Introduction to Collecting Kaleidoscopes
gerund or present participle: collecting
“seeking, locating, acquiring, organizing, cataloguing, displaying, storing and maintaining whatever items are of interest to the individual collector.” But this is too dispassionate a definition – it doesn’t convey the pleasure derived from owning beautiful objects and experiencing a never-ending range of colors, shapes and patterns.
Collections of kaleidoscopes are as individual as the collectors and the kaleidoscopes that they collect. Kaleidoscopes are made with such variety and viewing experiences, that collectors often select representative scopes of each basic type. Some collectors purchase representative kaleidoscopes from many artists. Others specialize in an artist or art form. However you start, collecting kaleidoscope can be addictive. Artist and retailer profiles are available on this site.
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Kaleidoscopes are meant to be treasured and shared. Meet other collectors at Brewster conventions or other events. Document your collection. Learn more about the artists and their history with kaleidoscopes. Share information about your collection in your BKS profile and add to the kaleidoscope library cards on this site.