 2014 at 10:33 am

When I was a kid, we used to collect stickers and trade them. They came in all kinds of shapes, colors, sizes and scents. Scratch and sniff stickers were the best.


Argie September 25, 2014 at 10:24 am

the little plastic NFL football helmets...we used to get them out of the gumball machines. then we would trade them ..


Melinda Thomas September 25, 2014 at 10:22 am

I collected stamps as a kid, especially stamps from different countries depicting various time periods. I saw my collection as a view into a world that lay beyond my island home. As I grew older I began collecting sea shells and unusual seeds that fell from the trees. It was a joy to walk on the beach and to find beautiful shells that got washed up on the shore. I found alot of joy and passion in collecting different seeds.


Dee September 25, 2014 at 10:20 am

Sorry to say I grew up in the 60s and collected nothing.
But when we landed on the moon I did collect all the newspaper clippings from that mission


Andrea Hyde - Facilities Planning Dept. September 25, 2014 at 10:17 am

When I was 8 I collected Frito Bandito erasers that came with Lays snack products


Linda September 25, 2014 at 9:42 am

My daughter collected "oilies", these were stickers with oil in them in various different shapes. We went from store to store to collect different ones. My kids also collected the toys from "Happy meals", they used to give very nice little toys away, I even called to McDonald's outside our area to complete the sets. My son put together an Inspector Gadget doll from Burger King, each week they gave you a different part.


Laura Bosley September 25, 2014 at 9:39 am

Matchbooks from restaurants all over the country. Since smoking is banned in public places, no more matchbooks 🙁
I never smoked, I just liked the variety and the free memories


Bonnie C September 25, 2014 at 9:37 am

I collected all sorts of comic books. The corner store sold them for 5¢ with the front covers torn off (I'm sure they were supposed to have been sent back for recycling instead of sold). I had them categorized, numbered, and "filed" in a box, so I could find any of them easily. At one point I had over 400 and had read each of them several times.

Now I collect books (and have a substantial collection of embroidery supplies, but since I expect to use at least some of the embroidery supplies to give away as gifts, I don't really count that as a "collection").


Ailea Barnett September 25, 2014 at 9:20 am

cabbage patch and barbies... now marvel comic books


Yvette September 25, 2014 at 9:17 am

Comic books (Archie, Superman, Beetle Bailey, Brenda Starr, Graphic Horror, Mad) and cut-out dolls (detested real dolls) and their cut out clothing, books (with really tiny fonts..a lot more words for the buck), bottle caps for playing Skellies on the streets of New York, Spauldings (some had more bounce over time than others), puzzles and pets (had several at a time as parents permitted-brought home strays often-and this in New York City-the Bronx!).


Denise M. Redrick September 25, 2014 at 9:07 am

I collected dolls and I also liked to collect marbles. I don't think kids today even know what marbles are much less play the game.


Melinda Thomas September 25, 2014 at 2:19 pm

I loved playing with marbles and jacks... it's the simple things in life...


Mollye Miller September 25, 2014 at 9:04 am

I collected oceans.

When I was 8 or 9, my dad and I decided (ok, mostly my dad) that it would be so neat for me to collect sand and water from different oceans in glass jars. We didn't travel to that many oceans, but I did meet the oceans at different spots around the country. Sanibel Island, Florida; San Diego and Coronado, California; the Gulf of Mexico, and so on. I set each labeled jar, some with the photograph of the collection spot by it, side by side on my blue and white book shelf. And then my friends started contributing to my ocean fetish. One middle school friend of mine surprised me upon her trip home from Paris-- she had collected water from the Seine (not sure how) in little travel shampoo bottles.

I have since dispensed with my pet oceans. The jars started to fill with green slime and little bits of life carried on in their miniature version of home. Anyway, I thought that was a pretty cool thing to collect as a kid and, needless to say, I'm pretty proud of it. My dad and I still talk about it sometimes.


Charles Aloe September 25, 2014 at 8:57 am

Matchbox Cars & Garbage Pail Kids


LaToya Mobley September 25, 2014 at 8:55 am

Stickers and Cabbage Patch Dolls 🙂


Shirley Purvis September 25, 2014 at 8:33 am

In the 70s we all collected stickers. "Wacky stickers" were especially popular. I recently came across my old wacky sticker collection and sold it on ebay for over $100!


Barb September 25, 2014 at 8:31 am

I collected all sizes and types of TROLLS 🙂


K.Jones September 25, 2014 at 8:25 am

I collected Lisa Frank stickers. I was so fascinated with the vivid colors attached with the wild imaginative designs.


Barbara September 25, 2014 at 7:59 am

I loved to collect well dressed paper dolls. Then sit the dolls are in my bedroom with my black board and chalk taught school. I no longer collect those dolls, however I still teach in many many ways.


Soumya Mamidala September 25, 2014 at 7:57 am

As a child, I used to collect stickers. Sticker kits were quite popular in my day and I would scour department store shelves to find these rare kits before they were sold out. I created 5 sticker storybooks in my lifetime (a true accomplishment) but alas, the tragic day eventually came when my mom threw them in the Goodwill donation bag and I lost them forever. My collection ended that day, but I will always treasure the memories of hours spent sitting on the floor organizing and counting stickers.


Kenny Brown September 25, 2014 at 7:57 am

I collected Americana/relics, starting at age 6 (I've aged 10-fold). I once came across a family trash heap which contained letters from the Civil War and two Washington, D.C. telephone books dated 1896 and 1903. I carried these historical archives home, knowing I really hit the jackpot this time. Unfortunatly, I left them on top of the garbage cans and they were disposed of the next day (trash day, Monday). Well, I guess I can't forget this early trauma.


Elizabeth Rodriguez September 25, 2014 at 7:52 am

I collected coins, although I think my dad did most of the work for me!


Jane Franczak September 25, 2014 at 7:31 am

I collected $2 bills . They were in circulation briefly when I was a kid,
I also collected dolls from other countries. My aunt would bring them back to me. Each was dressed in traditional garb from their country.. I had dolls from Italy, Ireland, Greece, Isreal and many others.


Kenny Dixon September 25, 2014 at 4:49 am

As a child, growing up in the midwest, I collected stamps and comic books.These were my outlets during the winter months and I got most of the stamps from my grandparents. Then I could here the stories that went along with the letters. I got a glimpse of what they went through during the war and depression. Great insight as to how the country was back then.


Amy D. Caplan September 25, 2014 at 1:43 am

I collected and saved every ticket stub from the movies that I went to see.


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