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Erasers, paperbacks, and patches, oh my! Those are a few of the collections elegantly captured in A Collection a Day, our March Book of the Month. Intrigued? Read on to see how you can win a copy for yourself!
In light of our new collections-themed shopping categories, we thought it was apt to unearth A Collection a Day from our bookstore shelves. Based on San Francisco artist Lisa Congdon’s popular blog of the same name, this book is built around a simple concept — it’s a photographic and illustrated assembly of the artist’s 365 collections. More than that, though, it’s an archive of seemingly mundane objects, an homage to nostalgia, and a celebration of collecting things that you love. It’s inspirational!
One of the first images in the book is of four vintage bingo cards. At some point, maybe your grandma tossed out a pile of those. That’s too bad, because seeing the cards grouped together like that, you really see the character they have individually and as a group. You see the wear and history of each card. To me, the image evokes scenes of church basement games with ladies in sheath dresses, white gloves, and ladylike hats, trays of homemade rugelach, and hot competition with low stakes. What does it make you think of?
We were lucky enough to visit the author in her San Francisco studio, where she graciously showed us her impressive collection and talked a bit about her book. (If you’re a newly minted Lisa fan, be sure to see her new project, 365 Days of Handlettering!)
Next time you’re at the ModCloth checkout, consider sweetening your cart with this treasure. Of course, you could win one starting now. Just join our discussion, right here in the comments!
This month’s question:
One hundred years from now, what do you think people will collect?
I think in 100 years people will collect special USB sticks. I love how many fun, diverse USB sticks are coming out these days. Considering how fast technology is changing, all of those neat sticks will probably not be used anymore and will just become another collectible. It’s an interesting idea, items that at one time were so important and widely used, even on a daily basis, and then something changes and they become irrelevant trash. Their only hope of being salvaged is if someone decides they are inherently special as a collectible.
I’ve never really thought about it, but I think that you’re so right! I remember collecting all sorts of cute USB sticks to use for school. work, etc.. and now I usually just email projects to myself.
Cell phone covers! x
In one hundred years, I think dreams will be able to be recorded on some medium yet unimagined by us (think 3-D floating hologram awesomeness). People will collect them, and play them at dinner parties.
now wouldn’t that be something…. 😉
They will collect cd’s and dvd’s and make wonderful abstract art with them. There will be countless numbers of crafts that use these shiny objects and people will even incorporate them into their jewelry.
so zenon girl of the 21st century. anyone else remember this disc to earring?
Probably things that will be rare, endangered trees and wildlife. Society loves some exotic animals. Then they will start to collect collections!
In 100 years, they’ll have something way more advanced than cell phones and they’ll be collecting iPhones and Androids!
100 years from now people will collect anything handmade. Everything would be computerized, so handmade things would be rare and worth keeping.
Sometimes I wonder if CDs will be to the future kids what vinyl is to us now.
I think in the future, kids will still collect vinyl 😉
I think people will collect nature. Hopefully there will be plenty left by then!
In 100 years I think people will collect bookmarks. With the gaining popularity of e-readers books are likely to become a decor item or a curiosity rather than something used on a daily basis, similar to most typewriters today are. But I think what would be more novel to someone in the future would not be books; but rather bookmarks, which do seem rather simplistic given all the amazing technological advances that we have today. Also given their attractive nature and the wide range of styles it’s logical that one would want to start a collection of them.
To ask what we will be collecting in 100 years is like asking what our children will eat 2 years from tuesday. In this moment of time our cultures have been so diverse and advanced that it s hard to predict the constantly changing weather patterns. But to answer the question, I believe that people will be collecting old androids (especially the apple brand), and compiling them into what we can only hope to be elaborate mixed media art pieces.
I know someone already mentioned cd’s but I think those and their covers will be collectables just as vinyl records are collected today. Plus, CDs tend to have better sound quality than iTunes or downloadable songs. Some of the covers on CDs are pretty cool or even the CDs themselves.
I think people will collect paper productsâ€”because everything will have gone digital, and paper goods (journals, notebooks, stationary, expensive cardstock) will be produced less and less, so it becomes somewhat of a rare object! Incidentally, that terrifies me.
The themes of collections haven’t really changed much in the last 100 years, so I think that the same themes will be collected 100 from now: handmade items, photographs, newspapers/magazines, furniture, and fashion! Especially photographs, because actual photographs are already becoming a rarity, so sad. I love looking at my ancestral tintypes: the no-smile faces, the interesting hair and beard styles, and the formal fashion sense. My favorites are my great -great grandfather in his full Yankee Civil War uniform at Devil’s Den after he fought in the battle of Gettysburg, and my Great-grandmother as a little girl with Shirley Temple hair and bloomers peaking out under her dress with sash. Her picture was hand painted over the black and white image, and is large and beautiful. I hope people will still be collecting these things 100 years from now!
Since technology is taking over our lives and more people are getting their information online, books will probably become a thing of the past. I think people will collect these rare items.
People will collect books. They are loved by every generation, so they will undoubtedly be treasured in the future, but they will be very rare, I presume. Even today, books are beginning to become obsolete. People 100 years in the future will be so used to e-books that print books will be a real treasure.
I think we’ll still be collecting the things we cherish and collect now (because they’re nostalgic): Books, comic books, handwritten letters, postcards, polaroids, photo booth pictures, valentines, stamps, coins, buttons, toys, pencils, magnets, matchbooks, perfume bottles etc. The list goes on.
I know a lot of people collect stamps, but as e-mail continues to replace snail mail (sad! :*( ), I think that more and more folks will want to get their hands on rare stamps, and general mail ephemera! I collect postcards and will hopefully continue to do so for many years to come!
In 100 years,I believe people will actually be collecting cell phones! It would be hilarious to see people saying vintage to our smart phones….then the already vintage flip phones.I can only imagine what type of phone will exist then…
It’s funny you said that because my younger cousin (who’s in middle school) just told me she wanted to get a pink blackberry pearl because it’s “vintage” LOL
I think that laptop bags will be hugely collected. There so many of them and in 100 years, I bet computers will all be floating holograms! One can dream.
I think in 100 years people will be collecting an array of different items, old and new. Items that we consider “vintage” today will be much more rare and unique. I think books, clothes, art, CDs (and even records!) will be among these items. Especially first edition books and original paintings. Items that have become obsolete because of the advancement in technology.
I think in 100 years people will collect 3-D glasses. I feel like they have come a long way. I know they will only try to make the designs better as time passes by. However, to old school white paper ones to the plastic frames they now had out at the movies. I think it’s pretty incredible.
I think books will become very collectable, similar to how music artists will release special edition vinyl. Authors will have special edition books, since the majority of people will just buy the e-book.
I think people will be collecting their thoughts. It is such a mad, mad, mad, mad world, that people don’t have time to stop and think and enjoy themselves, and this world is only going to get more fast paced. Therefore people will be stopping, and thinking, and collecting those thoughts, and it will slow this crazy world down!
A century from now, I think the society will get to the point where there will be no more place for technological innovation and so they’d focus more on the basics and try to relive the simplistic way of life their ancestors from long ago had lived. They’d collect even the simplest, almost insignificant thing that would bring them back to their roots, a matchbox or wine corks perhaps.
I think people will collect old iPods 🙂
I think clothing will move away from buttons. I know it sounds crazy now, but I think 100 years from now, people will collect buttons and find it strange that we ever used them at all in a practical way.
Plastic 🙂 because if we humanity) will survive a 100 years we should get rid of plastic and so the lil’ that will remain will be collected like funky plastic bottles , cute plastic buttons etc.
Digital Social content(memories) from this era like old family pics or pics of adventures, undertaken to places that might not exist a 100 years from now or pics of animals that exist now but wont in 100 years say white tigers .
Glasses at one time were (and to a certain extent are) considered nerdy but as coined in the show “New Girl” it’s become adorkable and at times sexy (the sexy dark-rimmed glasses + pencil skirt look) or chic. However, in the future, I think vision will go beyond contact lenses and glasses will become more of a prop or a fancy accessory like hats and gloves are becoming nowadays in warmer-weathered areas.
Me be thinking they shall collect freeze-dried food packages’ collectable holographic pet rocks or leaves or flowers or butterflies!
One hundred years from now i believe people will collect tyre hubs and caps, apparel garments, particularly in mint, photography of pears and guitar strings
I think one hundred years from now people will be collecting old cameras. Starting with the vintage to us now and leading into the vintage digital camera. I think still photography will eventually become a thing of the past and these items might not be used anymore!
I think people will be collecting old electronic devices 100 years from now! Like old mobile phones, tablets, etc etc! But maybe digital collections(I’m not sure if that makes sense) will be important by then too!
Collections are such a personal thing, it’s hard to know what other people will be putting together for their own pleasure. If I lived 100 years from now and could collect the kinds of things we have now, I would have to agree with the fun USB drives. I’m sure we’ll have another method of saving data by then and some of them are so cute! I almost would like to have a collection of them now.
Nostalgia plays a big part in collections, so things like cameras (especially film cameras), vintage clothing (Juicy Couture track suits anyone 😉 and jewelry, books, records or cds will be in big demand. I think collections ultimately will be as individual as the person collecting.
100 years from now I think people will collect coin and paper currency. With advances in tachnolgy everything will be paid for by our plastic cards by then it will probably be a chip in your hand. So paper money and coins will be pretty to collect.
I think Euro coins! But seriously, I imagine traditional family recipes would make an amazing collection. There is so much fusion cuisine nowadays (don’t get me wrong I love it, especially Asian/French), but I think folks in about a 100 years would love to travel back on occasion to good ol’ fashioned home cooking. Even today I encounter ‘Dutch’ apple pies, who have mutated so far beyond what they are supposed to be that I feel sorry for the people who buy them! Anyway, good luck my fellow collectors!
I think that, in 2112, there will still be vintage lovers. However, I think their “vintage” will be very different then ours!
They might collect iPod shuffles, batteries, or earbuds. I think it would be hilarious to see a 2112 “vintage” coin collection. “Wow, Grandma! A 2012 coin? This must be worth millions!”
Maybe they would collect things that we have lying around the house. A collection from one hundred years from now might include remotes, USB cables, cell phones, magazines, all of the things we take for granted.
It would be pretty cool to see a collection from 100 years from now. I wonder what the future holds.
I think people will collect what they do today- “Vintage”, “old”, “antique”– but OUR modern day stuff- mugs/glasses with raunchy sayings, current beer t-shirts, “in” shoes that will die out, then come back again- uggs, crocs, etc- as much as I dislike those shoes, I’m sure in 100 years some people will find a pair and be like, WOW! my grandma used to have those when she was my age. Little decorations, christmas tree ornaments, tins of things we take for granted (aren’t tea tins and paprika tins ADORABLE?)
And, of course, the “hardcore” people in 100 years- they’ll be collecting the awesome vintage stuff we collect today, providing it’s still intact! 🙂
The dreams of robots.
I think people might collect…People! As social networks (Facebook & Pinterest) and avatars advance, and people put more of themselves “out there”…people might be able to “mine” that data some day. Anthropologists certainly will. Future folks could populate their networks with “vintage characters” that really existed. They’ll put that data in their “online world” (like Second Life), or digitally project it in their own homes. For example, maybe they’ve collected “Dana from 2010 who liked Art Deco…see Flickr pic of living room… and owned tickets to the 2010 Winter Olympics…see scanned image…and wore ModCloth dresses…see pictures in website review of her outfit…” live next door to”John from 2050 who liked jazz…see playlist…and read mysteries…see E-book list”!
100 years from now people will collect the same things we collect now. 🙂 What a great little video on Lisa! Looks like a fabulous book!
Books, I hope! I have no beef with e-readers, but may the physical book never die!
Maybe movie tickets? I could totally see the movie theater dying and giving way to in-home digital streaming of new releases.
Books, those will definitely be collectibles, rare and more of a luxury.
100 years from now, people will collect cell phones from the pagers and cell phones from the 1990s
In 2112, I believe that the future humanity will be collecting things like oorville redenbacher popcorn boxes, iphones, and Justin Bieber cds. Maybe even people magazines about the Kardashians. Skinny jeans will probably make a huge comeback just like bell bottoms and high waisted has for us. I can only imagine what the future goodwills will look like!
1st generation ipods
One hundred years from now, I think people will collect homemade quilts, knitted things, and figurines. What we find in our grandparent’s attics now, people then will be framing it and selling tickets to come see it at $100. It will be a wonder to see that people actually made stuff by hand. What, was their robot broken?
People a 100 year from now will collect video and computer games from the last few decades.
I think that books and magazines will be collectible items, or anything made of paper. Typing and texting will eventually replace physical handwriting!
In 100 years I think that people will collect pencils.
In 100 years, I really think it depends on the person for what they will collect. But maybe a big thing that will be collected is electronics in general. Such as cameras, music development systems and even cd’s and dvd’s!
i think people will collect……..dead bodies?eye balls? fingers? i dont really know.
iphones! maybe after 100 years, the i-products will already become antiques..haha
A hundred years from now I think people will still be collecting vinyl records.
I think in 100 years people will collect USB sticks, iPods and iPhones, and the guts of our current electronics in general. It’s always interesting to see how things used to be made and how far we’ve come in technology. Or maybe it will be the complete opposite and people will treasure things truly handmade without the use of technology.
One hundred years from now I think people will be collectin…
Lisa Congdon collections! They are so cool, especially the photograph collection!
What will then be- Vintage Modcloth dresses!
And rocks. Rocks are fantastic, a collection of pet rocks.
I think books will be a coveted collectable and probably any paper products like magazines, postcards. posters
Books. While the appeal of a simple non-electronic book has lessened, I hope that future generations can appreciate them. With books, you not only collect paper and a cover, but a story and a time period. Pages you can smell and feel and experience. With so much technology we forget to appreciate little things like books, how personal and diverse they are. With books, people in 100 years will be able to collect something that captivates the imagination for what it is and used to be……I love books.
In one-hundred years, I think people will be collecting books. With the increasing popularity of kindles and nooks, people might start collecting “touchable” books, which might not still be produced.
I think that in one hundred years people will collect medication bottles like over the counter and prescription containers because maybe we will have cured many diseases. I myself have some old glass medication bottles from a hundred years ago that I love. Just imagine the amber colored precription containers with the printed info on the label aged in color and from handling. We would be amazed at the amount of medications that people used to take back then.
in 100 years, i think people will collect cell phones and CD’s. CD’s are already starting to die out, so in 100 years they will probably not be regularly used, only by people that want a “vintage” thrill. And in 100 years, it’d be interesting to see the evolution of the cell phone.
I think people are going to collect pencils. Weird, I know, but think about it. We collect things that were mundane in their day but are quirky and old fashioned now. With all the technology we have, in the next hundred years we won’t be using pencil and paper, we’ll have a digital pad and pen. So I think that in a hundred years it’ll be quaint to use a pencil, just like it’s quaint to use a quill today, and people will love pencils (especially those holiday ones teachers hand out!).
In 100 years, a zombie apocolypse may be upon us so people would be collecting canned foods such as alphabet soup and spaghettios. If that doesn’t happen, things change by the day and you never know what the craze will be, possibly cute vintage styles from ModCloth or face side-up pennies and other coins, possibly all of the different kinds of Crayons in the world. And, trust me, there are a LOT.
100 years from now, I think people will collect cell phones. It will be so interesting to see the change from the very first cell phone to the iPhone and other smartphones. I wonder how the phones of the future will look and what sort of capabilities they will have. Or if there will even be phones anymore.
Books! I collect books now and I believe people would still be collecting them in the future.
I think people would collect stoves, ovens, microwaves and other cooking gear of good, collectible quality. Not that home cooking will have faded away over the next 100 years, but I expect every home will have a fusion cooking chamber that can instantly heat or cool to any reasonable temperature (with a miniature nuclear reactor?) that will even handle simple cooking operations like whisking and stirring. There are so many distinct cooking gadgets now, each for a very specific and rigid purpose, that when a massive all-in-one operation comes along, people will gravitate towards the old-fashioned way of using separate blenders and mixers “by hand.” I myself would love an old-school hand-crank ice cream maker!
Disposable cameras! They’ve become such an outmoded rarity all ready, I can imagine them being a nostalgic yard sale find of the future!!
I think people will collect CDs!
1)I think there are a lot of things people will be collecting. One of them, will be Grocery Store/ Department Store/ club cards (like Safeway, Best Buy, etc). They’ll enjoy seeing how the colors and designs changed over the years. The ones that had limited circulation will be worth big money.
In 100 years, I think people will be collecting books. Books will probably have been totally replaced, and to find a book will be a rare treasure! I love books…holding and turning pages…that papery smell…that’s something you can’t have with a digital book.
I think in 100 years people will still be collecting the things we have collected for the last 100 years – buttons, ticket stubs, and themed trinkets!
Yes, in 100 years we’ll do what humans have done for thousands of years, collect things that we connect with emotionally, spiritually and physically. And I believe pictures of ourselves, our families and our friends will be at the heart of these collections.
Oh man reading everyone’s suggestions was fun. I think my favorites were flash drives and cameras–I think the ability to capture images will always be a huge part of culture and people will be interested in “old school” SLRs in the future!
I think people will also collect classic MP3 players, just like we have collections old music players.
I think anything paper is going to be so scarce that it will be collectible and highly praised and valuable. Think not only books, but ephemera of any kind.
100 years from now, I think people will still be collecting the kind of stuff we do no such as vintage materials (ephemera, containers and what-not), clothes tags … shoes :)!
Eyeglasses because doctors/scientists will be able to inexpensively and easily correct vision problems.
Land line telephones will be collected also as there will truly be no need for those.
The first generation iPods would be collected. Not the touch, but the first actual iPod.
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