WELCOME TO MY COLLECTION. Its early days and there are many, many more domes to be loaded. Please enjoy looking around, and if you would like to leave a comment, I'd love to hear from you! Come back soon and see more of Australia's shaky wonders.
I collect snow domes, which are also called snow globes, water balls, blizzard weights, snowstorms and shakie things [which you say with a little sort of claw hand movement].
Originally I collected any that I could find, but now that my collection has grown I've decided to focus only on Australian locations and associated items.
Other people realised I was building a collection long before I did. They'd come back from overseas with a dome or two as a present or grab one while on a work trip around the state. Soon enough the mantelpiece was overloaded and about then I realised something was going on, and there was only one thing to do - give into it completely.
That was in about the early 1990s and, although it stopped and started at times, I've always aimed to grow the collection. So here's what I've been up to for the past 25 years.
I could theorise about the psychology of nostalgia and memory, and how we use objects like these to keep a little bit of certainty, control and comfort in a rapidly changing world.
Mainly though, its the thrill of the chase and the excitement of getting one you've never had before. Not quite the Great White Hunter squaring off against a charging elephant, but I've been in some pretty scary op shops in my time.
Through the magic of the internet it will be open 24/7.
At the moment there are 24 domes up, but there's more than 550 all together, so please check in from time to time as they get loaded up.
I think collectors collect, they are just built that way. If we go to buy some tea-bags, we have to be careful to not 'just get one of each type', and 'a few more of these which could be a bit rare one day' and come home with 24 packs. Its a slippery slope for sure.
Occasionally I wish I had started collecting them a decade earlier, because by the time I really got into it, the great days of Australian location domes were fading, and many domes had become disappeared.
On a more practical level I've learned to always take the extra little effort and time to do things properly, like wrapping domes for postage, and handling them properly. It took too many good broken into pieces to learn that.
The domes say it all, just like they did about Charles Foster Kane.