One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Four…

My Dad had a collection of elephants…well, my Dad STILL has a collection of elephants…I couldn’t say for sure just how many elephants he has, but suffice to say there are corners of his house devoted to them and they all face the same direction, for luck…apparently…

I’ve had various collections over the years too, but one thing remained consistent in my own collections: I wasn’t always the one who started them. When I was 19 I made a trip to Disney World and came home with a little Mickey Mouse porcelain figurine. Subsequent to that $9.99 purchase I began to receive mugs, dolls, commemorative plates, ornaments, magnets, calendars, pencils and frankly anything else you could possibly stick Mickey’s ears on. At one point, it had taken over an entire room in my house, at which point I pictured the impending doom that my ever-growing collection was going to take me over… at which point, I donated the entire thing to two small children.

I was done with collections…or so I thought, until… Enter Mr. Potato Head.

There was no solid plan for this to have ever evolved into a collection. Once again, another trip to Disney World started the entire cycle. I waltzed into one of the Disney shops and there were giant lucite tubes from floor to ceiling full of Mr. Potato Head parts. As you walked in the door, you collected a box and a potato. From there, whatever additional parts you could shove in the box were yours for a pittance of $10. So I got 2 and started filling the box with accessories and limbs, and eyes n’ ears. I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to have Mr. Potato Head and a basket of parts on my coffee table for guests to play with.

Well, and so the story goes…I now have so many Mr. Potato Heads I’ve lost count and a large basket remains under my coffee table full of parts. But what started off as something to amuse my houseguests has branched off into some collectors items as well.  I now have the entire band KISS, Elvis, Spiderman, Darth Tater and Spud-Troopers. At times when a character becomes a Mr. Potato Head, a potato alter-ego is established.

 

 

So that happened. Now, let me tell you about my cookie cutter collection…

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