If space, time, money, and reasonableness weren't impediments I would have vast collections of stuff (OK, more collections of stuff.)
Since I've seen the need for downsizing before someone else has to do it for me (when I'm elderly) I've been reining myself in. Now when I see things that I love I'm taking a photo. It's quite satisfying.
Why not sketch the item you ask? Well, often I do sketch such items, but for this "collection" which takes virtually no space digitally, I'm collecting photos because it is the exactness of the graphics which intrigues me. I don't want to run their purity through the filter of my eye and hand. And to do so would take more time than I typically have when I'm on these scouting expeditions.
Let's just say I manage my time so that if I come across any cool taxidermy I have the time to sketch the taxidermy instead.
What attracts me to these items? I love the typographical treatments; the mix of type with pattern; the use of color. Pretty much everything intrigues me about "antique" graphics. I see them as little bits of art that people once lived with every day. I see these as reminders that my cupboard is filled with "current" examples—many of which I hate because when it comes right down to it I love 19th century typography.
Objects like this also fascinate me because they are often crafted to be reused, and because of that they survived.
But the very ephemeral nature of other objects and their graphical content also intrigue me. As I said above, stuff attracts me. It's good to have a hobby.
There will be more "Scavenging for Graphics" from time to time.