Collecting Penguins

posted by Karen Hood
Sunday, July 12, 2009

While not as popular as some other collectibles, there is a plethora of penguin-themed items available for the enthusiast. Many animal collectibles center around more familiar animals, often ones that are beloved pets like cats and dogs. Most people have never seen a penguin outside a zoo; still, there are many who find them appealing, and companies have responded by turning out a large number of really cute penguin collectibles, including:

  • Toys
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Figurines
  • Mugs
  • Clocks
  • Calendars
  • Clothing & Hats
  • Backpacks, Totes, and Purses
  • Magnets & Keychains
  • Umbrellas
  • Christmas Ornaments
  • Salt & Pepper Shakers

The largest collection of penguins belongs to Birgit Berends of Germany, with 5,098 different items, as of 12 March 2008, which she has been collecting since 1990. Birgit started her collection at the age of 18 because of the animated series “Pingu”, although her very first penguin dates back to her days in elementary school. Her favourite penguin is a real living penguin named Alfred whom she has adopted in the Cuxhaven Kurpark in Germany.

If you want to start collecting penguins, don’t let that intimidate you! Let it be an inspiration knowing that there are so many fabulous penguin items waiting to be discovered.

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