I think everyone collects at least something. When I was younger, I used to collect receipts. As I got older, I realized how kind of pointless it was, but I liked the idea of remembering a past purchase – what I was doing that night, why I was doing it. I was a kid, so most of my purchases were on candy and junk food, so it really was pointless.
I’m older now, and maybe I should collect certain receipts when it comes to paying them off towards my taxes, but I don’t.
The things that I collect now are:
At work, a lot of times customers will leave me a small tip, or tell me to keep their change. Other times, they leave nickels, dimes and quarters in the penny jar. I swipe it. Every time. I figure if the customer doesn’t want it, I’ll take it. And I keep my change. I used to trade it out during the day for bigger bills, but I find keeping it as change makes me less likely to spend it. I’ve used some of it throughout the year, but as of right now I’ve saved up over $30 in change alone from the last few months. Always remember – it adds up. Even pennies I’ve started collecting if a customer gives me theirs or tells me to keep the penny. Which also leads me to…
You’ve probably seen them around, especially if you’ve ever handled a cash register. They’re older coins that not only are made of copper, but they have wheat stalks on the back of the coin. Some of them are worth good money, while others are still worth more than a penny. As far as I’m concerned, $0.15 for a penny is still worth more than $0.01. So if I collect a bunch, they’re bound to be worth something, right? I have a small jar at home filled with them.
I actually have an Indian penny from 1896, a customer turned it in the one day to buy beer (I counted out a 100 pennies, which was awful, but I found that and it made it worth it). I love collecting old coins like that. Online it says it could be worth like $14. For a penny.
I also collect odd coins I find in my register, such as a coin from Venezuela that I have no idea how it got in my register. I collected a European penny once, not that it’s worth anything, but it was different so I kept it. I keep old Canadian pennies sometimes, too, just because.
This one is kind of odd, I originally started collecting them because I liked some of the bottle caps. And then it was interesting to collect to see how much I was drinking. After awhile, they began to add up, and I now have a small box full of bottle caps. No idea what I’m saving these for, but I figure I may make some use out of them someday, or find some kind of arts and crafts project I could do from beer bottle caps. I can’t even remember what some of the beers from these caps were – they were singles I tried just to try.
I always thought, too, that if the world ever fell into the Fallout universe, I could be rich because I’d already have a lot of bottle caps. Just saying.
I don’t go to the theaters that often, so there are very few of these that I have. But still, I like to collect them. It reminds me that I saw a certain movie at a theater, kind of takes me back to that night.
I think that may be it for all the things I collect. What are some things that you collect?
October Writing Challenge #27