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Memories of people who extend small acts of kindness.
Loretta Bedford, Deep East Texas EC | San Augustine

Vintage clothing. I enjoy designing unique outfits. It’s like a snapshot of history that lives on.
Heather McMeans McCarroll | Via Facebook

Nothing. But cats seem to collect me.
Vallee Green, Bluebonnet EC | Elgin

Sand from every beach I visit in hopes of retiring to a beach someday.
Shirley Wetsel, South Plains EC | Wolfforth

Things my children will throw away someday.
Lisa Stapleton, Central Texas EC | Fredericksburg

All kinds of rocks—big, small, round, square, heart-shaped, etc.—from all different places. I got this from my beloved mom, who passed away in May 2023. She was a collector of many things, and one was rocks.
Elvira Pulido, Magic Valley EC | Mission

Animal pictures that I started taking during COVID-19, when I spent more time in nature and less time with people. Now these sentimental pictures line my dining room walls.
Diane Brady, Nueces EC | Ingleside

All cards and notes that I have gotten since I was 13 years old.
Kealeigh Alex | Via Facebook

Deviled egg plates. I have 90 on display.
Beverly Denny, CoServ | Frisco

Business cards. I started when I was about 10. I’m now 75. Needless to say, I have quite a few. Some are just random cards that I picked up or was given, but many of them have wonderful memories attached.
Lee Wood, HILCO EC | Whitney

Circus sideshow giant rings. These rings were sold by giants like Jim Tarver and Jack Earle to make extra money.
Rick West, Deep East Texas EC | Nacogdoches

Dust bunnies.
Sue-Ann Guilliams, Karnes EC | Poteet

Memories. My husband and I loved to travel (he died just a few short months ago), but we always called our trips “making memories.” I am thankful for all the memories I collected through the years with him, and I am collecting more with my children and grandchildren.
Patti Terrell, Bowie-Cass EC | Texarkana

Antique, dog-themed war propaganda (postcards, recruiting posters, etc.).
Casey Marchmont, Magic Valley EC | Edinburg

Playing cards, from Japan to Panama, from Dr Pepper to NASA.
Ann Daniel Rogers, Sam Houston EC | Liberty

Old Texas spurs.
Hugh Edmondson, Coleman County EC | Ballinger

I collect metaphors. Some of my favorites include “slicker than snot on a doorknob” and “stinkier than the south end of a northbound mule.”
Jim Hale, Central Texas EC and Pedernales EC | Kingsland

Matchbook matches from around the world.
Darlene Licatino, Deep East Texas EC | Hemphill

Daily happenings, good or bad, and write them down in my journal, which I started in 1983. I am now in my fourth book.
Rogerio Garcia, Magic Valley EC | Brownsville

Miniature accordion players from all over the world. I have been a professional accordionist for 73 years, and my collection is currently 179 pieces.
Bob Cantin, Grayson-Collin EC | Fairview

Depression glass—Cameo Ballerina—because my grandma gave me six wine glasses when I was 30 years old. I am now 80, and if it was important to her to pass it down, it is important to me to pass on the memory of another time in history when folks didn’t have much and made do with what came in soap and oats boxes.
Wanda Metzgar, GVEC | Cibolo

Compliments, and one of my favorites is a smile from a complete stranger.
Evy Gillum, Pedernales EC | Canyon Lake

As many hugs and kisses as I can get from my grandkids, Julia, Liam and Macey.
Beverly Anthes, Fannin EC | Ivanhoe

Paint can marbles. They are amazing little nuggets of beauty. After several decades, I’ve amassed nearly a quart jar full, including several from empty cans picked up for recycling at the Cadillac Ranch.
Jerry Deal, Navasota Valley EC | Wheelock

On-the-job experience from tradesmen doing their specialty work to improve my knowledge as “a jack of all trades, master of none.”
Don Cohen, Pedernales EC | Dripping Springs

Roy Rogers memorabilia.
Dianne Perrin, PenTex Energy | Oak Ridge

Carnival glass made in the 1900s in many colors with homesteads, animals, birds, fruit and flowers.
Mary Leddy, Pedernales EC | Leander

Christmas village houses, Barbie dolls and so much more. I am still a child at heart.
LoisAnn Smith, Big Country EC | Roby

Three Stooges memorabilia. I have a rather large collection of Three Stooges figures, toys, keychains, belt buckles, whoopie cushions, lighters, books and even a few autographs of Stooge players and relatives.
David Robinson, Pedernales EC | Kyle

Casey Cisneroz | Via Facebook

Experiences, memories and, sadly, an occasional regret.
Mike Weber, United Cooperative Services | Granbury

Fabric to make quilts for different charities.
Jeanette Murphy, South Plains EC | Hale Center

Hugs, memories and Bible verses.
J. Barela, Pedernales EC | San Marcos

Mustache cups. They are very ornate and have a protective feature that prevents men’s mustaches from looking like the “Got Milk” person.
Betsy Colvin, United Cooperative Services | Santo

I collect friends. Some are customers, some are acquaintances and some are family.
Shelly Ogle, Wood County EC | Yantis

Heartaches by the Number. And any other old Ray Price records I can find.
Kerry Kennington, Pedernales EC | Lakeway

Memories created with my grandchildren.
Kathy Camp, Tri-County EC | Weatherford

Jan Strauss, Bandera EC | Leakey

Slide rules. Remember those? I have more than 120 of them, from all over the world. I bet a slide rule could still outperform a smartphone on some of those tough math problems.
Bill Altmann, Pedernales EC | Austin

Hippos. I have hundreds, but I know fellow collectors who have thousands. We even have a convention once a year of hippo collectors. Our Facebook group, Hippolotofus, has over 1,300 members.
Stuart Feldman, Bluebonnet EC | Brenham

High school parking lot change on my Sunday morning walks.
Henry Galpin, Pedernales EC | Georgetown

Memories, adventures and love—lots of love.
Cathy Wells, Bryan Texas Utilities | Via Facebook

Smiles. They are easy to obtain: I just give one away. I usually get one back for everyone I give. Storage is no problem for my collection. I keep them in my heart.
Lucy Heide, Bowie-Cass EC | Linden

Shot glasses.
Patricia Garcia, Bluebonnet EC | Brenham

I collect memories of 89 years that have not yet escaped.
Dwain Currie, Bowie-Cass EC | Linden

Mason jars and electric pole insulators.
Pat Chism, Heart of Texas EC | Woodway

Change. Every evening since I was a freshman at Texas A&M University in the fall of 1971, I have deposited my pocket change into an old coffee can. You would not believe all the pennies, quarters, dimes and nickels I now have in my possession after 52 years.
Tommy Engelke, Bluebonnet EC | Kingsbury

Paddington Bear items. I even have one Paddington Bear that is a life-size, 6-foot stuffed animal.
Eileen Grzehowiak, Navasota Valley EC | Thornton

Marbles—all sizes, all colors. They are in jars all around my home. My marbles represent my happy thoughts. I have many happy thoughts.
Anna Cavnar, CoServ | Rhome

Anything pig-related. And rainbows.
Philomina Rouse, Bryan Texas Utilities | College Station

Chihuahua things—figurines, ceramics, posters, pictures, toys, rugs, blankets, shoes, socks, jewelry, inside and outside decorations. Just to name a few.
Barbara Johnson, CECA | Stephens County