A few years ago, around 2004, I was working on my family tree with the radio playing on the background. The DJ was reading an article she’d read in the newspaper about collectors. One gentleman collected toilet paper squares of all sorts. He had some with crossword puzzles, with all kinds of odd sayings, you name it, he had it. The DJ finished her segment by asking listeners to call in and tell her what they collected.
Books… I had plenty of them. But one thing I had even more of was keychains. Yes, I collect keychains. When I called the radio station, she asked how many I had. At that time, I had about 400+. from all over the world. 3 calls after mine, a gentleman called in and said he too collected keychains and he had over 600. Now, in Aug 2010, I have about 650. I’d be curious to know how many he has now.
Currently, I have at least one from each Canadian Provinces/Territories. I have 33 States/Districts/Territories, and a total of 65 countries. What I’m missing now are the following States.
Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin. My joke for a while was that once I’m done USA, I might start the sports teams, like the NHL, NFL and MLB. Problem though, is that I’m really not into sports except for tennis, and the only keychain I would live to get – if there is one – would be of Roger Federer. He is no longer number 1 in the world, but he’s still the best player in my books.
What do you collect? And why do you collect them? I’d love to hear all about it… and are there other keychain collectors out there?
My collection began with a slip of the tongue. In 1994, the Deaf ministry from my church was taking a trip to The Bill Rich Ranch in Tennessee, which holds camps for deaf people. Unfortunately, I was unable to join them. So before they left, I gave one of my deaf friends a few dollars and asked her to bring me back a keychain from Tennessee. She frowned at the word “keychain” but said she would.
It was just a little later on our way home that I recalled our conversation and realized i had meant to ask for a postcard but somehow the word keychain slipped out. They’re not really worth anything financially, but to me each one is priceless. They represent something, a special place. And please don’t ask me which one if my favourite… I really can’t narrow it down. From the first one which started the collection; to the one someone brought me back from the Holy Land; to some that belonged to a loved one who passed away. Each one is priceless.