As a little girl, we traveled through Europe for 2 years and each of us 5 children were able to collect something small. I picked spoons that have a little shield on them. I've continued this as an adult, and before we remodled had them displayed. Now the wall is gone..... but with over 100 spoons collected only of places I've been, it was kinda fun! We started collecting the Clark gnomes via my S-I-L gifting us one years ago. It became an easy gift to keep adding more and more gnomes representing our activities (den mother, soccer mom, etc...), and thus a collection was born!