I feel like plushies will always be accidental collections now that I'm no longer a child... Meaning that, as a child, I'd specifically want plushies, heck give me all the plushies, I will hoard them all. (Until you have too many and your parents decide that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, and the pile somehow gets smaller. I don't remember where all the plushies went back then, but I see this same trend happening to my half-sister now lol.) As an adult... plushies just... find their way to me... I didn't even seek them out...
Spoiler: No, I did not mean to end up with ten of them on my bed, but ???
Writing this just made me realize I didn't even buy any of these myself.
I also really like bookmarks, even though now that I'm done with most of my law studies, I don't need as many anymore. (My prettiest ones are still stuck in all the manga volumes from an attempted shrine project like 4-5 years ago SOB.) I like grabbing nice free ones when you buy something at the bookstore, though I mostly buy online nowadays. Book Depository seems to give out a free bookmark with every purchase (or several if they split up your shipment?), and their current set
is exactly my aesthetic. ;_; I'm trying to collect them, but I keep getting doubles haha. I hope I get the castle and skull ones soon; no idea how long these are available since I'm rather new as a customer.
... This doesn't even count as collecting, but I've got a considerable amount of coloured bands from shirts/dresses/etc. The thing that they sometimes use to keep shirts on hangers at the store, but that you usually cut off after buying (otherwise they may stick out awkwardly when you wear your stuff). I always feel like they're too pretty to throw away because COLOURS. ;___; Until a few years ago, I used to tie them into ribbons to decorate my bookshelf with.