Fact: I collect antique keys. And they make me SO HAPPY!!!
I've been collecting them since I was about... umm... twelve I think. My mom got me hooked on them- you see, she collects antique clocks and teapots, so I spent quite a bit of time browsing through antique shops with her. I don't remember what shop or where, but at one point, I found a large collection of keys- and I was completely fascinated with them. I've been collecting them ever since.
Now that I've been collecting them for quite some time, I realize why I like them so much:
Reason #1: they're small, beautifully crafted, and in a way I find them quite elegant.
Reason #2: Keys used to mean so much more to people. Long ago, a key meant that you owned something. keys were precious! I love owning something that was so prized by someone before me.
Reason #3: They're just so stinkin' cool!
By now I have about 50 keys. That's a lot.
I've found them all over the place: The west coast, Hawaii, Stratford, Chester, Canada, and of course, Utah. They're just little pieces of who I am. :)