One of the great things I love to do is to collect dog things. Any time I go to a dog show or even a pet store, I can’t resist checking them out to see if they have some interesting statues or paintings or even knic-knacs that I haven’t seen before. I spend far too much money on doggy items. I can’t even put half of them up in my house or the dogs will knock them over with their tails!
One great place to check for doggy items is ebay. You can find some nice things there. If you have a particular breed you like you can often simply type it into the search feature and see what’s available. I did that for one breed once and came up with thousands of hits! So you do have to be selective.
Some lovely bronze collectibles: <http://collectables.shop.ebay.co.uk/Dogs-/10823/i.html?_nkw=bronze> Just a random sample.
Estate sales and simple yard sales are also great places to search for doggy items. You can sometimes find small treasures for a good price.
If you know other people who collect doggy items you can keep an eye open for things for each other. I’ve had people bring me back a few nice things from trips because they knew I liked certain things. And I’ve picked up a few things for other people because I happened to see them at a market for a good price.
You certainly don’t have to spend a fortune to have a few doggy items that you like. I have a breed umbrella that I love. I bought it straight out of a pet catalog for a fair price. It didn’t cost a lot but they don’t make it anymore so I’m glad I got it.
I think it’s better to get things that you really like instead of trying to build a fabulous collection, but that’s just my opinion. I actually wear the sweat shirts and t-shirts, caps and other things with doggy pictures on them that I buy. I don’t try to save them for special occasions. I guess you can tell that my wardrobe is centred around dogs!
Of course, if you’re very serious about collecting, there are some magazines to help you know what to collect: what companies, what years, what craftsmen.
Do you collect doggy items? Do you have a favorite breed or kind of dog? What items do you like to collect?