Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Welcome To The Curio Cabinet

Welcome to The Curio Cabinet—my personal spot to chat about collecting and collections. I’ve wanted to blog for quite some time but, and I’ll go ahead and make this confession now—I wasn’t exactly sure how to do it. Once I figured out the how, then I wasn’t sure about what to say (or that I wouldn’t be able to make the time). Well, here I am—I’m finally doing it.

My name is Kelli (yes, with an i. My parents wanted to torture me). I am the General Manager of The Hamilton Collection (www.hamiltoncollection.com) which designs, manufactures and markets beautiful collectibles for varied interests. It is an absolutely fascinating place. We interact with collectors who are so passionate about the items they choose to display in their homes. And think about it…if you are going to display something for all of your friends and family (as well as the cable guy) to see, you want it to represent your values and interests. So that’s where we come in. We offer collectors highly valuable items that they can feel proud to display. We serve a wide variety of interests from beautiful lady figurines to cats and dogs and other animals to NASCAR die cast collectibles. No matter what different subject matter interests our collectors, they all have one very important thing in common – a passion for the things they collect.

So, this blog is intended to let you know what we are working on at The Hamilton Collection and also understand what you like to collect.

And what are the newest items that collectors are responding to, and what is coming next?

In a word: Fairies! Fairies are hot right now. It could be their beauty, their mysticism, or their small size and whimsical nature. Look around, and you’ll notice these little creatures are making their presence known in catalogs, magazines, children’s books, and in retail. Here at Hamilton, I can easily say that Tinker Bell is the fairy of the day. We have collaborated with Disney on designing several Tinker Bell collections (More on collections in my next blog…you have to have the collection!) that look beautiful displayed together and really exude “Tinkatude.” And we all have a little “Tinkatude,” don’t we?

We have also collaborated with exciting fantasy artist, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, to offer figural representations of her artwork. Check her out at www.strangeling.com. Her creations are adorable and translate so well to 3D that you can’t resist them.

From time to time I’ll be posting about collecting—including my own personal collections. I hope you’ll come back to hear more about it, and I’d also love to hear about what you like to collect and what interests you. What’s in your curio cabinet?