Strange collectibles was the topic in yesterday’s Retro Ad Tuesday post, and I included a picture I had taken of one of the shelves a chunk of my critter collection sits on. In the comments section, Mental Mama offered to take a photo of her sciurine collection to compare, and I noted my total menagerie is actually much larger than what fits on that one shelf. So I got the whole gang together and set them up on my kitchen table this morning… and the group photo is what you see above! And I uploaded it at full size, so if you click on the picture, you can view it in all of its high resolution glory!
Since it is rude to show off my goods without sharing, I’ve included a brief introduction to each of the objects you see above, as well as this handy numbering guide…
#1, 4, and 11 are all gifts from my Mom, coming from various Bass Pro Shops. The tire swing squirrels hangs off my shelf just high enough for my cats not to be able to ambush him.
#2 is Snuggle Bear, a gift from my message board pal christie1111, who works at Unilever.. who at the time owned the Snuggle brand.
#3 is a squirrel adorned thermometer I bought at Mecca this past summer.
#5, 15, and 33 are squirrel themed cookie jars that were a present from my message board friend Sprots.
#6 is my boring Mecca lawn ornament I turned into MBRS via my
shitty painting skills. I have two more identical blank squirrel ornaments I planned on painting as ES and Angel, but have never gotten around to doing.
#7 is my Scrat prize I won from one of the crane machines at work.
#8 was a gift from my sister Amy. He has a damaged tail tip due to my clumsiness.
#9 is a welcome sign squirrel I bought at Mecca last year.
#10 is a Xeko plush of a Sumatran flying squirrel, a gift from my message board friend Rafferbee, and the inspiration behind my character Winnie.
#12 is a cardinal Beanie Baby named Mac, a giveaway from a 1998 Cardinals game which I inherited from my Grandma earlier this year.
#13 needs no introduction… he is the magnificent Rainbow Donkey amigurumi figure made by Jennifer at Squirrel Picnic!
#14 is a squirrel dog chew toy I bought from Mecca about four years ago. He wears the Mardi Gras beads I got for making a token donation to some cause at a Cardinals game around that time.
#15 is Nuts the Squirrel, another Beanie Baby… this one shamelessly “stolen” from the massive collection my family had back in their heyday. The tag says his date of birth is January 21, 1996… January 21st just happens to be Squirrel Appreciation Day, and that didn’t get launched until 2001! How interesting!
#17 is a hanging squirrel ornament my message board friend Kiki bought for me from Pier 1.
#18 and 19 are obviously raccoons, who were actually my first love before squirrels. I got them from the Bass Pro Shop in Kansas City a couple years ago after I was a bit miffed they had no squirrels… or a skunk or possum figurine which I would covet. You will notice my group shot above is still skunk-free… that needs to be fixed, dammit!
#20-23 are four tiny little squirrel figurines my very good friend and inspiration Hottie bought from an estate sale and sent to me! That is also how the bone china ground squirrel figurine (#27) came into my possession! I love you, Hottie!
#24 is a squirrel shaped bowl Mecca was selling this Fall. Inside the bowl (#25) is my squirrel sticker I bought from Goldfish’s Redbubble store.
#26 is a Zhu Zhu Pet hamster that was a total impulse buy one morning as I was getting off work in December 2009 when these things were causing such a commotion, people were lining up as the store opened to buy them. That didn’t last long…
#28 is a Scrat toy from a Happy Meal given to me by my Mom a few years ago (yes, she will get a Happy Meal because she prefers small meals)… and this was the squirrel that started my collection!
#29 is a squirrel windup toy that was a present from my message board friend Holly, who was the inspiration behind everyone’s favorite possum Buster!
#30 and 32, of course, are my as-yet-unnamed Sponkies from gentlestitches! I hope to come up with an idea for a naming contest at some point…
#31 is the awesome Sparkleponeh I won from Alice, without whom there would be no Sponkies, and Rainbow Donkey would be awfully lonely.
#34 and 35 are twin candles in the shape of squirrels I just bought from Mecca a couple weeks ago. Who knew Mecca sold so much squirrel merchandise?
#36 is Mecca’s cheap version of a squirrel ornament, which I bought last year. He hangs out (literally) in my kitchen along with the Pier 1 squirrel.
#37 is a squirrel made out of what I think are some kind of dried out pine branches with bristles. I do know I got it from my message board friend Judy, without whom Evil Squirrel would not exist.
#38 is the possum dog chew toy I bought from Mecca earlier this year, and the only possum in my collection. That needs to be addressed as well…
#39 is a tiny little squirrel a message board friend I never had much contact with named Barb sent to me several years ago after she found it cleaning her house, thought of me, and got my address from one of the others. I was quite touched by this, and she is the inspiration behind the blue haired police dog lady who occasionally pops up in my comics.
#40 and 41 are squirrel salt and pepper shakers I picked up from Mecca at the same time I purchased the squirrel bowl.
#42 is a squirrel themed solar light my Mom found (at K-Mart maybe?) and gave me.
#43 is the shiny Buddha-like squirrel that had an unfortunate mishap on the way home from work when I bought him.