I know that a lot of people collect things. I am curious as to what we collect and why. For many years I collected teddy bears. I just adore them. I lost most of them to a very young Wiz and his enjoyment of them, but I don't begrudge that. they were meant to be loved, not looked at. I did have few that were not to be touched, but only a few. I have always collected books. No specific types, just ones I like. I do collect cookbooks, but that is the only one specific type that I am choosy about. I think the ones written by groups to raise funds are fascinating. I read them more like novels than to cook from. I do find some of the recipes are fantastic, but others? Why is it Millionaire Salad if you put both dill and sweet pickles, raw carrots, cooked celery, olives, pineapple, marshmallow, pineapple, peaches and mushrooms in lemon jello? Who really eats that and why? It sounds awful to me, but funny. One of my great aunts contributed this to her church cookbook and it got rave reviews. the second time I took husband to visit her she made this especially for us. the look on husband's face as he ate it was astounding. Esp as she served it with salted cool whip (she mixed salt into it - LOTS of salt). I can remember trying to feed it to her dog when I was about six. That poor little dog would not come NEAR me the rest of that visit. Years later my grandma gave me her recipe files. She was not ever going to cook again because her assisted living facility had a cafeteria and she loathed cooking. I noticed one recipe was for copper coins and called for eight quarters. Money, not something cut up. Seems when gfgbro and I were little bitty kids, she would give us each quarter for every 2 sliced of cooked carrots we ate, but neither of us would eat more than 8 of them (we hated cooked carrots with a passion). I don't remember it, but she and my grandpa used to think it was hilarious. What do you collect? What are your favorite pieces and do you have funny memories about them?