What Else Do You Collect?


Post by Portia


Hello Fragrance Family,

I was looking around my house the other day and it struck me that collecting fragrance wasn’t my only “thing”. So it got me wondering about your other collections.

What Else Do You Collect?

I have a few.

morning Star Royal Doulton Portia 2016

Royal Doulton: Morning Star

Once upon a time back in the 1960s my Mum and Dad got married. They chose the Royal Doulton pattern Morning Star to be their “For Good” set of china. People were able to buy one or a few pieces for them from a Wedding Gift Registry. So for their wedding a beautiful 6 place set was bought with Mains plate, Salad plate, Bread plate, Bowl, Cup & Saucer. They also got a Vegetable Tureen, Tea & Coffee pots, Creamer, Milk, Sugar & Gravy Boat. We used it for birthdays, Christmas, congratulations and every other event in our household. After Mum and Dad died I was left with a pristine 6 place set but I tend to entertain on a larger scale than they did so over the next 10 years I grew the set to 15 seater with some extras of some. I also added Cream Soup bowls & saucers, Fruit bowls, 3 x Vegetable and 3 x Main Tureens, 2 x Platters, a Baking Dish, extra Tea & Coffee pots, Milk, Sugar and a bunch of curios as they come up on eBay. We now use this set as our every day set and each time I eat off a plate or make a pot of tea Mum and Dad are there with me. It’s like a daily hug and reminder of some of the super good times we spent together as a family.

Soaps Jan 2016 #1

Bath Products

I’ve talked about this before with you all. There is a special box that holds almost all my Bath Oils, Shower Gels, Bubble Bath and Soaps. It’s filled with modern, vintage, discontinued and current. From Amouage to Tom Ford, Caron to Olympic Orchids, Boucheron to Yves Saint Laurent and everything in between. There are vintage boxed soap & fragrance sets of Givenchy Le De, Hermès Amazone and Caleche, CHANEL No 5 & 19, Opium by YSL and many others. Soaps come in singles too like the Guerlain Mitsouko & Shalimar, Saipua, L’Occitane, Mysore Sandal Soap, Farmer’s Daughters Egg White Soap and loads of single bars found around the world. Shower Gels from Amouage, LUSH, Penhaligon’s, Korres, Lolita Lempicka, B&BW, Molton Brown, Jo Malone and others all roped in as bubble Bath (my favourite).

Tea Collection Portia 2016


Yes, everywhere I travel if there is some local tea for sale I buy it. Particularly in India and the UK. Fortnum & Mason is now available in Australia which has dimmed it fabulousness somewhat but they still taste yum. Having spent time in India’s Kerala and Himachal Pridesh tea growing areas and doing some estate visits, through the production processes and then getting to sample some of the teas I also have a bunch from them. South Korea also has a tea farming culture, we went through the Jeju Island area and I have been through another one but can’t remember where. Not all of South Koreas teas are green or black they also do chrysanthemum teas and a slew of others that are interesting and delicious, once you get used to how different they are. I also have Chinese flowers that unfurl in the tea pot, Chinese loose leaf green, white tea from a few different places now and some red tea.

There are also a couple of other collections around here but……. next time.

So, what do you collect? Come on, ‘Fess up. You know I love to read your stories too.
Portia xx


69 comments on “What Else Do You Collect?

  1. rickyrebarco says:

    Fashion dolls by designer Jason Wu. Hopefully I can add some pictures: I’m getting older so I needed to move to collecting “consumables”

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      HA! Collecting consumables is best!
      rickyrebarco those Wu dolls are beyond fabulous. Do you really collect? How many do you have?
      Portia xx

  2. Morrigan says:

    I’ve never really had the funds or stable address to collect until recently, and most of that now goes into perfume.
    I love beautiful washi tape though (I’ve posted some on AFN before) and since a roll is generally only a few dollars I have inadvertently acquired quite a lot. I also have a fair amount of nerdy stuff like sets of graphic novels and RPG systems, and my Steam library is not small, but none of that is really a ‘collection’?

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      You inspired me to buy a couple of those tapes, they are so fabulous if you wrap presents in single coloured paper. Thanks.
      Portia xx

  3. Kerri Clarke says:

    I collect vintage clip on earrings. I’ve been wearing my sparklies and matt-gold costume jewelry during winter – mostly Weiss, with a few Eisenbergs or Trifaris. Now that spring is here, I’m dusting off my plastic flowers – everything from daisies to clusters of lilac lucite with rhinestone highlights. They’re girly and fun and always get compliments. I love ’em. 😊 I also collect vintage powder compacts, but that’s a whole other post!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      I have some beautiful costume jewellery of my Mums that is way too small for my outlandish tastes. You may like them. I’ll bring them next time I see you.
      Portia xx

  4. cookie queen says:

    Hot sauces. And odd socks, kilos of them. Sigh. xxx

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Val,
      ODD SOCKS!! Can’t even….
      Had a boyfriend for over a year that only wore mismatched socks. Drove me fricken CRAZY!
      I now have a sock bag that only pairs go into to be washed, singles stay in washing baskets for a month max then bin. The washed ones then hang on a sock thing pegged together at the toes.
      I know. Tragic.
      It does work though. I’ve thrown less than 10 single socks away since Jin came to live with me 5 years ago.
      Portia cxxx

      • cookie queen says:

        If I had a sock bag it wouldn’t work. Chris hides his socks, and washes them himself. Hahahahaha. I’m an epic fail and don’t really care. The kids wore odd socks most of their lives. Once in a while we’d dump a couple of kilos on the floor and pair some up. Family activity. 😀

    • Azar says:

      Hi Val,
      This is odd. I also collect, by design and by accident, old socks and yes kilos of them. I even wear them. For the past ten years or so my students have believed that is quite trendy to wear mismatched socks….so I have no trouble keeping up with their fashion sense as I have very little sense of my own. When I feel especially stylin’ I even go to the trouble to buy purposefully made mismatches – and then mix them up with what I already have. The goal is not only different patterns but different yarns, knits, gauges and lengths of sock as well…but as that can be uncomfortable, and so reserved for special occasions. We also manage to collect hot sauces around here too, as that seems to be the default gift of choice to Brad.
      Azar xx

    • Neva says:

      Oh no Val, I tought my daughter was the only weirdo around. She’s been wearing odd socks until she was 10. She probably found it cool back then. It drove me crazy, of course and meanwhile she is 22 and she still does it!!! She lives in 2 different places, one being my appartment, and has her clothes divided between them. Last year she was in the US for a year and I’ve tried to find a few matching pairs in her drawer…mission impossible! Maybe you should found an odd socks group on FB 😀

  5. poodle says:

    Tea. Poodle and sighthound stuff. They are very decorative. I have a serious cookbook problem too. No one needs this many cookbooks yet I can’t help myself and keep getting new ones.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Heya Poodle,
      When we packed up the house I grew up in, after both the parents had died, I could not believe how many cook books my Mum had collected. She must have had more than 50. Going through the books there might have been one recipe used in the whole book. She would annotate them and make a mess of the page with ingredients.
      I kept the two she taught me to cook with and one other that I had used quite a bit myself.
      Portia xx

  6. Francesca B says:

    I follow via email. While I don’t actively collect any of these things any more, I have a rather extensive collection of Mexican vintage and estate Taxco silver jewelry and objects, both designer and non-. I also have collections of Orientalist Gouda pottery, and a bunch of Carlton Ware pieces in the Pink Buttercup pattern. The two active collections are perfume and yarn.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hi there Francesca B,
      What a varied set of collections. Isn’t it fun to search and find things you love?
      Portia xx

    • ElizabethC says:

      I am fascinated by Taxco silvery jewelry. I have a beautiful silver clamper bracelet that I adore and drool over many other pieces that I have seen on the net. I am also a fan of the beautiful Navajo turquoise rings! Who is your most favorite Taxco vintage designer? Would love to hear your input!

  7. Ingeborg says:

    I used to collect phonecards, but that’s something of a dying type of collectible. With every person owning a cell phone public phones are a thing of the past.

    I stil enjoy collecting (and writing!) postcards, those are easy souvenirs to take home from journeys abroad and don’t take up much space. I also enjoy badges, postcards and stamps with Girl Guide motives, for nostalgic reasons.

    I used to collect different items for pen pals (I have had pen pals for some 35 years, some are true friends) and have started looking through it all,to see if something cannot just go in the bin because I lost touch with the person who wanted it (small sugarbags, anyone? matchboxes?). It is not a big issue, since I haven’t spent much money on any of it. But you get thee picture, I am a real collector.

    Odd socks,I need to get them paired or let them go! Just cannot wear mismatched socks, so should try your method,Portia.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      YAY! I love getting and sending postcards too. Especially while on holidays, I write them while having breakfast.
      YAY! Another OCD Sockier.
      Portia xx

  8. At some point when I was still very young I tried stamps for 3 or 4 days. Seriously I am one of those people who get really bored collecting things. Then came perfume and with it came a complete 180. Not that I started other collections but I finally got the dedication needed. Maybe I am also collecting spices – I buy anything unusual I can get my hands on and I don’t mean mixes.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hi there MemoryOfScent,
      I collected stamps for a while. My Dad had an excellent collection. Until the day I thought I’d help him out by cutting the stamps off his envelopes so he could better put them in his album. How was I to know they were first day covers? OMG! The poor man nearly died, as did I from the whipping I got.
      Poor Dad, I tortured him constantly but mostly unwittingly.
      Portia xx

  9. Elisa P says:

    The collecting has pretty much stopped since space and storage is an issue in a closetless NYC apartment, but older collections include PEZ dispensers and PEZ tin advertisements, of which around 30 vintage ones(dispensers) are displayed. Ah, the kitsch!
    We also used to collect antiques: phones of which only 3 remain, a radio from the 40s, and a Victrola which was in working order until we moved 🙁 . And, of course, the records to go along with it.
    Now I’m into cheese!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      HA! ElisaP!
      How do you collect cheese. Or is it that you collect cheese calories in your system? I do that bit too. YUMMY!
      NYC is notorious for small apartments, I’d be in BIG trouble.
      Portia xx

  10. I collect Japanese maples. As in trees. Luckily, they are small trees! I have many in containers and a small grove of different varieties under the spreading limbs of a tall oak next to my house, planted just a year ago. You could probably also say that I collect needlework and craft supplies, although my husband refers to that particular habit as hoarding! I haven’t counted my household china as “collecting”, but I have ample sets of Mottahedeh’s Torquay Green for regular use and Lenox’s Orleans Blue for special occasions. I love your Royal Doulton Morning Star!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Old Herbaceous, you collect Japanese Maples? That is a fabulous thing to collect. We had one in the front yard at the house, the colours were so gorgeous and it was never getting its roots into the drains like the liquidambar, very well mannered beauty.
      So glad you like the morning Star, mid century modern. MMMM
      Portia xx

  11. Azar says:

    Hi Portia,
    As I really can’t stand throwing things away, everything manages to turn into a collection at one point or another. Tea, yes. China and porcelain, that’s another one. Seashells, rocks and minerals, jewelry, shoes, tibetan singing bowls …the list goes on. And of course perfume.
    Azar xx

  12. Tiffanie says:

    I habitually pick up small stones and shells on beach walks then scatter them in my garden. I unthinkingly collect rubber bands, buttons, bits of string, greeting cards, post cards, knitting needles and wool yarn. Thankfully I’ve realized its time to use up and give away these little stashes when I can.

    Portia, your Morning Star collection made me smile. China and porcelain is meant to be used. I love to see For Good Dishes become a daily celebration of life.

    Over the past year I’ve acquired a bit of china in a pattern called Syracuse Carefree Calypso Largo. I had one small bowl in this pattern from my grandmother’s every day china. It makes me happy each time I use it. I asked the internet when it was made (about 1968), and then the “you searched for” and “buy now” notices started appearing like magic. I have just 9 pieces so far. Collecting is a happy, slippery slope.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Tiffanie,
      Oh yes, I have a Greeting Card Collection too, they are so easy to buy and transport. Every historic city seems to have a printers that is either magnificently glam or has been there for centuries in the one family. LOVE it.
      100% behind you on the For Goods being used. I want to feel that shiver of joy every day.
      Good luck with your Syracuse Carefree Calypso Largo collection.
      I love chasing all this stuff as much as owning it.
      Portia xx

  13. Robert H. says:

    This is like opening Pandora’s box! First and foremost BOOKS! We’re talking hundreds, in almost every room including the 100 or so kitchen cookbooks, and the 30 books stacked up at my bedside waiting to be read. Ron has collected crystal and Flow Blue porcelain since college, and I’m into Pilchuck School art glass. Now that were thinking about downsizing in prep for a true retirement, and moving from 2500 sq. ft. To 500 sq. ft. I’ve become very conscious about NOT buying stuff (except perfume) and getting rid of stuff. Phew. I shudder to think about what will happen when it’s time for a yard sale!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey RobertH,
      I have a hint that I wish I’d known before we got rid of all Mum’s stuff.
      Get three or four of the local Antiques sellers through before your Yard Sale. Get them there together and have them bid for your stuff. You’ll get better prices for it from people who know and then your Yard Sale will only have about 2/3 of the stuff to move. At the end of the day ask the local Thrift Shop to come collect the rest.
      Done and dusted.
      Portia xxx

    • ElizabethC says:

      Books here also! Mystery books (there are just soooo many wonderful ones!), graphic design, art and cookbooks. We are also going to be downsizing in the future and the hardest part will be figuring out what to do with the books 🙂

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        Hey ElizabethC,
        When we cleaned out the house only books that had been read 2 or more times came with us, except for a small group of about 8 that I thought would get a re-read. The rest we sold at a yard sale 5 for $1 and gave to Charity.
        Portia xx

  14. Esperanza says:

    Great to read what you collect and others too. I collect books about perfume, aromatherapy and everything related to that. Love cooking books too and bath products. Your collection is amazing! And I collect cards like tarot cards but different ones. Used to collect minerals, baking utensils and tea. Fortnum tea is amazing!
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    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Esperanza,
      Yes, there are a few frag books here too. We snap on quite a few things.
      Fortnum Tea iS amazing. One day we need to either meet in London (though their High Tea is a sadly reduced shadow of what it once was) or one of our houses for a Tea Party.
      Portia xx

  15. Tena Keefe says:

    You want me to name things I collect – how much time do we have 🙂

    I am a life-long stamp collector ( Pre 1960’s World wide + a North Korean and Buddhist thematic collection alongside the required Canadian albums). Perfumes, and everything Greyhound related. Shoes, cooking sauces/pantry ingredients/snack foods from different countries, Asian skin care products, bath and shower gels and clarinet and cello collectibles. Books and cookbooks bringing up the rear.

    Living alone in a big-ass farmhouse does come in handy.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      WOW Tena Keefe,
      You are a collector through & through. Amazing stuff.
      Greyhounds? Do you have them for pets? I miss mine dreadfully.
      Portia xx

      • Tena Keefe says:

        I do – I have had Greyhounds for over a decade Currently, I have one Grey and one Galgo ( Spanish Greyhound)
        They are currently lounging on my bed- comes in handy in the winter.
        Sending you hugs – the only drawback to Greyhounds is that they don’t live forever.

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        Yes, but we had 10 incredible years with her. Aren’t they the best pets ever?
        Currently Jin wants another, I’m thinking of getting a pair so they can entertain each other while we work.
        Portia xx

      • Tena Keefe says:

        I always have at least 2 – that way, they have someone to play with.

  16. Sandra says:

    Thanks for the glimpse into your collections Portia! I loved seeing your china and tea. OMG – your tea. I have a tendency to collect teas from Asia too. I confess to collecting scarves. My Dad gave me his stamp and coins from around the world collections and I still have them and show them to S. Sandra xoxo

  17. Fazal says:

    Now it is perfumes only but I have collected other things in the past. in middle school, i collected stamps (had at least 4 albums), a little bit of coins from different countries. In college, I collected 1:18 size diecast cars because I am also fascinated with sports cars and these diecast models can be quite realistic. My fragrance collection also started in college and 2-3 years earlier than diecast cars which i only started in later years of college. At the moment, it is perfumes only because perfumes alone are too much to handle 🙂

  18. Undina says:

    I do not collect anything in the literal sense of the word (including perfumes – since I’m using them instead of keeping them pristine). But I do have a tendency to get similar things if I like something. I like Michael Michaud – so I have probably about 10 necklaces by him. I like Michael Aram – so most of my china and a lot of other staff is from the brand.
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    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Undina,
      Great to see you.
      That makes a lot of sense. I just checked out the Michael Aram selection and it’s gorgeous. What lavish, fun stuff he creates, whimsical and elegant. A little bit OTT too, which I love.
      Portia xx

    • Morrigan says:

      I adore Michael Michaud pieces. <3 I don't own any as they don't really match my style, but as functional artwork I really admire them.

      • Undina says:

        I didn’t know those were my style before I first saw them and then started buying 🙂 I had to stop at some point because they don’t go with everything, so I can wear only that many of those. But I keep admiring new additions to the line.
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    • Robert H. says:

      LOVE Michael Aram!! His menorah’s are to die for! I’ve had my eye on the “Tree Of Life” one for awhile now. One of these days…..

  19. virginia says:

    Perfume is my latest craze, but it has also outlasted most other crazes I have gone through. First there was shells when I was in my tweens, then much later I got into glass trollbeads for a few years and then vintage watches, but perfume is I think my ultimate and hopefully last obsession.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey virginia,
      It’s pretty all consuming the frag obsession. I hope it brings you joy for decades to come.
      Portia xx

  20. Jo Fryer says:

    Books, as in thousands of them taking over my house. T & G Green Cornishware (blue and white striped pottery, tarot cards, babushkas… Oh loads of things as well as perfume of course. I’m a bit of a bower bird really, anything that’s pretty and colourful!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Yay for Bower Birds Jo Freyer. I love that striped pottery too but when we moved I had to make some really tough decisions on keeping and letting go in the crockery/china department. It was a wrench but ultimately left me feeling better.
      Portia xx

  21. Sue Conroy says:

    I wonder if you will find another like this. My husband has a collection, number Unknown, but 400 at least of Bowls Badges. Used to be they were readily available for sale at Bowling Clubs, his having not played in a while I don’t know if they still are or not. Most of the badges come from New South Wales and from all over the country.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      OMG! I wish we’d known that about your man Sue. My Dad played bowls for Australia in Paralympics and Commonwealth games. When he died (1991) we had no idea what to do with his badges etc and I have no recollection of what happened to them. My sister got his medals, maybe she took them
      Portia xx

  22. empliau says:

    I too love that you use the For Good china. If I had any I would use it. I used to collect black velvet, especially vintage – lots of dresses, but my prize is a vintage silk velvet stole. Long, soft and luscious! I used to wear it to the opera and felt slightly like Audrey Hepburn (the stole was the only point of resemblance, alas.) What else? Books of course, shelves and shelves. And lingerie – in my youth I bought beautiful stockings, especially in Paris where I spent a year. I swear I can’t find such beautiful things anymore. At my present (cough) age and weight I don’t wear them much, but they’ll be in a bag in my drawer when they take me away for good. My perfume doesn’t rank as a collection compared with most of you, but I’m working on it. Sad to have expensive tastes. I blame Val, who turned on to Vero’s work!

    I do hope that you and Jin get the greyhound(s). A beloved dog can only be succeeded, never replaced, but their unconditional love is very healing.

    xxoo Molly

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Heya Molly,
      Black Velvet! What a wonderful thing to collect. I used to love that song too.
      Yes, maybe next year we will become dog-fathers again. Fingers crossed.
      Portia xx

  23. Nemo says:

    Hi Portia!
    Your soap and bath product collection made me smile, so much lovely smelly soap! I have a much smaller soap collection, and an even tinier scented candle collection. My siblings have been in the habit of gifting me crazily patterned socks the last few years, so maybe that counts as a collection too?

  24. Julie F. says:

    I collect the older Little Golden Books, before they became ads for licensed characters. Also old Bells of Sarna. Mr Sarna had an import store in our area in the 60s-70s, and he was so charming. We also collect/eat off of Fire King Jadeite dishes, which we unceremoniously call “Snotware”.

  25. Gina says:

    Books, china and horse stuff/Breyer horses

  26. Ceil says:

    Mexican and Native American silver jewelry, vintage jewelry in general, tea, gemstones for making jewelry.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      What lovely collectables, any particular gems ceil? I have a few opals here left over from my Mum’s collection, and a couple I bought new.
      Portia x

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