Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat? The Collector Chronicles 

How did I become a collector, you ask? Well, I woke up one morning to my plant app alert, reminding me to water my plants (Don’t act like I’m the only new plant parent, I sometimes forget, so the app helps. “Mama gotta have a life too, Jody”). Only to be followed by my “Castle Pin goes on sale” reminder…and then like the ton of bricks needed to build Aurora’s castle, it hit me, I am a collector. I could hear my inner Thanos saying, “I don’t even know who you are.” A quick glance around, and I had to wonder when did I get all this stuff and why do I find it so damn relaxing.

Let’s rewind, pre pani (because, like many of us, I refuse to say the word pandemic anymore), I was the travel lite queen. As a family of four, I might let the occasional bubble wand or park exclusive Disney baby come back via carry-on but nothing major. I was all about the memories, memories that could only be tied to the moment they were created…so I thought.

As we started staying home more, I realized something that O.G. Collectors have known all along, you can keep the magic going even when you aren’t going anywhere.

It started with Funkos, a piece of childhood pop culture here, a bit of Disney magic there, and boom…now there’s a Funko room. Then Disney started dropping monthly ears, pins, and mugs in honor of some of my favorite parts of the park. Pre-pan dulce I wasn’t a coffee drinker, now I have a mug collection, and some mornings wonder why no one has thought of an I.V. coffee drip. As for ears, well, I didn’t land on Space Mountain; Space Mountain ears landed on me.

Hi, my name is Nicole, and I’m a collector. From ears to pins to puzzles to mugs to Funkos to Loungeflys to graphic tees to patches (I’ve never met a denim jacket I didn’t like, so why not add some magic). With new product drops and looks, I don’t see slowing down….my girl Ari was right 🎶 I Want More. 🎶🧜🏼‍♀️🧜🏼‍♀️

As the world is opening back up and I prepare myself mentally for travel, will I still be the Carry-on Champion probably, but I think I’ll make a little more room for mementos of the moments.

I know I can’t be alone; comment down below what you’ve been collecting lately

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