Some bits and pieces from my studio...
I found this box of old springs and coils when I was helping my family clean out my Grandpa's "stuff." It was several years ago - long before my itch to collage started. I am not sure why, but I said, "I'll take that." I got some funny looks from the family. I am not sure why he saved them; maybe he had the same collecting gene that I have.
This tray of rusty bits came from my uncle. I KNOW he shares the same collecting gene that I have. The little pieces of old hardware had been removed from their useful places, they may have been discarded, perhaps replaced. My uncle, tossed them all together - On my last visit, I commented on how useful they could be... and they were mine. I don't think he had a predesignated home for these little bits of rust.
All these pieces are finding new homes...look here for a good example of how I put this refuse to good use. I am so glad to have these strange little treasures.