I have been thinking about items people collect. I commented on the mans Star Wars collection. My mother collected three things, cups and saucers, salt and peppers Shakers, and stuffed bears. We gave her Christmas plates. As a child she wanted a teddy bear and she couldn't have one , so when she could she collected them. Some she got as gifts, some from rummage sales and a friend of hers made them and she bought from her and the friend gave her some. The cups and saucers and salt and pepper shakers she bought when we would go on trips. She had some very cute salt and pepper Shakers, such as a squirrel and a nut.
My mother-in law collected stuff bears also, think about the bears I have inherited. We also gave her Christmas Hummel Plates. My sister -in -law gave us a collection of Ten Commandment plates. I have the beginnings of a collection of snow globes and angels. There is of course the trains, which Dr John gave up, but not all. I have also the collection of the houses on the train layout.
In our house up North, the houses and trains were outside in a garden or in the garage during the winter. The plates we hung in the dining room, kitchen and hallway. We now have very little room to display anything. Oh I forgot the dragons.
The above is the reason for our working at selling on E-Bay. Emotionally it is so hard to let things go.