Post # 1
Hey guys! My husband and I plan to go to all 50 states together, it’s a bucket list thing we always wanted to do. We had been collecting those small magnets in the shape of the state that they used to have at rest stops. The goal was to put together the map when when we got all the magnets. I know that probably sounds really lame to some people but hey it’s our thing. Anyway, the rest stops and stores in general have stopped carrying the tiny state shaped magnets and so were missing a few. So we were trying to think of something else to collect. We absolutely don’t want to do spoons, and our other option is shot glasses. Anyone have any other ideas? Do you collect anything? We’re going to NC in 2 months and we want to pick something up.
Post # 2
daniellemc : I usually to pick up a rock or sand from my travels. It’s fun if you put the name on them and then can remember each place it is from!
Post # 3
We get a Christmas ornament on each vacation
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2017 - Outside in Paris
We do ornaments but the spoon collections look cool in shadow boxes.
Post # 5
We also do Christmas ornaments. I love putting them on the tree as we remember each vacation.
DH recently suggested we do something new as we have so many ornaments so perhaps I’ll find a new idea on this thread.
Post # 6
When I traveled for work I did cookbooks. Now Christmas ornaments.
Post # 7
I buy jewelry when I travel. I’m not a collection person, if it involves stuff I don’t use.
Post # 8
We like to get a snow globe in every city we visit. Like the super cheap cheesy ones in the souvenir shops!
Post # 9
I also like collecting magnets. What about postcards?
Post # 10
daniellemc : I do magnets too, but I pick them up from all the national parks/monuments that I visit. They’re pretty pictures and take up no space. If I were you I’d stick with the magnet plan for that reason, just changing the type you choose. One thing I do if a park is too small to have them is purchase a postcard and make my own. Maybe there’s something state-like that you can do. Or just try ebay each time you visit a new state – there are probably plenty there.
Post # 11
When we travel overseas we collect notes and coins in every denomination, so we have a glass top coffee table full of notes and coins from every country we’ve visited.
Also, I don’t know how this came about but I have a collection of thong/flipflop keyrings from random places too.
Post # 12
Charms for a bracelet? Keychains? Christmas ornaments? Even postcards could end up making an awesome mural or cork board. My mum has a coffee mug from everyplace she’s been.
Post # 13
daniellemc : aww, what a bummer! My husband and I are state highpointers (we aim to climb/visit the highest natural point in every state) So I feel you, bee. What about patches? Or stickers? Or I’m sure you could find the magnets on eBay/Etsy if you don’t mind not actually getting them from the rest stop itself. Also, I think a collection of different objects could be fun!
ETA: I love the idea of getting a postcard from each state (because postcards are easy) and then cutting it in the shape of the state and putting together a map with them!
Post # 14
One of my good friends collects pins. My aunt collects thimbles but I doubt you want those!
Post # 15
We buy decorative round plates. It seems like every country has some sort of plate, so each state should have them too.
How about those tiny license plates??? (Some come in keychain form.) Those always look so cool to me! Plus it’s perfect in terms of symbolism if it’s a road trip.