I know – it’s not exactly what you usually find here on Mondays, but Author Mae Clair inspired today’s post. On her blog last week HERE, Mae wrote about the origin of curio cabinets (which was fascinating – I had no idea how they came about) and the collectibles in her own cabinet. She has a variety of objects – an antique teacup, a crystal lion, a hand-painted wine glass, a beautiful carousel horse, a kachina doll she picked up in Arizona, an antique stein and shaving cup that belonged to her grandfather. It made me think about my own curio cabinet – which I call my nerd cabinet. Trust me – it’s a more apt description.
Behold in all its glory – my nerd collections. On the top shelf is a Lego scene from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (I love Legos thanks to Son #2). Isn’t the dragon glorious? Below that is my assortment of Funko Pops, all gifts from my sons. They consist of Hawkeye (Son #2 struggled to find that one) and Ronin from Marvel, Westley from The Princess Bride, and Ted the Geek from the movie Sixteen Candles. In front of them are Marvel golf balls that I stole from hubby after he won them at a golf tournament. He’s not a Marvel fan (unless its Iron Man) and completely unworthy of owning them. The next shelf is a Lego scene of Rei and Kylo Ren from Star Wars. I have another Lego project waiting – the head of Darth Vader – that Son #1 gave me for my birthday.
Son #2 doesn’t have a curio cabinet, but he has quite a collection of curiosities. Before COVID, he traveled abroad with his university band two consecutive summers and visited ten (maybe eleven?) different countries. I’m so glad he was able to take advantage of those opportunities before everything shut down. Just to name a few items, he’s got liqueur bottles in the shape of cellos, a mini Mozart bust, owls (he’s a fan), a cigar, and a book-shaped tin to hold teas. There are several small figurines that are difficult to make out in the photos. Not everything is from his overseas trips. Since he’s also a nerd, you can see Dragon Ball Z figurines, a Funko Pop of Will Ferrell from the More Cowbell SNL skit, and a 3D printed image of the Death Star from Star Wars. There are several other figurines too small to be seen in the pics, and these are just the things he didn’t take with him when he moved to Austin.
If you missed Mae’s post last week, make sure to visit her at the link above to learn more about the origin of curio cabinets. Now that you’ve seen mine, tell me about yours. What do you collect?