just duckie…

My name is Chas and I collect rubber duckies. Yes, rubber duckies.

They say the first step is admitting you have a problem. If that’s true, then I have 571 little problems scattered all over my home. That’s how much duckies I own to date. And I don’t plan on quitting. So, there…

This little freak parade of mine started when I was 12. Shortly after finding one that belonged to me from my childhood, I thought it would be cool to collect them. What began then as a sentimental gesture, it has exploded to this nearly compulsive habit of hoarding rubberized water fowl.

Don’t get me wrong: I don’t go to conventions (there’s none that I know of) or wear rubber ducky pajamas (there’s none in my size) nor do I name them all (I ran out of names after the first 75.) So, I’m not crazy…

From the classic yellow, to a disco-inspired blinking duckie, to themed sets, and everything in between, I collect ’em all. Somehow, some people don’t quite understand that. They think I generally like all “ducks.” Although I have no aversion to the live kind, I prefer herding the fake ones—not decoys, but rubber ducks.

Most folks like to collect things: stamps, coins, comics, and Barbie dolls are commonly collected. I never truly considered myself as “common” or normal and my collections definitely reflect that concept.

One major problem I’ve run into was storage. Finding a home for each is still a challenge. I have around 200 displayed in my bathroom: a majority of them sitting on book shelves stacked on top of each other. The rest are in zip bags and stored in boxes in my closet. Maybe one day I’ll get a bigger place and have a room filled with all my duckies. One day…

Check out some of my duckies. The very first photo is what started this whole craze for me. The rest is just a small sampling of what I have. I had intended to submit my collection to the Puyallup Fair Hobby Hall for display, but unfortunately didn’t get around to doing it. Maybe next year.

Do you really want to see another collection of Pez dispensers or lunch boxes again??? At least my duckies are cute…

Clockwise from top left:

The original; variations on a classic; glitter & clear; disco; almost real; old school; nativity; multiplicity

Duckies on display…

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