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Gresey: A call to those who collect

Oh, the wonder of collections!

As a kid, I would collect practically anything – stamps, stickers, pencils, erasers, bookmarks, rocks, shells, coins and anything that had to do with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

None of these collections ever amounted to much. In fact, some of the collections weren’t even 100 percent legitimate. I remember, for example, including arcade tokens in my coin collection – seems my standards for that particular collection weren’t too high.

As so often happens, the stuff I collected as a kid got sold at garage sales or donated to second-hand shops as I got older.

I moved on to collecting CDs and vintage coats, somewhat more practical fare. Today, I still seek out those items, but a coat has really got to be something special if I’m going to cram it into my closet.

My collecting days, at least for now, are pretty flat. But for many people, adding to a collection can be a lifelong endeavor.

Do you know a Kane County resident who has an incredible collection? Maybe it’s baseball cards, books, old beer cans, toys, teapots, autographs or movie memorabilia.

If so, we’d love to hear from you.

Emails and phone calls can be directed to me using the contact information at the end of this column. Please include the collector’s name, what town he or she lives in, a few sentences about what makes the person’s collection stand out, and your phone number.

A collector willing to share his or her story could wind up featured in a future edition of the Kane County Chronicle. Of course, photos showcasing the collection would be included with the article as well.

• Kathy Gresey is editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Contact her at or 630-845-5368.

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