The first thing I ever started to collect as an adult was penguins. Yes, penguins.
It started when I was 20 and worked in a large office. For some reason we were having an office party and one of the games we played was to answer a bunch of questions about ourselves, such as our favorite animal. I answered, "penguins, because they always look like they're dressed up." Everyone in the office thought it was a hoot, I don't know why. After that day, I began finding penguins on my desk. Penguin candy. Penguin book marks. Penguin coffee cups. A collection was born.
I finally stopped buying penguins about 10 years ago. I gave a whole bunch away before we moved to Colorado, and brought only my favorites with me.
And now, I'm getting rid of all but a dozen or so of them.
These are the ones I'm keeping:
Next to it is a Lenox penguin; the short, squat penguin next to it is made from sail canvas and I bought it in Maine; next to that is a set of nesting penguins. The tiny ones in front are: an antique plastic molded penguin, a tiny purple Hagen Renaker penguin, and one in black in white which is special to me because I used to have it glued to the dashboard of my first car; and then the newest: a tiny blown glass millefiori one that I bought at Disney World a few years ago.
Okay -- so maybe that's more than a dozen that I'm keeping. But: look at all the ones I'm getting rid of:
on eBay beginning Sunday morning, June 26, so if you know any penguin collectors, please spread the word! The starting price for the lot of 65 of them comes out to less than 25 cents per penguin! The one in the last photo is a rare Taylor & Ng cookie jar in perfect condition -- he's being sold separately, also Sunday morning.