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Harbour Lights Collectors’ Corner

Little Lights Lovers: Kids love collectibles too!

By Sharon Coartney

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Kids love lighthouses too and This Little Light of Mine by Harbour Lights has become THE choice for junior collectors!

What was the first thing you collected? Was it baseball cards? Bottle caps? McDonald’s Kids Meal Toys? Children love to collect things that fascinate them. I used to press flowers, keeping them in my beloved books between sheets of waxed paper. I’d take them out, one by one, and remember the warm summer days when the colorful flora painted the landscape in brilliant hues. Whatever your passion, it was probably important to you too.

Well today’s kids have a lot of choices, from toys and video games to sports and television. Despite the seemingly endless choices, youngsters often go back to basics... collecting things that interest them. There is nothing like paging through your stamp collection or rearranging your dolls, stirring feelings of familiarity and pride. It’s quite fascinating to listen to children describe the “story” behind each piece and how unique their collection is. Like children, no two are ever alike.

This Little Light of Mine by Harbour Lights is a line of miniature lighthouse replicas for the casual gift buyer, tourist or young collector. Created with the authentic detail and meticulous workmanship that adults appreciate, Little Lights are a perfect fit for budding beacon enthusiasts!

Bill Younger travels throughout the nation, visiting schools and teaching children about our nation’s sentinels. He is always delighted by their enthusiasm and interest in lighthouses - especially when he’s given each student a Little Light of their own! The children just seem to blossom with a newfound interest in lighthouses. Affirmations of becoming a Lightkeeper is common... promises of “never forgetting” are often heard. Though the distraction of life may pull kids in other directions, special individuals continue to Keep the Flame long after Bill has traveled home.

Little Lights are not just for kids though, they’re sized just right for a display at the office or second home. The Harbour Lights collectors have conjured up many inspiring and creative uses, such as party favors, table decorations, and even stocking stuffers. There is no limit to the possibilities!

One of the neatest ideas out there is the spiral, stair-step display available from Harbour Lights. Coated in navy blue, the resilient steel display holds your Little Lights as they ascend up the staircase, evocative of a lighthouse interior. At the top, you can personalize your display by creating your own sign to place in the cardholder. You can place all your favorites together, or arrange your Little Lights any old way you’d like.

Another collector recommended a Little Lights display that runs around the room on a decorative shelf. They painted a nautical backdrop behind the pieces, creating a wonderful alternative to “borders” around the room. Placed at the right height, visitors can view each piece individually and enjoy the unique sentinels in all their charm.

Whether you’re a younger collector or simply a kid at heart, it’s about brightening your day!

This story appeared in the December 2002 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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