License plates, vinyl records and Oregon Ducks gear are items that some BYU-Idaho students are collecting.
David Owens, a sophomore studying automotive technology, collects license plates from different states.
“It feels like you have a part of each state. I feel more connected with the United States and the history of our country,” Owens said.
So far Owens has 30 plates, 13 of which are from differing states.
The oldest license plate Owens has found is from 1946, the most recent plate from 2012. Owens said that finding license plates can be difficult.
“Antique stores usually charge a lot for old license plates, but they are easy to find in junk yards or old farmyards,” Owens said.
Owens started collecting license plates when he was on his mission.
Other collections start at a much younger age as a hobby and can turn into a passion.
Mirisha Goodrich, a junior studying music education, collects paraphernalia from the University of Oregon’s sports program, the Oregon Ducks.
Temporary tattoos; bedding; aprons; things for her car like air fresheners and windshield reflectors; water bottles; slippers; cell phone covers and a Scentsy Warmer are among her collectibles.
Goodrich has a wall in her apartment devoted to the teams.
“I have been an Oregon Duck fan since middle school,” Goodrich said. “I had received shirts, and then in high school, the collection went from shirts to earrings and continued on from there.”
Shaun Pellett, a junior studying computer science, keeps his ticket stubs until the end of the year to see how many movies he went to in that time.
“At the end of the year, I go through them and throw out ones that didn’t really mean much to me. I keep ticket stubs that are associated with a fun date or when I saw movies with gros of friends that I hadn’t seen in a while,” Pellett said.
So far this semester, Pellett has collected 12 ticket stubs.
He tapes them around the screen of his computer monitor until the end of the year.
He started collecting and saving ticket stubs about three years ago.
This year James Gottfredson, a freshman studying international business, started collecting vinyl records when he found a Billy Joel record at Deseret Industries.
“I thought it was really cool. I also found a working record player at D.I. so I can listen to them,” Gottfredson said.
He currently has five vinyl records and plans on continuing his collection.
“I like music and it sounds the best on vinyl records,” Gottfredson said.
Brett Hansen, a junior studying communication, has an interest in snow globes.
“It started in high school,” Hansen said. “My friend brought me a snow globe from a trip and from then on, whenever a friend went somewhere or I went somewhere, I wanted to get a snow globe from that place.”
Each of the snow globes are from a different state.