I'm guessing that most of us, whether clutterbugs or minimalists, confess to collecting something. My husband, Steve, tells me that he had an apple stem collection when he was a little boy. From there, he went on to collect statistics on just about everything, from his favourite sports teams to how many times he listened to each of his music albums.
As for myself, I have moved so many times - downsizing radically, out of both necessity and choice - that most of my collecting genes have been lying dormant. (Well, unless you count the reams of stationery, pens and stickers that I keep on hand for my letter-writing habit!)
But I have maintained one collection that is important to me: my mini mailboxes & postal paraphernalia.
From the US Postal Service, I've picked up the standard blue mailbox (another bank), a small replica of the ones found on streets across the country, a white postal truck whose side and back doors beg to be opened, and, on the far right, a very small silver stamp dispenser in the shape of a generic post box.
While traveling in Europe, I was lucky to find a few other gems. First, the iconic red pillar box of the UK's Royal Mail (which is a bank). I've added as well the equally iconic red telephone box (yet another bank). Even though it is not a mailbox, it is too appealing to leave out! Post Danmark's red box, to the left of the American blue box, is - you guessed it - a bank, too. But its unique Danish twist is to come with a key, which opens the sizeable door in the front. Finally, the silver mailbox with the teddies on it came from our 10th anniversary trip to Andalucia, Spain. This time, the box is a sticker dispenser, coming with a roll of stamp-themed stickers.
So now I'm curious...what sorts of mailbox replicas have you seen? Does your region or national postal system produce any? If so, please let me know in the comments. I'd love to hear from you - and maybe do a swap to add your country's mailbox to my modest collection!