Our home is where we surround ourselves with the things we love, and if you’re a collector, then you’ll know exactly how satisfying that can be.
Collectors have attracted a bad reputation in recent years. First it was the minimal style associated with our increasingly digital world where you can fit thousands of songs, photos and books on a hand-held device.
Then came Marie Kondo’s ultra decluttering and TV documentaries about compulsive hoarders. Kondo famously said that you should get rid of anything that doesn’t “spark joy”, but what if you’re surrounded by joy and can’t help bringing more home all the time?
That’s what collectors do, and there are more of us than you think. At this magazine, for example, we’ve got people who simply can’t walk past miniature watches, jazz records, dinosaur ornaments and snowglobes, while others buy a new artwork or decoration from every place they visit.
Some make decoration a basic part of their collecting, and Lanzarote isn’t the only place where you’ll find houses full of cocoa tins or clocks, or nick-nacks related to cacti or dolphins.
But other collectors don’t realise the value of what they have – simply turning a well-designed book or album face-out on a shelf can make a strong statement. The secret is: if you’ve got it, why not flaunt it? If you make your crazy collecting hobby a part of your living space, then your home will look better and your hobby will get a new lease of life.
Lanzarote has plenty of fascinating collectors items if you step off the beaten track, and it’s also worth visiting the regular flea markets, car boot sales and craft fairs on the island. Social media is also a great place to find out what’s available.
If you prefer to do it online, then there’s eBay auctions, of course, while the Spanish site todocoleccion is another great place to buy everything from vintage movie posters to football pennants.