Sunday, January 16

So you want to be an eraser collector

One of the fun things about spending time in my childhood home was going through old stuff. This year I binned my paper napkin collection, gave away my sticker albums and then became embarrassingly excited at the sight of my ehem.. eraser collection.
A few of them had become gooey and stuck together so I figured I had better show you before time catches up with the rest of my treasure ;) I am sure you're all glued to your swivel chairs right now so without further ado:



You should have seen my husband's face when he saw the tally on the side of my eraser box. The writing says "Amount of erasers" Check out the happy letters when I reached an (indescribably obsessive) 100 *sigh* Now you know exactly the kind of child I was :D



The racing car and rollerskate were always favourites because the wheels really turn an the striped clothes pin is fun too.





Looking through these I was making an ass of myself sniffing a number of the erasers. I remember some of the smells distinctly but over the years they have all faded. Was I sniffing some sort of rubber solvent back in the day? LOL



Since he has seen my rubbery loot every time I take the mickey out of my other half his answer is invariably: "At least I don't have an eraser collection". Clearly, a vain attempt to mask his envy. ;)

Google is my friend. :) Want to see another impressive collection? Check out this post on Tall Tara or go right to her Flickr eraser geek fest.

91 comments:

  1. What a fantastic collection. Are you really going to get rid of it?????.
    I do not collect, my husband is the collecter of everything, mainly dust catchers: little cars, planes...
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  2. These are adorable!!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  3. This is wonderful!!! Don't be embarassed, lol!!

    You never hear of anyone having an eraser collection, unique and looks awesome!!!!

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  4. Oh man, this is all sorts of awesome, haha! I used to love erasers to, they came in such cool shapes! Aaaand I'm actually pretty sure some had certain smells like vanilla or strawberry and such :D
    Hehe, I love the pastel coloured animal shaped erasers best! Oh and that one cat in a bow and also that unicorn <3
    Haha adorable post! :D

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  5. How cute you use to collect erasers!! There adorable!

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  6. ooohh
    i used to collect erasers to when i was a child end now you made me crazy about search it again!

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  7. I was definitely an eraser geek back in the 90s too! I think I had some of the same ones as you including the duck & bear families. Thanks for sharing, now I want to hunt down my collection next time I'm back at my parents' home.

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  8. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!!!!!!!

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  9. oh my gosh. i also collected erasers. and pencils and rocks and just about everything. and i still collect everything i can now.

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  10. Great collection! I used to collect pencil sharpeners as a kid. :)

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  11. You know that NOW we will all begin to send you more erasers!

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  12. Ok this post title cracked me up. And WOW, I totally recognize a bunch of these erasers! Blast from the past! Fun :)

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  13. i <3 this.
    this so cool..i have never seen a collection of erasers..
    but i use to buy them all the time when i was little..
    thanks for sharing..! :)
    xoox

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  14. officially adore you! although mine wasn't nearly as impressive (nor organized at all) I also had an eraser collection, including the keropi one you have as well as some smiley faces. so cute. you should respond "at least I DO have an eraser collection"

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  15. I had a collection like that too! I think I gave them all away a few years ago, but I still have my pencils!

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  16. SO COOL this defines for me... so whatever I'm not very popular by nature but I would be so proud to have a 100 piece eraser collection to my name. Doing it now would never be as great, I love the particularly 'old school' ones.

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  17. Impressive. Don't be embarrassed! I always liked getting new erasers, especially the little animal shaped ones. And I can remember the smell, too.

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  18. I think I may have just died and gone to heaven. I didn't know there was another similarly obsessed-with-erasers person out there....What I instantly thought when seeing the full box was: "That must smell so good." I love the smell of erasers and I'm no longer ashamed to admit it.
    Thanks to you!

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  19. What an amazing collection! I love finding things from my childhood, and I find smells to be very evocative. x

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  20. What a sweet thing to discover from your childhood.
    Looks like you were a diligent collector too!
    So very sweet!

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  21. awesome! i was such a fickle collector as a child and totally latched half-heartedly on to trends (esp pogs). i did have a pretty serious collection of sweet valley twins books, though!

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  22. Oh my goodness, this is just too cute! I remember all those little eraser shapes!

    They still make them, too...I saw like, french fry shapes and stuff at an art supply store not long ago!

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  23. this is awesome! i collected stickers and dog shaped figurines as a kid but nothing to this extent.

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  24. Haha! This is tremendous! I completely love that you kept track of the number on the box. Once upon a time I used to collect the dwarves from the Kinder Eggs but I gave those away a long time ago. :)

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  25. Awesome! Really, this is great! I was a bit like Caitlin, not very dedicated in collecting, so I consequently ended up with a room full of disorganized junk. But I always aspired to be a collector. Really love the little clothespeg... and that other lady's ice cream cones and tulips are quite enviable, I have to say!

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  26. you know what that's actually pretty cool haha! i had a few of those too.. i used to love the quirky sharpeners too which had little rubbers rulers and even torches ?! inside! very strange.

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  27. They are so cute!!! I have a lot of sanrio ones myself but I don't collect any. Beautiful!

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  28. Amazing. Dont worry your not the only one with this obsession! I use to collect rubbers too, so much fun !

    http://theatticpeoplevintage.blogspot.com/

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  29. I used it be an eraser collector....you were not sniffing solvents....some of them really used to smell beautiful and sometimes even delicious. I absolutely loved my collection.....but then I grew up, left home and before I came...to cut all ties....I gave away everything eraser collection, sticker collection, stuffed toys, barbies, coins, stamps.

    Now I only collect jewelery and Sylvanian creatures and their miniature homes. :)

    I've missed you Stefanie. Hope you are doing well.

    Look forward to hearing from you

    Love

    Tashrin - A Toronto based personal style blog

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  30. I used it be an eraser collector....you were not sniffing solvents....some of them really used to smell beautiful and sometimes even delicious. I absolutely loved my collection.....but then I grew up, left home and before I came...to cut all ties....I gave away everything eraser collection, sticker collection, stuffed toys, barbies, coins, stamps.

    Now I only collect jewelery and Sylvanian creatures and their miniature homes. :)

    I've missed you Stefanie. Hope you are doing well.

    Look forward to hearing from you

    Love

    Tashrin - A Toronto based personal style blog

    ReplyDelete
  31. Amazing. Dont worry your not the only one with this obsession! I use to collect rubbers too, so much fun !

    http://theatticpeoplevintage.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  32. They are so cute!!! I have a lot of sanrio ones myself but I don't collect any. Beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  33. you know what that's actually pretty cool haha! i had a few of those too.. i used to love the quirky sharpeners too which had little rubbers rulers and even torches ?! inside! very strange.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Awesome! Really, this is great! I was a bit like Caitlin, not very dedicated in collecting, so I consequently ended up with a room full of disorganized junk. But I always aspired to be a collector. Really love the little clothespeg... and that other lady's ice cream cones and tulips are quite enviable, I have to say!

    ReplyDelete
  35. Haha! This is tremendous! I completely love that you kept track of the number on the box. Once upon a time I used to collect the dwarves from the Kinder Eggs but I gave those away a long time ago. :)

    ReplyDelete
  36. this is awesome! i collected stickers and dog shaped figurines as a kid but nothing to this extent.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Oh my goodness, this is just too cute! I remember all those little eraser shapes!

    They still make them, too...I saw like, french fry shapes and stuff at an art supply store not long ago!

    ReplyDelete
  38. awesome! i was such a fickle collector as a child and totally latched half-heartedly on to trends (esp pogs). i did have a pretty serious collection of sweet valley twins books, though!

    ReplyDelete
  39. What a sweet thing to discover from your childhood.
    Looks like you were a diligent collector too!
    So very sweet!

    ReplyDelete
  40. What an amazing collection! I love finding things from my childhood, and I find smells to be very evocative. x

    ReplyDelete
  41. I think I may have just died and gone to heaven. I didn't know there was another similarly obsessed-with-erasers person out there....What I instantly thought when seeing the full box was: "That must smell so good." I love the smell of erasers and I'm no longer ashamed to admit it.
    Thanks to you!

    ReplyDelete
  42. Impressive. Don't be embarrassed! I always liked getting new erasers, especially the little animal shaped ones. And I can remember the smell, too.

    ReplyDelete
  43. SO COOL this defines for me... so whatever I'm not very popular by nature but I would be so proud to have a 100 piece eraser collection to my name. Doing it now would never be as great, I love the particularly 'old school' ones.

    ReplyDelete
  44. I had a collection like that too! I think I gave them all away a few years ago, but I still have my pencils!

    ReplyDelete
  45. officially adore you! although mine wasn't nearly as impressive (nor organized at all) I also had an eraser collection, including the keropi one you have as well as some smiley faces. so cute. you should respond "at least I DO have an eraser collection"

    ReplyDelete
  46. i <3 this.
    this so cool..i have never seen a collection of erasers..
    but i use to buy them all the time when i was little..
    thanks for sharing..! :)
    xoox

    ReplyDelete
  47. Ok this post title cracked me up. And WOW, I totally recognize a bunch of these erasers! Blast from the past! Fun :)

    ReplyDelete
  48. You know that NOW we will all begin to send you more erasers!

    ReplyDelete
  49. Great collection! I used to collect pencil sharpeners as a kid. :)

    ReplyDelete
  50. oh my gosh. i also collected erasers. and pencils and rocks and just about everything. and i still collect everything i can now.

    ReplyDelete
  51. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  52. I was definitely an eraser geek back in the 90s too! I think I had some of the same ones as you including the duck & bear families. Thanks for sharing, now I want to hunt down my collection next time I'm back at my parents' home.

    ReplyDelete
  53. ooohh
    i used to collect erasers to when i was a child end now you made me crazy about search it again!

    ReplyDelete
  54. How cute you use to collect erasers!! There adorable!

    ReplyDelete
  55. Oh man, this is all sorts of awesome, haha! I used to love erasers to, they came in such cool shapes! Aaaand I'm actually pretty sure some had certain smells like vanilla or strawberry and such :D
    Hehe, I love the pastel coloured animal shaped erasers best! Oh and that one cat in a bow and also that unicorn <3
    Haha adorable post! :D

    ReplyDelete
  56. This is wonderful!!! Don't be embarassed, lol!!

    You never hear of anyone having an eraser collection, unique and looks awesome!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  57. These are adorable!!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

    ReplyDelete
  58. What a fantastic collection. Are you really going to get rid of it?????.
    I do not collect, my husband is the collecter of everything, mainly dust catchers: little cars, planes...
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    ReplyDelete
  59. Micki LaffeyMarch 28, 2011

    So, are you saying that I should be embarrassed that I have still continued my childhood collection of erasers into my 40's? LOL -- I refuse to be. I enjoyed your blog and thought I'd throw the offer out there that if your beloved collection ever finds itself in need of a home, I would gladly take it in. Although I have over 11,000 (erasernut.weebly.com) I am amazed that I don't have the majority of what you have pictured. For now, enjoy them and the nostalgia that that conjure up..... and don't be fooled, he IS DEFINITELY masking his envy. :)

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  60. I am only in my 30's and is not embarrassing to collect erasers. lol. My simply blog that i created recently. http://sgerasers.wordpress.com/

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  61. These are adorable!!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

    ReplyDelete
  62. What a fantastic collection. Are you really going to get rid of it?????.
    I do not collect, my husband is the collecter of everything, mainly dust catchers: little cars, planes...
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    ReplyDelete
  63. They are so cute!!! I have a lot of sanrio ones myself but I don't collect any. Beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  64. I used it be an eraser collector....you were not sniffing solvents....some of them really used to smell beautiful and sometimes even delicious. I absolutely loved my collection.....but then I grew up, left home and before I came...to cut all ties....I gave away everything eraser collection, sticker collection, stuffed toys, barbies, coins, stamps.

    Now I only collect jewelery and Sylvanian creatures and their miniature homes. :)

    I've missed you Stefanie. Hope you are doing well.

    Look forward to hearing from you

    Love

    Tashrin - A Toronto based personal style blog

    ReplyDelete
  65. Amazing. Dont worry your not the only one with this obsession! I use to collect rubbers too, so much fun !

    http://theatticpeoplevintage.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  66. What a sweet thing to discover from your childhood.
    Looks like you were a diligent collector too!
    So very sweet!

    ReplyDelete
  67. What an amazing collection! I love finding things from my childhood, and I find smells to be very evocative. x

    ReplyDelete
  68. I think I may have just died and gone to heaven. I didn't know there was another similarly obsessed-with-erasers person out there....What I instantly thought when seeing the full box was: "That must smell so good." I love the smell of erasers and I'm no longer ashamed to admit it.
    Thanks to you!

    ReplyDelete
  69. Impressive. Don't be embarrassed! I always liked getting new erasers, especially the little animal shaped ones. And I can remember the smell, too.

    ReplyDelete
  70. SO COOL this defines for me... so whatever I'm not very popular by nature but I would be so proud to have a 100 piece eraser collection to my name. Doing it now would never be as great, I love the particularly 'old school' ones.

    ReplyDelete
  71. I had a collection like that too! I think I gave them all away a few years ago, but I still have my pencils!

    ReplyDelete
  72. officially adore you! although mine wasn't nearly as impressive (nor organized at all) I also had an eraser collection, including the keropi one you have as well as some smiley faces. so cute. you should respond "at least I DO have an eraser collection"

    ReplyDelete
  73. i <3 this.
    this so cool..i have never seen a collection of erasers..
    but i use to buy them all the time when i was little..
    thanks for sharing..! :)
    xoox

    ReplyDelete
  74. Ok this post title cracked me up. And WOW, I totally recognize a bunch of these erasers! Blast from the past! Fun :)

    ReplyDelete
  75. You know that NOW we will all begin to send you more erasers!

    ReplyDelete
  76. Great collection! I used to collect pencil sharpeners as a kid. :)

    ReplyDelete
  77. I was definitely an eraser geek back in the 90s too! I think I had some of the same ones as you including the duck & bear families. Thanks for sharing, now I want to hunt down my collection next time I'm back at my parents' home.

    ReplyDelete
  78. ooohh
    i used to collect erasers to when i was a child end now you made me crazy about search it again!

    ReplyDelete
  79. How cute you use to collect erasers!! There adorable!

    ReplyDelete
  80. Oh man, this is all sorts of awesome, haha! I used to love erasers to, they came in such cool shapes! Aaaand I'm actually pretty sure some had certain smells like vanilla or strawberry and such :D
    Hehe, I love the pastel coloured animal shaped erasers best! Oh and that one cat in a bow and also that unicorn <3
    Haha adorable post! :D

    ReplyDelete
  81. This is wonderful!!! Don't be embarassed, lol!!

    You never hear of anyone having an eraser collection, unique and looks awesome!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  82. you know what that's actually pretty cool haha! i had a few of those too.. i used to love the quirky sharpeners too which had little rubbers rulers and even torches ?! inside! very strange.

    ReplyDelete
  83. Awesome! Really, this is great! I was a bit like Caitlin, not very dedicated in collecting, so I consequently ended up with a room full of disorganized junk. But I always aspired to be a collector. Really love the little clothespeg... and that other lady's ice cream cones and tulips are quite enviable, I have to say!

    ReplyDelete
  84. Haha! This is tremendous! I completely love that you kept track of the number on the box. Once upon a time I used to collect the dwarves from the Kinder Eggs but I gave those away a long time ago. :)

    ReplyDelete
  85. this is awesome! i collected stickers and dog shaped figurines as a kid but nothing to this extent.

    ReplyDelete
  86. Oh my goodness, this is just too cute! I remember all those little eraser shapes!

    They still make them, too...I saw like, french fry shapes and stuff at an art supply store not long ago!

    ReplyDelete
  87. awesome! i was such a fickle collector as a child and totally latched half-heartedly on to trends (esp pogs). i did have a pretty serious collection of sweet valley twins books, though!

    ReplyDelete
  88. oh my gosh. i also collected erasers. and pencils and rocks and just about everything. and i still collect everything i can now.

    ReplyDelete
  89. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  90. super moi aussi je suis collectionneuse de gommes et je cherche des personne pour faire des ├ęchanges litana tu me trouvera sur ebay france annonce 
    merci

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  91. Hi there :) I think I just about understand what you're saying (my French is so atrocious I don't dare answer in it for fear of what I might say in error ;)).

    While I don't collect any more I am not really looking to swap or sell my collection. It is a really nice childhood memento for me.

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