I read recently about a woman in England who has a massive collection of My Little Pony figurines — more than 1,000 and counting! Her collection is so extensive that she has a “pony room” dedicated to them.
Although she had collected them as a child, she had donated her collection to a charity shop as a teen . . . only to discover she missed them. She started buying them again and now has vastly outstripped her original collection. She says she finds her pony room comforting because it reminds her of her childhood.
When I was growing up, I collected Breyer horses. Not on this scale, but I had a collection of maybe 20 horses. I can still remember the pleasure of picking out the next horse that I wanted to buy and then saving my allowance for weeks, dreaming of my next horse. There were stores that I would go to just to look at the different horses and weigh my options. Since it took me awhile to have enough money to buy one, each choice had to made oh-so-carefully.
When I was a teen I gave my collection of Breyer horses away to the horse-crazy younger sister of a friend. Although I never missed my horses, when my daughter showed a brief glimmer of interest in those model horses, I felt a twinge of nostalgia as we picked her first few out. Sadly, her interest in model horses was brief — a few My Little Ponies and a few Breyers and her interest flagged. They are still in boxes in the basement bu they probably need to find a new child to treasure them.
How about you? Did you collect model horses? And do you still have them?