21 People Share Their Most Unique Collections

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Some people collect stickers. Other collect vinyl records. Or trading cards. But you know what kinds of collections you don’t hear about too often? Shark teeth. Or pencil sharpeners. Or used staples.

That’s right, there are some pretty unique collections out there, just waiting to be shared. We found 21 of them, and each one is cooler than the next. This may even inspire you to start a unique collection of your own!

  1. Shark Teeth

    My Shark Tooth Collection from r/mildlyinteresting

    “I found them all on the beach.”

  2. Pencil Sharpeners

    My grandfather’s pencil sharpener collection i inherited from r/mildlyinteresting

    “My grandfather’s pencil sharpener collection I inherited.”

  3. Round Rocks

    Perfectly round rocks found on the beach. Bonus: egg rock, triangle, and taco rock. from r/interestingasfuck

    “Perfectly round rocks found on the beach. Bonus: egg rock, triangle, and taco rock.”

  4. Arrowheads

    Some of my favorite arrowheads. Amazing little pieces of history collected on our private property in southern Arizona. from r/interestingasfuck

    “Some of my favorite arrowheads. Amazing little pieces of history collected on our private property in southern Arizona.”

  5. Used Staples

    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. from r/pics

    “Since the late 80s, my office has been collecting used staples that were removed from documents that needed to be microfilmed/scanned.”

  6. Pierced Quarters

    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. from r/pics

    “A year ago, I started staying in and piercing state quarters, instead of going out and getting in trouble. Here is my collection so far.”

  7. Bowling Balls

    Over the past 15 years my dad collected 1,785 bowling balls and built a giant Bowling Ball Pyramid from r/pics

    “Over the past 15 years, my dad collected 1,785 bowling balls and built a giant Bowling Ball Pyramid.”

  8. Four-Leaf Clovers

    My four-leaf-clover collection (plus a couple five-leafers in the middle). from r/mildlyinteresting

    “My four-leaf-clover collection (plus a couple five-leafers in the middle).”

  9. Stone Alphabets

    “This is one of several alphabets assembled by Belgian type designer Clotilde Olyff from stones collected at the beach.”

  10. Birdhouses

    My grandma with her birdhouse collection from r/mildlyinteresting

    “My grandma with her birdhouse collection.”

  11. Monopoly Games

    My girlfriend cleaning her monopoly collection from r/pics

    “My girlfriend cleaning her monopoly collection. She has about 600. There are some duplicates and most are sealed. The oldest one is from the 1940s I think. My favorite is the Harley Davidson one which weighs about 20 pounds.”

  12. Rubber Ducks

    The Airbnb that I’m staying in has a collection of rubber ducks in the bathroom wall from r/mildlyinteresting

    “The Airbnb that I’m staying in has a collection of rubber ducks in the bathroom wall.”

  13. LEGO Shields

    My 100% complete collection of every LEGO shield ever made from r/mildlyinteresting

    “My 100% complete collection of every LEGO shield ever made.”

  14. Marbles

    Marble collection from the 1800s. All made from polished semi-precious stones. from r/mildlyinteresting

    “Marble collection from the 1800s. All made from polished semi-precious stones.”

  15. “Ugly” Golf Balls

    My (87yo) father’s “ugly” golf ball collection from r/mildlyinteresting

    “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!”

  16. Gameboy Games

    This is my Gameboy mosaic made out of Gameboy games! Note: No games were harmed and all are removable and playable! from r/gaming

    “This is my Gameboy mosaic made out of Gameboy games! Note: No games were harmed and all are removable and playable!”

  17. Food Erasers

    I collect food shaped erasers! from r/pics

    “I collect food shaped erasers!”

  18. Sand

    My mom collects sand from beaches all over the world… from r/pics

    “My mom collects sand from beaches all over the world.”

  19. Cake Pans

    An array of cake pans collected in the lifetime of my late grandmother taken from a roof top from r/pics

    “An array of cake pans collected in the lifetime of my late grandmother taken from a roof top.”

  20. Hotel Keys

    “My grandfather used all of his hotel/motel keys he received from his job as a traveling salesman and made them into a map of the US.”

  21. Worn Down Pencils

    My copy editor father’s collection of worn down pencils. from r/mildlyinteresting

    “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.”

Do you collect anything, or know someone who does? What’s thre coolest collection you’ve ever seen?