Meet the Collector: It’s Always Snowing for Karen Bailey–Except in Arizona!

As more and more stories are shared with us in our Everyone is a Collector Campaign, one begins to realize there’s something for everybody out there. Whatever it is you collect–in this case snowglobes from different parts of the country–there’s always the one you’d never expect. Photographer Karen Bailey shares a story on how she found this one particular snowglobe in the not-so-snowy state of Arizona.

What is it that you collect? 

Snowglobes, Shot Glasses, and Refrigerator Magnets

Tell us everything about this collection! What attracted you to this? What do you like most about it? Which one is your favorite? 

Whenever I travel for business or pleasure I always purchase three things to remember the locations, snowglobes, magnets, and shot glasses.

What else do you enjoy collecting? 

My photographs

Do you have a favorite story behind one of your snowglobes?

I do have a favorite snow globe story, here it goes. My husband and I were in Phoenix, Arizona. I went into a gift shop to purchase a snow globe. Coming from Philadelphia, it never occurred to me that snow globes aren’t sold everywhere! The clerk told me “you’re in luck we do sell snow globes!” When she came back, I laughed so hard; I had tears in my eyes.  The snow globe was filled with water, a carrot, two pieces of coal, and a top hat!

A collection of snowglobes can have a sense of humor!

What inspires you most about having your collection in your home? 

All the fond memories I have when I look at these items.

It’s never too late to share your collection–or begin one! We’d love to learn more about what people collect. To feature what you hold near and dear:

Share your Collection! 
Dianne Koppisch-Hricko

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Currently working with fiber-reactive dyes on silk, Dianne employs deconstructed silk screening, direct-painting, and discharge to produce her works.…

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Terri Fridkin

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Terri Fridkin is best known for her dynamic, abstract and mixed media works that embody intense color and graphic forms. She is a National Honor Society graduate of Drexel University School of Design…

Terri Fridkin is best known for her dynamic, abstract and mixed media works that embody intense color and graphic forms. She is a National Honor Society graduate of Drexel University School of Design Arts, and lives and…

Stan Smokler

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Deanna McLaughlin

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Deanna McLaughlin is a sculptor and designer in Philadelphia. She uses found objects and transforms them into quirky furniture pieces. She loves working with a variety of media.…

Deanna McLaughlin is a sculptor and designer in Philadelphia. She uses found objects and transforms them into quirky furniture pieces. She loves working with a variety of media.…

Scott Troxel

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Scott Troxel draws on the aesthetics of bygone technology and the forward-looking designs of the Atomic Age and mid-century modernism to make dynamic, retrofuturist wooden wall sculptures that evoke nostalgia…

Scott Troxel draws on the aesthetics of bygone technology and the forward-looking designs of the Atomic Age and mid-century modernism to make dynamic, retrofuturist wooden wall sculptures that evoke nostalgia for the past…

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