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16 objects you inexplicably collected as a kid

Why do kids want to collect everything?

1. Kelloggs pencil toppers

The bigger and fluffier, the better.

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2. Fancy paper

Or  for the real aficionado: scented fancy paper.

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3. Marbles

The ‘pearly’ ones were the best, obviously.

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4. Knight Rider stickers

Or any other stickers, really.

You could put them in a book! You could put them on a folder! You could enrage your mother by plastering them on your bedroom wallpaper! Your call.

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5. Pro Set football cards

Look at the step-cut on Gazza.

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6. Holy medals

Not for religious reasons, but because it meant you’d BEEN THERE. (With ‘there’ being Knock.)

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7. Sea shells

Collected obsessively for the duration of your holiday in Trabolgan. Then forgotten forever. (Unless they started to smell and your mum made you throw them out.)

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8. Kelloggs bike wheel reflectors

See also: those clicky things you put in your spokes. Man, they don’t make cereal boxes like they used to.

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9. Trolls

Inexplicable.

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10. Pogs

Was there some kind of game you were meant to play with these? Nobody really knew.

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11. Sylvanian Families

Mmmm. Felt-y.

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12. Top Trumps

Nobody could ever agree on the precise rules. What did you do if there was a draw? Did the winner get to keep the cards? It was a high-stakes game.

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13. Rubbers

And other things with which to stuff your bulging pencil case, like

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14. Gel pens

For example.

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15. Eircom Callcards

They never topped the George Michael edition though.

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16. …and sticks

Nothing like finding a good stick when you’re out on a walk. Then you’d insist on bringing it home. Then you’d discard it in the garden because you weren’t allowed bring it in the house.

It’s tough being a kid.

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What have we missed? What was stashed in your bedroom chest of drawers? Let us know in the comments…

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