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I Have This Fetish

Real Estate Agent with Gaston & Sheehan Realty


I have this thing about stars. You know, the 5 pointed kind. I'm not sure how long ago it all started, but I remember when I was in 6th grade, I purposely took on the nickname of Star and my friends called me that by name for awhile. I don't go by the name Star these days but I do like stars.

I have lots of star decorations around my home and in my yard. I have a favorite sterling silver star necklace and star bracelet I wear more than any other piece of jewelry I own. I even have a little blue star tattoo on my ankle. I buy the silliest things just because they have stars on them like the star spoon holder on my cook top and our dinnerware set embedded with stars. I buy purses and shirts with stars on them.

I think it's fun to have a collection fetish. I have a friend who loves to collect rabbit figurines and another who collects old hats. My niece collects front page newspapers of special events and my son has a collection of baseball cards.

When I show homes, I see lots of things people collect - mounted fish, wine corks, shot glasses and matchbooks. The strangest one I remember seeing was a pottery jar for collectable items that said 'belly button fuzz'

Is there anyone out there that collects stars? I'm curious to know what other people collect.


Samantha Davault
Alexander Chandler Realty - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX

Hi Karen, I have a book collecting fetish.  I don't know why, but ever since I was a child and they would have those scholastic book orders and sometimes the little van would come to school and we could pick out whatever book we wanted, I was hooked.  I received a Kindle for Christmas and while I think it is a great piece of technology and amazing in its capacity to hold so many pieces of literature, it doesn't compare to a real book fresh from Barnes and Noble with that lovely smell and the fabulous cover art that so many of them have.  I love to own them.  I am a book junkie what can I say. 

Mar 10, 2010 09:21 AM
Eric J
Eric J - Dream Home Financing - Freehold, NJ
Dream Home Financing

Karen, at least you have a fetish that you can talk about in public !  ha ha   OK seriously, most people simply collect JUNK. Stars are very unique. I collect tools. My garage looks like I am in the furniture making business instead of mortgages.

Samantha, I would like to see who has more books...you or my mom.



Mar 10, 2010 10:00 AM
John Thomas
E3 Green HOMES - Boulder, CO
EcoBroker, MSEE, MBA

Well...in my former engineering life I worked at NASA Ames Research Center in Astrophysics. I became a star buff there but a little different than you. I love images of stars and planets. The cosmos is our birthplace...

Mar 10, 2010 10:30 AM
Karen Staha
Gaston & Sheehan Realty - Round Rock, TX
CRS, GRI, ABR, REALTOR, Austin & Surrounding Areas Texas

Hi Eric -  A man can never have enough tools.  At least that's what my husband says.

Hi John - What a fascinating former career.  I love our night stars too.  

Mar 10, 2010 11:56 AM
Betty Knowles
Southwest Missouri Realty - Springfield, MO
Ready to sell? Call Betty!

Karen, you should incorporate that into your branding. 5-star service or All-star service.

Mar 10, 2010 12:24 PM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


I don't collect stars but I do collect Blue Ridge China, which I guess is a bit unusual!

Mar 10, 2010 12:55 PM
Delaware Junk Removal Residential And Commercial Hauling Clean Outs
Delaware Junk Removal 302-530-9186 - Wilmington, DE
Whole House Clean Outs, Basements, Garages, Attics

Karen I also have this thing for stars, 5 points and there is something yummy under them.

Mar 10, 2010 02:58 PM
Karen Staha
Gaston & Sheehan Realty - Round Rock, TX
CRS, GRI, ABR, REALTOR, Austin & Surrounding Areas Texas

Samatha -  I remember the schools days of book fairs!  

Betty & John - That's a great thought you have there!

Richard -  Blue Ridge China is beautiful!

Larry -  That's cute :)

Mar 12, 2010 12:28 PM
Dana Garrison
Metro First Realty - Moore, OK

I don't collect starts but I do collect hearts... I have a chain I've been adding heart charms to for a couple years.  I always get compliments on it when I wear it... I would love it either way though.  I also have a heart tribal tattoo.  I don't decorate with hearts though... so if you came to my house you would never know, unlike the houses you've shown.  I collect them just so I can say that I have one.

Mar 12, 2010 01:10 PM
Trey Thurmond
BCR Realtors - College Station, TX
College Station , Texas Homes

I collect hippos ....figures, statues, books...you name it , I just like hippos.

Mar 12, 2010 03:11 PM
Karen Staha
Gaston & Sheehan Realty - Round Rock, TX
CRS, GRI, ABR, REALTOR, Austin & Surrounding Areas Texas

Hi Dana -  My sister's friend collects heart shaped rocks. 

Hi Trey -  You should shop in Hutto sometime - It's home of the hippos and they are very proud of their mascot. 

Mar 12, 2010 04:20 PM