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Are Animal Collectibles Too Kitschy for Décor?

It goes without saying that style trends come and go, but one has to wonder whether animal décor – figurines, tchotchkes, knickknacks and so forth – ever go out of style. People love animals and it stands to reason that people will <em>always</em> love animals, but that doesn’t mean a <a title="Curio Cabinets" href="http://www.atgstores.com/curios_1043.html" target="_blank">curio cabinet</a> full of Beanie Babies will always have a place in your living room. <strong>History</strong> Animal figurines are ancient décor objects; perhaps the oldest of any décor item still in existence. Examples exist from nearly every recorded stage of humankind, beginning in the Upper Paleolithic period some 45,000 years ago to the present day. Back then, art was just taking shape as a form of human expression and included simple jewelry, beads and rock etchings. From there, it wasn’t long before our ancestors started literally idolizing the animals of the field and forest. One of the earliest examples is a mammoth figurine, dated at 35,000 years old, that was found in a cave in Germany in 2007. <strong>Popular Collections</strong> It’s really no wonder that artistic expression so old would evolve into a pastime over the millennia and these days it’s not uncommon to see particular animal collections crop up in many homes; cows or chickens in the kitchen, frogs in the bathroom and butterflies in the garden are popular themes. Then, of course, there are collections by particular artists or brands. Red Rose Tea is famed for its animal figurines, crafted by Wade Ceramics of England, which have been featured as promotional items in its tea boxes since 1950. <strong>Collections in Décor</strong> Collections of any kind are a product of passion and one would like to think that there’s room in the world of style for the collector’s ambition. In reality, though, most people might be overwhelmed when surrounded by hundreds of collectible cat figurines, or whatever may be your preference. So, as a matter of interior or <a title="Garden Decor" href="http://www.atgstores.com/garden-decor_968.html?linkloc=tn" target="_blank">garden décor</a>, it may be more stylish to showcase your favorites in high-traffic areas while finding a more private space to enjoy the bulk of your collection. Or, let the whole menagerie run wild – who knows that you may be the one setting the next trend. Feel free to write in and let us know what you like to collect and your thoughts on the best way to display your favorite finds.
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