50 People Share Their Unique Collections

Some of us are into bowling, others love traveling, nature, or rock hunting. Does that mean you collect all the bowling balls to make a giant pyramid, or gather every single mosquito you’ve ever killed, or arrange the keys of every hotel and motel you’ve ever been to? Well, for these people, it does indeed.

Meet the collectors of the most random items out there, who prove that nothing is off-limits when it comes to human curiosity.

From a shark tooth collection to a collection of every insect found at home in Australia, Bored Panda has compiled a list full of the most bizarre, wonderful, and entertaining assemblages. Scroll down, upvote your favorites, and let us know what you adore collecting in the comment section below!

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This Is One Of Several Alphabets Assembled By Belgian Type Designer Clotilde Olyff From Stones Collected At The Beach

This Is One Of Several Alphabets Assembled By Belgian Type Designer Clotilde Olyff From Stones Collected At The Beach

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Brett12 hours ago

I like how we can just casually buy the whole alphabet in rocks39ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#2 

A Year Ago, I Started Staying In And Peircing State Quarters, Instead Of Going Out And Getting In Trouble. Here Is My Collection So Far

A Year Ago, I Started Staying In And Peircing State Quarters, Instead Of Going Out And Getting In Trouble. Here Is My Collection So Far

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BusLady11 hours ago

What is Washington smoking in 1979?29ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#3 

This Is My Periodic Table Of Elements With Actual Elements

This Is My Periodic Table Of Elements With Actual Elements

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rgr811 hours ago

I feel like there is a lot that could potentially go wrong.65ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

It turns out, humans have always been drawn to collecting things. In the 19th century, aristocratic collectors would amass books, zoological and biological specimens, art and decorations that were all considered a status symbol. 

The Victorian era gave birth to the cabinet of curiosities, which referred to space specially designed to arrange, display, and store one’s collectibles. Many of these cabinets have become the first museums that exhibited curated collections.

But the urge to collect things starts as early as our childhood. Most of us had our own little collections of keychains, stamps, or Legos. However, only a few people devote their time and effort to their collected items as they reach adulthood.#4 

My Doctor Has A Kept All The Pictures Kids Have Drawn Of Him

My Doctor Has A Kept All The Pictures Kids Have Drawn Of Him

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Brett13 hours ago

That’s kinda sweet 🙂35ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#5 

Perfectly Round Rocks I Found On The Beach. Bonus: Egg, Dorito, And Watermelon Rock

Perfectly Round Rocks I Found On The Beach. Bonus: Egg, Dorito, And Watermelon Rock

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Raine Soo13 hours ago

Those round rocks are so satisfying for the eyes.55ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#6 

I Started Feeding Bar Nuts To These Crows That Are Regular To The Patio Of A Bar I Work At. My Collection Of Gifts Finally Started After 3 Months

I Started Feeding Bar Nuts To These Crows That Are Regular To The Patio Of A Bar I Work At. My Collection Of Gifts Finally Started After 3 Months

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Paizleypie12 hours ago

I LOVE crows!56ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

For many, it offers the thrill of the hunt, which draws them in. Most collectors develop an emotional attachment to their objects where each one carries a story. Ask a record collector about their display, and they will happily tell you a two-hour-long story about the first vinyl they got their hands onto.

Nostalgia may also be the driving force of collecting, and it’s usually visible in the historical collections that require a great deal of knowledge and context.#7 

Over The Past 15 Years My Dad Collected 1,785 Bowling Balls And Built A Giant Bowling Ball Pyramid

Over The Past 15 Years My Dad Collected 1,785 Bowling Balls And Built A Giant Bowling Ball Pyramid

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Brett12 hours ago

He must have a lot of balls to do that67ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#8 

Collection Of Reference Seeds Found In My Grandad’s Attic

Collection Of Reference Seeds Found In My Grandad’s Attic

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Samantha Lomb12 hours ago

Something satisfying about all the little neatly ordered vials19ReplyView More Replies…View more commentshttps://beb6c2eea44610daf7aa519f65180e9d.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html#9 

Since The Late 80s, My Office Has Been Collecting Used Staples That Were Removed From Documents That Needed To Be Microfilmed/Scanned. Here Is That Collection

Since The Late 80s, My Office Has Been Collecting Used Staples That Were Removed From Documents That Needed To Be Microfilmed/Scanned. Here Is That Collection

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rgr811 hours ago

Geez, that is a lot of staples.23ReplyView more comments#10 

My Grandfather’s Pencil Sharpener Collection I Inherited

My Grandfather's Pencil Sharpener Collection I Inherited

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Alex Fierro12 hours ago

OH I have pretty much that exact globe pencil sharpener at home!!!! It’s my pride and joy 😀25ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#11 

This Man’s Collection Of Lost Apples Varieties

This Man's Collection Of Lost Apples Varieties

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Katrin12 hours ago

That´s so important work. Especially the “ugly” ones are often more likely to be tolerated be people that are allergic to apples. And the genetic variety is very much needed for future generations.42ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#12 

The Product Of 15 Years Collecting Shedded Antlers From The Woods

The Product Of 15 Years Collecting Shedded Antlers From The Woods

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BusLady11 hours ago

Well, I’m glad to know they were just found. No animals died for that collection.56ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#13 

My Sand And Dirt Collection From Every Place I Visited

My Sand And Dirt Collection From Every Place I Visited

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TiredMomma12 hours ago

Gotta be very careful doing that. Some parks have rules against even taking small soil samples. If found guilty at any time in your life, you’ll be paying up quite a large fine.52ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#14 

My Grandma With Her Birdhouse Collection

My Grandma With Her Birdhouse Collection

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Brett13 hours ago

Step 2: make a house of bird houses29ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#15 

Our Tire Sticker Ball Turned 6 Today

Our Tire Sticker Ball Turned 6 Today

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Brett13 hours ago

Awww17ReplyView more comments#16 

My Four-Leaf-Clover Collection (Plus A Couple Five-Leafers In The Middle)

My Four-Leaf-Clover Collection (Plus A Couple Five-Leafers In The Middle)

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RavenClaw13 hours ago

Your must be very lucky!!28ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#17 

My Girlfriend Cleaning Her Monopoly Collection

My Girlfriend Cleaning Her Monopoly Collection

She has about 600. There are some duplicates and most are sealed. The oldest one is from the 1940’s I think. My favorite is the Harley Davidson one which weighs about 20 pounds

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TiredMomma12 hours ago

 I had no idea there were that many!23ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#18 

I’m 14 And Here Is A Picture Of Me And My Chess Medals

I'm 14 And Here Is A Picture Of Me And My Chess Medals

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Troux11 hours ago

This is more of a flex than an unusual collection, but congrats, that’s impressive!42ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#19 

The Airbnb That I’m Staying In Has A Collection Of Rubber Ducks In The Bathroom Wall

The Airbnb That I’m Staying In Has A Collection Of Rubber Ducks In The Bathroom Wall

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RavenClaw13 hours ago

Wow.. As a kid i only had one rubber ducky named cheddar .. was my favorite .. but this stupid girl i thought was my friend stole it from me .. I loved the duck so much that theirs a picture of him on my bedroom wall.. kinda cheesy huh.. no pun intended40ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#20 

Some Of My Favorite Arrowheads. Amazing Little Pieces Of History Collected On Our Private Property In Southern Arizona

Some Of My Favorite Arrowheads. Amazing Little Pieces Of History Collected On Our Private Property In Southern Arizona

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BusLady11 hours ago

Such a variety. I can’t help but think of the people who carved these so long ago.18ReplyView more comments#21 

This Collection Of Objects Swallowed By Children

This Collection Of Objects Swallowed By Children

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Brett13 hours ago

Jeez was some kid pretending to be a parking meter?47ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#22 

2 Years Of Collecting Sea Glass

2 Years Of Collecting Sea Glass

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BusLady11 hours ago

Wow, that’s beautiful.17ReplyView more comments#23 

My 100% Complete Collection Of Every LEGO Shield Ever Made

My 100% Complete Collection Of Every LEGO Shield Ever Made

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Efraim Ondrej Kubik12 hours ago

He is missing the shields from Knights Kingdom (regular and McDonald’s also) but anyway, amazing!16ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#24 

I Helped My Dad Alphabetize His Vinyl Collection

I Helped My Dad Alphabetize His Vinyl Collection

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Piet Puk9 hours ago

Do The Monkees go under T or M?16ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#25 

My Shark Tooth Collection

My Shark Tooth Collection

I found them all on the beach

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Brett13 hours ago

We get it aqua man you’re cool32ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#26 

This Is My Gameboy Mosaic Made Out Of Gameboy Games. Note: No Games Were Harmed And All Are Removable And Playable

This Is My Gameboy Mosaic Made Out Of Gameboy Games. Note: No Games Were Harmed And All Are Removable And Playable

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Tabitha L7 hours ago

**Low Disclaimer Voice** No games were harmed in the making of this wall.29ReplyView more comments#27 

Local Pharmacy Has A Display Of Antique Medicines

Local Pharmacy Has A Display Of Antique Medicines

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Piet Puk9 hours ago

Which one contains cocaine? Trick question, it’s all of them.28ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#28 

Weapons Collection From The Royal Armouries In Leeds, UK

Weapons Collection From The Royal Armouries In Leeds, UK

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Lauren Caswell13 hours ago

Earthquake!!!! Lol no I’m sure they r secured….I hope24ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#29 

My History Teacher’s Presidential PEZ Collection

My History Teacher's Presidential PEZ Collection

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BusLady11 hours ago

2 are missing. 🙂15ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#30 

My (87-Years-Old) Father’s “Ugly” Golf Ball Collection

My (87-Years-Old) Father's "Ugly" Golf Ball Collection

My old man, who is now pushing 90 and can’t get out to play anymore, was always the guy who would hit his shot, then poke around in the woods and ponds looking for golf balls. He saved buckets of good golf balls, but his real pride and joy is his collection of “ugly golf balls”. He was overjoyed any time he’d find a rotten old ball that had been hit by a mower and left to decay. The guy got a hole-in-one once, complete with a big plaque. He promptly lost that golf ball. But he invites strangers into his home to show them his ugly golf ball collection. It’s the little things!

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BusLady11 hours ago

Each of these balls has a story to tell.14ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#31 

My Aunt Has A Spoon Collection That Has A Tiny Spoon Collection Right Above It

My Aunt Has A Spoon Collection That Has A Tiny Spoon Collection Right Above It

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TiredMomma12 hours ago

I once started a small spoon collection where each spoon had a state name on it. Then they got stolen.25ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#32 

Marble Collection From The 1800s. All Made From Polished Semi-Precious Stones

Marble Collection From The 1800s. All Made From Polished Semi-Precious Stones

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TiredMomma12 hours ago

Hmm, this gives me idea for my rocks I’ve.7ReplyView more comments#33 

Friend’s Mom In Australia Has A Collection Of What She Found In Her Home

Friend's Mom In Australia Has A Collection Of What She Found In Her Home

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Brett13 hours ago

The collection of nopes in the land of the nopes130ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#34 

I Collect Food Shaped Erasers

I Collect Food Shaped Erasers

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TiredMomma12 hours ago

My youngest would love to do that, if he could keep them a secret from his destructive older brother.15ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#35 

My Entire Bow Tie Collection, Minus The One I’m Wearing Now

My Entire Bow Tie Collection, Minus The One I'm Wearing Now

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Flisey11 hours ago

Bow Ties are cool.38ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#36 

I Collect Rocks That Look Like Eggs

I Collect Rocks That Look Like Eggs

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Your Local Lizard13 hours ago

OvvO One of them could be a fossil egg10ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#37 

Someone Had All The Failed Presidential Candidates Bumper Stickers On Their Car

Someone Had All The Failed Presidential Candidates Bumper Stickers On Their Car

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RavenClaw13 hours ago

I don’t see trump.66ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#38 

My Game Collection Is Finally Out Of Storage! Wife Surprised Me By Building Shelves As An Anniversary Gift Today

My Game Collection Is Finally Out Of Storage! Wife Surprised Me By Building Shelves As An Anniversary Gift Today

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あんぱんまん12 hours ago

i would marry any guy who would get me a whole damn library and two horses!19ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#39 

My Granddad’s Tool Collection In His Shed

My Granddad's Tool Collection In His Shed

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Raine Soo12 hours ago

This is the neatest tool collection I have ever seen. I lent one screw driver to my brother, and the next thing I know, all my screw drivers have dispersed.15ReplyView more comments#40 

My Grandfather Used All Of His Hotel/Motel Keys He Received From His Job As A Travelling Salesman And Made Them Into A Map Of The US

My Grandfather Used All Of His Hotel/Motel Keys He Received From His Job As A Travelling Salesman And Made Them Into A Map Of The US

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Sue Hazlewood12 hours ago

Did he not know you are supposed to hand them in at the desk when you check out?108ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#41 

My Dad’s Little Metal Detecting Museum

My Dad's Little Metal Detecting Museum

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BusLady10 hours ago

That metal detector was a good investment. Also a hobby that he clearly enjoys.11ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#42 

My Mom Collects Sand From Beaches All Over The World

My Mom Collects Sand From Beaches All Over The World

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Molly Block5 hours ago

We really do have white sandy beaches here in Florida.8ReplyView more comments#43 

A Small Part Of My Vintage Camera Collection

A Small Part Of My Vintage Camera Collection

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BusLady10 hours ago

I have a similar collection, but unfortunately they were damaged in a flood. Made me sick.9ReplyView more comments#44 

An Array Of Cake Pans Collected In The Lifetime Of My Late Grandmother Taken From A Roof Top

An Array Of Cake Pans Collected In The Lifetime Of My Late Grandmother Taken From A Roof Top

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BusLady10 hours ago

You could sale them and make a lot of bakers happy. I have a decent collection myself, some of which have been in my family for generations.8ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#45 

My Dice Collection

My Dice Collection

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BoredPanda is awesome5 hours ago

Wow. So cool. I love this one. The colour, designs and order is so nice4ReplyView more comments#46 

A Collection Of Things My Local Shop Has Pulled Out Of Flat Tires

A Collection Of Things My Local Shop Has Pulled Out Of Flat Tires

Fun fact: the white circle in the top left is one of those security tags for clothes.

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RavenClaw13 hours ago

Wow people serious huh lmao8ReplyView more comments#47 

My Copy Editor Father’s Collection Of Worn Down Pencils

My Copy Editor Father's Collection Of Worn Down Pencils

He started using them on the recommendation of one of my teachers back when I was in high school. He’s got a whole box full of them. I’m not sure about the exact make, but the brand is Palomino if anyone is interested.

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BoredPanda is awesome5 hours ago

nice4ReplyView more comments#48 

My Dad’s Lifelong Collection Of Matchbooks

My Dad's Lifelong Collection Of Matchbooks

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Sue Hazlewood12 hours ago

I used to collect match boxes too but had so many and nowhere to store them so off loaded them all.8ReplyView more comments#49 

The Only Remaining Picture Of My Childhood Star Wars Collection

The Only Remaining Picture Of My Childhood Star Wars Collection

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BoredPanda is awesome5 hours ago

My brother would love this. He’s a big Starwars fan8ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#50 

The Amount Of Train Tickets I’ve Collected By Commuting To University For One Year

The Amount Of Train Tickets I’ve Collected By Commuting To University For One Year

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로희13 hours ago

I wonder how much do they cost in total~10ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

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