Some of us are into bowling, others love traveling, nature, or rock hunting. Does that mean you collect all the bowling balls to make a giant pyramid, or gather every single mosquito you’ve ever killed, or arrange the keys of every hotel and motel you’ve ever been to? Well, for these people, it does indeed.

Meet the collectors of the most random items out there, who prove that nothing is off-limits when it comes to human curiosity.

From a shark tooth collection to a collection of every insect found at home in Australia, Bored Panda has compiled a list full of the most bizarre, wonderful, and entertaining assemblages. Scroll down, upvote your favorites, and let us know what you adore collecting in the comment section below!

#1

This Is One Of Several Alphabets Assembled By Belgian Type Designer Clotilde Olyff From Stones Collected At The Beach

This Is One Of Several Alphabets Assembled By Belgian Type Designer Clotilde Olyff From Stones Collected At The Beach

amazon.com , kottke.org Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

This comment has been deleted.

View more comments
#2

A Year Ago, I Started Staying In And Peircing State Quarters, Instead Of Going Out And Getting In Trouble. Here Is My Collection So Far

A Year Ago, I Started Staying In And Peircing State Quarters, Instead Of Going Out And Getting In Trouble. Here Is My Collection So Far

OfeyDofey Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

Good for you for doing that!

View more comments
#3

I Started Feeding Bar Nuts To These Crows That Are Regular To The Patio Of A Bar I Work At. My Collection Of Gifts Finally Started After 3 Months

I Started Feeding Bar Nuts To These Crows That Are Regular To The Patio Of A Bar I Work At. My Collection Of Gifts Finally Started After 3 Months

saroj7878 Report

Paizleypie
Community Member
4 months ago

I LOVE crows!

View More Replies...
View more comments

It turns out, humans have always been drawn to collecting things. In the 19th century, aristocratic collectors would amass books, zoological and biological specimens, art and decorations that were all considered a status symbol. 

The Victorian era gave birth to the cabinet of curiosities, which referred to space specially designed to arrange, display, and store one’s collectibles. Many of these cabinets have become the first museums that exhibited curated collections.

But the urge to collect things starts as early as our childhood. Most of us had our own little collections of keychains, stamps, or Legos. However, only a few people devote their time and effort to their collected items as they reach adulthood.

#4

My Doctor Has A Kept All The Pictures Kids Have Drawn Of Him

My Doctor Has A Kept All The Pictures Kids Have Drawn Of Him

Drewskie888 Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
4 months ago

that's cute

View more comments
#5

My Grandfather's Pencil Sharpener Collection I Inherited

My Grandfather's Pencil Sharpener Collection I Inherited

mattygraddy Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

That’s cool!

View more comments
#6

Perfectly Round Rocks I Found On The Beach. Bonus: Egg, Dorito, And Watermelon Rock

Perfectly Round Rocks I Found On The Beach. Bonus: Egg, Dorito, And Watermelon Rock

lbm216 Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Those round rocks are so satisfying for the eyes.

View More Replies...
View more comments

For many, it offers the thrill of the hunt, which draws them in. Most collectors develop an emotional attachment to their objects where each one carries a story. Ask a record collector about their display, and they will happily tell you a two-hour-long story about the first vinyl they got their hands onto.

Nostalgia may also be the driving force of collecting, and it’s usually visible in the historical collections that require a great deal of knowledge and context.

#7

This Is My Periodic Table Of Elements With Actual Elements

This Is My Periodic Table Of Elements With Actual Elements

electricfoxyboy Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

I want that!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#8

This Man's Collection Of Lost Apples Varieties

This Man's Collection Of Lost Apples Varieties

bukithd Report

Bill
Community Member
4 months ago

My stepfather rescued the Shipley Apple by finding a long lost grove on the backside of his wood lot. They were world famous and a deep purple skin.

View more comments
#9

Over The Past 15 Years My Dad Collected 1,785 Bowling Balls And Built A Giant Bowling Ball Pyramid

Over The Past 15 Years My Dad Collected 1,785 Bowling Balls And Built A Giant Bowling Ball Pyramid

buildingsonfire Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

This comment has been deleted.

View more comments
#10

Collection Of Reference Seeds Found In My Grandad’s Attic

Collection Of Reference Seeds Found In My Grandad’s Attic

HungryBanana07 Report

Samantha Lomb
Community Member
4 months ago

Something satisfying about all the little neatly ordered vials

View More Replies...
View more comments
#11

My Grandma With Her Birdhouse Collection

My Grandma With Her Birdhouse Collection

Moeiekoe Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

Step 2: make a house of bird houses

View More Replies...
View more comments
#12

The Product Of 15 Years Collecting Shedded Antlers From The Woods

The Product Of 15 Years Collecting Shedded Antlers From The Woods

Baker359 Report

Kisses4Katie
Community Member
4 months ago

AHH

View more comments
#13

Since The Late 80s, My Office Has Been Collecting Used Staples That Were Removed From Documents That Needed To Be Microfilmed/Scanned. Here Is That Collection

Since The Late 80s, My Office Has Been Collecting Used Staples That Were Removed From Documents That Needed To Be Microfilmed/Scanned. Here Is That Collection

clowns_will_eat_me Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

No need to brag

View more comments
#14

Our Tire Sticker Ball Turned 6 Today

Our Tire Sticker Ball Turned 6 Today

Whitlow14 Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

Awww

View more comments
#15

Some Of My Favorite Arrowheads. Amazing Little Pieces Of History Collected On Our Private Property In Southern Arizona

Some Of My Favorite Arrowheads. Amazing Little Pieces Of History Collected On Our Private Property In Southern Arizona

JediWithAnM4 Report

BusLady
Community Member
4 months ago

Such a variety. I can't help but think of the people who carved these so long ago.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#16

2 Years Of Collecting Sea Glass

2 Years Of Collecting Sea Glass

BlueDingoMagic Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

What a feast for the eyes. That's very pretty.

View more comments
#17

I'm 14 And Here Is A Picture Of Me And My Chess Medals

I'm 14 And Here Is A Picture Of Me And My Chess Medals

NXHQA Report

RavenClaw
Community Member
4 months ago

Yur damn smart !!!

View more comments
#18

My Four-Leaf-Clover Collection (Plus A Couple Five-Leafers In The Middle)

My Four-Leaf-Clover Collection (Plus A Couple Five-Leafers In The Middle)

mardo4 Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
4 months ago

Lucky!

View more comments
#19

My Girlfriend Cleaning Her Monopoly Collection

My Girlfriend Cleaning Her Monopoly Collection

She has about 600. There are some duplicates and most are sealed. The oldest one is from the 1940’s I think. My favorite is the Harley Davidson one which weighs about 20 pounds

eoin27 Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

That’s awsome

View more comments
#20

My Shark Tooth Collection

My Shark Tooth Collection

I found them all on the beach

000Demon000 Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

We get it aqua man you’re cool

View More Replies...
View more comments
#21

My Sand And Dirt Collection From Every Place I Visited

My Sand And Dirt Collection From Every Place I Visited

jkarnsy Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

I like the fact that your collection and your shelf reminds me of an apothecary shop: neat and quaint.

View more comments
#22

The Airbnb That I’m Staying In Has A Collection Of Rubber Ducks In The Bathroom Wall

The Airbnb That I’m Staying In Has A Collection Of Rubber Ducks In The Bathroom Wall

toast_but_cool Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

Quack quack

View more comments
#23

I Helped My Dad Alphabetize His Vinyl Collection

I Helped My Dad Alphabetize His Vinyl Collection

mr_gr1mm Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

🤘Rocking man it’s going to be a long long vinyl collection

View more comments
#24

My 100% Complete Collection Of Every LEGO Shield Ever Made

My 100% Complete Collection Of Every LEGO Shield Ever Made

Tusserte Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

That is really cool

View more comments
#25

My History Teacher's Presidential PEZ Collection

My History Teacher's Presidential PEZ Collection

ParanormalPoptart Report

RavenClaw
Community Member
4 months ago

is donald on it?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#26

This Collection Of Objects Swallowed By Children

This Collection Of Objects Swallowed By Children

boxesofcats- Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

Jeez was some kid pretending to be a parking meter?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#27

Marble Collection From The 1800s. All Made From Polished Semi-Precious Stones

Marble Collection From The 1800s. All Made From Polished Semi-Precious Stones

ExcitingTopic Report

BusLady
Community Member
4 months ago

A lot of work went into making those. Imagine all the kids who had fun playing with those.

View more comments
#28

Weapons Collection From The Royal Armouries In Leeds, UK

Weapons Collection From The Royal Armouries In Leeds, UK

mwng2020 Report

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
4 months ago

Earthquake!!!! Lol no I'm sure they r secured....I hope

View More Replies...
View more comments
#29

This Is My Gameboy Mosaic Made Out Of Gameboy Games. Note: No Games Were Harmed And All Are Removable And Playable

This Is My Gameboy Mosaic Made Out Of Gameboy Games. Note: No Games Were Harmed And All Are Removable And Playable

Mezmoron Report

Tabitha L
Community Member
4 months ago

**Low Disclaimer Voice** No games were harmed in the making of this wall.

View more comments
#30

My (87-Years-Old) Father's "Ugly" Golf Ball Collection

My (87-Years-Old) Father's "Ugly" Golf Ball Collection

My old man, who is now pushing 90 and can't get out to play anymore, was always the guy who would hit his shot, then poke around in the woods and ponds looking for golf balls. He saved buckets of good golf balls, but his real pride and joy is his collection of "ugly golf balls". He was overjoyed any time he'd find a rotten old ball that had been hit by a mower and left to decay. The guy got a hole-in-one once, complete with a big plaque. He promptly lost that golf ball. But he invites strangers into his home to show them his ugly golf ball collection. It's the little things!

AmishAirline Report

BusLady
Community Member
4 months ago

Each of these balls has a story to tell.

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#31

Local Pharmacy Has A Display Of Antique Medicines

Local Pharmacy Has A Display Of Antique Medicines

Lnzy1 Report

Aleksandra Elias
Community Member
4 months ago

I hope the bottle with a cough syrup containing heroin is empty

View more comments
#32

I Collect Rocks That Look Like Eggs

I Collect Rocks That Look Like Eggs

Slamchops Report

Your Local Lizard
Community Member
4 months ago

OvvO One of them could be a fossil egg

View More Replies...
View more comments
#33

Friend's Mom In Australia Has A Collection Of What She Found In Her Home

Friend's Mom In Australia Has A Collection Of What She Found In Her Home

dimkaberlin Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

The collection of nopes in the land of the nopes

View More Replies...
View more comments
#34

My Granddad's Tool Collection In His Shed

My Granddad's Tool Collection In His Shed

Mirither Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

This is the neatest tool collection I have ever seen. I lent one screw driver to my brother, and the next thing I know, all my screw drivers have dispersed.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#35

I Collect Food Shaped Erasers

I Collect Food Shaped Erasers

SecretAgentKatManx Report

Your Local Lizard
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

I had to stop when my lil cousins started trying to eat them, but thats so cool !

View more comments
#36

My Aunt Has A Spoon Collection That Has A Tiny Spoon Collection Right Above It

My Aunt Has A Spoon Collection That Has A Tiny Spoon Collection Right Above It

EsachIsLearning Report

Daniel (ShadowDrakken)
Community Member
4 months ago

Judging by the handles, wouldn't this be more of a set, rather than collection?

View more comments
#37

My Dad's Little Metal Detecting Museum

My Dad's Little Metal Detecting Museum

Wessel-P Report

RavenClaw
Community Member
4 months ago

Love the pattern the shadows make

View more comments
#38

My Entire Bow Tie Collection, Minus The One I'm Wearing Now

My Entire Bow Tie Collection, Minus The One I'm Wearing Now

jeremiah213 Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

I admire your organizing skills.

View more comments
#39

My Mom Collects Sand From Beaches All Over The World

My Mom Collects Sand From Beaches All Over The World

Chamaleon Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

These look great in this vase.

View more comments
#40

A Small Part Of My Vintage Camera Collection

A Small Part Of My Vintage Camera Collection

MrRabinowitz Report

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
4 months ago

I'm loving the earth, moon, sun machine

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#41

My Game Collection Is Finally Out Of Storage! Wife Surprised Me By Building Shelves As An Anniversary Gift Today

My Game Collection Is Finally Out Of Storage! Wife Surprised Me By Building Shelves As An Anniversary Gift Today

uncleseeth Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

Woah

View more comments
#42

An Array Of Cake Pans Collected In The Lifetime Of My Late Grandmother Taken From A Roof Top

An Array Of Cake Pans Collected In The Lifetime Of My Late Grandmother Taken From A Roof Top

alxs21492 Report

BusLady
Community Member
4 months ago

You could sale them and make a lot of bakers happy. I have a decent collection myself, some of which have been in my family for generations.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#43

My Dice Collection

My Dice Collection

dr_lugh Report

KombatBunni
Community Member
4 months ago

What my fellow gamers and I would call a bucket o’ dice collection..cos it looks like it would fill a small bucket..

View More Replies...
View more comments
#44

My Grandfather Used All Of His Hotel/Motel Keys He Received From His Job As A Travelling Salesman And Made Them Into A Map Of The US

My Grandfather Used All Of His Hotel/Motel Keys He Received From His Job As A Travelling Salesman And Made Them Into A Map Of The US

llamantha Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

Dang your grandfather has been everywhere

View more comments
#45

Someone Had All The Failed Presidential Candidates Bumper Stickers On Their Car

Someone Had All The Failed Presidential Candidates Bumper Stickers On Their Car

kefkaownsall Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

Weird flex but okay

View more comments
#46

My Dad's Lifelong Collection Of Matchbooks

My Dad's Lifelong Collection Of Matchbooks

rukittenmerightmeow- Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

I have a friend who collects matchbooks as well. She keeps them in a huge transparent glass vase.

View more comments
#47

The Only Remaining Picture Of My Childhood Star Wars Collection

The Only Remaining Picture Of My Childhood Star Wars Collection

FancyPantsBlanton Report

Az
Community Member
4 months ago

Hello there

View More Replies...
View more comments
#48

My Copy Editor Father's Collection Of Worn Down Pencils

My Copy Editor Father's Collection Of Worn Down Pencils

He started using them on the recommendation of one of my teachers back when I was in high school. He's got a whole box full of them. I'm not sure about the exact make, but the brand is Palomino if anyone is interested.

OhBall Report

MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
4 months ago

that's pretty impressive!

View more comments
#49

A Collection Of Things My Local Shop Has Pulled Out Of Flat Tires

A Collection Of Things My Local Shop Has Pulled Out Of Flat Tires

Fun fact: the white circle in the top left is one of those security tags for clothes.

meepmorpart Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh no...

View more comments
#50

The Amount Of Train Tickets I’ve Collected By Commuting To University For One Year

The Amount Of Train Tickets I’ve Collected By Commuting To University For One Year

Zeth_101 Report

로희
Community Member
4 months ago

I wonder how much do they cost in total~

View More Replies...
View more comments

Note: this post originally had 91 images. It’s been shortened to the top 50 images based on user votes.

See Also on Bored Panda