Letter from the Editor
Welcome to the fourth issue of Horizonlines.org. We’re proud to present the latest edition of the online magazine designed and written by Minnesota State University Moorhead students.

One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. It’s a common adage that effectively describes the subject of this edition of the Web site – collecting. From stamps to gravy boats, from records to nativity scenes, collections
range from the common to the obscure. Yet, there’s one thing that links together every collector – passion.

My passion is gnomes. I’ve been collecting for two years. I still have the collector’s spirit – scouting every store I enter in search of a great find. That enthusiasm and passion are the key elements to collecting. Just talk to someone who collects. They’ll tell you about how they got started collecting, stories about specific items and trips they’ve taken just to acquire certain pieces for their collection. It’s that collector’s spirit that drives people to continue gathering and searching.

We’ve attempted to capture some of that passion with this Web site. Whether it’s a yard full of bird houses or dozens of binders full of air sickness bags, there’s passion in every collection. We’ve also managed to answer some common questions about collecting like: why do people collect?; what happens to collection when people lose interest?; and what means do people use to gather their collections?

Horizonlines.org is the production of the online journalism workshop at MSUM. Students work as writers, photographers, graphic designers, illustrators and multimedia specialists to produce the annual publication.

We hope that through this edition of the magazine you’ll come away with a better understanding for your neighbor’s bottle collection, the dozens of license plates in your uncle’s basement or your grandmother’s pickle jar collection. Take the time to step into the mind of a collector and you’ll realize a whole new world – a world of appreciation for the little things in life.