Tuesday, January 20, 2009

PACK RAT OR COLLECTOR??


Am I a pack rat or a collector?


A pack rat is defined as a rodent of the Rocky Mountain area. Well, my in laws may think of me as a rodent sometimes, and I do live in the Rocky Mountains.
A pack rat has well developed cheek pouches. Mine are pretty chubby!
A pack rat will drop what they are carrying, and exchange it for something else they see and want. That is definitely me in an antique mall.
A pack rat is particularly fond of shiny objects. I love my German lustre dishes.
They hoard miscellaneous & unneeded objects. Just how many different dishes does a person really need?



Now, a collector of objects is said to:
SEEK. I'm definitely out there looking.
LOCATE. There is no problem finding an object of desire.
ACQUIRE. It appears I buy plenty.
ORGANIZE. Well, I guess that is questionable.
CATALOG. Never, I don't want to know how many dishes I have!
DISPLAY: That I do.
STORE: Obviously.
MAINTAIN: I adore my dishes (isn't that maintenance?). Plus, if I ever need to have a sit down dinner for 120 people, I'm ready!!

So, what do you think? Am I a pack rat or a collector? (I purposely only opened the doors on just two of several cupboards holding my dishes. I didn't want to cloud your judgment of my obsession!!)

Thanks for stopping by,
Sally

22 comments:

Susan said...

You are both! Too much! I think you should box it all up......

and send it to me! :)

Sue said...

You are a collector for sure...no such thing as a pack rat when you collect beautiful things.....

Shelia said...

Oh, Sallyness! You are definitely a collector! You NEED all of these dishes, I know! ;)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Oh my gosh girl.. I'm heading your direction and going through all these beautiful dishes up close and personal.. They are gorgeous and displayed beautifully.. you've been holding out.. I see so many that would be ohhhhh so perfect in my home.. :-) Thanks for swinging by today.. it means the world..
hugs ~lynne~

Raggedy Girl said...

What if something happened to all the other dishes in the world? Wouldn't someone have to stand up and replenish the dishes of the world. Pack rat or collector? No! You are the keeper of our way of life. Civilization rests on your shoulders. Please don't subject us to paper plates.
Roberta Anne

^..^ Corgi Dog Mama ^..^ said...

With objects as nice as those, you are a collector, no doubt about it.
My mom in law lives in Woodland Park. We love Colorado!

imjacobsmom said...

I had to scan down to make sure you were a member of Gollum's Dish Addict Award. You absolutely deserve it! You are definitely a collector! Of a most beautiful collection, of course! ~ Robyn

Gollum said...

Well, I think you are a collector. Me, if someone put a dish in a mouse trap, I'd be caught in a heartbeat.

I have dishes stashed behind my drapery panels...that definitely puts me into the rodent category.
:-)

Carrie said...

You selected, you chose those lovely dishes, so you are a collector of the best kind! You are a collector after my own heart.

Bo said...

Hi Sally...Is there any such thing as a collecting packrat? LOL... I'd rather think of you as a connoisseurof all things breakable & beautiful... ;-) Bo

Smilingsal said...

I look at that first photo and think, "Wow, she has 6 months of Pink Saturday material there!" Lucky you.

Elizabeth said...

Definitely a collector. A pack rat holds on to things that have no value, financial or emotional, and doesn't display or share them.

ceekay said...

Funny...well, I must recluse myself from making a decision. I think I may be swayed!!!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What beautiful collections and such wonderful storage for them! Definitely a collector! It's so nice to see another "collector"! I don't know what I'm going to do with all of my "collections". I've run out of room. Is there a "Collector's" Anonymous? Enjoyed seeing all of your lovely china. laurie

Betsy said...

Pack rat and collector...there is a fine, gray line between the two, isn't there! ha-ha! I'd actually like to be a 'browser' and look through all that neat stuff you have!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Sally, thanks for swinging by for a visit this evening. I'm with you, snow and cold are one thing but all that ice.. don't think I care for it all, except through cyber land. Have a super evening.hugs ~lynne~

onlymehere said...

I laughed when I read your statement about having enough dishes for a dinner with 120 people over for dinner! I love dishes too so I think you're a collector!

A Romantic Porch said...

Sally, You are definitely a collector! And a sweet one at that! Besides...I like to use my collections...I don't buy paper plates! I'm sure you use yours too! xorachel

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

A collector, indeed.

I would certainly recognize a collector, since, as a collector, I just added to my "collection" today.

I admire your beautiful collection.

Wonderful post!

nikkicrumpet said...

I think none of the above...I'm pretty sure you would categorized as a dish obsessed bloglady!!! And around here you are in good company!

Susie Q said...

You NEED all those lovely things!! Definitely a collector of treasures...rats do not collect such beautiful things!

Love,
Sue

lvroftiques said...

Well you're my hero!! *swoons* Vanna