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The Problem with Collections, a New Contest & Open Contests!
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

UPDATE: The winner is…Denise Fidler!

The problem with collections is that they take up space and are often non-functional. The other day on Delilah’s Corner, I shared a photo of my collection of vintage vanity table powder jars, to start a conversation about weird collections anyone might have. Yes, powder jars were a thing. Mine don’t contain powder! My jars date back from the 1930s to the 1950s. See all those swans below? You can rest a lipstick tube between the wings. So cool! Okay, so maybe you just see them as dust collectors, but I adore them—especially, the animal-themed jars.

Anyway, I gathered all my jars for the photo then started to put them back in my bathroom, but my counter is really jam-packed with these things, so I thought I’d spread them around the house.

Here’s where this one wound up—on my desk. It’s actually my favorite and from the 1930s. And no, those white spots on my desk aren’t dust or dandruff—they’re divets in the wood like someone took an icepick to the surface! Anyway, for a chance to win a download of your choice from my backlist, give me a suggestion for what I should use the jar for. Have fun! Be creative or silly!

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13 comments to “The Problem with Collections, a New Contest & Open Contests!”

  1. Rita
    · February 3rd, 2021 at 9:45 am · Link

    positive affirmation messages when you need them. Sort of like fortune cookies.

  2. Colleen C.
    · February 3rd, 2021 at 11:54 am · Link

    I keep a little jar of candy by my desk.

  3. Dana Zamora
    · February 3rd, 2021 at 11:58 am · Link

    Candy stash

  4. Missi Adams-Metz
    · February 3rd, 2021 at 4:30 pm · Link

    My gran always kept a few quarters in the jar with the swan (a beautiful blue glass) on the telephone stand. When you were going somewhere, you took a couple of quarters with you to call. My grandma used to tell her kids that ‘if the beautiful swan you are out with turns into a stinking skunk”, then you have the coins to call for a ride.

  5. Margi
    · February 3rd, 2021 at 5:13 pm · Link

    Saw the green powder box first and commented there. Hubby n I had a antique store that mostly had glass. Have them all over the house. One year for Christmas I used all the bowls and glasses for dinner.

  6. Cheryl
    · February 3rd, 2021 at 6:07 pm · Link

    I have a few of those! I keep odds and ends in a couple… safety pins, paperclips, a tube of superglue. The one on my desk holds stamps (the kind you use on letters, lol)

  7. Elaine Howell
    · February 3rd, 2021 at 8:01 pm · Link

    Those are very beautiful and they look good everywhere.

  8. bn100
    · February 3rd, 2021 at 8:36 pm · Link

    lottery tickets

  9. Debra Guyette
    · February 4th, 2021 at 6:58 am · Link

    I think paper clips and spare change.

  10. Lisa
    · February 4th, 2021 at 10:07 am · Link

    If it was on my desk I’d put some candy in it!

  11. Denise Fidler
    · February 4th, 2021 at 10:48 am · Link

    Is it bad I’d want to fill them with chocolates? That’s the first thing that popped into my head so that’s what I’m sticking with!

  12. flchen1
    · February 6th, 2021 at 5:54 pm · Link

    Either slips of paper that you jot down things/moments you’re grateful for OR ideas for fun things to do later…

  13. Delilah
    · February 14th, 2021 at 9:08 am · Link

    Thanks for all the great suggestions! I think I’ll make it a “manifestation” jar. You know, put wishes on little pieces of paper and store them there.

    The winner of her choice of one of my backlist stories is…Denise Fidler! Denise, congrats! Email me at to let me know which story you want me to email to you!

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