Monday, December 13, 2010

Obsessed Collectors Of Holiday Knick Knacks

Are You A Tchotchkaholic ...Do You Adore Holiday Knick Knacks ? Now There Is A Collector's Support Group For You Online

On the popular social network , I Antique there is a group called "Joanie Loves Tchotchkes". Currently 37 tchotchke lovers have found each other and enjoy meeting online and discussing their passion for knick knacks, odds and ends and collectible STUFF!

Adorable Stuff We Love To Collect

Recently one of the members of the group Antiques in Bethania responded to my question about "what a 12 Step Program for tchotchke lovers might look like?". About one hour later, Antiques in Bethania added this hilarious post (reprinted below). With her permission I am sharing this fun 12 Step Program with you. I have added the photos of these adorable Christmas decorations because tis the season for collecting more knick knacks than at any other time. If I wrote this post a little earlier in the season, I would add "Chanukah" to the general theme.

The I Antique Online 12 Step Program For Tchotchkaholics
(Reprinted With Permission).

1. We admit that we are powerless over Tchotchkes —that our lives have become unmanageable due to our treasured Tchotchkes.

2. We believe that there is a power greater than ourselves which allows Tchotchkes to restore us to sanity.

3. We have therefore made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to this power as it is not us who are insane, but the rest of the world.

4. We have made a searching and fearless inventory of our Tchotchkes.

5. We have admitted to ourselves, and to other human beings that one can never have enough Tchotchkes.

6. We are entirely ready to stand up and be accounted for and to show the world our Tchotchkes.

7. We humbly ask our friends and family to understand this is not a shortcoming but is saving the destiny of something that may be destined for the trash pile.

8. We have made a list of all persons who would be harmed by this, and are willing to make amends to them all by buying more Tchotchkes.

9. We will make direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others because there is no such thing as "anything you put away in a closet so no one will ever know you bought such a thing is a Tchotchke , or, "There can be, in the meaning of the word, an element of owner’s shame, or, a Tchotchke in Yiddish, "may refer to a person who is a misfit, a nobody, a slut, an ineffectual person."
10. We will continue to take personal inventory of our Tchotchkes and when we feel we are missing something that will bring joy to our collection, we will promptly admit it, and immediately head for the nearest antique mall.

11. We will seek mediation by our conscious contact with others who understand our need to amass Tchotchkes by keeping in mind that we, or one of our heirs could wake up one day and be a multimillionaire because of finding our hoard of Tchotchkes.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we will carry this message to Tchotchkaholics everywhere in the world and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Please feel free to add your feedback in the comment section below.


C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.comVisit my website, CDianneZweig.comDianne is a member of:The American Society of Journalists and AuthorsThe Authors Guild, Inc.


  1. C. Dianne, You have quite a collection going here! Love some of these older and "loved" items. Thanks for visiting Homestead Revival™!

  2. Too Funny! This is like Collectors Anoymous with out the anonymity!

  3. Quite a collection! If you love it as you do why not.

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  4. Absolutely, positively, I am guilty!
    Mary @

  5. I saw the name and had to join.
    Have been enjoying the conversation.

  6. Did you see the request on faceBook for unusual collections?
    It was a casting call promo.
    I know I saw one posted on Apron Thrift Girl's wall.